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Samuel W. Silver

T 215-751-2309
    Sam, a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, is Chair of the Firm's Litigation Department and a member of the Firm's Executive Committee. While Sam’s practice has focused in several substantive areas, he is best known as a go-to trial lawyer who can and will take any matter into a courtroom. In addition to handling his caseload, Sam is regularly asked to teach on trial-related issues. Sam is also widely known for his often-high-profile pro bono cases, which have included several capital and non-capital homicide cases.

    A commercial litigator, Sam has tried to verdict a variety of cases; he concentrates on representing global manufacturers of products in litigation and product safety matters. He has litigated disputes about intellectual property, healthcare, securities, banking and insurance coverage and more. He has also litigated restrictive covenants and theft of trade secrets claims in the context of departing employees. Sam has extensive experience representing members of the equestrian sport in a wide variety of matters.

    Sam is committed to pro bono work and capital case representation in particular. His accomplishments include successful retrials of two separate death-condemned inmates before juries, both cases resulting in unanimous verdicts for the defense.

    His work also includes serving as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and teaching trial advocacy and other courses for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA).


    • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1989
    • Middlebury College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1986

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    • U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
    • U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

    Bar Admissions

    • Pennsylvania, 1989

    Professional Affiliations

    • University of Pennsylvania Inn of Court, member
    • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
    • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
    • Prisoner Civil Rights Panel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, co-coordinator

    Other Distinctions

    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation, 2009-2017
    • Noted as a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer" for civil litigation defense, 2004-2016
    • Recipient of the First Judicial District Pro Bono Publico Award, 2014
    • Co-recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Association's annual Wachovia Fidelity Award, for improving the administration of justice and the profession, 2006
    • Recipient of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 2006
    • Recognized for pro bono work by the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, 2001
    • Recipient of the Earl G. Harrison Pro Bono Award, 2000
    • Selected as one of Pennsylvania's "Lawyers on the Fast Track" by The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly, 2003. This honor was conferred upon 29 of Pennsylvania's lawyers under 40 years of age as a result of a statewide nomination process.
    • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®