Diverse Partner Spotlight: Alfredo Silva

Alfredo Silva is a partner in our San Francisco office. He is co-chair of the firm’s Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Group, and a member of the Pro Bono Committee. He represents public and private companies and investors in a broad range of corporate and securities law matters. Alfredo’s practice includes initial public offerings, primary and secondary offerings, private placements, preferred stock financings and public and private mergers and acquisitions.

  • In two to three sentences, describe your practice. I am a corporate partner in the firm’s San Francisco office who advises public and private companies and investors in corporate and securities law matters, including financings, corporate governance and M&A. I am also a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and represent nonprofit organizations, providing advice on fiduciary issues, entity formation, structuring and other corporate matters. I am recognized by The Recorder as a 2013 Lawyer on the Fast Track, in 2014 was the inaugural recipient of the firm’s Kathi Pugh Award for Pro Bono Service, and is a 2017 Lawyers Committee for Legal Diversity Fellow.
  • What’s your favorite thing about living in your current city? Every person in San Francisco has such a unique experience, but people here are always coming together and sharing those experiences at places like Dolores Park, a Giants game, or free concerts at Stern Grove. It’s great being surrounded by people that are so different, but so united in their passion for exploring life’s, and this city’s, possibilities.
  • What do you like best about your work? My job is to think creatively and balance competing interests to solve complicated problems, and the end result is that the companies I’m working with are able to raise the capital they need to grow, creating and maintaining jobs for others.
  • Why is professional mentorship important when it comes to promoting diversity and inclusion? Whether or not you’re LGBT or a person of color, joining a law firm can feel like being invited to play a game without knowing what the rules are. It is essential to have mentors with diverse backgrounds to ensure that every young lawyer has someone that can leverage an understanding of where that young lawyer comes from, how that young lawyer thinks, to help explain these rules — that way everyone can play.