Academy Member Inducted 2017

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Peter R. Silverman, Mediator & Arbitrator, Toledo, Ohio.

Peter R. Silverman

Shumaker Loop & Kendirck LLP
1000 Jackson Street
Toledo, OH 43604
Tel: (419) 321-1307
Fax: (419) 241-6894
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Recognized to Ohio Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation
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  • Practice Commenced2000
  • # of MEDS (as of 19/7/24)125
  • # of ARBS (as of 19/7/24)100
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Peter Silverman has extensive experience in the area of commercial litigation and general business counsel. He has substantial experience in a number of specialty areas, including franchising, alternative dispute resolution, intellectual property, securities, and antitrust. Peter has been an active arbitrator since 1986 and mediator since 1990. He is a member of the AAA's Large, Complex Case Arbitration Panel and of the CPR Panel of Distinguished Neutrals. He teaches seminars nationwide and writes widely on alternative dispute resolution.

In 2016 and ten prior years, Franchise Times® recognized him as one of the nation's top 100 franchise lawyers. Best Lawyers lists him as one of America's best Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Franchise Law, Litigation - Intellectual Property, Litigation - Securities, and Mediation lawyers, and Ohio Super Lawyers® and the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers recognize him in franchise law. In 2015, Chambers USA, named Peter a Recognised Practitioner in Franchising (Nationwide).

Peter currently serves on the Early Dispute Resolution Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. He was chair of the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Franchising. In 1989, he received the Ernst and Young / Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his work in helping business owners start and grow their businesses, and is a member of the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence Hall Of Fame. In 2014, his business partnership owning the Oasis restaurant chain was also elected to the Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence Hall of Fame. He formerly served on the Toledo City Council, the Toledo School Board, and the Ohio Casino Commission.

Case Experience

  • Agricultural
  • Appellate
  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Internet
  • Labor/Unions
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Sports
  • Telecommunications
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan, 1981
  • B.A., with honors, George Washington University, 1977 Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1975-1976

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Toledo Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • ABA Forum on Franchising


  • Chambers USA 2015 - 2016, Franchising (Nationwide)
  • Franchise Times®, recognized as one of the Nation's top 100 franchise lawyers, 2005 - 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2007 - 2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2010, 2009
  • Who's Who Legal: Franchise, 2014, 2015
  • International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, 2014, 2013, Franchise law
  • Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence Hall Of Fame, 2014, 1989
  • Toledo Business Journal, "Who's Who in Toledo Area Law"
  • Ernst and Young Inc. Magazine, "Entrepreneur of the Year" Award
  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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