Power Lawyers 2011
Silberfeld is the soft-spoken man behind one of the largest jury verdicts in Hollywood history, a $320 million win on behalf of U.K. production company Celador International against the Walt Disney Co. over profits from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. As lead trial counsel, last summer he proved that Disney and its subsidiaries used "shell game" accounting and "sweetheart" deals to cheat Celador (the case is on appeal). Perhaps surprisingly, it was the first entertainment trial for the German-born attorney with four children and four grandchildren. "I've had a very eclectic, mixed-bag sort of career," he says, noting that he's tried cases involving everything from financial fraud to toxic substances.
FAVORITE WEEKEND Silberfeld and his wife escape to their home on Big Bear Lake. "We go hiking, bike riding and take the boat out, drop the anchor in the middle of the lake and sit there drinking wine," he says.
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