Steven H. Silton



(612) 260-9003

(612) 260-9081

Steve applies a personal approach when representing clients in a full range of corporate matters. Steve primarily focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, financing, and securities placements for middle market corporations as well as banks, credit unions, financial groups, family offices, and sports franchises. In addition to providing a wide range of corporate services, his practice also encompasses representing clients on bankruptcy issues and includes advising lawyers across the region on their clients’ financially distressed businesses; playing an instrumental role in the reorganization of businesses; and being appointed as counsel for creditor committees.

Steve speaks at conferences and seminars on topics related to business law and sports, and most recently taught a class at University of Miami Law School titled “Representing a Professional Sports Franchise.” He also provides commentary on business issues as a regular guest on WCCO talk radio in Minneapolis. Steve's writing credits include a chapter in the international publication Sports Law Review, which was updated to a fourth edition in 2019.

Steve is among two Cozen O’Connor attorneys credited with the 2010 launch of the Bankruptcy Clinic at the University of St. Thomas Law School - Minnesota. The clinic, which was developed in conjunction with the University’s School of Social Work and Graduate School of Psychology, provides pro bono bankruptcy services and counseling to indigent people.

Steve's professional memberships include the Hennepin County Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, State Bar of Wisconsin, The Florida Bar, American Association for Justice, and Turnaround Management Association. He has received numerous recognitions during his career, including receiving an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability, as well as being named to Law & Politics magazine’s 1999 Rising Star list. Since 2002, Steve has been consecutively recognized as a “Super Lawyer” and was also named among the 2011 “Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers” by Minnesota Super Lawyers.

Steve most recently served on the firm’s Board of Directors for two consecutive three-year terms and is committed to giving back to the community. He currently serves on the board of the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, Bolder Options, The Jack Brewer Foundation, and Sanneh Foundation. He is the former board chairman of the Sanneh Foundation, an academic enrichment program that is in all St. Paul schools, as well as some in Minneapolis schools, which assists more than 6,000 children annually.


Super Lawyers Names Four Minnesota Cozen O’Connor Attorneys to its 2020 List

July 23, 2020

Super Lawyers has named four Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2020 Minnesota Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. Three were recognized as Super Lawyers and one was named “Rising Star.”

Three Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyers

July 08, 2019

Silton, Syring, and Wallrich have previously been named Super Lawyers, this is their 15th, 10th and 17th year appearing on the list, respectively.

NHL Team Calls Fantasy Sports Co.'s Dismissal Bid Improper

June 23, 2016

Steve Silton, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice group, discusses the recent Minnesota Wild case against daily fantasy sports on Law360.

Steve Silton Mentioned on MinnPost Regarding Unionization in the NCAA

May 15, 2014

Steve Silton, of the Corporate Practice Group, was recently quoted on in an article titled, "Kline on College Sports: Unions Not the Answer." The article examines unions among student-athletes and the NCAA as college administrators and legal experts prepare to convene on Capitol Hill to warn Rep. Kline and his Education and the Workforce committee against the ill effects of unionized college athletes.

Steve Silton Discusses the Sale of the Buffalo Bills on Bloomberg Radio

May 05, 2014

Steve Silton, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate Department, was on Bloomberg Radio’s “Morning Bloomberg Law Brief” on Monday, May 5, 2014, discussing the retention by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration of a key sports and business lawyer to assist in the state’s bid to prevent the Buffalo Bills football team from relocating.


The Sports Law Review

January 18, 2017

Steve Silton, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Corporate practice, discusses the United States in The Sports Law Review.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Sports Law for Rookies & Veterans 2018

June 06, 2018 - Minneapolis, MN

2016 Sports Law for Rookies and Veterans

April 15, 2016 - New York, NY

2015 Sports Law for Rookies and Veterans

March 05, 2015 - Miami Beach, FL

Sports Law for Rookies and Veterans

June 20, 2013 - Minneapolis, MN

Industry Sectors


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 1995
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A., 1991
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court