Cozen O’Connor: Schlatner, Adam

Adam J. Schlatner

Member

New York

(212) 883-2236

(646) 588-1357

Adam Schlatner focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, representing clients in a wide range of matters including contract, securities, labor and employment, shareholder, products liability, antitrust, executive compensation, consumer fraud and IP cases, as well as corporate internal investigations. His practice has included the representation of executives in a variety of director and officer liability cases, including securities class and derivative litigation, internal, governmental and regulatory investigations, and other contexts. Adam has handled matters across a number of industries, including consumer products, financial services, sports, real estate, accounting, energy, construction, software and technology, pharmaceutical, and insurance. Additionally, Adam has extensive experience in both corporate and real estate transactional matters. 

Adam also heads up the firm's nationally recognized Sports industry team, which represents all sectors in the sports world including professional and amateur teams and organizations, team owners and executives, professional leagues, professional and amateur athletes, agents and agencies, broadcast and media providers, venues and arena management companies, corporate sponsors and sporting equipment manufacturers.  The firm was recently recognized by Holt Hackney Publications as one of the Top 20 Law Firms in the Professional Sports Team Industry.  In this capacity, Adam has played an integral role in the firm's annual “Sports Law for Rookies & Veterans” conference. He is a frequent commentator on business and legal issues facing the industry and co-teaches a sports law class at the University of Miami School of Law. Most recently, he hosted a Spring 2017 Short Course called "Cutting Edge Issues for Sports Law Practitioners in a Collectively Bargained World."

Adam earned his law degree from University of Michigan Law School, graduating cum laude. He received his bachelor's degree from State University of New York at Binghamton with honors, majoring in political science. Prior to joining Cozen O'Connor, Adam was a partner at Winston & Strawn, where he spent the first 18 years of his career.

Experience

News

Here is NFL’s chance to be better than Washington politicians in tackling anthem controversy

October 11, 2017

Adam Schlatner discusses the legal grounds to suspend or fire NFL players that are participating in the country-wide protests during the National Anthem. Players have been kneeling or raising their fists, rather than standing, during the anthem to protest the police brutality issues in the country.

NHL exec Bill Daly visits Philly to talk 2018 Olympics and expansion to Las Vegas, Quebec City and Seattle

February 10, 2017

National Hockey League deputy commissioner Bill Daly came to Philadelphia on Thursday to be a keynote speaker at a sports business conference organized by local law firm Cozen O'Connor and Penn's Wharton business school.

Cozen O'Connor Sports Law Team Weighs In on Recent Scandals

September 09, 2015

Recently, Cozen O'Connor's Sports Industry team has been a go-to law firm for some of the country's leading media outlets seeking commentary on various stories involving the intersection of sports and law.

Adam Schlatner Discusses Tom Brady’s Appeal and the Wells Report on In The Huddle with Ragz

August 04, 2015

Adam Schlatner discusses the strengths and weaknesses of Tom Brady’s and the NFL’s positions as “Deflategate” enters court.

Adam Schlatner Discusses “Deflategate” with Inside the Lines on Yahoo! Sports Radio

July 31, 2015

Adam Schlatner joined “Inside the Lines” on Yahoo! Sports Radio to break down the pending court case between Tom Brady and the NFL in regards to “Deflategate.”

Adam Schlatner Discusses Effects of Heightened Scrutiny on Financial Institutions in Wake of FIFA Scandal in The Wall Street Journal

July 01, 2015

Adam Schlatner discusses financial institutions’ need to ensure best practices for compliance and risk management in the wake of the indictments and allegations surrounding the FIFA scandal.

Adam Schlatner Discusses the Los Angeles Clippers Naming Richard Parsons as Interim CEO on CBS Radio LA

May 09, 2014

Adam Schlatner discusses the positive effect of the Los Angeles Clippers naming Richard Parsons as the interim CEO in the midst of the Donald Sterling scandal.

Adam Schlatner Discusses NBA Panel’s Bid to Oust Donald Sterling in Reuters

May 02, 2014

Adam Schlatner discusses the outcome of an NBA panel (consisting of 10 team owners) unanimously agreeing to proceed “as expeditiously as possible” with the removal of Donald Sterling as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Adam Schlatner Discusses Donald Sterling in the Los Angeles Times

May 01, 2014

In an article titled “Donald Sterling’s past may speak to a present course with NBA,” Adam Schlatner, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department, discusses Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s ban from the NBA. “There is no financially viable way for him to remain owner,” observes Adam. “The sponsors will not come back, the players will be a problem and ticket sales will go away. He can't remain owner, as a practical matter."

Cozen O’Connor Continues to Grow New York Commercial Litigation Practice with Addition of Adam J. Schlatner

December 17, 2013

Cozen O’Connor has further expanded the reach of its Commercial Litigation practice in New York with the recent hiring of Adam J. Schlatner, who joins the firm as a partner. Schlatner is the sixth new partner to join the practice in recent months.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Sports Law for Rookies & Veterans 2018

June 06, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN

The Sports Innovation Series

February 09, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA

2016 Sports Law for Rookies and Veterans

April 15, 2016 - New York, NY

2015 Sports Law for Rookies and Veterans

March 05, 2015 - Miami Beach, FL

Industry Sectors

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1993
  • SUNY–Binghamton, B.A., 1990
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of New York