Robert S. Adler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business & Corporate Attorney in Worcester, MA

Seder & Chandler LLP
 | 339 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: 508-757-7721
Fax: 508-831-0955
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006, 2011 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Business/Corporate (40%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (40%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Robert S. Adler is the Managing Partner of Seder & Chandler, LLP and practices in the Business Law, Banking & Finance, Estate Planning, and Litigation & ADR areas.  He counsels businesses, individuals and families facing strategic, financial, corporate, employment and other critical legal decisions.

Robert serves as outside general counsel to a number of closely-held companies, including multi-generational family businesses; start-up companies founded by aspiring entrepreneurs; and (so-called) “spin-off” and “split-off” companies created by parent/subsidiary equity exchanges and other corporate divestitures.  He is consistently relied upon by his corporate clients to provide legal expertise and business guidance in connection with a wide variety of commercial transactions, agreements, disputes and other matters arising out of day-to-day business operations, including: corporate governance and organizational matters; mergers & acquisitions; private equity and securities matters; joint ventures; franchise and licensing matters; employment policies and disputes; and strategic and long-term business planning.  Robert also serves as a trustee to (or other representative of) numerous family and financial trusts and other fiduciary entities in connection with his estate planning practice.

Robert has substantial litigation expertise in both federal and state courts and has represented litigants in a wide variety of high-profile cases.  He is routinely engaged—by both large and small businesses alike—as lead counsel and architect in (so-called) “bet the company” commercial litigation matters.  He also litigates financial services and banking matters for his institutional clients, and has litigated numerous trust, probate and other fiduciary-related cases.   In addition to his commercial litigation practice, Robert is also a certified mediator and has served as a court-appointed arbitrator or mediator in a number of commercial and business disputes.

Robert has extensive experience in bankruptcy matters and frequently represents creditors, debtors and other litigants in various insolvency proceedings in the bankruptcy court.  Robert’s maintains an active creditors’ rights practice focusing on bringing troubled credit relationships back to performing status, and representing both regional and national banks and other institutions in complex work-out, financial restructuring and foreclosure matters.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business/Corporate (40%)

Employment & Labor (40%)

Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%): Arbitration, Mediation

Estate Planning & Probate (10%): Probate & Estate Administration

Focus Areas

Arbitration, Mediation, Probate & Estate Administration


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Super Lawyers: 2006, 2011 - 2019

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About Robert Adler

Admitted: 1985, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:


  • Paul J. Liacos Scholar, Boston University School of Law
  • Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation, 2006 - Present
  • Samuel Seder Young Leadership Award Recipient, Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts
  • Selected to Super Lawyers, Business and Corporate Law, 2011 - Present
  • Selected to Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy Law, 2006

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Worcester County Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1985
  • Massachusetts, 1985

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • WICN Public Radio, Vice President, 1994 - 1995
  • Jewish Health Care Center Inc., Board of Directors, 2008 - 2012
  • Jewish Family Service of Worcester Inc., President, 1995 - 1997
  • Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, Inc., President, 2000 - 2002
  • Sumner and Lois Herman Charitable Foundation, Trustee, 2003 - Present
  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Director, 2007 - 2016
  • Melvin S. Cutler Charitable Foundation, Trustee, 2006 - Present
  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Corporator, 2003 - Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, Protecting Assets from Creditors, MCLE, 2000
  • Lecturer, The Sale of Assets in Bankruptcy, ABI Northeast Bankruptcy Conference, 2002

Educational Background:

  • State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York, B.A., Major: Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, 1979
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Office Location for Robert S. Adler

339 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

Phone: 508-757-7721

Fax: 508-831-0955

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Last Updated: 5/29/2019

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