Overview

Steve Silver focuses his practice on ERISA litigation, sports and gaming law, and representing employers in federal and state court litigation involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims. He also represents employers in administrative hearings and counsels employers on a broad spectrum of day-to-day employment matters, including employee discipline, terminations, leaves of absence, COVID-19 reopening protocols, and wage and hour issues. In addition, he assists employers in drafting policies, employee handbooks, and employment-related agreements to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal law.

Before relocating to Maine, Steve practiced in Philadelphia where he defended premises liability, products liability, trucking, and other civil litigation matters. Steve has tried numerous matters in municipal, state, and federal courts. Steve also served as an arbitrator in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Compulsory Arbitration Center.

While in law school, Steve was a member of the Temple Law Review and held internships with the former President Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Idee C. Fox and the ECHL “AA” Hockey League.  

Prior to law school, Steve was a sports reporter for the Tennessean and Las Vegas Sun. He also served as the radio broadcaster for the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers. Steve continues to write with a focus on sports law and athletes’ rights. His work has appeared in many national outlets including the Washington Times, Sporting News Magazine, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Men’s Health, Vice Sports, Huffington Post, Above the Law, and Deadspin.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Chair

Maine Gambling Control Board

2020-present

Member

Maine State Board of Property Tax Review

2018-present

Recognition

Named, Ones to Watch

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, and Litigation – Labor and Employment

Best Lawyers

2021

Named, Rising Star

Employee Benefits, New England

Super Lawyers

2018-2020

Named, Rising Star

Civil Litigation Defense, Pennsylvania

Super Lawyers

2017

News, Analysis & Press

Maine DOL Issues Final Rules on Mandatory Paid Leave

SHRM Online

September 29, 2020

Maine Becomes First State to Mandate Paid Leave for Any Reason

SHRM Online

June 6, 2019

Here’s What You Need to Know About Legalized Sports Betting

VICE Sports

May 14, 2018

SCOTUS Strikes Down Federal Sports Betting Ban in Monumental Victory for States’ Rights

Above the Law

May 2018

Books & Book Chapters

  • Due Process in College Sports chapter, College Athletes’ Rights and Well-Being: Critical Perspectives on Policy and Practice, Johns Hopkins University Press, November 2017
  • New Hampshire chapter, Misrepresentation in the Life, Health, and Disability Insurance Application Process: A National Survey, ABA Publishing, 2021

Speaking Engagements

Online Sweepstakes, The Rapid Rise of Legalized Sports Betting, and Office Pools in the Digital Age: The State of Gambling in Maine

Cumberland Bar Association

February 23, 2021

Vice in the Workplace

Maine State Bar Association Winter Conference

January 27, 2021

LD 369: An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave Update

NESHRM Conference

September 16, 2020

Vice in the Workplace: Managing the Expansion of Legal Marijuana and Online Gambling

Human Resources Association of Southern Maine

March 10, 2020

Place Your Bets? An Update on Gambling in the Workplace

Association of Corporate Counsel Sports & Entertainment Network Webinar

February 18, 2020

2019 Employment Law Update

Association of Corporate Counsel Sports & Entertainment Network Webinar

February 19, 2019

Cardozo Sports Law Symposium First Amendment Issues In Sports

Cardozo Law School, New York, NY

March 16, 2018

Education

  • J.D., Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, 2013
  • B.S., Northwestern University, 2008

Bar Admission

Maine
Pennsylvania
New Jersey

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania