Louis G. Adolfsen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in New York, NY

Melito & Adolfsen P.C.
 | 233 Broadway, Suite 1010
New York, NY 10279
Phone: 212-238-8920
Fax: 212-238-8999
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010, 2013 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1975
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (30%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Insurance Coverage (20%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%),
  • International (10%),
  • Media and Advertising (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Louis G. Adolfsen, a founding member of Melito & Adolfsen P.C., practices law in New York, New York, and serves clients across the country as well as internationally. His areas of practice include insurance coverage, criminal defense, media and advertising, and general commercial litigation.

    Before embarking on a successful law career, Mr. Adolfsen received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude at Stony Brook University i. He then went on to receive his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School with Honors. He began his by practicing law at a firm that focused on matters of tax representation of nonresident individuals and foreign corporations. Clients of the firm included Black Sabbath and the Rolling Stones (As a young man one year prepared their US tax returns). He founded his current firm at the beginning of the mass tort litigation explosion starting with America's most famous pollution site, Love Canal.

    Admitted to practice law in both New York and the District of Columbia, Mr. Adolfsen is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York. He is has also argued and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 5th, 11th, and the District of Columbia Circuit.

    Always striving to improve upon his practice, Mr. Adolfsen is a member of multiple professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and DRI. Widely recognized by his fellow attorneys for his superb ethics ( even his adversaries regard him as someone you can trust) and successful track record, he has earned an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. 

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 30%Personal Injury - General: Defense
    • 20%General Litigation
    • 20%Insurance Coverage
    • 10%Criminal Defense
    • 10%International
    • 10%Media and Advertising
    Focus Areas

    Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense, Litigation, Insurance, Criminal Law, Defamation, Communications and Media Law


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    Super Lawyers: 2010, 2013 - 2021

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  • About Louis Adolfsen

    Admitted: 1975, New York

    Professional Webpage: http://www.melitoadolfsen.com/attorneys/louis-g-adolfsen/


    • New York Metro Super Lawyers (Personal Injury - General)  

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • New York State Bar Association
    • District of Columbia
    • United States District Courts for the Northern District of New York
    • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    • State of New York
    • United States District Courts for the Eastern District of New York
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • American Bar Association
    • United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • We handle all manner of pro bono matters on an individual basis

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Research Editor, Brooklyn Law Review, 1973-1974, Brooklyn Law School
    • Parties should be mindful of these distinctions. First, medical malpractice is a deviation from accepted standards of medical care. Second, negligence is a breach of the duty of care. Third, a cause of action under the New York Public Health Law requires showing that a defendant nursing home violated applicable federal and state regulations and deprived a resident of the rights granted thereunder. It is not necessary in the Public Health Law claim to show either medical malpractice or negligence-simply violating a statute is enough. These distinctions, while perhaps easy to plead, require careful analysis in every case where these three causes of action are alleged., Understanding What Needs to be Proved to Show Medical Malpractice, Negligence, or Violation of The Public Health Law in a Nursing Home Case, Insurance, Nursing Hoes, 2019


    • Settlements of of personal injury cases ranging from $100,000 to $5,000,000. Summary Judgments in Personal Injury Cases. Asylum grants. Plea bargins in criminal cases involving conspiracy.

    Representative Clients:

    • CHUBB
    • Sedgwick
    • The Hartford
    • GEICO
    • Rolling Stones, 1975


    • A jury convicted the physician of manslaughter and reckless endangerment. He was sentenced to a term of 10 to 20 years. Despite the doctor's arguments that he could not be criminally responsible for the death of his patients, his conviction was affirmed. On appeal, the doctor argued that the manslaughter convictions should be reversed because, as a matter of law, the sale of a controlled substance can never support a homicide charge in the absence of express legislative authorization. The Appellate Division rejected this argument: "all that was needed for the manslaughter charge to be sustained was ... to satisfy its elements..., that defendant was "aware of and consciously disregard[ed] a substantial and unjustifiable risk that [death] [would] occur ... The risk [being] of such nature and degree that disregard thereof constitute[d] a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe in the situation" , Doctors may be Convicted of Manslaughter for Prescribing Opioids, Criminal Justice, Medical Professionals

    Educational Background:

    • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A.

    Industry Groups

    • foreign corporations and non-resident aliens
    • Health Care
    • Insurance
    • Nursing Homes
    • real estate businesses
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    Office Location for Louis G. Adolfsen

    233 Broadway
    Suite 1010
    New York, NY 10279

    Phone: 212-238-8920

    Fax: 212-238-8999

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    Last Updated: 6/4/2021

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