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
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010, 2013 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1975
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (40%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Media and Advertising (10%),
  • Criminal Defense (10%),
  • International (10%),
  • Insurance Coverage (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 in 1971. He then went on to receive his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School with honors in 1974. His career began 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. He founded his current firm at the beginning of the mass tort litigation explosion starting with America's most famous pollution site, the 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 additionally admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 5th and 11th Circuits as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for 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 as well as the New York State Bar Association. Widely recognized by his fellow attorneys for his superb ethics 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (40%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense

General Litigation (20%): Litigation

Media and Advertising (10%): Defamation, Communications and Media Law

Criminal Defense (10%): Criminal Law

International (10%)

Insurance Coverage (10%): Insurance

Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2010, 2013 - 2018

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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:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Research Editor, Brooklyn Law Review, 1973-1974, Brooklyn Law School

    Representative Clients:

    • Rolling Stones
    • Eric Clapton
    • Black Sabbath

    Educational Background:

    • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B.A., 1971
    Office Location for Louis G. Adolfsen

    233 Broadway
    Suite 1010
    New York, NY 10279

    Phone: 212-238-8920


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    Last Updated: 3/23/2018

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