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Charles M. Silver

  • Roy W. and Eugenia C. McDonald Endowed Chair in Civil Procedure; Professor of Government
  • Co-Director - Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice and the Media



  • Law of Class Actions and Other Aggregate Litigation (St. Paul: Foundation Press, 2nd ed. 2013) (with Richard Nagareda, Robert Bone, Elizabeth Burch, & Patrick Woolley).
  • Professional Responsibility of Insurance Defense Counsel (Newark: Matthew Bender 2012) (with William T. Barker).
  • Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation (St. Paul: American Law Institute Publishers, 2010) (associate reporter, with Samuel Issacharoff, reporter & Robert H. Klonoff & Richard A. Nagareda, associate reporters).
  • Special Project on the Professional Responsibilities of Insurance Defense Lawyers, Part 1: Full-Coverage Representations (International Association of Defense Counsel, 1995) (with Kent D. Syverud).


  • Regulation of Fee Awards in the Fifth Circuit [Symposium: Litigating in Federal Court] 67 The Advocate 36 (2014).
  • Double, Double, Toil and Trouble: Justice-Talk and the Future of Medical Malpractice Litigation, 63 DePaul Law Review 547 (2014) (with David A. Hyman).
  • Litigation Funding Versus Liability Insurance: What’s the Difference?, 63 DePaul Law Review 617 (2014).
  • What Can We Learn by Studying Lawyers’ Involvement in Multidistrict Litigation? A Comment on Williams, Lee, and Borden, Repeat Players in Federal Multidistrict Litigation [Symposium: The Public Life of Private Law: A Volume in Honor of Richard Nagareda], 5 Journal of Tort Law 181 (2012).
  • Setting Attorneys’ Fees in Securities Class Action: An Empirical Assessment, 66 Vanderbilt Law Review 1677 (2013) (with Lynn A. Baker & Michael A. Perino).
  • Five Myths of Medical Malpractice, 143 Chest 222 (2013) (with David A. Hyman).
  • Will Tort Reform Bend the Cost Curve? Evidence from Texas, 9 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 173 (2012) (with Mungho Paik, Bernard S. Black, & David A. Hyman).
  • How Do the Elderly Fare in Medical Malpractice Litigation, Before and After Tort Reform? Evidence from Texas, 14 American Law & Economic Review 561 (2012) (with Bernard Black, David A. Hyman, Myungho Paik, and William Sage).
  • Ethical Obligations of Independent Defense Counsel, 22 Insurance Coverage 4 (July/ August 2012) (with William T. Barker).
  • Healthcare Quality, Patient Safety, and the Culture of Medicine: "Denial Ain't Just a River in Egypt" [Symposium: On the Table: An Examination of Medical Malpractice, Litigation, and Methods of Reform], 46 New England Law Review 417 (2012).
  • Medical Malpractice and Compensation in Global Perspective: How Does the U.S. Do It? [Symposium: Medical Malpractice and Compensation in Global Perspective Part II], 87 Chicago Kent Law Review 163 (2012).
  • Fiduciaries and Fees: Preliminary Thoughts [Symposium: Civil Procedure and the Legal Profession], 79 Fordham Law Review 1833 (2011) (with Lynn A. Baker). View Article
  • The Responsibilities of Lead Lawyers and Judges in Multidistrict Litigations [Symposium: Civil Procedure and the Legal Profession], 79 Fordham Law Review 1985 (2011). View Article
  • Ethics and Innovation [Symposium: Aggregate Litigation: Critical Perspectives], 79 George Washington Law Review 754 (2011). View Article
  • A New Model for Mass Torts? The Huffington Post, June 21, 2010.>
  • The 9/11 Lawyers Deserve Praise: Don't Arbitrarily Slash Their Fees, New York Daily News, March 22, 2010. <>
  • Access to Justice in a World Without Lawyers: Evidence from Texas Bodily Injury Claims, 58 Fordham Urban Law Journal 357 (2010) (with David A. Hyman).
