Triple threat Scottsdale resident excels in law, art and music

Leon Silver

Leon Silver (Submitted photo)

Leon Silver, co-managing partner of the Phoenix office of national law firm Gordon & Rees, has been referred to as a modern day renaissance man.

In addition to his career in law, Mr. Silver is the bass player in the rock band “Guilty as Sin,” the composer of four albums of original music and an award-winning painter.

Mr. Silver says his creative bent took off in the late 70s, when his love of the Beatles not only inspired him to learn the bass, but also to draw. In college, drawing led to painting.

“I liked the process of painting, I enjoyed being around paint and figuring out different ways to use it on canvas. Being in a very conservative environment, I also liked the outsider status of being a painter,” Mr. Silver explained.

He admitted procuring a set of keys to the art building because the security guard grew tired of trying to keep up with his need to be let in at all hours of the night.

Regardless of his love for the arts, Mr. Silver says he always planned to become a lawyer. Before earning his law degree from Arizona State, he majored in fine arts with a minor in education and music and did a stint as an art teacher and basketball and track coach in Coolidge, Ariz.

“I loved teaching and still do as I mentor young lawyers,” Mr. Silver added.

Mr. Silver’s current focus is leading the expansion of the Phoenix office of Gordon & Rees. When he’s not working, he can be found writing and recording music, painting, or playing with “Guilty as Sin.”

He’s also developed an addiction to the New York Times crossword, having reached a Masters Rank of 43rd in the world. His band’s next gig will be at the annual Wounded Warriors fundraiser in Munds Park on Aug. 14.

Ms. Lomas is an account executive for Gordon C. James Public Relations.

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