Steven Silver is an associate in the Portland, Maine office of Ogletree Deakins. Steve 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, 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.
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 is the Maine State Membership Chair for DRI and a member of the Maine State Board of Property Tax Review. 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.