Steven Silton represents small to mid-sized corporations, banks, credit unions, financial groups and professional athletes and sports franchises. In his corporate practice, he counsels his clients on purchase and sale of businesses, secured financing transactions, securities placements and negotiation of corporate documents. He often consults and/or associates with lawyers regarding their financially distressed business clients, has been instrumental in the reorganization of a number of businesses and has been appointed as counsel for creditor committees.
Mr. Silton also applies his corporate experience in the representation of professional athletes, agents and franchises, documenting everything from endorsement contracts to secured financing deals.
Mr. Silton joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in July 2007.
Mr. Silton’s professional memberships include the Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, The Florida Bar, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America and Turnaround Management Association.
Mr. Silton has been rated by Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability, and was named to the Rising Star
list in 1999 by Law & Politics Magazine
and published in Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine
In 2011, Mr. Silton was included on Minnesota Super Lawyers
magazine’s list of the “Top 100 Minnesota ‘Super Lawyers.’” Since 2002 he has been named multiple times to the Super Lawyer
list by Minnesota Super Lawyers
magazine and published in Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine
Mr. Silton is an adjunct professor at his alma mater, William Mitchell College of Law. In the spring of 2009, Mr. Silton and Thomas G. Wallrich
launched the Bankruptcy Clinic at the University of St. Thomas Law School in conjunction with the University’s School of Psychology and Social Work. The clinic provides pro bono bankruptcy services as well as counseling to indigent people.
Mr. Silton has been regionally and nationally published, and lectures on business and bankruptcy-related issues to and for many organizations, including ATLA, Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, Lorman Education Services and National Business Institute.
On June 17, 2011 in Minneapolis, Mr. Silton and hosted “Sports Law for Rookies and Veterans,” a day-long, comprehensive sports law seminar that included speakers such as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Chief Marketing Officer, Ted Johnson; Minnesota Vikings’ General Counsel, Kevin Warren; and “super agent,” Drew Rosenhaus.
Mr. Silton’s presentations include:
- "Cardozo Sports Law Symposium," by the Cardozo Sports & Entertainment Law Society and the Intellectual Property Law Society, New York, New York, April 2013.
- “Anna Nicole Smith Returns to the Supreme Court: Stern v. Marshall and Article I Jurisdiction,” 38th Annual Federal Practice Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2012.
- “What Every General Counsel Needs to Know About Bankruptcy,” 2012 Business Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2012.
- “Current Topics in Sports Law IVN,” State Bar Association of North Dakota, live streaming webinar, March 2012.
- “Five Bankruptcy Trends that Affect the Business Group” and “What We Know About Clawback Litigation after Madoff and Petters,” 2011 Business Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2011.
- “Consumer & Residential Bankruptcy Law: A View from the Bench,” The Rossdale Group, live teleconference, November 2010.
- “Issues Arising After a Bankruptcy Discharge: Preparing Clients Before Filing,” Minnesota Legal Services Coalition and Volunteer Lawyers Network, live webinar, October 2010.
- “The Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy Court,” Hispanic National Bar Association 2010 Annual Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 2010.
- “The Pathology of the Criminal Debtor,” Turnaround Management Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2010.
- “The 5 Most Common Questions the Bankruptcy Group Gets from the Business Group,” and “The Life Cycle of a Distressed Business,” Minnesota Bar Association 2010 Business Law Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2010.
- “Selling Your Law Practice,” WestLegalEdcenter, live webinar, December 2009.
- “Real Estate Debt Forgiveness – Tax Implications and Strategies,” Minnesota CLE 27th Annual Real Estate Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota, November 2009.
- “The Contracts Before the Contract: Non-Disclosure / Confidentiality Agreements, Indications of Interest, Letter of Intent and Similar Agreements,” publication and presentation, Minnesota CLE Seminar “Advanced Contract Issues for In-House Counsel,” Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2009.
- “Practical, Ethical and Psychological Issues that Debtors’ Counsel Faces” and “Chapter 7, 11 or 13: Selecting the Right Chapter for Your Client,” National Business Institute seminar “Personal Bankruptcy: the Basics of Filing an Individual Case,” live webcast, November 2009.
- “Ethical, Practical and Psychological Issues in Representing Individuals and Business in Financial Distress,” Minnesota State Bar Association 2nd Annual Family and Closely held Business Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 2009.
- “The Impact of Bankruptcy on the Collection Process,” and “Ethical Conduct in Bankruptcy Proceedings,” parts 10 and 11 in an 11-part, live teleconference series, National Business Institute, August 2009.
- “Secrets to Conducting the Initial Client Interview,” “Bankruptcy Litigation and Procedure,” “Chapter 11 Essentials,” “Essential Bankruptcy Issues Related to Foreclosure Proceedings,” and “Fraudulent Conveyance,” parts five through nine, in an 11-part, live teleconference series, National Business Institute, July 2009.
- “A Case Study of a Real Estate Workout,” Illinois Bankers Association 118th Annual Conference & Trade Show, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2009.
- “Bankruptcy Reform and Current Issues,” “Introduction to the Bankruptcy Code,” “Chapter 7 or Chapter 13?” and “The Means Test – From the Trustee’s Viewpoint,” parts one through four in an 11-part, live teleconference series, National Business Institute, June 2009.
- “Surviving the Death of the Old Economy: How Bankruptcy Can Give Your Company New Life,” Minnesota CLE Seminar “The 2009 Business Law Institute,” Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 2009.
- “Exit Strategies,” Minnesota CLE Seminar, “Business Law 103,” Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 2007.
- “Loan Documentation,” Lorman Education Services seminar, “Commercial and Real Estate Loan Documents: More Than Just Papers in Minnesota,” Bloomington, Minnesota, September 2007.
- “The Bankruptcy Reform Act,” plenary session and “Counseling a Financially Distressed Business Client,” breakout session, MNCLE Business Law Institute, Minnesota, May 2006.
- 2005 National Conference, American Trial Lawyer’s Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 2005.
- 2004 National Conference, American Trial Lawyer’s Association, Boston, Massachusetts, July 2004.
Mr. Silton is the author of “Representing Creditors in a Chapter 11 Case,” a chapter in “Inside the Minds: Creditors' Rights in Chapter 11 Cases, 2011 Edition
,” published by Aspatore Books from West Thomson Reuters. He is a co-author of the chapter, “Bankruptcy,” of “Minnesota Practice – Methods of Practice, Fourth Edition
,” published by Thomson-West.
His other publications include"
He is a regular commentator on business and legal issues, and was formerly a co-host of Twin City Business Radio, on KCCO AM950.
Mr. Silton is active in his community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bolder Options and the Jack Brewer Foundation.
In 2007 Mr. Silton was on the Board of the Summit Academy Golf Committee. From 2003 to 2006 he was a co-chair of the American Diabetes Association Celebrity Art Gala, and was a co-host of Second Harvest’s annual fundraiser, the “Butterball.”
Throughout 2005 and 2006, Mr. Silton headed a campaign to endow the William I. Kampf Scholarship at the University of Minnesota Law School.