S. Allan Adelman

Attorney | Annapolis

Phone: (443) 951-7046

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About Allan

Allan Adelman has been engaged exclusively in the practice of hospital and health care law, including the defense of medical malpractice cases, for over 40 years. He serves as general counsel to several acute care general hospitals in Maryland and as special counsel for medical staff, credentialing, peer review, risk management, compliance and hospital-physician issues for numerous other hospitals across the country.

His professional activities focus on the myriad problems hospitals face on a daily basis including hospital-physician relationships, medical staffs bylaws and governance, credentialing, peer review and related hearings, corporate organization and governance, corporate compliance, patient care and consent issues, risk management and liability issues, fraud and abuse and Stark issues, HIPAA matters, regulatory matters such as investigations by licensing or regulatory authorities and medical malpractice defense.

Al is nationally recognized as a leader in health care law and has made numerous presentations to hospital governing bodies, medical staff and at national conferences. From 1995 to 1997, he was chair of the Credentialing and Peer Review Practice Group of the American Health Law Association. Al became a member of the AHLA Board of Directors in 1997 and a member of the Board Executive Committee in 1999. In 2005, he was elected as President of the American Health Law Association.


Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S. - 1967

Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, J.D. - 1971


  • Maryland - 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia - 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit - 1972
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland - 1972
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia - 1972
  • Superior Court of the District of Columbia - 1972
  • United States Supreme Court - 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit - 2009


  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association - Chair, Committee on Health Law, 1985-1986
  • Montgomery County Bar Association - Chair, Medical-Legal Interprofessional Committee, 1982 and 1988
  • American Academy of Healthcare Attorneys - Chair, Medical Staff and Physician Relations Committee, 1995-1997; Member, Board of Directors, 1997
  • American Health Law Association - President, 2005-2006; President-elect, 2004; Member, Board of Directors, 1997-2007; Member, Board of Directors Executive Committee, 1999-2007
  • Inns of Court, Montgomery County - Bencher, 1991-1994


  • Private Practice – 1972-Present


  • Maryland Super Lawyers – 2007-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America – 2007-2019
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers for Healthcare Law – 2006-2016
  • Recipient of the 2016 David J. Greenburg Service Award, American Health Law Association