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Peter R. Silverman

Partner
1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604-5573
Direct419.321.1307
Fax419.241.6894
psilverman@slk-law.com

Assistant

Andrea Nyers
Direct419.321.1280
anyers@slk-law.com

Peter Silverman has extensive experience in the area of commercial litigation and general business counsel.  He has substantial experience in a number of specialty areas, including franchising, alternative dispute resolution, intellectual property, securities, and antitrust.

Peter has been an active arbitrator since 1986 and mediator since 1990.  He is a member of the AAA's Large, Complex Case Arbitration Panel.  He teaches seminars nationwide and writes widely on alternative dispute resolution.

In 2013 and eight prior years, Franchise Times® recognized him as one of the nation's top 100 franchise lawyers.  Best Lawyers lists him as one of America's best Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Franchise Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Securities, and Mediation lawyers, and Ohio Super Lawyers® and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers recognize him in franchise law.  He was chair of the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Franchising, and is a member of the IFA/CPR Franchise Mediation Program Steering Committee.  He received the Ernst and Young / Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work in helping business owners start and grow their businesses, and is a member of the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence Hall Of Fame.  He formerly served on the Toledo City Council, the Toledo School Board, and the Ohio Casino Commission.

Representative Matters

In his 31 years of practice, Mr. Silverman has tried over 75 cases to conclusion in court and arbitration, and has served as an arbitrator in over 25 cases.  In the latest five years, he has:

  • Won defense verdict in 7-figure securities fraud case after a bench trial.
  • Won defense verdict in 7-figure jury trial in federal court in a case between real estate developers over a broken deal.
  • Won arbitration award for $500,000 against two broker dealers related to fraud in connection with reverse convertible notes.
  • Successfully settled counterfeit action in which defendant received back the seven trailer-loads of goods seized from its warehouses.
  • Obtained full-recovery six figure award in arbitration on behalf of national trust company against systems provider.
  • Investigated complex securities investment, brought suit, and exposed $200 MM Ponzi scheme.
  • Recovered 7-figure settlement in RICO/fraud suit by developer against general contractor.
  • Successfully resolved termination/breach actions brought by Bennigan’s against over 75 franchisees and guarantors.
  • Secured 6-figure settlement in legal malpractice action brought by franchisor.
  • Participating in trial team bringing arbitrations on behalf of over 1000 former Merrill Lynch brokers against Bank of America, including parallel class action litigation.
  • Serving as lead trial counsel in trademark confusion case between two national consumer brands (still pending).

Honors

  • Franchise Times®, recognized as one of the Nation's top 100 franchise lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007 - 2014
  • International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, 2013, Franchise law
  • Ohio Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2014, 2011, 2010, 2009
  • Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence Hall Of Fame
  • Toledo Business Journal, "Who's Who in Toledo Area Law"
  • Ernst and Young Inc. Magazine, "Entrepreneur of the Year" Award
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Rated Commercial Litigation Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell, 2012

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • ABA Forum on Franchising
  • IFA/CPR Franchise Mediation Program Steering Committee

News Releases

12.05.2013Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named to 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers® and Ohio Rising Stars
10.10.2013Peter R. Silverman Quoted in Wall Street Journal News Story
08.15.201383 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014
07.26.2013Peter R. Silverman Quoted in The Street.Com News Story
12.25.2012Peter R. Silverman Featured in Blue MauMau Article regarding Franchising and Distribution Top Legal Trends in 2012
10.10.2012Peter Silverman Co-Authored American Bar Association Publication "Annual Franchise and Distribution Law Developments, 2012"
09.12.2012Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Toledo Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Toledo Area Law” Recognition
08.28.201281 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013
09.15.2011Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Toledo Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Toledo Area Law” Recognition
09.07.201170 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America® 2012
07.21.2011Peter R. Silverman Quoted in Nation’s Restaurant News Story
06.06.2011Peter R. Silverman Quoted in Forbes Magazine Story
12.20.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named to 2011 Ohio Super Lawyers and Ohio Rising Stars
08.12.201070 Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011
07.29.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Selected for Toledo Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Area Law” Recognition
07.01.2010Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition

