Former SRP GM Silverman Joins Jennings Strouss

PHOENIX, Ariz. (August 22, 2011) – Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC, a leading Phoenix-based law firm, is pleased to announce that Richard H. Silverman, former General Manager of Salt River Project (SRP), has joined the firm as Of Counsel.

“Dick’s reputation and standing in Arizona and the national electric industry will enhance not only our energy practice, but our tradition of community involvement,” said J. Scott Rhodes, Managing Attorney of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon.

Silverman began his career with SRP in 1966 as an attorney and, over the years, held various legal and managerial roles, including Associate General Manager of Law and Administrative Services. In 1994, Silverman was named General Manager of SRP. His many accomplishments include The 2011 President’s Award, J.D. Power & Associates; 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, the Agri-Business Council of Arizona; 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, Most Admired Executives, Phoenix Business Journal; and the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Individual Award, Greater Phoenix Urban League.

“Having worked in the utility business my entire career, it seemed appropriate to associate with a firm enjoying a strong energy and utility practice, where knowledge and experience would be mutually beneficial,” said Silverman, former general manager of Salt River Project.  “For nearly seven decades, Jennings Strouss has demonstrated excellence and leadership in the legal field, and I am pleased to begin another career with such a respected firm.”

Silverman is a well-recognized and respected professional in the energy industry, in Arizona and on a national level. He is past Chair of the board of directors for the Electric Power Research Institute; past Chair and former steering committee member of the Large Public Power Council; and former executive committee member of the board of directors for the American Public Power Association.

As Of Counsel at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, Silverman will continue his active involvement with Arizona civic organizations and will also work closely with the firm’s Washington D.C.-based energy practice, which focuses on representing the business and regulatory needs of electric, natural gas, telecommunications and water utilities (see

Silverman is active in a number of community organizations, including Greater Phoenix Leadership, the University of Arizona Foundation and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). He serves as Chair of the Governor’s Arizona Medical Education Oversight Task Force and is a member of the Governor’s Arizona Centennial Commission and Centennial Foundation.  

He earned both his J.D. and B.S. in Business from the University o fArizona. Silverman currently resides in Phoenix with his wife Susan.

About Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

Jennings Strouss & Salmon is one of the Southwest’s leading law firms, providing legal counsel for more than 65 years through its offices inPhoenix, and Peoria, Arizona; and Washington, D.C.. The firm’s primary areas of practice include bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights; corporate and securities; energy; health care; labor and employment; litigation; real estate; tax; and trust and estates.  For additional information please visit

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