Herbert S. Silber

Herb Silber’s career in litigation has focussed largely on real estate litigation, lease arbitration and employment law. He co-counseled one of the largest commercial fraud cases in Canadian history, which included precedent-setting decisions on directors’ liability. Herb’s securities and corporate litigation experience includes shareholder oppression actions, proxy fights and fraud claims. His successes in this area have resulted in decisions that have influenced corporate law and damage recovery principles. Herb’s employment law practice includes appearances as counsel in many wrongful dismissal trials and appeals, negotiations for severance packages and advising on group terminations. Herb regularly appears in both the Supreme Court and British Columbia Court of Appeal.

Herb has increasingly taken on the role of arbitrator and mediator in commercial disputes and as counsel in the British Columbia Court of Appeal. Herb is an accredited arbitrator with the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre with experience extending to counsel and arbitrator. He is also a graduate of an intense five-day mediation workshop organized under the Harvard University School of Negotiation.

For the past 15 years, Herb has been a partner with Kornfeld LLP. After graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School, Herb joined Freeman & Company, becoming one of that firm’s senior litigation partners until its dissolution in 1993, when he formed his own firm, Silber Weintraub.

Herb was appointed by Order in Council in 2012 to be a member of the BC Health Professions Review Board. The Review Board is an Administrative Tribunal established to provide independent reviews of certain decisions of self governing colleges.  Herb was appointed by Order in Council, effective December 31, 2013, to be a member of the Board of Governors of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Herb is also very active in the community. He served for many years as Honourary Legal Counsel for Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific Region and in other executive capacities with this organization. He is past president of the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver and was named its man of the year in 2008. As well, Herb has served for several years on the Board of Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, which yearly raises many millions of dollars to support various community and educational causes.

Herb and his wife,  Barbara have three grown children, Michael, Arin ( AJ) and Tara.

Honours

  • Martindale Peer Review Rating BV Distinguished
  • Honourary Counsel, Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific Region
  • Officer, member, National Executive, Canadian Jewish Congress, Pacific Region
  • President, Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver
  • Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver’s Man of the Year, June 2008
  • Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver
  • President, Schara Tzedeck Synagogue.
  • Member, Board of Governors of British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1974
  • British Columbia, 1975

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, LLB
  • University of British Columbia, BA