Adlai J.J. Small


With over two decades of experience handling all phases of complex litigation in various state, federal, and international fora, Adlai possesses the rare ability to transverse all aspects of complex and sophisticated litigation. He is known for employing creative, efficient, and dynamic legal strategies designed to minimize exposure and optimize long-term outcomes for his clients.

Adlai has represented high-profile clients in cases involving, among others, mass torts, product liability, consumer fraud, false advertising, securities class actions, and general commercial matters. These include representing the City of New York and dozens of private contractors against thousands of toxic tort claims arising from the post-9/11 recovery and clean-up operation at the World Trade Center disaster site, pursuing claims for clients involved in a multi-billion-dollar transnational environmental litigation, and defending a major investment bank in a large securities fraud class action.

Before joining Spiro Harrison & Nelson LLC, Adlai was of counsel in the New Jersey office of an international law and public policy firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he was an associate at one of Am Law’s five largest U.S. law firms. Adlai served as Editor-in-Chief of his law school’s Law Review and as a law clerk to Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, Associate Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court.

Adlai devotes his time as a pro bono advocate for juvenile justice and other social issues. He serves as lead counsel for the New Jersey Parents’ Caucus, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to reforming New Jersey’s juvenile justice system.

  • Rutgers University School of Law – J.D. with Honors
    • – Rutgers Law Journal – Editor-In-Chief
    • – School of Law Fellowship
  • University of Vermont – B.A., Political Science
  • State Bars:
    • – New York
    • – New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals:
    • – Second Circuit
    • – Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts:
    • – District of New Jersey
    • – Eastern District of New York
    • – Southern District of New York