Lee C. Silverman

Of Counsel

Lee Silverman has decades of experience with advising and advocating for clients in a range of real property litigation, with emphasis on eminent domain and related land use matters. He has significant experience at the administrative, trial, and appellate levels with matters involving real property, equity, public utilities, and transportation safety. His experience also encompasses trespass, personal injury, and personnel matters. 

Lee served for nearly 30 years as in-house counsel at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, including 15 years as Assistant Chief Counsel. As supervising attorney for PennDOT’s Southeastern Regional Office, Office of Chief Counsel, he led legal teams on cases with statewide impact, including complex and unusual cases. Lee represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in more than a thousand hearings, including trials on numerous eminent domain matters and cases with tens of millions of dollars at stake. Lee’s position involved corresponding on behalf of PennDOT with public agencies, municipalities, government officials, elected representatives, and other individuals and entities.


Representative Matters

  • Represents municipal housing authority in two neighborhood revitalization projects involving scattered site acquisitions and condemnations of more than two hundred properties
  • Represents regional automobile dealer in total taking of 5 parcels of property acquired by DelDOT
  • Provides counsel about acquisition process and eminent domain to a municipal nonprofit corporation creating biking and pedestrian trails and green spaces in large metropolitan area

Professional Highlights

Judicial Clerkships

Law Clerk, the Hon. Leon Katz, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia, July-December 1990

Professional Activities

The Counselors of Real Estate, Delaware Valley Chapter, Member

Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) of Philadelphia, Member

Board Memberships & Community Service

Teacher, Germantown Jewish Centre, October 2010-present



Temple University School of Law (J.D. 1988)

Temple University (B.A. 1985)
Men’s Fencing Team, Captain, 1985



U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania