Andrew E. Silvia is a Boston litigation attorney whose practice focuses on representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation. Mr. Silvia has significant experience defending claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation; wage-and-hour class actions and individual lawsuits; as well as breach-of-contract and wrongful-termination cases. Mr. Silvia frequently assists clients with unfair-competition and restrictive covenant matters, including by pursuing, defending or resolving cases involving breach or potential breach of noncompetition, nonsolicitation or confidentiality obligations. Mr. Silvia's traditional labor practice includes advising employers regarding labor organization efforts and collective bargaining, and he defends unfair labor practice charges.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Silvia regularly counsels employers of all sizes regarding employment policies and compliance with federal, state and local employment laws. He frequently drafts and revises employee handbooks, policies, and employment and separation agreements. Mr. Silvia also advises clients on a wide range of personnel issues, including medical leave and disability accommodation, employee discipline, performance management, terminations, and layoffs and reductions in workforce.

Mr. Silvia has handled cases in Massachusetts and Rhode Island state and federal courts, as well as before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) and Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights (RICHR). He represents clients in a wide range of industries and has substantial experience representing private educational institutions on labor, employment and other issues.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Silvia practiced for several years at an international labor and employment boutique law firm. He served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Michael A. Silverstein on the Rhode Island Superior Court business calendar before entering private practice. While in law school, Mr. Silvia served as an editor of the Suffolk University Law Review.


  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
  • The George Washington University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
  • All State Courts in Massachusetts
  • All State Courts in Rhode Island
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association


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