Steven M. Silverberg is a litigator whose practice primarily involves class actions, civil rights, and internal investigations. Steve advises and represents clients in all aspects of the employment relationship including matters involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower protection, wage and hour issues, employment and noncompetition agreements, occupational safety and health, and labor and employment issues implicated in business transactions. He has successfully resolved matters through negotiation, dispositive motion practice, and when necessary, trials and arbitrations.
He also handles a variety of commercial matters involving the healthcare, hospitality, and pharmaceutical industries; commercial contract disputes impacted by COVID-19; and policyholder insurance coverage litigation. The scope of his sensitive internal investigations has ranged from an investigation into a global financial institution’s pension risk transfer operations to single-incident workplace harassment claims.
In his public sector practice, Steve represents government entities and their employees in all phases of litigation, from case intake through trial. His diverse practice includes impact litigation affecting agency policymaking, as well as the defense of individual clients facing allegations of employment discrimination, constitutional torts and professional malpractice. He has tried federal civil rights cases to verdict in both the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Prior to joining Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, Steve spent seven years with the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of New York. As an assistant unit chief in the Special State Law Enforcement Defense Unit, he provided comprehensive oversight for more than over 450 actively litigated civil matters. He also served as an assistant corporation counsel in the Special Federal Litigation Division, where he served as lead counsel for over 150 cases in federal court. He was a member of the litigation team defending a high-profile class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of police practices.
Steve currently teaches as an adjunct professor at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. He has served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Kiyo A. Matsumoto of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and as a congressional intern for the Honorable Russ Carnahan, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri.
Federal Bar Council, First Decade Committee
CLE Instructor (negotiations, depositions, civil rights, trial advocacy)
Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice, Adjunct Professor
Represented client who was prevented from accepting an executive position with a multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate as a result of his former employer’s bad faith threats to enforce restrictive covenants.
Conducted pre-litigation internal investigation into major global financial institution’s recordkeeping and payment practices.
Secured multi-million-dollar judgment on behalf of a leading apparel firm in connection with its claim for insurance coverage arising from stolen merchandise under a Marine Cargo insurance policy.
Represented a national communications and media company in connection with their pursuit of insurance coverage arising out of a high-profile defamation and invasion of privacy claim brought by a former professional wrestler.
Litigated multiple class actions alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act on behalf of a major transportation agency and its subsidiaries. Secured summary judgment in an action alleging discrimination based on the maintenance of elevators in the subway system, and a complete victory in a suit seeking an injunction directing the installation of subway and railroad platform barriers.
Investigated workplace harassment claim and advised executives regarding best practices.
Defended government employees accused of constitutional violations and professional malpractice.
Successfully prevented deposition of a high-ranking government official on the grounds that the request was unduly burdensome given his position and lack of personal knowledge regarding the underlying litigation.
Secured summary judgment for public sector agency and its employees who were sued for First Amendment retaliation, false arrest and malicious prosecution under the Fourth Amendment, and a due process claim under Fourteenth Amendment concerning procedures and processes for the suspension of employees under a Collective Bargaining Agreement.
News & Insights
- Joshua Blosveren, Andrew Bourne and Steven Silverberg Obtain Favorable Ruling for Cox Enterprises and Cox Radio in Insurance Coverage Litigation against Hiscox Insurance07.29.2020Alert
- COVID-19 Blog, 05.21.2020
- COVID-19 Blog, 05.21.2020
- COVID-19 Blog, 04.30.2020
- COVID-19 Blog, 04.20.2020
- Bar of the State of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- Judicial intern for the Honorable Kiyo A. Matsumoto in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- Congressional intern for the Honorable Russ Carnahan, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
Washington University in St. Louis, (B.A. 2007)
- Dean’s List
Brooklyn Law School (J.D. 2010)
- Cum Laude
Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Associate Notes and Comments Editor