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 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.

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

Admittance to Practice

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

Professional Activities

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


  • ACC Sports & Entertainment Network Webinar - "2019 Employment Law Update" - February 19, 2019
  • 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 4, 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 5, 2016
  • May 2018 - Above the Law - "SCOTUS Strikes Down Federal Sports Betting Ban In Monumental Victory for States’ Rights"
  • May 2018 - VICE Sports - "Here’s What You Need to Know About Legalized Sports Betting"
  • November 2017 - College Athletes’ Rights and Well-Being: Critical Perspectives on Policy and Practice, Johns Hopkins University Press - "Due Process in College Sports"
  • February 2017 - Mississippi Sports Law Review Vol. 6, Issue 1 - "Interscholastic Athletics and Due Process Protection: Student-Athletes Continue to Knock on the Door of Due Process"
  • December 2016 - VICE Sports - "How a Little-Known NCAA Rule Shuts Athletes Out of the Legal System"
  • April 2016 - Journal of NCAA Compliance - "NCAA Begins To Change Culture In Wake of Oliver Case"
  • November 2015 - Deadspin - "Football Strike Proves Athletes Are Our Universities’ Most Valuable Commodities"
  • May 2015 - World Sports Law Report - "NFL concussion litigation moves closer to a resolution"
  • March 2015 - Philadelphia Business Journal - "The Effort To Legalize NCAA tournament office pools in PA"
  • February 2014 - Legal Intelligencer - "Complying with Small Games of Chance Act is No Small Task"
  • 2014 - 29 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 593 - "The Curious Case of Convenience Casinos: How Internet sweepstakes cafes survive in a gray area between unlawful gambling and legitimate business promotions"
  • January 2014 - Pennsylvania Law Weekly - "3rd Circuit Ruling Alters Future Sweepstakes Promotions in Pa."
  • March 18, 2019 - SHRM Online - "Managing March Madness Hoopla at Work"
  • February 19, 2019 - Legal Sports Report - "Temper Those Expectations: NH Wire Act Lawsuit Faces Uphill Battle"
  • 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"
  • June 7, 2016 - TRT World - "Beyond the Game"
  • November 11, 2015 - NBC Sports Network - "The Dan Patrick Show"
  • October 9, 2015 - The International Business Times - "DraftKings, FanDuel Class-Action Lawsuit Threatens Business, User Base Growth"
  • April 24, 2015 - The Jamaica Gleaner - "Green Light for O’Hara"
  • April 23, 2015 - Jamaica Observer - "O’Hara will run at Penn Relays"
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star in Employee Benefits (New England) (2018)
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star in Civil Litigation Defense (Pennsylvania) (2017)

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