Representing clients from
our York & Lancaster County Offices
Ilkhanoff & Silverstein is an experienced general practice law firm with convenient locations in Shrewsbury and East Petersburg, PA, serving clients in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Our firm handles a wide range of legal matters with a focus on personal injury, family law, and criminal defense. We have decades of experience fighting for the rights of every client. We take particular pride in our ability to ease one’s stress while enthusiastically representing them in and out of court.
Dealing with a stressful legal matter can be a difficult experience. Whether you are facing a family law issue, were injured by another party’s negligence or have been charged with a crime, our attorneys and staff are ready to help. While many legal matters can take a financial and emotional toll on your life, with proper legal representation, you have the chance to seek a positive result. Your attorney’s skill, experience, and dedication will often play a role in the successful outcome for your case. We have it covered. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein to discuss your legal matter with a firm that can get the job done.
What it means to be family
Ilkhanoff and Silverstein is a family-owned law firm. As partners in law and in life, Bernard and Paula take a personal approach to serve clients. When you retain the firm, both attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of your case and your situation. By taking the time to get to know each client, our whole firm is able to develop the right approach and with the compassionate guidance to match. We are here to provide answers to your tough questions and concerns. We are family. The relationships we forge with clients last a lifetime. When you hire Ilkhanoff and Silverstein, you are treated like family too.
Our practice areas
Ilkhanoff & Silverstein understand the complications that can arise with family law matters. Some of these matters can be overwhelming and stressful. For many, the emotional turmoil of family law and domestic matters can be unbearable. We are ready to ease your stress and see your legal matter to its conclusion. Our firm has decades of experience guiding clients through all family law matters, including divorce, contested divorce, uncontested divorce, high net worth divorces, adoption, asset division, child custody, child support, grandparents’ rights, alimony, domestic violence, child visitation, juvenile dependency, and family law mediation.
If you have been injured by the negligence of an individual or business, you should contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein. Our firm fights for the rights of victims in PA and MD, helping them pursue maximum recovery after auto accidents, including cars, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, drunk drivers, distracted drivers, and pedestrians. Our firm also handles premises liability cases, dog bites, construction site accidents, product liability, nursing home neglect, and wrongful death. When you need a law firm that will fight enthusiastically to help you recover financially while you focus on healing, contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein.
Whether you are charged with a felony, misdemeanor, a summary offense, or a simple traffic ticket, it is important to speak with an attorney that can protect your rights. Your future can be impacted by the decisions you make today. The quality of attorney will make a difference in the aftermath. Our firm has significant experience defending clients against numerous charges and violations, including DUI, drug crimes, internet crimes, juvenile crimes, manslaughter, murder, sex crimes, theft, domestic violence and all traffic offenses. When you are facing significant fines or a jail sentence, your future could be devastated. Contact our firm to discuss your legal matter and get the representation you deserve.
Ilkhanoff and Silverstein is a law firm with decades of experience helping clients in various situations to avoid litigation. Going to court is not something we shy away from, but we recognize the positive outcomes that often arise from mediating certain situations. Our firm’s mediation services provide individuals and businesses a way to resolve their legal disputes efficiently and quietly. Our firm’s mediation services include divorce mediation, child custody, and other family law matters. We also have significant experience bringing our mediation practices to corporate and business disputes and even personal injury matters.
Ever since we first began in 1999, we have been dedicated to providing the people of Lancaster and York County with compassionate advocacy and comprehensive representation. In order to do just that, we have shaped ourselves into a one-stop law firm that can address whatever issue our clients bring through our doors. While our law office has gained a reputation for succeeding in countless criminal defense, family law, and personal injury cases, we are proud to say that we are significantly experienced with several other legal fields, as well. Our firm regularly helps clients in the practice of civil law, construction law, including engineering regulations and filing the proper contracts, physician representation, and real estate, including land use and zoning matters. If you have a legal matter, we are ready to help.
Reviews From Our Clients
You all have become like family through this whole ordeal.
"Paula, I cannot thank you enough for all you have done with working on my case these past few months. This has been the most heartbreaking, gut-wrenching experience a mother could ever walk through. Having you fight and advocate for my children the way that you have has been nothing short of amazing and words could never express the depth of my gratitude. My family and friends are equally amazed at how…"
"My custody case was brutal. Mediation, Conferences, Hearings, Trial, Appeals....etc. It seemed very overwhelming. In our first meeting, Paula basically told me "Relax....just focus on being a good dad. You hired me to handle the legal side. Trust me, do what I ask, and you will be fine." She understood the emotional stress that went along with my custody case and helped to keep me focused. Paula and her team…"
Goes The Extra Mile
"During my hour of need, Bernard Ilkhanoff came to my rescue. His diligence and dedication to me really made the difference in my criminal case. He fought for me and saved me from spending the rest of my life in jail and causing extreme hardship for my family. He was always available when I needed encouragement and answered any questions I may have had. Bernard worked hard to get all…"
Thank You Just Doesn’t Seem Like Enough
"Mr. Bernard, Thank you so much for taking our case so personally. You truly helped calm our fears and helped my husband see things much clearer. We know you fought hard for us and we promise you won't regret it! Thank you just doesn't seem like enough to truly show our appreciation for all your hard work. We pray that God continues to bless you and your family as much…"
Thank You and Your Staff
"I want to thank you and your staff so much for everything you all have and continue to do for my family and I. I cannot thank you all enough. Thank you for treating my family like your own. Like I have said, I cannot thank you all enough. I am so thankful to have you all in my corner for support. I know that you do everything you possibly…"
Thank You So Much!
"Thanks so much! I will refer your office to anyone needing lawyer services! God Bless you all!"
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
"Dear Bernie, I just wanted to thank you for your phone call and for bringing this settlement and divorce to closure. It was never how I envisioned my life turning out, but it's the hand I've been dealt and I'm ready to live with it. (and, in spite of it!) You have been wonderful to me; a counselor, an advocate, and even a trusted friend. I can't imagine anyone else…"
I’m So Glad To Have Had Your Background and Guidance
"Paula & Bernie, Thanks for your insights and assistance with the Judicial Forum. It was truly a wonderful event for our community members and I'm so glad to have had your background and expertise in guiding its organization."
Professional and Easy To Work With
"Attorney Ilkhanoff was very professional and easy to work with. He was very clear as to what our options were and the possible outcomes might be. He came to court prepared and ready to make our case. We were very pleased and can absolutely recommend him."
"We were at our lowest and we knew we needed a miracle. I have had zero success with Attorneys for years. I went in for a consultation with Paula Silverstein and I knew I was in good hands. She did what no other Attorney would try to do and we won, not once, not twice, but three times! She puts her whole heart and soul into each case. For years,…"
I Hired The Right Expert
"Attorney Ilkhanoff handled my trip and fall case at a restaurant in Maryland. I was referred to him by a local judge and felt completely at ease with him from the start. He investigated my case, hired the right expert, and negotiated a settlement that was far better than I could have ever expected. His staff was great to work with and always available to answer my questions. I highly…"
Gracious and Caring
"Bernard Ilkhanoff recently represented us in the adoption of our granddaughter. He is very approachable, knowledgeable, and astute in the law. At a very difficult time in our lives, he was not only a capable attorney but also showed himself as a caring father aware of the importance of family. In addition, his staff was very gracious and caring about all the preparation for our hearing."
Thank You So Much For Everything
"I just cannot say enough about your Law firm. I was going thru a really hard time in life with a divorce. I had been married for 25yrs and my ex-husband and I needed to part ways. I never had to deal with a divorce or any other situation like this and contacted your firm. I not only felt relieved but I felt that you took my case and I…"
Words Can Never Express My Gratitude
"Dear Paula, Words can never express my gratitude for what you accomplished for me and my child. Your willingness to go the extra mile and to take a personal interest in the case’s outcome was truly exceptional. Not only are you a great lawyer, but you are a tenacious, compassionate person. You really are my “lawyer for life.""
I Couldn’t Be More Pleased
"What started out as another individual that was part of the case going to consult with Bernard, turned into him inquiring within myself for a whole other reason involving the case. Prior to going to his office, I was clueless to the matter that I actually had a case that I could pursue but I'm overly thankful that he inquired, I consulted with him and pursued further actions. The outcome…"
"Paula was knowledgeable and always able to answer my questions. Every time I would start to get anxious and worry about my case, she would remind me to relax and reassure me that she was on top of my case. After a lot of back and forth between opposing counsel, conciliation, mediation, we ended up in a trial. Paula did a great job examining and cross-examining my ex and his…"
Honesty, Integrity, Professionalism
"For my very first meeting, I felt comfortable and assured that my case would be handled with care and professionalism. Ms. Silverstein was always available to answer questions and kept me in the loop every step of the way. This extended through the entire staff at Ilkhanoff & Silverstein. I recommended your firm because of your honesty, integrity, professionalism, knowledge of the law and promptness, but most of all I…"
Friendly and Helpful
"This was my first time using a lawyer for anything at all and I was very nervous. Luckily, Mr. Iikhanoff was very friendly and helpful and made me feel at ease. He was not pushy at all which is what I was afraid of! He kept me up to date on what was happening with my case and it did settle within a year and I was satisfied w/the settlement.…"
You Are An Amazing Talent
"Paula, Words cannot express how grateful I am that the case did not go to trial. I appreciate your professionalism and desire to reach an agreement that will benefit H and E the rest of their lives in a positive way. You have an amazing talent and I am happy I got to meet you."
