Robert “Bobby” Silverstein is a nationally-recognized attorney with over 40 years of public policy and advocacy experience. For more than a decade, he served as staff director and chief counsel for the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin.
Bobby was a behind-the-scenes architect of more than 20 disability-related bills enacted into law including the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended, and the disability-related provisions of the Fair Housing Act, as amended.
Currently, Mr. Silverstein is a principal in the law firm of Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC. He has a federal regulatory and legislative practice in the areas of disability, civil rights, health care, rehabilitation, employment, education, and social security. Mr. Silverstein also served as the director of the Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy. Mr. Silverstein earned his B.S. in Economics, cum laude, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1971.
He received his J.D. in 1974 from Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Silverstein is the recipient of more than 15 national awards, including the Distinguished Services Award of the President of the United States. Bobby has been inducted into the Public Interest Hall of Fame. Mr. Silverstein is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia Bar (associate).