Leon Silver is managing partner of Gordon & Rees' Phoenix office. He is the firm’s National Practice Group leader for the Retail & Hospitality and Government Regulatory & Administrative Law practice groups. A trial lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience handling complicated business and real estate related disputes, he is also a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation, Trial Practice, Class Action, Securities Litigation, Employment, and Privacy, Data & Cybersecurity practice groups. Mr. Silver has a proven record of success in the most difficult, high dollar disputes the firm's clients have faced.
An accomplished trial lawyer, Mr. Silver is member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, one of the premier legal associations of trial lawyers in America, membership in which is extended by invitation only to experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.
Mr. Silver represents national and multi-national retailers, restaurants, hotels and management companies, government regulated entities, utilities, sophisticated real estate investors and developers, small businesses and business people. As leader of the firm’s Retail & Hospitality and Government Regulatory & Administrative Law practice groups, he provides counsel to his clients on all aspects of their business operations, with a special expertise in the protection of proprietary information, privacy and data security, preventing or protecting clients from government over-reach or over-regulation, employment issues and in the prosecution or defense of "high stakes", “bet the company” and other high-dollar business tort litigation.
Examples of his successes on behalf of clients include:
Obtained a defense jury verdict on an $11 million claim by a vendor for alleged wrongful returns, unearned discounts, and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing regarding the sale of vendor’s power products (scooters, generators, lights) in client's stores. Jury agreed with our view that balance of the account was only $10,733. The decision was over-turned by a split panel of the Arizona Court of Appeals, which subsequently rejected his client's attorneys' fee claim. Mr. Silver successfully petitioned for review by the Arizona Supreme Court twice, and in each instance obtained a reversal of the Court of Appeals ruling and, ultimately, a victory for his client.
Successfully prevented an attempt to place his client's recycling plant into Receivership and fended off claims for damages in the tens of millions of dollars arising from alleged fraudulent activity associated with the solicitation of investment capital in the company. The dispute involved litigation in both Arizona and Florida, investors from several different Central and South American countries, and allegations of money laundering, embezzlement, fraud and racketeering activity.
Reversed a $400,000 Department of Homeland Security Administrative Law Judge ruling against his client on appeal to the Ninth Circuit arising from an illegal Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid on the client’s restaurants. The client walked away with a $100,000 attorney fee payment to the client by the government in full resolution of the case.
Successfully prevented a government agency from obtaining disgorgement of tens of millions of dollars of revenue from the firm's client based on a alleged violations of government regulations regarding how public works companies may be operated.
In addition to his practice, Mr. Silver is a frequent public speaker and author. An accomplished artist, Mr. Silver's paintings have been featured in magazines and can be found in offices, homes and public spaces across the country.
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States District Court, District of Arizona
DRI The Voice of the Defense Bar
- Retail & Hospitality Committee - Commercial Litigation SLG, Co-Chair
- Commercial Litigation Committee - Cyber Security SLG, Past Chair
Sedona Conference - Working Group 11 - Data Security and Privacy Liability
- Co-Editor for the Sedona Conference Data Breach Response Guide (2020)
- Co-Author for the Sedona Conference Security/Privacy in Civil Litigation (2018)
Arizona Technology Council
Take the Lead, Board of Directors
- Community Attorney Advisor
Planned Parenthood Arizona
- Trustee, 2001-present, Co-Chair, 2013-present
- Board of Directors, 1993-2003, Chair, 2001-2003
Phoenix Art Museum