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Paula Silverstein

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Having practiced law for more than 20 years, Paula S. Silverstein is an experienced attorney that seeks to make a difference in her clients' lives through administering effective legal solutions and delivering caring client service in her general practice firm as a Partner.

Leading up to her legal career, Paula attended the undergraduate program at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 1991, Paula graduated from Widener University School of Law, having served as Law Clerk to the City of Philadelphia's Law Department for over a year, where she appeared in State and Federal Trial and Appellate Courts throughout Pennsylvania. The same year of her graduation from law school, Ms. Silverstein was appointed as an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Philadelphia and its Operating Departments, where she contributed as Counsel to the Philadelphia Mayor's Office and the City of Philadelphia’s and to the Police Department and was assigned to the Major Trials Unit.

Seeking to enter into the private sector, Paula accepted an Associate Attorney position with Philadelphia-based law firm Post & Schell, P.C. The firm comprised of more than 120 lawyers and Ms. Silverstein was an Associate in the General Liability Department, where she gained valuable experience handling a wide range of civil litigation matters.

Adding yet another valuable area to her experience, Ms. Silverstein left Post & Schell, P.C. to serve as in-house counsel for two major insurance carriers, where she handled cases concerning general liability, construction and surety construction cases and insurance issues from the carrier perspective. The experience she gleaned from her time as an insurance defense attorney now contributes to her ability to foresee and understand her opponents' strategies when representing her clients in a wide range of personal injury and civil litigation conflicts. After that she opened the Law Firm of Ilkhanoff & Silverstein, P.C. in 1999 with her legal partner and husband, Bernard Ilkhanoff.

Attorney Silverstein is licensed to practice in the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey and she is admitted to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Paula is part of the following:

  • Pennsylvania Council of Mediators
  • York County Bar Association Bench Bar Committee - 2016
  • York County Bar Association Nominating Committee - 2016
  • Lancaster County Rotary

Paula has also attended the 35th Annual Auto Law Seminar in Philadelphia, PA.

Ms. Silverstein is continuously looking for ways to improve her skills and her clients' experience. Recently, she attended the Reptile Continuing Legal Education conference and York County Bar Association, Bench Bar Conference.

To the benefit of herself and clients she attended the following courses:

  • The Psychology of Inspiration
  • The Psychological Effects of Shared...It's Complicated
  • Using an IPad in your Practice
  • Same Sex Marriage: Impact on Family Law Practice
  • York County Civil Courts Update
  • Basic Mediation Training - Module 1: Communication and Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Basic Mediation Training - Module 2: Mediation Process and Role Plays

Attorney Silverstein also attended the following classes at the 50th Annual Conference of County Bar Leaders:

  • Leadership: The Magic of Thought
  • Battles as Adversaries, Not Enemies
  • Errant Judges: What's A Lawyer to Do?
  • The Magic of Making Disorganization and Inefficiency Disappear

Ms. Silverstein has attended the following Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars:

  • "Family Law Mini-Bench Bar - Focus on Divorce and Custody Practice in York County," on October 16, 2017
  • “Changes in Lancaster County Family Law Practice” at the Lancaster Bar Association
  • "Building Your Marketing Plan (and Avoiding Ethical Blunders)," on August 24, 2017
  • “Round Table Discussion With Custody Conference Officers in Lancaster County,” on August 8, 2017
  • “Navigating Legal Issues Affecting the Elderly” at the Lancaster Bar Association on May 11, 2016

On her personal time, Ms. Silverstein enjoys reading, traveling and fine dining.

Client Testimonials

  • “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.”

    Former Client

  • “Thank you for treating my family like your own. Like I have said, I cannot thank you all enough.”


  • “Paula is very knowledgeable and a master of her trade. She was very aggressive in court and passionate about winning. I'm so glad she was on my side! Going through this divorce with Paula reduced a lot of stress and saved me a lot of money.”

    Katie F.

  • “My case was handled with the utmost professionalism. Mr. Ilkhanoff has a lot of compassion for his clients and a pleasure to work with.”

    Former Client

  • “No matter what the outcome, we know that you presented the case with intelligence and the utmost professionalism.”

    Former Client

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