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Two 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


Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Commercial Litigation (2023)

Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Top 10 Arizona Lawyers, Commercial Litigation

Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona

Top Lawyer, Phoenix Magazine (2022)

Arizona Business Leaders, Law Firm Management 

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Selected for inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers 2008-2022 for Business Litigation

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

Sustaining Member, Arizona’s Finest Lawyers

Recipient of the "Leading Man Award" from Take The Lead for his years of work for gender parity

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 managing partner of Gordon & Rees’ Phoenix office. An accomplished trial lawyer, Mr. Silver is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, one of the premier legal associations of trial lawyers in America. 

As leader of the firm’s Retail & Hospitality and Government Regulatory & Administrative Law practice groups, he Mr. Silver provides counsel to his clients on all aspects of their business operations, with a special expertise in litigation and trial strategies designed to achieve the efficient resolution of all kinds of business disputes, the protection of proprietary information, including trade secrets and data, preventing or protecting clients from government over-reach or over-regulation, and in the prosecution or defense of “high stakes”, “bet the company” and other high-dollar business tort litigation.

With more than 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.

Examples of his successes on behalf of clients include:

  • Obtained complete dismissal with prejudice of FTCPA class action, filed by a group of class action plaintiff’s firms, seeking more than $10 billion in damages against his client for allegedly unauthorized text message advertisements to several thousand cell-phone users over the course of several years. 

  • Successfully negotiated a nominal settlement payment in response to a $3+ Billion claim brought by the Michigan Attorney General against a textile recycling client accused of falsely soliciting clothing donations on behalf of a local charity. Under the pressure of a Gubernatorial Campaign focused on shutting down fraudulent charitable solicitors, Mr. Silver was able to convince the Attorney General that his client was a legitimate recycling organization, committed to its mission of eliminating waste and improving the environment while supporting deserving charitable organizations.

Mr. Silver has also served as an expert witness on attorneys' standard of care in complex commercial litigation.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Silver is a frequent public speaker and author, writes and records original music, and plays in local rock bands. An accomplished artist, his 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


American Board of Trial Advocates

  • Judicial Independence Project Steering Committee Member

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

  • Cybersecurity Committee

Community Involvement

Take the Lead, Board of Directors 2014 - present

Liberty Project

  • Founder, 2005
  • Community Attorney Advisor 2005 - present

Planned Parenthood Arizona

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

Phoenix Art Museum

  • Contemporary Forum