2 N. Central Avenue
Suite 2200
Phoenix, AZ 85004


J.D., Arizona State University, 1989

  • Graduate research assistant on Karjala, An Analysis of Close Corporation Legislation in the United States, 21 Arizona State Law Journal 663

B.A., St. Lawrence University, 1984


Top 10 Arizona Lawyers, Commercial Litigation

Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Selected for inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers 2008-2019 for Business Litigation

Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell

Sustaining Member, Arizona's Finest Lawyers

Recipient of the YWCA Tribute to Leadership "Advocacy Leader Award" for his career in public advocacy

AZRE's Top People to Know in Commercial Real Estate, for Commercial Litigation

Recognized at Planned Parenthood's Annual Standup for Choice Luncheon as public service honoree

Recipient of the Peggy Goldwater Award, the highest honor bestowed by Planned Parenthood Arizona

Recipient of the first "Fabulous Attorney Advisor Award" from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University for his work with the Liberty Project

Recipient of the Let Freedom Ring, Legal Community Leadership Award, in recognition of his years of volunteer legal service

Leon Silver is co-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.  He is also a member of the Commercial Litigation, Employment, and Privacy, Data & Cybersecurity practice groups. With 30 years’ experience handling complicated business and real estate trials, arbitrations, mediations and appeals, Mr. Silver has a proven record of success in the most difficult, high dollar disputes the firm's clients have faced.

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. 

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 (2018)
  • Co-Author for the Sedona Conference Security/Privacy in Civil Litigation (2018)
  • Drafting Team for the Sedona Conference Data Breach Response Guide (2016)

Arizona Technology Council

  • Cybersecurity Committee

Community Involvement

Take the Lead, Board of Directors
Liberty Project

  • Founder
  • Community Attorney Advisor

Planned Parenthood Arizona

  • Trustee, 2001-present, Co-Chair, 2013-present
  • Board of Directors, 1993-2003, Chair, 2001-2003

Phoenix Art Museum

  • Contemporary Forum