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Steven D. Silverman

Managing Partner


J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, 1991

B.A., University of Richmond, 1988

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

State of Maryland, 1991
United States District Court, District of Maryland, 1994


Mr. Silverman is the managing partner of the firm with twenty five years of litigation experience in federal and state courts throughout the region.  Mr. Silverman is recognized as one of the most able trial lawyers in Maryland, and has enjoyed an extraordinary record of success.

His principal areas of practice include all types of complex civil litigation and appeals, as well as high-profile criminal litigation. He has been recognized as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Maryland for 9 consecutive years by the The American Association of Trial Lawyers, was named by a national publication as one of the top 10 criminal defense attorneys in the Northeast, and was named top 100 lawyers overall in the Northeast United States.

Since 1991, Mr. Silverman has represented thousands of criminal clients in courts throughout Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region.  He has not lost a jury trial in any criminal matter in nearly two decades.

Although he established himself as a criminal defense attorney early in his career, Mr. Silverman has also served as lead counsel in scores of complex civil jury trials in state and federal courts. His skills and success in the civil courtroom led to him being named a Maryland "Super Lawyer" for civil litigation since 2007.

Select Cases of Interest and Significance:

Mr. Silverman's cases have often been widely reported.  He has appeared on broadcast media programs including 60 Minutes, Face The Nation, BBC Worldwide, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Anderson 360, all national network evening news programs, the Dr. Phil Show and ESPN Sports Center, to name a few.

He has served as a legal consultant for the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Maryland Daily Record, CBS News and other national and local media. He has been invited by the Bar Association to lecture before colleagues and has served as a member of the Judicial Selections Committee. He also has been invited to present at UCLA School of Law's Labor and Sports Symposium and at area law schools on a variety of topics. Some cases of note include:

Civil Litigation:    
  • Lead counsel to thousands of former National Football League (NFL) players in a Class Action against the league for unlawful drug procurement and disbursement (2015).
  • Co-Lead counsel to hundreds of former National Hockey League (NHL) players in a Class Action against the league for concussion injuries (2015).
  • Lead counsel in ongoing Class Action litigation representing the victims of convicted voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel (2015).
  • Representation of surviving victim of accused Maryland cannibal Alexander Kinyua in his claims against a state university (2014).
  • Lead trial counsel in a successful multi-million dollar wrongful death claim by the family of a Maryland juvenile killed by officials at the Bowling Brook Preparatory School in Carroll County, Maryland. The case drew significant national interest and caused significant change in the Maryland Juvenile Justice System (2011).  
  • Successful representation of a police brutality victim in a high-profile federal civil rights lawsuit involving a public cavity search. The case was filed in the US District Court for the District of Maryland and proven through DNA evidence and prior police misconduct (2012).
  • The successful representation of victims of the catastrophic Amtrak/ CSX collision in Chase, Maryland.

Criminal Defense:
  • Representation of renowned presidential historian Barry Landau in United States District Court involving allegations of the most prolific historical document theft conspiracy in American history. The case was featured on 60 Minutes (2012).
  • Successful representation of former One Mind Ministries cult member Ria Ramkissoon by obtaining a plea of probation in a case where Ms. Ramkissoon was charged with 1st degree murder for the alleged starvation of her one-year-old son. This case garnered significant media attention in the United States and abroad. It is believed to be the first case in the history of American jurisprudence to include a "resurrection clause" in the plea agreement (2010).
  • Successful representation of former undisputed World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Riddick Bowe in numerous civil and criminal matters spanning a decade including a 2003 acquittal in Prince George's County, Maryland and a federal lawsuit against his former manager, Rock Newman.
  • Successful representation of an ex-NBA basketball player and his wife in a federal criminal fraud investigation and prosecution in U.S. District Court, Greenbelt, Maryland. All fraud charges dismissed.
  • Successful defense of a state campaign treasurer on theft and election law charges. The case was dismissed on the fourth day of trial by the State Prosecutor due to “inconsistent” testimony elicited by Mr. Silverman’s cross-examination of a Baltimore City Councilwoman. The Councilwoman subsequently resigned.
  • Successful representation in court resulting in the dismissal of all adult criminal charges, including attempted first-degree murder, of a 16 year old Baltimore boy accused of a racially motivated beating of an elderly fisherman. The case drew significant media coverage and was was particularly challenging due to the widespread bias against Mr. Silverman's client (2013).
  • Reversal of first degree murder conviction by Maryland Appellate Court. State v Bircher, 221 Md. App. 425 (2015)
  • Lead appellate counsel in a high-profile case resulting in the reversal on appeal of one of the largest verdicts in Maryland history-a $33.6 million judgment by a Circuit Court judge in favor of retired Raven Michael McCrary against two former business associates. Fisher v. McCrary Crescent City, LLC et al. 186 Md App. 86 (2010).

Government Service

  • 2006-2014 Commissioner, Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities
  • 1991-1994 Assistant Public Defender, Baltimore City, Felony Narcotics Division 
  • 1989-1991 Law Clerk, Office of the Attorney General, Civil Litigation Division

Honors, Awards and Appointments

  • 2015 "50 Most Influential Marylander" by Daily Record
  • 2015 Avvo rating: "Perfect 10: Superb"
  • 2014 Maryland Governor's Citation for Service to the Judiciary
  • 2007-2015 Named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Maryland by the American Association of Trial Lawyers
  • 2005-2014 Appointed to Commission on Judicial Disabilities (4 year term), Re-Appointed in 2009 (4 year term)
  • 2012 Named as one of the Top 100 lawyers in the Northeast in Arrive Magazine.
  • 2011 Named as one of the Top 10 criminal defense attorneys in the Northeast by Avvo.
  • 2009-2015 Fellow, the Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2007-2015 Selected  as a Maryland Super Lawyer
  • 2006 Appointed to serve on Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler’s
    Transition Committee

Professional Associations

Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney’s Association
Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
Maryland State Bar Association
Bar Association for Baltimore City