  • The Quasi-Class Action Method of Managing Multi-District Litigation: Problems and a Proposal, 63 Vanderbilt Law Review 107 (2010) (with Geoffrey P. Miller).
  • The Controversy Surrounding the Criminal Probe into the Gulf Oil Spill, Huffington Post, July 19, 2010 (with Susan R. Klein). <>
  • O'Connell Early Settlement Offers: Toward Realistic Numbers and Two-Sided Offers, 7 Journal of Empiricial Legal Studies 379 (2010) (with Bernard S. Black & David A. Hyman).
  • The Effects of 'Early Offers' on Settlement: Evidence From Texas Medical Malpractice Cases, 6 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 723 (2009) (with David A. Hyman & Bernard S. Black).
  • How Should Medical Malpractice Litigation be Dealt with in U.S. Health Care Reform? Washington Times, August 23, 2009 at M11 (with David A. Hyman).
  • Estimating the Effect of Damage Caps in Medical Malpractice Cases: Evidence from Texas, 1 Journal of Legal Analysis 355 (2009) (with David A. Hyman, Bernard S. Black & William M. Sage).
  • Only Pay for Health Care that Works, The Detroit News, November 3, 2009 (with David A. Hyman).
  • Silver: Texas-Style Caps on Noneconomic Damages isn't Smart Tort Reform, Star-Telegram, July 18, 2009 (with Ronen Avraham & David A. Hyman).
  • Incentivizing Institutional Investors to Serve as Lead Plaintiffs in Securities Fraud Class Actions [Symposium: Thirteenth Anuual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy], 57 DePaul Law Review 471 (2008) (with Sam Dinkin).
  • The Impact of the 2003 Medical Malpractice Damages Cap on Physician Supply and Insurer Payouts: Separating Facts from Rhetoric, Texas Advocate, Fall 2008 at 25 (with Bernard S. Black & David Hyman).
  • Malpractice Payouts and Malpractice Insurance: Evidence from Texas Closed Claims, 1990-2003, 33 The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance: Issues and Practice 177 (2008) (with Bernard Black, Kathryn Zeiler, David Hyman & William Sage).
  • Defense Costs and Insurer Reserves in Medical Malpractice and Other Personal Injury Cases: Evidence from Texas, 1988-2004, 10 American Law and Economics Review 185 (2008) (with Bernard S. Black, David A. Hyman, & William M. Sage).
  • Do Defendants Pay What Juries Award?: Post-Verdict Haircuts in Texas Medical Malpractice Cases, 1988-2003, 4 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 3 (2007) (with David Hyman, Kathryn Zeiler, William M. Sage & Bernard S. Black).
  • Physicians' Insurance Limits and Malpractice Payments: Evidence from Texas Closed Claims, 1990-2003, 36 The Journal of Legal Studies S9 (2007) (with Kathryn Zeiler, Bernard S. Black, David A. Hyman & William M. Sage).
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation and Tort Reform: It's the Incentives, Stupid, 59 Vanderbilt Law Review 1085 (2006) (with David A. Hyman).
  • Dissent from Recommendation to Set Fees Ex Post, 25 The Review of Litigation 497 (2006).
  • False Diagnosis: Don't Mess with Texas's Tort System, New York Times, Mar. 10, 2005, at A25 (with Bernard Black, David Hyman & William Sage).
  • The Poor State of Health Care Quality in the U.S.: Is Malpractice Liability Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?, 90 Cornell Law Review 893 (2005) (with David A. Hyman).
  • Medical Malpractice Reform REDUX: Déjà Vu All Over Again?, 12 Widener Law Review 121 (2005) (with David A. Hyman).
  • A Rejoinder to Lester Brickman: On the Theory Class's Theories of Asbestos Litigation, 32 Pepperdine Law Review 765 (2005).
