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Silvia L. Serpe

Founding Partner

Silvia L. Serpe is a seasoned litigator and an effective criminal and government enforcement defense lawyer who has successfully tried numerous cases in a variety of forums. She is the founder and managing member of Serpe LLC, a WBENC certified women-owned law firm. In 2024, Chambers and Partners recognized her in its Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations guide. Among her accomplishments, she secured a rare win against the SEC in a high-profile case involving insider trading, which was covered by the Wall Street Journal. Based on the strength of the trial evidence, the Commission later affirmed the decision. In its coverage of the Commission’s decision, the New York Times noted that the win on appeal “marked a rare loss” for the SEC.

In her civil practice, Silvia aggressively advocates on behalf of her clients. In a case covered by the New York Times, her client was the sole defendant dismissed from a major art fraud case prior to trial. For more press coverage of Silvia's past cases, see News.

Silvia brings over twenty-five years of experience to each of her cases, which includes practicing in both the government and private sector. For five years, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. As an AUSA, she represented the United States in a variety of defensive and affirmative civil litigation, including civil rights disputes, statutory and constitutional challenges, employment discrimination, health care fraud, environmental disputes, and complex tax disputes. She also investigated and prosecuted businesses for violations of various federal statutes.

Prior to serving in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Silvia spent several years in private practice. She began her career as a litigator with Davis Polk & Wardwell, where she was a key member of three trial teams. She later honed her trial advocacy and negotiation skills at a small litigation and white-collar criminal defense boutique firm in New York. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sidney H. Stein of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

A hands-on advisor and skilled litigator, Silvia is a passionate and dedicated advocate on behalf of her clients.


  • Chambers and Partners, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations 2024 Guide
  • Top 50: Women New York – Metro Super Lawyers annually since 2018
  • New York Metro Super Lawyer annually since 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers annually since 2014
  • Lawyers of Distinction since 2023

Professional Associations

  • National Women's Business Enterprise (WBENC) certified
  • New York Women Leaders
  • New York Council of Defense Lawyers
  • The New York State Bar Association’s Committee on White Collar Criminal Litigation
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Women-Owned Law, Founders Circle Sponsor
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association
  • New York City Bar Association’s Women in the Legal Profession: White Collar Crime Subcommittee
  • Federal Bar Council, Program Committee
  • New York City Bar Association

Publications & Lectures

  • Panelist: Litigating Against the Securities and Exchange Commission: Challenges and Approaches (2023)
  • Presenter: The Dirty Secret: It's Easy to Start & Run Your Own Law Firm, Lawline CLE (2021)
  • Trainer: Trial Advocacy Training by the Federal Bar Council (2018, 2019, 2022)
  • Presenter: Recent Developments in Insider Trading Law (2016)
  • Presenter: SEC Administrative Proceedings: Winning on the SEC’s Home Court (2016)
  • Panelist: Insider Trading: New Developments (2015)
  • Contributing Author: Defending Federal Criminal Cases: Attacking the Government’s Proof (Diana D. Parker, ed., 2007 – 2011).


  • J.D., Cornell Law School, cum laude, Note Editor for the Cornell Law Review
  • B.A., Cornell University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


  • The Honorable Sidney H. Stein, United States District Court, S.D.N.Y.


  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


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