Daniel Silverman

Adjunct Professor of Law

Partner, Silverman & Silverman; Ret. Regional Director, National Labor Relations Board


B.S., 1963, LL.B., 1966, LL.M., 1967, New York University


Dan Silverman graduated from New York University, School of Commerce, with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1963 (with honors) and NYU law school with a Bachelor of Law degree in 1966. In 1967 he received a Masters of Law degree in Labor Law, also from NYU.


Dan began his legal career as a trial attorney in the Pittsburgh Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board in 1967, rising through the ranks of the Agency to become Regional Director of the NLRB's New York Regional Office, a position he held from 1981 to 2000. Over 20,000 cases in virtually every industry in New York were handled under Dan'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, 516 F. Supp 588 (S.D.N.Y. 1981) (requiring management to provide financial information) and Silverman v. Major League Baseball, 67 F.3d 1054 (2d Cir. 1995) (finding a duty to bargain over free agency and discussing the relationship to antitrust), National Basketball Association, 2-CA-31629 (1998) (addressing the lockout) and National Football League, 2-CA-18923 (1982) (recognizing a duty to bargain on individual contracts). Under an appointment by President Bill Clinton, Dan 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, Dan became Counsel at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, LLP from 2000 to 2007, providing advice to employer and union clients on labor issues involving mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcy and collective bargaining.


Dan has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law since 1996 where he was granted the "Best Adjunct Professor Award" on several occasions. Dan is the Co-Director of the Cardozo Labor & Employment Law Clinic. He has also written widely on labor issues, including NLRB use of injunctions, NLRA in sports, deferral to arbitration, independent contractor/employee and concerted activity under the Act. Dan is co-author of Winning at the NLRB, 2d edition published by BNA books in 2009. He 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. He is regularly listed in "Super Lawyers in New York."


Dan is admitted to practice in New York (First Department) and before several federal courts. He is married to Barbara C. Deinhardt, Esq., has four children and lives in Brooklyn, New York and Falls Village, Connecticut.

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