Gary Silverman is a Partner in the Firm's Labor and Employee Benefits and General Litigation practices. He supervises the Firm's labor and employee benefits litigation practice as well as serving as counsel to and advising multiemployer and single employer benefit plans.
In his role as litigation counsel, Mr. Silverman has represented unions and benefit plans in a broad array of matters, both as plaintiffs and defendants, in State and federal courts. Representative matters on behalf of the Firm's union clients include the defense of duty of fair representation cases, claims of employment discrimination, and actions to set aside elections. On behalf of unions as plaintiffs, Mr. Silverman has been involved in applications for injunctions in aid of arbitration and special proceedings for review of disciplinary determinations. Examples of benefit fund litigated matters include defense of trustees' benefit determinations and plan interpretation, validity of spousal waivers, and employee benefit fraud actions against employers and individuals for willful evasion of remittance obligations. Mr. Silverman has argued numerous appeals relating to labor and employee benefit issues, including ERISA's break in service provisions, plan interpretation of medical necessity, and contempt under a consent decree.
Mr. Silverman also serves as counsel to unions and employee benefit plans, advising the Firm's union clients on all aspects of union governance and compliance, including organizing, unfair labor practices, interpretation and enforcement of collective bargaining agreements, grievance handling, and government investigations. Mr. Silverman advises the Firm's employee benefit plans on matters relating to fiduciary responsibility and compliance and supervises the Firm's review of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders and Qualified Medical Child Support Orders for its benefit fund clients.