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Robert S. Adler

  • Managing Partner
Worcester, Massachusetts

Mr. 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.

Mr. Adler 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.  Mr. Adler 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.

Mr. Adler 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, Mr. Adler is also a certified mediator and has served as a court-appointed arbitrator or mediator in a number of commercial and business disputes.

Mr. Adler has extensive experience in bankruptcy matters and frequently represents creditors, debtors and other litigants in various insolvency proceedings in the bankruptcy court.  Mr. Adler 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.

Areas of Practice

  • Banking & Finance
  • Business
  • Estate Planning
  • Litigation & ADR

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1985


  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1984
    • Honors: Paul J. Liacos Scholar
  • State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York
    • B.A. - 1979
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Psychology


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

Honors and Awards

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy Law, 2006-Present
  • Super Lawyers, Business and Corporate Law
  • Samuel Seder Young Leadership Award Recipient, Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts
  • Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2006-Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Worcester County Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Bowditch & Dewey, Associate, 1984 to 1990
  • Health-tex Inc., Sales Representative, 1979 to 1981

Pro Bono Activities

  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Corporator, 2003 to Present
  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Director, 2007 to 2016
  • Melvin S. Cutler Charitable Foundation, Trustee, 2006 to Present
  • Sumner and Lois Herman Charitable Foundation, Trustee, 2003 to Present
  • Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, Inc., President, 2000 to 2002
  • Jewish Family Service of Worcester Inc., President, 1995 to 1997
  • Jewish Health Care Center Inc., Board of Directors, 2008 to 2012
  • WICN Public Radio, Vice President, 1994 to 1995
  • Best Law Firms 2019
  • Listed in Best Lawyers
  • SuperLawyers
  • American College Of Bankruptcy
  • LCA TM Fellow
  • flRatingsBadge