Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein is senior counsel with the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig in the Global and Corporate & Securities practices. An attorney for 35 years, he represents multi-national businesses and is a member of the bars of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and U.S. Court of International Trade. He maintains the highest AV rating for legal skills, integrity and professional excellence under the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating system.
Silverstein earned his LL.M. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law (senior member of Law Review) and B.A. in political science from Rutgers College.
Silverstein serves as a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, a Board of Visitors member at Temple University Beasley School of Law and as an Overseer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Science. He also serves as a Trustee of the (Pennsylvania) Public School Employees' Retirement System, a public pension fund with $50 billion in assets. He sits as a Judge Pro Tempore in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania and has served on the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. He is professionally competent in Spanish and Hebrew.
Ambassador Silverstein served as U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay for four years (2001- 2005). During his tenure, he worked diligently to protect the American homeland in the immediate post 9/11 environment; facilitated a $1.5 billion U.S. Treasury loan to salvage Uruguay's banking system; worked to reopen markets to banned Uruguayan commodities; and engineered the signing of the first Bilateral Investment Treaty of the Bush Administration. These actions led the President of Uruguay to publicly credit President Bush with saving his government and preventing economic collapse.
The United States government decorated the Ambassador with the Superior Honor Award Medal and The Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service for his performance with exceptional dedication and distinction. The Republic of Uruguay decorated him with the Medalla de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay, rank of Gran Oficial, the highest honor it ever bestowed on an American citizen.
Areas of Concentration
• Global trade practice
• Corporate and securities
Articles, Publications, & Lectures
• Lectures on a variety of contemporary topics including international relations, diplomacy, economics, and global trade. Recent venues have included Wharton School and the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Latin American studies at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, The Institute for International Law and Public Policy at Temple University Law School, Bryn Mawr College, and The Pan American Association of Philadelphia.
• U.S. Ambassador to Oriental Republic of Uruguay
• Delegation Member, MERCOSUR 4 plus 1 Council on Trade and Investment negotiations
• Delegation Member, U.S.-Uruguay Joint Commission on Trade and Investment
• Member, U.S. Presidential Delegation to the Uruguayan presidential inauguration
• Member, Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (EdPA)
• Accredited Delegate, Ukraine Presidential Election IRI Observation Mission
Associated News & Events
03.11.15 Silverstein Reconfirmed as PSERS Trustee
02.07.13 Silverstein to UPenn Board of Trustees
03.08.12 Greenberg Traurig Senior Counsel Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein, ret. Confirmed as Trustee of PSERS
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