Publications

October 2013Co-Author, "Forum 2013 Intensive Program:  Mediation," American Bar Association 36th Forum on Franchising
Summer 2013"Not Your Father’s Arbitration," Franchise Lawyer, Vol. 16:3
02.2013"Leverage: Understanding your Power and Position," Professional Athlete Franchise Initiative Press
11.01.2012"International Arbitration," insights Newsletter, Fall 2012
10.01.2012Co-Author, "Annual Franchise and Distribution Law Developments 2012" (ABA)
09.2012"Mediation 2.0," The Franchise Lawyer,  Vol. 15, No. 4, Fall 2012
09.2011Co-Author, "The Franchisee Lawyer's Checklist:  What Every Franchisee Lawyer Should Know," American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
05.15.2011"Key Legal and Business Ethics Issues for Franchise Lawyers," International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
11.01.2010"The Automobile Industry Special - Binding Arbitration Program:  A Review and Analysis"
10.01.2010"Mandatory Arbitration of GM and Chrysler Dealer Terminations - Did It Work?"
07.06.2010"Can We Resolve Franchise Disputes Faster, Cheaper, and Better?"
10.14.2009"Mediating Franchise Disputes"
06.15.2008"The Client's Guide to Mediation and Arbitration: The Strategy for Winning"
02.11.2008"Amended FTC Franchise Rule Affects Franchisees: Right of Franchise Association Disclosure Takes Effect in '08"
10.10.2007"FTC Rule Revision Benefits Independent Franchisee Associations"
10.09.2007"Float like a Butterfly, Sting like a Bee: The Lure of Floating Forum Selection Clauses"
2007"A Step-by-Step Look at Dispute Resolution," in Inside the Minds: Mediation and Arbitration Best Practices (Boston: Aspatore Books)
03.01.2006"Franchise Brokers: Buyer Beware"
10.01.2005"47 Litigation Writing Rules"
05.01.2005"Forty-Five Litigation Writing Rules." Ohio Lawyer
01.01.2005"43 Litigation Writing Rules"
10.2003"What's in a name? Just the essence of a franchise system." Indus Journal: B10
06.2003"Court Decision Gives Franchisees Hope in Termination Battles." Indus Journal: 11

Newsletters

Events and Presentations

10.16.2013Panelist, "Forum 2013 Intensive Program:  Mediation," American Bar Association 36th Forum on Franchising
04.04.2013Panelist, "Herding the Cats:  The Case for Collective or Joined Arbitration," ABA Dispute Resolution Spring Conference
11.15.2012"Annual Developments in Franchise and Distribution Law 2012," American Bar Association Webinar
10.05.2012"Annual Developments in Franchise and Distribution Law 2012," American Bar Association Forum on Franchising
10.19.2011"The Franchisee Lawyer's Checklist:  What Every Franchisee Lawyer Should Know"
05.16.2011"Key Legal and Business Ethics Issues for Franchise Lawyers," International Franchise Association Legal Symposium
06.09.2010"Formation of the ADR Clause," International Association of Defense Counsel
05.26.2010"The New Wave of Dispute Resolution," American Bar Association Forum on Franchising teleseminar
05.10.2010"Best Practices for Dispute Resolution," International Association of Franchisees and Dealers
12.01.2009"Mediating Franchise Disputes," American Bar Association Forum on Franchising, 2009 Annual Program, and American Bar Association teleseminar
09.01.2009"ADR is Not an Impulse Item," Cincinnati Bar Association
11.01.2008"Mediation and Arbitration: Strategies for Winning," Association of Corporate Counsel, Central Ohio Chapter
11.01.2008"Antitrust Guidelines for Trade Associations," National Association of Credit Management

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Education

  • J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan, 1981
  • B.A., with honors, George Washington University, 1977
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1975-1976

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Michigan, 1988
  • Ohio, 1984
  • New York, 1982
  • United States Supreme Court, 1986
  • Court of Appeals New York, 1982
  • Supreme Court Michigan, 1984
  • Supreme Court Ohio, 1984
  • United States Court of Appeals Second Circuit, 1983
  • United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit, 1985
  • United States Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, 1988
  • United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio, 2000

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