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Effie Silva has broad experience in complex commercial litigation and arbitration. Ms. Silva concentrates her practice on a range of complex federal, state and international cases involving contracts, commercial fraud, corporate governance, real estate, corporate dissolutions, enforcement of foreign judgments and injunctions, media, insurance coverage disputes, employment, products liability and mass tort litigation. She serves on the Board of Directors of The American Inns of Court, Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter. She has been consistently recognized by Super Lawyers as a Top Lawyer in business litigation and has been ranked among Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend. Ms. Silva holds the highest rating of "AV Preeminent" from Martindale-Hubbell for her legal ability and ethical standards.

 Awards & Recognition
· "AV Preeminent" rated by Martindale- Hubbell®, 2012
· Florida Legal Elite, 2008-Present
· Florida Super Lawyer, 2009-Present
· 40 under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County Award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2012
· South Florida Women Extraordinaire, Business Leader Media, 2011

 Professional Associations and Memberships
· Board of Directors - The American Inns of Court, Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter
· Member, Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, ABA
· Vice-Chair, Latin America and Caribbean Committee of the ABA Section of International Law
· Steering Group, International Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of International Law
· Steering Group, International Arbitration Committee of the ABA Section of International Law
· Member, Implicit Bias Task Force of the ABA Section of Litigation
· Member, International Advisory Committee of the Beacon Council
· Committee Member, "Together, We Must" Campaign For Justice of the Legal Services of Greater Miami, 2009 - Present

 Bar Admittance
· Florida
· District of Columbia

 Languages
· English
· Spanish



Commercial Litigation, Appellate, International Arbitration, Entertainment Law


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    14 years
  2. Arbitration: 20%
    14 years
  3. Entertainment: 10%
    14 years
  4. Appeals: 10%
    14 years

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Contact info

McDermott Will & Emery

333 Avenue of the Americas.
Suite 4500
Miami, FL, 33131


DCActive 200407/06/2016
FLMember in Good Standing200306/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarFlorida Super Lawyers2012
Florida Legal Elite Up and ComerFlorida Trend Magazine2012
"AV Preeminent"Martindale- Hubbell2012
South Florida Women Extraordinaire,Business Leader Media2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBaker & McKenzie, LLP2005 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationCouncil for Racial and Ethnic Diversity2012 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember, Implicit Bias Task Force2012 - Present
National Committee of the Friends of Wellesley College AthleticsRepresentative At Large2010 - Present
Legal Services of Greater MiamiCommittee Member, "Together, We Must" Campaign For Justice2009 - Present
Beacon CouncilMember, International Advisory Committee2006 - Present
Florida Bar, Code and Rules of Evidence CommitteeSecretary2010 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
GG v. FDLEReversed and Remanded
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Publication nameTitleDate
Litigation News (American Bar Association, Chicago, Ill.)Author, "Supreme Court Allows Third-Party Retaliation Claim Under Title VII,”2011
Litigation News (American Bar Association, Chicago, Ill.),"Seventh Circuit Clarified Limits of SLUSA Discovery Stay"2011
Litigation News (American Bar Association, Chicago, Ill.)"Court Allows Bad Faith Claim for Insurer's Failure to Settle Within Deductible"2010
Litigation News (American Bar Association, Chicago, Ill.)Author, "Diverging Views on “Ghostwriting” Documents for Pro Se Litigants"2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Wellesley CollegeInternational RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Inaugural View From The Bar And BenchE-Discovery 2012: Global, Federal and State Trends2012
Daily Business ReviewE-Discovery2012