A Roslyn attorney specializing in estate planning and elder law has been named to a peer-reviewed list of the top lawyers in the country.
Stephen J. Silverberg, founder of the Law Office of Stephen J. Silverberg, PC, was included on the Best Lawyers in America list for elder law, for which more than 79,000 attorneys are eligible to vote.
“It’s all peer review. You get nominated. You get it,” said Silverberg, an East Williston resident and Herricks High School alum. “You can’t pay for it, you can’t nominate yourself.”
Though he began his career in tax law after graduating from Brooklyn Law School in 1976, Silverberg has practiced elder law since 1980, when a client requested his help in formulating an estate plan for her husband.
Silverberg has practiced on Long Island since 1984 and opened his firm at 185 Roslyn Road six years ago after leaving the East Meadow firm Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, where he had been a partner.
“I’m in good company,” he wrote on his Facebook page, referring to the 55,000 lawyers to make the Best Lawyers in America List. “I also congratulate my peers selected.”
Though Silverberg has been named to the New York Super Lawyers List for nine consecutive years, 2015 marks his first appearance on the Best Lawyers in America list.
He is one of 525 practicing lawyers in the United States to receive the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, and is past president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and founder of its New York state chapter.
For more than 20 years, Silverberg has been an active member of the Pension Council of Long Island, and is also active with the Estate Planning Council of Nassau County; the Nassau County Bar Association’s Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advocacy committees; and an author of the Elder Law Module of the Interactive Legal Document System, which is used by attorneys to draft legal documents.
“In this business,” he said, “you’ve got to like people and you’ve got to like helping people.”