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In Memoriam: Bobby Silverstein (1949-2022)

By CSG West

The CSG West family is mourning the recent loss of Bobby Silverstein, a partner at Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC, Attorneys at Law. Bobby served on Capitol Hill as staff director and chief counsel for the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, which was chaired by former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. As a tireless advocate for individuals with disabilities in the workforce, he gained notoriety as the “behind-the-scenes architect” of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).Bobby had more than four decades of public policy experience in the disability arena, crafting nearly two dozen bills which eventually became law.

Beloved by those he worked with, State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED) colleague, Katia Albanese, described Bobby as “more than a colleague to most of us…he was a mentor, a teacher, a brother.” Just last month, he participated in the SEED Partner Retreat along with CSG West staff. Bobby also participated in CSG West’s 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting during a session titled “Celebrating the ADA: A Look Forward to the Next 30 Years.”

CSG West expresses its sincere condolences to the family and colleagues of Bobby Silverstein, along with others who had the opportunity to know and collaborate with him over the years. His enthusiasm, insight, and dedication will be deeply missed, and his legacy will continue to impact people with disabilities for decades to come.