  • Stability, Not Crisis: Medical Malpractice Claim Outcomes in Texas, 1988-2002, 2 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 207 (2005) (with Bernard Black, David A. Hyman & William M. Sage).
  • Speak Not of Error: Does Legal Fear Increase the Risk of Medical Error?, Regulation, Spring 2005, at 52 (with David A. Hyman).
  • Merging Roles: Mass Tort Lawyers as Agents and Trustees, 31 Pepperdine Law Review 301 (2004).
  • "We're Scared to Death": Class Certification and Blackmail, 78 New York University Law Review 1357 (2003).
  • What Lawsuit Abuse?, Dallas Morning News, Apr. 14, 2002, at 5J.
  • When Should Government Regulate Lawyer-Client Relationships? The Campaign to Prevent Insurers from Managing Defense Costs, 44 Arizona Law Review 787 (2002).
  • Introduction: Civil Justice Fact and Fiction [Symposium: The Impact of Civil Justice on the American Economy & Polity], 80 Texas Law Review 1537 (2002) (with Lynn A. Baker).
  • Does Civil Justice Cost Too Much? [Symposium: The Impact of Civil Justice on the American Economy & Polity], 80 Texas Law Review 2073 (2002).
  • Defense Lawyers' Professional Responsibilities: Part II--Contested Coverage Cases, 15 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 29 (2001) (with Ellen S. Pryor).
  • Just What the Patient Ordered: The Case for Result-Based Compensation Arrangements, 29 Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 170 (2001) (with David A. Hyman).
  • You Get What You Pay For: Result-Based Compensation for Health Care, 58 Washington & Lee Law Review 1427 (2001) (with David A. Hyman).
  • A Critique of Burrow v. Arce, 26 William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review 323 (2001).
  • Due Process and the Lodestar Method: You Can't Get There from Here, 74 Tulane Law Review 1809 (2000).
  • Defense Lawyers' Professional Responsibilities: Part I--Excess Exposure Cases, 78 Texas Law Review 599 (2000) (with Ellen S. Pryor).
  • How Not to Start an Ethics Investigation, Texas Lawyer, Feb. 1, 1999, at 33.
  • Preliminary Thoughts on the Economics of Witness Preparation, 30 Texas Tech Law Review 1383 (1999).
  • The Aggregate Settlement Rule and Ideals of Client Service, 41 South Texas Law Review 227 (1999) (with Lynn A. Baker).
  • Yale Should Censure Most Famous Grad, National Law Journal, Sept. 14, 1998, at A21.
  • Just Blowing Smoke, Texas Lawyer, June 8, 1998, at 32.
  • Stiffing of Lawyers a Payback for Donations to Opponents, Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, May 11, 1998, at 9A.
  • The $2.3 Billion Question: Ethical Thing to Do Is to Pay Lawyers, Austin American-Statesman, Feb. 7, 1998, at A15.
  • Was the Price Right?, Texas Lawyer, Feb. 2, 1998, at 22.
  • The Lost World: Of Politics and Getting the Law Right, 26 Hofstra Law Review 773 (1998).
  • I Cut, You Choose: The Role of Plaintiffs' Counsel in Allocating Settlement Proceeds, 84 Virginia Law Review 1465 (1998) (with Lynn A. Baker).
  • And Such Small Portions: Limited Performance Agreements and the Cost/Quality/Access Trade-Off, 11 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 959 (1998) (with David A. Hyman).
  • Flat Fees and Staff Attorneys: Unnecessary Casualties in the Continuing Battle over the Law Governing Insurance Defense Lawyers, 4 Connecticut Insurance Law Journal 205 (1997-98).
  • Mass Lawsuits and the Aggregate Settlement Rule, 32 Wake Forest Law Review 733 (1997) (with Lynn A. Baker).
  • Are Liability Carriers Second-Class Clients? No, But They May Be Soon--A Call to Arms Against the Restatement (Third) of the Law Governing Lawyers, Coverage, March-April 1996, at 21 (with Michael Sean Quinn).
