About Adlai J.J. Small

Adlai has spent the last 20 years working on sophisticated litigation matters. He has extensive experience with all phases of complex litigation in many state and federal courts throughout the United States as well as international fora.  He has represented large, high profile clients in cases involving, among others, mass torts, product liability, consumer fraud, false advertising, securities class actions and general commercial matters.  Some notable matters 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.

Adlai is a devoted 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.

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


  • 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