Robert M. Silva, Esq.

Robert M. Silva Esq.

Middletown, Rhode Island
Senior Partner, since 2005

Phone: (401) 849-6200 | Fax: (401) 849-1820 | Email: Contact Me

 

Robert M. Silva, Esq.

ROBERT M. SILVA, ESQ ., the senior member and founder of the firm, has practiced law for over 44 years. Born in Providence, Rhode Island on June 29, 1941, Silva graduated from East Providence High School in June 1959. Thereafter, he attended and graduated from Providence College in June of 1963 (Cum Laude) with an AB degree in political science. In 1966 Silva graduated from Boston College with an LLB degree, was admitted to the Rhode Island Bar and became a member and partner in the firm of Moore, Virgadamo, Boyle & Lynch, Ltd., Newport, Rhode Island for ten years (1966-1976). In June 1969 Silva was elected to the Middletown Town Council, serving as President for seven years of his 15 on the Council. Throughout his legal career and time of public service, Silva remained active in numerous organizations, serving as legal counsel to the Rhode Island State Water Resources Board (1969-1985), legal counsel to the East Providence School Department (1993-2008), as well as legal counsel to the Rhode Island State Lottery Commission (1994-2008). Silva also serves as Chairman of the Middletown Economic Advisory Committee, Advocate to the Middletown Knights of Columbus; member of the Newport Hospital Corporation; President of the Portuguese Cultural Foundation; member of the Middletown Historical Society; an incorporator of the Bank of Newport; legal counsel and former member of the Board of Governors of Wanumetonomy Golf & Country Club, Inc.; legal counsel to the Newport County YMCA; as well as various committees on several civic and community organizations. Silva is a former member of 143rd Air Commando Group in Warwick, Rhode Island, and has served as a commissioned officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corp, United States Naval Reserve. Silva is a member of the Newport County & Rhode Island Bar Associations.

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Domestic Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Real Estate Development Law
  • Zoning Law

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island, 1966
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island, 1966

Education

  • Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1966
    L.L.B.
  • Providence College, June, 1963
    A.B.
    Honors: Cum Laude
    Major: Political Science
  • East Providence High School, June, 1959

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Town of Middletown, 1969 – 1984
    Town Council
  • Town of Middletown , 1971 – 1973
    Vice-President
  • Town of Middletown , 1973 – 1978
    President
  • Town of Middletown , 1980 – 1982
    President
  • Rhode Island State Water Resources Board, 1969 – 1985
    Legal Counsel
  • East Providence School Department, 1993 – 2008
    Legal Counsel
  • Rhode Island State Lottery Commission, 1994 – 2008
    Legal Counsel
  • Middletown Knights of Columbus, Advocate
  • Newport Hospital Corporation
    Member
  • Portuguese Cultural Foundation
    President
  • Middletown Historical Society
    Member
  • John E. Fogarty Foundation
    Member, Board of Trustees
  • Wanumetonomy Golf & Country Club, Inc.
    Member, former member of the Board of Governors and present Legal Counsel
  • Newport County YMCA
    Former Director and present Legal Counsel
  • 143rd Air Commando Group, Warwick, Rhode Island
    Former Member
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
    Member
  • Newport County Bar Association
    Member
  • Middletown Economic Advisory Committee, 1991 – Present
    Chairman
  • Aquidneck Island Development Corporation, 1973 – 1978
    President
  • Rhode Island Strategic Development Commission, 1982 – 1984
    Member
  • Providence Gas Company re: siting of LNG Transmission Facility at the Newport Naval Station, 2000 – 2001
    Special Counsel
  • Salve Regina University
    Member, Advisory Council
  • BankNewport
    Corporator
  • East Providence High School Blue Print Task Force
    Member
  • Economic Innovation Center
    Member, Board of Directors
  • Jubilee ’93, Middletown’s 250th Anniversary Committee
    Co-Chairman
  • Catholic Charity Fund
    Member, Executive Committee
  • Ocean State Business Development Authority
    Member, Board of Directors
  • Boys Clubs and Girls Clubs of Newport County
    Director
  • Norman Bird Sanctuary – Grey Craig Conservation Project
    Co-Chair, Capital Campaign Committee
  • St. Philomena School
    Member, Board of Consultants
  • Meeting Street School
    Member, Board of Directors
  • Governor Bruce G. Sundlun Transition Policy Committee
    Member
  • Robert Potter League for Animals
    Member, Capital Campaign Committee
  • Newport Music Festival
    Member, Board of Directors
  • Providence College Alumni Association
    Member, Board of Directors
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island
    Secretary
  • Rhode Island Bicentennial Commission
    Member, Board of Directors
  • Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns
    Regional Vice-President
  • Rhode Island Solid Waste Management Council
    Vice-President
  • Meeting Street School Easter Seal Campaign, 1975 – 1978
    Co-Chairman
  • Jesus Saviour Parish Council
    Member
  • Rhode Island Portuguese American Civic League
    President
  • Aquidneck Island Law Enforcement Planning Commission
    Director
  • Child & Family Services of Newport County
    Director
  • Middletown March of Dimes, 1969 – 1970
    Chairman
  • Newport County Regional YMCA
    Director
  • Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of the State of Rhode Island, 1976 – 1978
    Member
  • State of Rhode Island Water Resources Board, 1969 – 1985
    Counsel
  • East Providence School Department, 1993 – 2008
    Counsel
  • Portsmouth Abbey School
    Special Counsel

Past Employment Positions

  • Moore, Virgadamo, Boyle & Lynch, Ltd., Member, 1966 – 1976
  • Moore, Virgadamo, Boyle & Lynch, Ltd., Partner, 1966 – 1976
  • Robert M. Silva, Ltd., Private Practice of Law, 1977 – 1986
  • Law Firm of Silva Law Group, Ltd., Senior Partner, 1986 – 2005

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Delta Epsilon Sigma