Dan Silverman served as Regional Director of the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) New York office from 1981 to 2000 and subsequently was Counsel with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, LLP from 2000-07. Over 20,000 cases in virtually every industry in New York were handled under Mr. Silverman's direct supervision as NLRB Regional Director.
He is perhaps best known for a series of cases involving professional sports, including Silverman v. Major League Baseball (requiring management to provide financial information) and Silverman v. Major League Baseball (finding a duty to bargain over free agency and discussing the relationship to antitrust), National Basketball Association, (addressing the lockout) and National Football League, (recognizing a duty to bargain on individual contracts). Under an appointment by President Bill Clinton, Mr. Silverman served as NLRB Acting General Counsel in 1993 and 1994 and he received a Distinguished Service Award from President Clinton in 1997.
After leaving the Board, Mr. Silverman became Counsel at Skadden, providing advice to employer and union clients on labor issues involving mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcy and collective bargaining. He has also been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law since 1996. He is Co-Director of the Cardozo Labor & Employment Law Clinic.
Mr. Silverman has served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is a member of various other Bar Associations. Dan has acted as a mediator and arbitrator in several industries including hotel, construction and food service.
Mr. Silverman began his legal career as a trial attorney in the NLRB's Pittsburgh Regional Office in 1967. He earned a B.S. from New York University, School of Commerce, a Bachelor of Law degree and Masters of Law degree from the New York University School of Law.
He is the co-author of the Bloomberg BNA treatise Winning at the NRLB.
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