Care For Us Like Family
"I cannot express in words how wonderful Paula and her team of professionals were to have on my side while dealing with our custody situation. The guidance and support she gave us was just the peace of mind we needed during the stressful time. I took comfort in knowing no matter the day of week or time of day, Paula would respond to my questions and concerns immediately. Paula has…"
Pleasure to Work With
"Attorney Ilkhanoff was a pleasure to work with. He was professional and attentive. The PFA case was very stressful. In the end, Attorney Ilkhanoff won the case and I was granted a 3-year no-contact PFA. His legal acumen was above reproach and his skills in the courtroom were stellar. I would recommend Attorney Iklhanoff to anyone seeking excellent legal representation."
Experts In Their Field
"Bernard & Paula, Thank you for your truly professional support in bringing our case to closure with a very positive outcome. You gave us insightful counsel that enabled us to persevere; and more importantly referred us to exceptional physicians, experts in their field, who were able to make us whole once again."
Hiring the Law Firm Was The Best Decision
"Hiring the law firm of Ilkhanoff and Silverstein was one of the best decisions I have made on behalf of my future. From the initial conversation with Attorney Ilkhanoff through the conclusion of my case I felt 150% supported and that Attorney Ilkhanoff had the best interest of myself and my family as priority #1. Bernard went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure no stone was left…"
I Will Definitely Refer Friends and Family
"I retained lkhanoff & Silverstein for my divorce. I was so glad I had Paula as my attorney. She was always readily available and made sure that my ex-husband didn't receive a dime from me! Even though my ex dragged out my divorce for two years, she was always up-to-date on my case and information. If I had a question, I received a response that day. Paula is very knowledgeable…"
"I highly recommend Ilkhanoff & Silverstein. Mine was a complex case involving four insurance companies. Mr. Ilkhanoff hit a grand slam - achieving the best possible settlement. This was after the insurers claimed no liability or sought to settle at a bare minimum. Their tune changed as soon as I engaged this law firm. It was still a tough battle, but Mr. Ilkhanoff prevailed. No one could have done better.…"
Thorough and Aggressive
"Paula is a wonderful lawyer! She was thorough and aggressive in handling the case and caring and supportive of us in the process. I wish I had known of her 6 years ago, but am very thankful to have found her! She has done more for me than anyone else ever thought to. Thank you very much for all that you did!"
We Utilized Their Services Many Times
"Our experience with Ilkhanoff & Silverstein was a very positive one. Our documents were completed in a timely and efficient manner. The suggestions were excellent and as a result, we have utilized their services several times."
With You All The Way!
"I hired Paula to handle my custody matter. She was referred by a friend of mine and the best decision I ever made was hiring Paula! I was nervous about taking my ex-husband back to court for custody but during my 1st meeting with Paula she explained what would happen and spoke the honest truth on what could happen in the best case scenario and in the worst case scenario.…"
Sincere, Sharp, Professional
"The very first moment I met Paula, I knew that she was the attorney I was in search of. All at once, she started preparing things for me on my behalf and on short notice. That very moment, a weight was lifted from my shoulders...they are sincere, sharp, professional, reputable and outstanding trial attorneys."
I Made a Good Decision Hiring Them
"I hired Paula to handle the mediation portion of my divorce. Many aspects of how she handled the case impressed me. When my ex-husband and his counsel dragged their feet, purposely or not, she could motivate them to move forward. The communication between Paula, her paralegal, and myself was very good. Paula took time on the weekends to address my concerns, particularly if she could not contact me during the…"
You and Your Staff are Wonderful
"I am very excited to pick up Lillie after daycare today! We are having an Easter Egg Hunt and Dye party this afternoon/evening with the family. This Sunday will be our very first Easter together. I cannot begin to thank you for making this happen! You and your staff are wonderful! Lillie and I are so lucky to have your support and continued dedication."
"The Best!!! Attorney Silverstein was truly a professional. As grandparents seeking custody of our grandchild, it felt like an incredible uphill battle, yet we prevailed. We thank and attribute this success to great counsel."