  • All Clients Are Equal, but Some Are More Equal Than Others: A Reply to Morgan and Wolfram, Coverage, May/June 1996, at 47 (with Michael Sean Quinn).
  • The Legal Establishment Meets the Republican Revolution, 37 South Texas Law Review 1247 (1996).
  • Professional Liability Insurance as Insurance and as Lawyer Regulation: Response to Davis, 65 Fordham Law Review 233 (1996).
  • Wrong Turns on the Three Way Street: Dispelling Nonsense About Insurance Defense Lawyers, Coverage, November-December 1995, at 1 (with Michael Sean Quinn).
  • The Professional Responsibilities of Insurance Defense Lawyers, 45 Duke Law Journal 255 (1995) (with Kent Syverud).
  • Special Project on Professional Responsibilities of Insurance Defense Lawyers, 62 Defense Counsel Journal 502 (1995) (with Kent D. Syverud).
  • A Word From the Chair, 8 Insurance Law Anthology xvii (1995).
  • Control Fees? No, Let the Free Market Do Its Job, National Law Journal, Apr. 18, 1994, at A17.
  • A Model Retainer Agreement for Legal Services Programs: Mandatory Attorney Fee Provisions, 28 Clearinghouse Review 114 (1994) (with Stephen Yelenosky).
  • For Schmethics, AALS Section on Professional Responsibility Newsletter, Spring 1994, at 14.
  • What's Ethics Got to Do With It? The Manhattan Institute Proposal in Perspective, AALS Section on Professional Responsibility Newsletter, Spring 1994, at 2.
  • Does Insurance Defense Counsel Represent the Company or the Insured?, 72 Texas Law Review 1583 (1994). [Reprinted in Insurance Law: What Every Lawyer and Businessperson Needs to Know 95 (New York: Practicing Law Institute, 1998).]
  • Introduction to the Symposium [Symposium: Law of Bad Faith in Contract and Insurance], 72 Texas Law Review 1203 (1994) (with Ellen Smith Pryor).
  • Incoherence and Irrationality in the Law of Attorneys' Fees, 12 Review of Litigation 301 (1993).
  • Public Choice and Judicial Review, 18 Law & Social Inquiry 165 (1993).
  • Unloading the Loadstar: Toward a New Fee Award Procedure, 70 Texas Law Review 865 (1992).
  • A Restitutionary Theory of Attorneys’ Fees in Class Actions, 76 Cornell Law Review 656 (1991).
  • Comparing Class Actions and Consolidations, 10 Review of Litigation 231 (1991).
  • A Missed Misalignment of Interests: A Comment on Syverud, The Duty to Settle, 77 Virginia Law Review 1585 (1991). [Reprinted in 6 Insurance Law Anthology 857 (1992).]
  • Justice in Settlements, 4 Social Philosophy & Policy 102 (1986) (with J. Coleman).
  • Negative Positivism and the Hard Facts of Life, 68 The Monist 347 (1985).
  • Utilitarian Participation, 23 Social Science Information 701 (1984).
  • Public Opinion and the Federal Judiciary: Crime, Punishment, and Demographic Constraints, 3 Population Research & Policy Review 255 (1984 (with Robert Y. Shapiro).


  • What's Not To Like About Being a Lawyer?, 109 Yale Law Journal 1443 (2000) (with Frank B. Cross). [Essay reviewing Lawyer: A Life of Counsel and Controversy, by Arthur L. Liman.]
  • Public Choice and Judicial Review, 18 Law & Social Inquiry 165 (1993) (reviewing Daniel A. Farber & Philip P. Frickey, Law and Public Choice: A Critical Introduction, & Glen O. Robinson, American Bureaucracy: Public Choice and Public Law).
  • American Political Theory Considered, 60 George Washington Law Review 562 (1992) (reviewing The Federal Courts in the Political Order: Judicial Jurisdiction and American Political Theory, by Martin Redish).
