Roman M. Silberfeld '74


Managing Partner, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi

Roman M. Silberfeld, Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, received Loyola Law School's "Trial Lawyer of the Year Award" in April 1999. Silberfeld is an active member of the Alumni Association at Loyola and a notable trial lawyer in the Los Angeles community.

Most stunning among Silberfeld's achievements, however, has been his success against the tobacco industry. Silberfeld was part of the team of lawyers from his firm which represented the State on Minnesota, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, in a joint lawsuit against the tobacco industry settled in May of 1998. The settlement provided not only financial compensation to the plaintiffs, but also resulted in four permanent injunctions against tobacco industry efforts to market their products to children. The firm donated $30 million of its fees to an endowment for children and the disadvantaged. This is the largest gift ever from a law firm to a community foundation.

Silberfeld graduated with honors from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1971. He is a 1974 graduate of Loyola Law School, and served as an associate editor of the Law Review during his law school career. He is admitted to practice before all of the trial and appellate courts of the State of California, the Federal District Court, Central District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

He is a frequent lecturer to State Bar and other professional groups on issues relating to complex civil litigation, trial methods, and toxic substance litigation. In addition, Silberfeld has a national practice specializing in complex civil litigation, which includes business disputes, product liability, automobile, construction, professional malpractice, consumer fraud, toxic substances and pharmaceutical cases.