"I was undergoing charges for a DUI case and had no knowledge of how to handle it in court. It was the first time I had ever been pulled over even for a ticket! I was scared and unsure of how to proceed and Mr. Ilkhanoff was of GREAT help. He walked me through step-by-step and was able to help me proceed with a first-time offense through the ARD program.…"
"Paula, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you and your staff, Leslie and Kristen. I was truly fortunate to have obtained legal services from your firm given my financial circumstances. You took my case pro-bono and ultimately helped me obtain full legal custody of my grandchildren. You and your staff have given me peace of mind, my grandchildren, and faith in our legal system. From the bottom…"
They Will Be My First Call
"My name is Chris Bailey and in January of 2011, I was involved in an auto accident in Shrewsbury. Ilkhanoff and Silverstein were recommended to me and I met with Bernard shortly thereafter. From the first meeting, I could tell that the office was professional, serious and competent in everything that they do. Bernard explained everything in layman's terms and walked me through the process as to what I could…"
Treat You Like Family
"Ms. Silverstein and her office staff treat you like family. From my first appointment, I knew I chose the right attorney to represent me. Attorney Silverstein was always available and even communicated in the evenings when the day was spent in court. She totally gets the dynamics as it relates to women and the disparity that continues to exist in the legal system. She always spoke honestly and presented the…"
A Must Hire!
"Paula is seriously the best attorney you could ever have. I lucked out finding her because she is more than just an attorney. Not only does she work hard and gives it everything she has, but she actually cares about you as her client. It isn't all about the money. She truly is an amazing person inside and out. I am proud to say that she is not only my…"
Everything We Were Looking For in a Lawyer
"Our life was literally altered when my husband was in a horrific car accident. He was hospitalized with substantial injuries and required 8 months of painful physical therapy. In addition to his physical pain and suffering our whole family was affected and emotionally traumatized by the whole ordeal. I really felt lost, confused and threatened by pushy insurance representatives seeking information from me the day after the accident. During that…"
Thanks to our lawyer team!
"Thanks to our lawyer team, Ilkhanoff & Silverstein, we will be celebrating our first Christmas as an official family. Four years ago, my partner and I decided to have a child. We were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. We lived in Tennessee, and as soon as she turned 6 months old we began the adoption process so that I could be her legal mother as well. Our lawyer had…"
What a Relief!
"After injuries from an accident I was very confused & frustrated trying to deal with insurance companies. I've never used a lawyer before & was nervous to do so. I found Attorney Ilkhanoff & he came to my house to talk. He handled all of our questions honestly, openly and professionally; we signed with him on the spot. What a relief to have someone else deal with the insurance companies!…"
Friendliness, Kindness, and Understanding
"Dear Paula & Staff, It is hard to find the words to express how thankful we are for all you did for us these past two years. The friendliness, kindness, and understanding you showed us was greatly appreciated."
I Cannot Thank You Enough
"Dear Ms. Silverstein, You have helped me keep my daughter that much safer and for that, I cannot thank you enough."
Thank you all so much!
"Paula and her team are absolutely amazing. They made my process being a part of my son’s life a reality very quickly. They are so attentive to every detail and handled everything in a very professional manner. I can say I could feel the support from this team was so strong, it felt very unconditional. This team will fight for you no matter what. Paula, Leslie, and Kirsten, you all…"
Comfortable and Assured
"My experience with Bernard Ilkhanoff was a very positive one. From the moment I walked into the office I felt comfortable and assured that everything would be fine. My case was handled with the utmost professionalism. Mr. Ilkhanoff has a lot of compassion for his clients and a pleasure to work with. I want to thank Mr. Ilkhanoff and his staff from the bottom of my heart and I will…"
Thank You So Much
"I hired Paula for custody of my son. Realizing this was a decision that would greatly affect the lives of my son and I, I put all trust in her. Paula continued to advise me of the process and all that was involved with keeping us on track with the goal of primary custody. When the trial date came around, Paula was amazing. Her knowledge, experience, and drive to do…"
A Fighter in My Corner
"As you are well aware, I entered your office with a boatload of issues, some that were not handled properly by my previous attorneys and some that were new. Nevertheless, Paula Silverstein smiled and stepped right up to see me through these issues until they are corrected and closed. It was quite obvious at our previous appointment with the Divorce Master, that Paula cares, is well versed in the legal…"
A Happy Ending to a Sad Story
"We are grandparents who have a happy ending to a sad story. Two years ago we started a campaign to secure custody and a safe and happy life for our grandson after our son died. We hired Ilkhanoff and Silverstein to represent our case. They were professional, sensitive and understanding. Even with the drug and alcohol issues our grandson's mother has, we knew, as grandparents, it would be an uphill…"
An Iron Fist with a Velvet Glove
"Bernard Ilkhanoff, Esq.: An iron fist with a velvet glove The charges: Criminal trespass: Misdemeanor of the First Degree, and Maximum sentence was 5 years' incarceration and/or $10,000.00 fine. The above charge and its successful resolution was a life-altering event, a life lesson, and a true learning experience. While the details of my charges will remain private, suffice to say that my defense required a clear understanding of my objectives…"
"Paula is very good at making the truth be known when the other party is trying to bring her clients down, and lying about their own conduct. She keeps you informed, lets you know what it except, and has always gotten us positive results."
