Steven Silver is an associate in Pierce Atwood’s Litigation Practice Group. Steve focuses his practice on ERISA and long-term disability matters as well as sports law. Steve joins the firm from the Philadelphia office of McBreen & Kopko, where he defended  premises liability, products liability, trucking, and other civil litigation matters including sports and gaming issues. 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 at the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) hockey operations department.

Steve is founder of the sports law blog TheLegalBlitz.com.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star in Civil Litigation Defense (2017)
  • Named as one of Philadelphia’s Top 18 Young Lawyers on BillyPenn.com’s “Who’s Next” list (2015)

Professional Activities

Presentations and Media Appearances

  • Presented at the Sport and Recreation Law Association Annual Conference titled, “Thirty Years Later: A Review of Tarkanian, the Supreme Court and the NCAA’s Denial of Due Process” (2017)
  • Interviewed on how the next Supreme Court justice could impact sports (The Horn 104.9 FM Austin) (2017)
  • Panelist at the Drexel University Center of Hospitality & Sport Management’s College Athletes’ Rights & Empowerment Conference (2016)
  • Presented on the future of sports betting at the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law Annual Symposium, The Big Business of the Big Game (2016)
  • Interviewed as an international sports law expert on “Beyond the Game” (Turkish Radio and Television Network) (2016)
  • Testified in front of the South Carolina Senate Higher Education Subcommittee on behalf of a bill to create post-graduate trust funds for NCAA athletes (2015)
  • Interviewed as a Daily Fantasy Sports expert on the Dan Patrick Show (NBC Sports Network) (2015)
  • Interviewed as sports law expert pertaining to Deflategate on ESPN Radio (2015)

Publications

“Due Process in College Sports,” chapter in forthcoming textbook College Athletes’ Rights and Well-Being: Critical Perspectives of Policy and Practice, Johns Hopkins University Press (2017)

“Interscholastic Athletes and Due Process Protection: Student-Athletes Continue to Knock on the Door of Due Process,” Mississippi Sports Law Review (2017)

“New Congressional Bill Would Strip Sports Leagues of Nonprofit Tax Status,” Vice Sports (2017)

“How a Little-Known NCAA Rule Shuts Athletes Out of the Legal System,” Vice Sports (2016)

“NCAA Begins to Change Culture in Wake of Oliver Case,” Journal of NCAA Compliance (2016)

“Why Pa. Should Follow Nevada’s Lead and Regulate FanDuel and DraftKings,” Philadelphia Magazine (2015)

“NFL concussion litigation moves closer to a resolution,” World Sports Law Report (2015)

“The Effort to Legalize NCAA tournament office pools in PA,” Philadelphia Business Journal (2015)

“Pennsylvania Tavern Gaming May Make a Comeback,” Philadelphia Business Journal (2014)

“Complying with Small Games of Chance Act is No Small Task,” Legal Intelligencer (2014)

“3rd Circuit Ruling Alters Future Sweepstakes Promotions in PA.,” Pennsylvania Law Weekly (2014)

“The Baseball Rule: How Duties to Spectators Continue to Evolve,” Huffington Post (2013)

“The Curious Case of Convenience Casinos: How Internet sweepstakes cafes survive in a gray area between unlawful gambling and legitimate business promotions,” 29 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 593 (2013)

Practice Areas

Representative Experience

  • Successfully utilized an emergency injunction to overturn a decision by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association barring a world-renowned Jamaican track star from competing in the Penn Relays
  • Obtained summary judgment for a retail grocery store in a slip and fall action despite store employees erasing video footage of the accident
  • Won a defense verdict following a bench trial in a premises liability matter where the plaintiff alleged permanent disabling injuries from a slip and fall on ice in a parking lot
  • Successfully appealed zoning board’s refusal to issue a special exception permit to an animal daycare facility
  • Represented more than 20 homeowners in appealing land assessments improperly aimed at removing tax abatements to the Philadelphia Board of Revision of Taxes