Current practice. Abby Silverman has been a full time mediator, arbitrator and consultant since June 2009, when she opened her own practice after retiring from Baker & McKenzie LLP. In June 2013, she affiliated with experienced mediators Steve Kruis and Scott Markus in a new commercial mediation group, Agreement.com.
Specialization. Ms. Silverman has counseled corporate and individual clients on policies, practices and procedures including: employment aspects of corporate governance; employment agreements with key executives; protection of confidential information and trade secrets; issues relating to hiring, promotions, demotions, discharges, reductions in force; employment issues in mergers and acquisitions; severance agreements and strategies; privacy; and dispute resolution. She has assisted employers in conducting investigations of employee misconduct, including sexual harassment, and has provided advice to companies that engage in cross-border operations on US employment law issues and the inter-relationships of non-US and US employment laws.
Management. Ms. Silverman has served Baker & McKenzie as Managing Partner of the San Diego Office (1998-2001), head of the San Diego Litigation and Employment Practice Group (2001-2007), member of the North American Diversity Oversight Committee (2002-2008), member of the firm-wide Professional Development Committee (1992-1999), member of the firm-wide Policy Committee (1996-2001), and chair of the US Benefits and Human Resources Committee (1994-2001).
Abby Silverman’s most recent position with Baker was Of Counsel to its North American Region, where her assignments included designing its Human Resources Audit Program, conducting on-site audits, consulting on policies, leading the Women’s Initiative, and leading the selection committee for the Region’s first Diversity Director.