Miami litigator Effie Silva focuses on business
and health care law, but maybe someday …
BY G.K. SHARMAN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOTT WISEMAN
THE WHOLE “LEANING IN” THING THAT FACEBOOK COO
Sheryl Sandberg advocates for women? Not an issue for Effie
Silva. She could probably give Sandberg pointers. Silva not only
excels in the male-dominated field of commercial litigation, she’s
pulling as many women as she can up the ladder behind her.
Luckily, multitasking has never been a problem.
“You can shoot four words at her and it’s like she’s Radar
“I come from a very matriarchal family of strong women who had
from M.A.S.H. She gets it right away,” says Marcia Rabinowitz,
director of development and special events at Legal Services
of Greater Miami, where Silva spends many hours on the board
and executive committee, strategizing and raising funds to
provide legal representation for the needy. “Her comprehension
skills are legendary.”
Silva, a partner at McDermott, Will & Emory’s 36-attorney
Miami office, says she had great role models.
careers,” says Silva. “They also had supportive husbands or partners.
“Women lead, and that’s the way it goes,” she says. “I never
learned anything else.”