Zachary Silver counsels and litigates on behalf of employers in both the private and public sectors. Zachary assists clients with a broad range of labor and employment matters, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation, workplace privacy, occupational safety and health, wage and hour, and family and medical leave, under federal, state, and local laws. He also has experience helping clients develop personnel policies and draft a variety of employment documents, including employee handbooks, employment contracts, independent contractor agreements, and severance agreements. Zachary maintains a robust pro bono practice focused on civil rights and criminal justice.
Before joining Venable, Zachary brought affirmative litigation, conducted legislative advocacy, and published research focused on the impacts of modern technologies on privacy in areas such as labor and employment, consumer protection, and law enforcement, as a legal fellow at the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project. Zachary graduated cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was competitively selected for the Alexander Fellows program to spend a semester as a full-time student law clerk for the Honorable Loretta A. Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was also an intern for the Honorable David J. Kirschner of the New York City Criminal Court and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties, and a teaching assistant for the first-year constitutional law course. For nearly a decade prior to law school, Zachary held various technical roles involving privacy and cybersecurity.