In Memoriam: Judge Edgar Silver

In Memoriam:

Judge Edgar Silver

Founding partner of WANADAês Maryland government relations law firm, Rifkin, Weiner, Livingston, Levitan & Silver LLC, Judge Edgar Silver passed away earlier this week. He was 91.

Along with Alan Rifkin, Judge Silver founded the firm in 1989, which, coincidently, was the year WANADA became a client. Judge Silver never retired from the firm frequently being the first partner in the office every morning.

The Judge, as he was affectionately known, had a storied and distinguished career spanning his years on the bench and as many involved in Maryland politics. A native of Baltimore and the son of immigrant parents, he graduated from the University of Baltimore Law School in 1954, getting elected to the Maryland General Assembly that same year where he beat out his friend the later governor William Donald Schaefer. He remained in the House of Delegates until 1965 during which time he was instrumental in establishing a Motor Vehicle Committee.

He went on the bench in 1965 on the Municipal Court of Baltimore City. In 1971, he was appointed to the District Court for Baltimore City, and to the Circuit Court in 1977 where he remained until 1988.

Any number of past and present Maryland leaders remembered the Judge in a nice spread that appeared in the Baltimore Sun earlier this week.

Alan Rifkin described his late partner as “irrepressibly optimistic,” and one “who lived by two principals: The best is yet to come and Never trade old friends for new ones, just keep adding them on.”

Contributions to his memory can be made to the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, 100 Park Avenue, Suite 108, Rockville, MD 20850.

To his wife of 64 years, Ann, his two children, Michael Silver and Roslyn Benjamin, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren; his law partners, and many friends, WANADA extends its sincerest sympathy.

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