Zachary T. Silver


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.

Related Practices


Representative Matters

  • Authored and argued a successful motion to compel production of subpoenaed documents over third-party medical provider's cost and privacy objections
  • Drafted a complaint and conducted discovery in a complex federal civil rights action on behalf of a prisoner with serious mental illnesses who was placed in prolonged segregated confinement, involving claims that the prisoner was deprived of due process, subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, and faced retaliation and disability discrimination
  • Drafted a portion of a successful motion to dismiss a claim in DC Superior Court that a nonprofit unlawfully denied a constituent an accommodation for their disability
  • Drafted employee handbooks and severance agreements for several employers across multiple jurisdictions
  • Advised a client on its employees’ privacy rights regarding the client’s sharing of employee images and names in marketing material
  • Advised a client on post-termination medical surveillance obligations for employees working with toxic and hazardous materials




  • J.D. cum laude Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law 2020
    • Benjamin N. Cardozo Writing Award (Best Work Published in a Journal)
    • Head online editor, Cardozo Law Review
    • Best Oralist & Finalist, Monrad G. Paulsen Moot Court Competition
    • President, Cardozo Data Law Society
  • B.S. Mathematics State University Of New York, Oneonta 2012
    • Minor: Computer ScienceClass of 2012 Community Service Award

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Alumni Advisory Board, Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, SUNY Oneonta Chapter