Hogan Lovells partner Sara Silva named among Massachusetts “Top Women in Law”

Boston, 10 October 2018 – Sara Silva, a partner in Hogan Lovells’ Boston office, has been named among the “Top Women in Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Silva is a partner in the firm’s Investigations, White Collar and Fraud practice, and has nearly two decades of experience in complex civil litigation in state and federal courts, administrative hearings, and government investigations and enforcement actions. She is also active in product liability class actions.

On top of her busy practice work, the selection committee highlighted Silva’s outstanding body of pro bono work - legal work done for little or no fees that provides access to justice for people who otherwise might struggle to get legal representation.

Silva has personally led several important pro bono matters, most notably as counsel of record for the Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO), for whom she filed one of several amicus briefs in support of a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court.  The case involved a defendant who was only 10 days past his 16th birthday and intellectually disabled when he confessed to the murder of a pizza delivery man.  The brief argued that intellectually disabled individuals are at profound risk of falsely confessing for reasons inherent to their disability, and that the courts failed to properly consider that risk in weighing the confession. Thanks in part to Silva’s work, the man’s legal team negotiated a manslaughter plea and he was subsequently released after having spent more than 20 years in prison.

She currently serves as the pro bono partner in Hogan Lovells’ Boston office, helping to identify appropriate pro bono opportunities for the firm’s lawyers in Boston and across the U.S. In addition, Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly noted that Silva “manages a hefty load of cases in which she’s standing up for individuals against powerful forces.”

Silva was also recognized for her long-term commitment to sentencing reform. She spent four years with the Federal Public & Community Defenders' National Sentencing Resource Project as a legal research-writing specialist. While in that position, she drafted comments and testimony on proposed changes to Sentencing Guidelines, and pushed for improved sentencing and advocacy among lawyers. She remains committed to the cause, currently serving as the First Circuit representative on the Practitioners Advisory Group to the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly selects its “Top Women in Law” through a panel comprised of legal community and publication representatives. It honors individuals who “have made significant contributions to the legal profession while also serving as role models for young women entering the law.”

Silva’s full public biography is available here.

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