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LEAD PEOPLE Bobby Silverstein, Principal – Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, P.C.

June 30, 2014

Robert “Bobby” Silverstein, a principal at Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, P.C, is a subject matter expert for the LEAD Center working on federal public policy and regulatory analysis, with a special emphasis on the Workforce Investment Act’s (WIA) Section 188 and the provisions that most affect universal access for people with disabilities. He has a federal regulatory and legislative practice in the areas of disability, health care, rehabilitation, employment, education, social security and civil rights, which he brings to the LEAD Center to support our policy initiatives, specifically the creation of a Section 188 Guide for use by American Job Center Equal Opportunity Officers.

Silverstein has more than 40 years experience analyzing complex public policy issues and developing comprehensive, innovative, and commonsense legislative and regulatory solutions that meet the divergent needs of multiple stakeholders. 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, including serving as staff director and chief counsel for the Subcommittee on Disability Policy of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. In this role, Silverstein managed the development and negotiation of more than 20 bills, including the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.

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. Silverstein is also the recipient of more than 10 national awards, including the Distinguished Services Award of the President of the United States. From 1997-2000, he served as an Associate Professor of Health Care Sciences at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Silverstein earned his B.S. in Economics, cum laude, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1971. He received his JD in 1974 from Georgetown University Law Center. Silverstein is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia Bar.  

Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville is a Washington, DC-based law firm that focuses on health care, education and the law of tax-exempt organizations.