Warm and Welcoming
"I engaged Paula Silverstein to represent me for my divorce and child custody case. When I walked into her office for my first appointment I was nervous and quite upset. Paula and her staff were quite warm and welcoming. Paula is very well versed in Pennsylvania Law and not only answered all of my questions but provided me with all the information I needed to begin the process of divorce…"
Expertise in Law
"Our experience with Bernard Ilkhanoff, Paula Silverstein and their staff were positive from start to finish and they were always sincere and genuine. My wife and I would love to see you benefit from their expertise in law. They took our difficult case to heart with coaching us and making very stressful Court situations, depositions etc. much less stressful by explaining things in detail and making sure we were comfortable.…"
"Dear Bernard, Thank you for the kind wishes and the exemplary service that you and your staff showed me. Please extend my gratitude to them. I am grateful and relieved to have my family back. Happy summer to you and yours."
Courteous and Prompt
"Attorney Silverstein had only the best interest in mind for me and my children. She was clear and forthright in her intentions and my expectations. Attorney Silverstein was also compassionate towards my children and made a most difficult circumstance easier to navigate through. Furthermore, her staff was always very courteous and prompt in returning calls and emails."
Excellent Legal Representation
"Attorney Silverstein was a pleasure to work with. She was professional and attentive. The child custody case was a long, difficult road. In the end, Attorney Silverstein won the case and I was granted primary custody. Her legal acumen was above reproach and her skills in the courtroom were stellar. I would recommend Attorney Silverstein to anyone seeking excellent legal representation."
"Thank you so much for all your help. I was a happy man when it was over. More importantly, my children are happy. You have a great team and everyone was helpful and positive."
The Primary Concern Was My Welfare
"I hired Bernard to handle my divorce during a distressful time in my life, which included the deaths of my parents. What I admired most about Bernard was his ability to communicate to me what was emotional thinking and what were the decisions I had to make to keep the divorce process moving. He suggested relinquishing my legal responsibility to the marital residence. This settlement proved to be a genius…"
I would recommend to family and friends
"I used Paula as my attorney in my personal child custody case. She was such a blessing & help in this trying and at times very ugly process. Having Paula in my corner and seeing her prepare and function in the courtroom was amazing for certain. I would highly recommend her for any family law matters. I have used several other lawyers in the past but Paula will be the…"
"Words cannot express how thankful we are to have you as our friend and attorney. No matter what the outcome, we know that you presented the case with intelligence and the utmost professionalism. Thank you so much!! Please thank your team for me too!"
"When you are faced with having to retain an attorney to assist with directing you and your family through a divorce and custody, it is the most terrifying feeling in the world! You pray that the person representing you as you and your children's best interest at heart. Three years ago my divorce and custody battle started. (I truly felt I had hit rock bottom in my life). I put…"
There for me every step of the way
"Paula was there for me every step of the way! She was never afraid to go on the offensive and dig deep to get results. Hiring Paula to work my divorce and child custody was the best thing I could have done! I have referred several other family, friends and co-workers because I know she's all ways looking out for their best interest! Paula has always kept mine and my…"
"We are so impressed with Paula's communication style. Whenever we contact her or her staff, we are always well informed of the latest updates having to deal with our case. She is honest and gives us excellent advice and always on a timely basis. She was recommended to us by a friend who guaranteed us that we would be satisfied and we are extremely pleased with the results! She is…"
"I was wrongfully charged with a DUI amongst other offenses following a vehicle accident. It was a very confusing and stressful time. Attorney Ilkhanoff was attentive and took a complete interest in my situation. He took the time to comprehensively explain to me the legalities of my charges. He was aggressive in his research and upon entering the courtroom was in complete control. It was a successful experience as my…"
"Several years ago, I found myself in need of representation in regards to a civil contract dispute and I had the pleasure of meeting Bernard Ilkhanoff of Ilkhanoff & Silverstein. Mr. Ilkhanoff not only resolved my issue but also found the other party not living up to the legal agreement that had been made. Since then, I have sought Mr. Ilkhanoff and Ms. Silverstein for a personal injury case and…"