About the Director
Robert “Bobby” Silverstein has over 30 years experience analyzing complex public policy issues and developing comprehensive, innovative, and common-sense legislative and regulatory solutions that meet the divergent needs of multiple stakeholders. 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, health care, rehabilitation, employment, education, social security, and civil rights. Mr. Silverstein also serves as the director of the Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy. Mr. Silverstein has written several peer-reviewed Journal articles and more than 75 papers and articles on public policy issues, from a disability perspective. He has presented keynote speeches before national and state organizations and trained leaders and others in more than 40 states regarding various public policy issues and the policymaking process. From 1997-2000, he served as an Associate Professor of Health Care Sciences, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Mr. Silverstein gained considerable experience negotiating and drafting bipartisan, consensus legislation while serving in various staff capacities in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate between 1985 and 1997, including serving as staff director and chief counsel for the Subcommittee on Disability Policy of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources (currently the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions). Mr. Silverstein was the behind-the-scenes architect of more than 20 bills enacted into law, including the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.
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 10 national awards, including the Distinguished Services Award of the President of the United States. Mr. Silverstein is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia Bar.
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