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David A. Silva

David A. Silva received his Bachelors Degree in 1982 from New York University and received his J.D. in 1985 from Brooklyn Law School where he was a member of the Moot Court National Team.

Between the years of 1985 and 1988, Mr. Silva worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Law Department of the City of New York. While at the Law Department, Mr. Silva represented various city agencies in Article 78 proceedings as well as defended the constitutionality of various aspects of the New York City Public Health Law, as well as the Building Code and Zoning Resolution. In addition, he was lead counsel on Federal civil rights actions defending the City and its employees.

In 1988, Mr. Silva left the City and joined Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass as an associate and worked there for 25 years becoming a partner in 1995 and a senior partner in 2002.

Mr. Silva has served as counsel to both insurers and reinsurers in dozens of reinsurance arbitrations and court proceedings across the United States. He has also acted as lead counsel in arbitrations in both Bermuda and England, involving some of the highest profile issues in the industry. Mr. Silva regularly advises clients on a wide range of issues including workers' compensation carve out and spiral business; life, personal accident and medical reinsurance issues; long term care reinsurance; actuarial disputes; coverage of declaratory judgment expenses; rescission claims; claims for pre-answer security; letter of credit disputes; commutation valuations; allocation of losses; contract drafting; records inspection rights, and audits. He also has substantial experience in other reinsurance-related matters, including issues involving domestic and off-shore captive reinsurers, surplus relief treaties, and many matters relating to life, accident, health, and long term care insurance. He also has substantial involvement in all aspects of property and casualty insurance litigation including first- and third-party coverage and claims defense, business interruption, products liability defense, and disputes between primary and excess carriers.

Mr. Silva has been recognized in the Chambers USA Directory, Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers as a leading individual in the field of insurance and reinsurance. Mr. Silva has also served as a lecturer and panelist for various reinsurance programs, including the Reinsurance Association of America, ARIAS U.S., as well as Harris Martin and HB Litigation Conferences.

Mr. Silva is admitted to practice in the federal and state courts of New York and is a past member of the New York State Bar Association as well as the New York County Lawyers Association.

He can be reached at: dsilva@gme-law.com.


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