Larry A. Silverman, Esq
Larry A. Silverman, Esq
I have lived in the Pittsburgh area all my life. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, I attended law school at night (while working full-time during the day) at Duquesne University’s School of Law, where I was a member of the Law Review. I then had the privilege of serving as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Donald Ziegler of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Following my 2-year clerkship, I joined the Pittsburgh law firm of Dickie McCamey & Chilcote, where my practice focused on commercial litigation and corporate law. I became a Shareholder at Dickie in 1986.
My career took an exciting twist early in 2002 when I was hired by the Pittsburgh Pirates to become its first General Counsel. For the next 10 years, I served as the only in-house counsel for the Pirates, handling all of the legal affairs for the Organization, including its player contract negotiations, all contracts with vendors, sponsors, suite holders and other stakeholders of the Team, all employee-related issues, all intellectual property matters and a host of other subjects. Additionally, I served as General Counsel to the Organization’s charitable foundation, Pirates Charities and, as a member of the senior management team, participated in a variety of Team’s strategic business decisions.
My career took another turn late in 2011 when I left the Pirates. Fortunately, exciting new opportunities followed that departure, including the chance to work on the formation of a new entity spun-off from CMU and the Software Engineering Institute and serving for almost 3 years as Senior Legal Counsel on a part-time basis to Aerotech, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based high technology manufacturing company that employs nearly 300 people with subsidiaries in Europe and Asia.
In January 2013, I re-joined Dickie McCamey as Of Counsel, where, as now, my practice focused on the representation of small businesses and nonprofits. Additionally, for the past 8 years, I have been an Adjunct of Professor Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
WHAT MAKES ME DIFFERENT
FIRST, the depth and diversity of my experience. As the summary above reflects, I have been fortunate enough to work in the court system, in-house as a General Counsel, for a number of educational institutions, as a commercial litigator and for a law firm representing small businesses and nonprofits. There is little in the legal landscape that I have not at least seen and I am confident I can apply this “collected wisdom” to provide quality legal services to your company or nonprofit.
SECOND, because I am a small business owner myself and have represented small businesses and nonprofits for much of my legal career, I understand that it is not enough to provide quality legal services. These legal services must also be provided in a timely, efficient and cost effective manner. Telling a client “I will get to your matter next week”, writing lengthy legal memos instead of providing clear and succinct responses to client inquiries and charging fees that make securing such legal advice cost-prohibitive are not options for small businesses and nonprofits.
THIRD, I strive to completely understand your business operations, marketing and advertising strategies, the composition of your workforce and, most importantly, your goals and objectives, so that I can then provide legal services that help you achieve those goals and objectives, while at the same time minimizing your legal risks. I undertake this “education” of your operations, goals and objectives at no cost to you because without this knowledge, I cannot provide the legal services you need. Rather than being an obstacle to a particular contract you wish to enter into, a digital, marketing or advertising strategy you wish to implement or an employment decision you need to make, I see myself as a partner who can find ways to minimize your legal risks while still proceeding with these actions.
FINALLY, because I am a sole practitioner and because I have set aside space in my home to serve as my office, I do not have to support the large overhead of a typical law firm, such as rent, equipment, junior attorneys and administrative staff. This allows me to bill clients at an hourly rate that is significantly less than the hourly rate charged by attorneys at law firms who need to charge hourly rates that are large enough to support the Firm’s overhead. Moreover, because I am “my own boss”, I have the flexibility to work with you on developing alternative fee arrangements, such as flat fees per project, working on an hourly basis with an agreed upon cap on legal fees, as well as monthly retainers, where I provide all requested legal services for a fixed monthly sum.
I am confident that because of all of these factors – my diverse background and experience, my understanding of the importance of timely, efficient and cost-effective service, my willingness (at no cost to you) to understand your goals and objectives and my affordable cost – that I can help navigate you thru the myriad of legal challenges that need to be addressed if your business or nonprofit is going to succeed.
If you believe you may have a need for my legal services, please call or email me so we can get together and I can learn more about your business or nonprofit and you can learn more about my background and experience, the way I practice and my fee structure. There is no charge for this initial meeting. I look forward to meeting you.
- Law Office of Larry A. Silverman, Esq., May 1, 2016 to Present
- Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C., Of Counsel, January 20, 2013 to April 2016
- Senior Legal Counsel, Aerotech, Inc. July 2012 to May 2015
- Attorney/Consultant, Carnegie Mellon University, March 2012 thru June 2012
- Senior Vice President & General Counsel for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Feb. 2002 to Nov. 2011
- Adjunct Professor, Sports Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Sept. 2008 to Present
- Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C., Shareholder, September 1980 to February 2002
- Law Clerk, Hon. Donald Ziegler, U.S. District Court, W.D. of Pennsylvania, Sept. 1978 to Sept. 1980
- Duquesne University School of Law, Cum Laude (May 1978); Law Review
- University of Pittsburgh, B.A. in Political Science, Cum Laude (May 1974)
ADMISSIONS TO PRACTICE/PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, November 1978
- Member of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations
- Member of American Corporate Counsel Association
- Member of Sports Law Association
- Heinz School of Public Policy, Guest Lecturer on Contract Negotiations
- Panelist, “Drug & Alcohol Testing of Employees”, Allegheny County Bar Association (March 2016)
- Panelist, International Association of Defense Counsel, Grievance Arbitration in Professional Sports, July 2013
- Panelist, KDKA’s “Morning Edition”, Donald Sterling and Racism in Professional sports, (May 8, 2014)
- Post-Gazette Opinion Column, “Do the Pirates have a Diversity Problem”, May 1, 2016.
- Co-Author, “How You Can Safely Use Social Media With Employees,” ACC Docket (Sept. 2010)
- “Dryer v. NFL: Can the ‘Voice of God’ Save NFL Films, Entertainment and Sports Lawyer, ABA, (Spring 2010)
- Must A Web Site Comply with the American With Disabilities Act?
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