Steven Silver

Associate Portland (ME)

Steven Silver is an associate in the Portland, Maine office of Ogletree Deakins. Steve focuses his practice on ERISA and long-term disability matters as well as sports law. Steve joins Ogletree Deakins from the Portland office of a regional multi-service firm where he litigated numerous ERISA matters and advised clients on various sports law issues including trademarks for a hockey stick manufacturer, compliance for a skins gaming website, and contract negotiation for a sports league management software startup. Prior to moving 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.

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.

During law school, Steve was president of the Jewish Law Students Association and a member of Temple Law Review. He was a summer law clerk to the Hon. Idee C. Fox in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and an intern in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) hockey operations department. He currently sits on the Portland, Maine Board of Assessment of Review and is the Young Lawyer Liaison Vice-Chair to the DRI Life Health & Disability Committee. Steve is also an adjunct professor of gaming law at the University of Maine School of Law and volunteers as a big brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Board Member - Maine State Board of Property Tax Review (2018)


  • Cardozo Law School - ''Cardozo Sports Law Symposium First Amendment Issues In Sports'' - New York City - March 16, 2018
  • Strafford CLE Webinar - ''ERISA Wrongful Denial of Benefits Claims: Procedural Prerequisites and Key Defenses'' - November 21, 2017
  • Sport and Recreation Law Association Annual Conference - ''Thirty Years Later: A Review of Tarkanian, the Supreme Court and the NCAA’s Denial of Due Process'' - Las Vegas - March 04, 2017
  • Drexel University Center for Hospitality & Sport Management - ''College Athletes’ Rights & Empowerment: Visioning A New Paradigm'' - Philadelphia - March 26, 2016
  • Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law Annual Symposium - ''The Big Business of the Big Game'' - Winston-Salem - February 05, 2016


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Media Quotes

June 12, 2018 - WABE - "Closer Look: The iElevate Conference; Legalized Sports Gambling; And More"
May 14, 2018 - Bloomberg Law - "Supreme Court Sports Bets Ruling Opens Door for Blockchain"
September 27, 2017 - Post and Courier - "Focus turns to head coach Frank Martin after former assistant charged with bribery"