R. Tamara de Silva

Tamara de Silva

Educational background:

  • The University of Chicago, SPECIAL HONORS 1993
  • Loyola University's School of Law 1997

Volunteer background:

  • St. Joseph's Church
  • First Defense Legal Aid


  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity


  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Association of Defense Council

The Thomas Jefferson Legal Institute:

  • http://www.thomasjeffersonlegalinstitute.org/

R. Tamara de Silva is a trial lawyer in Chicago. First and foremost, Ms. de Silva is a fighter.

As a securities lawyer, she has extensive experience in transactional work and regulatory and compliance work within the financial services industry. She is one of few securities lawyers to have actually worked in the securities industry as a floor trader and brokerage executive. Her understanding of the financial services industry is unique to all but the most seasoned securities lawyers. She has taken part in numerous arbitrations and negotiations between traders and self-regulatory organizations. Her understanding of the financial services industry including complex financial transactions, derivatives, swaps and risk, as they affect traders, brokerage firms and hedge funds, earned her clients in the financial services industry including numerous trading groups, brokerages, hedge funds, traders, brokers and exchange directors.

Ms. de Silva has co-authored several articles on risk and regulation within the financial markets.. She practiced criminal law under the mentorship of Samuel F. Adam Sr., a highly respected criminal defense lawyer. Her practice also includes representation of targets, subjects, and witnesses in grand jury investigations by federal authorities, as well as individuals under investigation (pre-indictment) and post-indictment allegations of white-collar crime. She also handles civil rights and Constitutional law cases in Federal Court.

She is a member of several bar associations including, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Federal Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.

At the present time, Ms. de Silva focuses her practice entirely on litigation. However, Ms. de Silva is unabashed about being a generalist in her practice, being fortunate to have been exposed to many areas of the law and having success in all of them. She is equally effective as a defense lawyer and as a plaintiff's lawyer. As a tireless and fearless advocate for the underdog Ms. de Silva has an extensive record of pro bono work for poor and indigent clients including work for First Defense Legal Aid. She has had major wins both as plaintiff and defense counsel in employment law, criminal law and civil rights law.

She is licensed in the Northern District of Illinois, is a member of the Federal Trial Bar and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.