Rebecca Adelman is an entrepreneur, influencer, thought leader and the founder of Adelman Law Firm, established in 2001. For nearly 30 years, Rebecca has concentrated her practice in insurance defense and litigation. Her business extends through the tri-states of Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee in all state and federal courts. She also serves as special and trial counsel nationally. Rebecca is a certified mediator and is the only attorney on the Exclusive Roster of Mediators with the American Health Lawyers Association Dispute Resolution in the tri-state area. She also founded the National Long-Term Care Defense Summit – now in its seventh year – specifically designed for providers, insurers and brokers.
Rebecca’s insurance defense practice includes representation of insurance companies and long-term care providers and their insurers, both regionally and nationally. She also provides consulting services and education programming to healthcare professionals and business associates. She has active practices in the areas of general liability, professional liability, premises and employment law. She is a listed mediator serving all areas of business and health care litigation.
Her experience also extends to risk management and organizational counseling and formal programs, including comprehensive “expectations management,” arbitration training, facility admissions protocols and crisis communications planning. She is a member of the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).
Rebecca is involved in state and national legislative matters on behalf of the health care industry and serves as legal advisor for the American Assisted Living Nurses Association (AALNA). She authors a monthly column, The Adelman Advantage, for the Nursing and Assisted Living Professional newsletter, and is a regular contributor to other publications.
Rebecca was a finalist for CLM’s Professional of the Year - Outside Counsel in 2018, was honored with the inaugural Ethel Mitty Heart Award in 2017, recognized by the Memphis Business Journal as a Super Women in Business and named an MBQ Power Player in the area of defense litigation by the Memphis Business Quarterly. She was included in the Women to Watch issue of Memphis Woman Magazine and selected as Executive of the Year by the Memphis Business Journal.
Rebecca is also an NBA, WNBA and FIBA certified player agent. She is the founder and CEO of MPower Sports Group, LLC, a full-service sports management firm.
Rebecca has raised her son as a sole-parent. Over the years, they have enjoyed many adventures together through travel, education and a big, fun family.
Her strong beliefs in education and peace guided her to found a nonprofit Montessori school. She is also involved in nonprofit organizations dedicated to the health and well-being of children through sports and education.
Rebecca is fluent in French.
For a more personal look at Rebecca, please visit her website, rebeccaadelman.com.
J.D., The University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 1990
M. Econ., Universite de Driot, d’Economie et des Sciences d’Aix-Marselle II, 1987
B.A., Economics and French, University of Michigan, 1986
Bar and court admissions
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
U.S District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
Supreme Court of the United States of America
U.S. Court of Appeals of the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Honors and awards
Finalist, Professional of the Year - Outside Counsel – CLM, 2018
Inaugural Ethel Mitty Heart Award – AALNA, 2016
Super Women in Business – Memphis Business Journal, 2016
Memphis Power Player, Defense Litigation – Memphis Business Quarterly
Women to Watch – Memphis Business Journal
Executive of the Year – Memphis Business Journal
Top 10 Women in Business – Memphis Business Journal
Top 40 Under 40 – Memphis Business Journal
Professional and community affiliations
American Assisted Living Nurse Association, Legal Advisor
American, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee Bar Associations
American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living
American Health Lawyers Association
American Society of Health Care Risk Management
Business Insurance Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Defense Research Institute
Memphis Bar Association, Health Care Law Section
Mississippi Health Care Association
Sports Lawyers Association
Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association
Tennessee Health Care Association
Speaker, Caring for Those Who Care for You: A Daughter’s Lessons – 14th Annual Conference, AALNA – Milkwaukee, Wis., July 19-20, 2018
Speaker, Litigation Holds and Preserving Evidence: How to Avoid an “Uber” Problem – 2nd Annual Long-Term Care Insurance ExecuSummit – Uncasville, Conn., June 26-27, 2018
Speaker, How to Market When You Don’t Play Golf – Empowerment Conference, Tennessee Legal Association for Women – Nashville, Tenn., April 19-20, 2018
Speaker, Effective Strategies for Giving and Seeking Feedback and Sharing and Handling Constructive Criticism – 2nd Annual Women in Insurance Leadership ExecuSummit – Uncasville, Conn., April 17-28, 2018
Speaker, Audit Trails and E-Discovery - Avoiding the Rabbit Holes and Litigation Hold - Know When to Hold ‘Em – Litigation Risk and Defense Strategies for Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Providers, Insurers and Brokers Conference – Houston, Tex., April 4-5, 2018
Speaker, Drivers and Trends in Aging Services Cases – Inaugural Long-Term Care Insurance ExecuSummit – Uncasville, Conn., June 27-28, 2018
Speaker, Nursing Delegation vs. Nursing Assignment (webinar) – Willis, Towers and Watson – March 28, 2017
Speaker, Regulatory Compliance Mashup – Litigation Risk and Defense Strategies for Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Providers, Insures and Brokers Conference – New Orleans, La., March 29-30, 2017
Speaker, Professional Development and Coaching for Women Leaders - Implementing Critical Negotiation, Leadership and Presentation Skills to Accomplish Your Goals – American Conference Institute – New York, N.Y., July 20-21, 2016
Speaker, Caring Together Call - Nurse Delegation vs. Assignment (webinar) – AALNA/NCAL – Sept. 30, 2016
Speaker, Patient-Friendly Admission Process - An Improved Experience – Client Leadership Conference – Atlanta, Ga., April 27, 2016
Speaker, Setting Realistic Expectations Admissions to Discharge – AALNA, Region 5 Spring Conference – New York, N.Y., April 2, 2016
Co-speaker, Regulations, Corporate Compliance and Quality Improvement - Litigation and Risk Management Connections – Litigation Risk and Defense Strategies for Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Providers, Insurers and Brokers Conference – New York, N.Y., April 1, 2016
Speaker, Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities - A Proposed Rule by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on July 16, 2015 – Tennessee Health Care Association – Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 30, 2015
Speaker – Litigation Risk and Defense Strategies for Long-Term Care and Assisted Living Providers, Insurers and Brokers Conference – Memphis, Tenn., May 1, 2015
Invited speaker – Risk Management Roundtable Discussion – National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC), 2015 Capital and Business Strategies Forum – San Diego, Calif., April 2, 2015
Invited speaker – Defending Assisted Living Facilities in a Climate Where Resident Acuity and Exposure Are at Its Highest – ACI, 5th annual Forum on Preventing and Defending Long-Term Care Litigation – Miami, Fla., Jan. 29, 2015
Nursing and Assisted Living Facility Professional, The Adelman Advantage – Jan. 2010-present
Crisis Communication for Health Care Providers Guide – revised, 2017