  • Outsider Jurisprudence from an Insider, 16 Law & Social Inquiry 575 (1991) (reviewing The Problems of Jurisprudence, by Richard Posner).
  • Bentham and the Common Law Tradition, by Gerald J. Postema, 99 Ethics 164 (1988).
  • Theories of Evidence: Bentham and Wigmore, by William Twining, 98 Ethics 209 (1987).
  • Elmer's Case: A Legal Positivist Replies to Dworkin, 6 Law & Philosophy 381 (1987).
  • Ronald Dworkin and Contemporary Jurisprudence, ed. by Marshall Cohen, 95 Ethics 356 (1985).
  • Maidens, Meal and Money: Capitalism and the Domestic Community, by Claude Meillassoux, and Malinowski in Mexico: The Economics of the Mexican Market System, by Bronislaw Malinowski & Julio de la Fuente, 94 Ethics 721 (1984).
  • Experimentation in the Law: Report of the Federal Judicial Center Advisory Committee on The Sociology of Law: A Social-Structural Perspective, ed. by William M. Evan, 94 Ethics 734 (1984).
  • The Legal Enforcement of Morality, by Thomas C. Gray, 95 Ethics 156 (1984).
  • Law, Economics, and Philosophy, ed. by Mark Kuperberg & Charles Beitz, 95 Ethics 180 (1984).
  • Sociological Approaches to Law, ed. by Adam Podgorecki & Christopher J. Whelan, 94 Ethics 562 (1984).
  • Experimentation in the Law, 93 Ethics 644 (1983).
  • Bentham and Bureaucracy, by Leonard J. Hume, 93 Ethics 639 (1983).
  • Courts: A Comparative and Political Analysis, by Martin Shapiro, 92 Ethics 797 (1982).
  • A National Strategy for Containing White-Collar Crime, by Herbert Edelhertz & Charles Rogovin, 92 Ethics 602 (1982).
  • Sentencing, by Hyman Gross & Andrew von Hirsch, 92 Ethics 602 (1982).
  • Economic Special-Opportunity Conduct and Crime, by Pawel Horoszowski, 92 Ethics 601 (1982).
  • Essays in Law and Society, ed. by Zenon Bankowski & Geoff Mungham, 93 Ethics 204 (1982).


  • Justice Has (Almost) Nothing to Do With It: Medical Malpractice and Tort Reform, in Medicine and Social Justice, 531 (Rosamond Rhodes, Margaret P. Battin, & Anita Silvers, eds., Oxford University Press, 2012).
  • Representative Lawsuits & Class Actions, in 5 Encyclopedia of Law and Economics 194 (B. Bouckaert & G. De Geest eds; Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar, 2000).
  • Bargaining Impediments and Settlement Behavior, in Dispute Resolution: Bridging the Settlement Gap 51 (David A. Anderson ed.; Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1996) (with Samuel Issacharoff & Kent D. Syverud).
  • Do We Know Enough About Legal Norms?, in Social Rules: Origin; Character; Logic; Change 141 (David Braybrooke ed.; Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996).
  • Getting and Keeping Clients: Advertising and Marketing Legal Services, in A Guide to the Basics of Law Practice 21 (W. Frank Newton ed.; Austin: Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 1996 ed.) (with James M. McCormack & Mitchel L. Winick).
  • Your Role in a Law Firm: Responsibilities of Senior and Junior Attorneys, in A Guide to the Basics of Law Practice 103 (W. Frank Newton ed.; Austin: Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 1996 ed.).
  • Advertising and Marketing Legal Services, in A Guide to the Basics of Law Practice, 15 (Austin: Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 1995 ed.).
  • Getting and Keeping Clients, in The Ethics Course, 1995-96 75 (Beryl P. Crowley ed.; Austin: Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 1995) (with James M. McCormack & Mitchel L. Winick).
  • Responsibilities of Senior and Junior Attorneys, in A Guide to the Basics of Law Practice, 151 (Austin: Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, 1995 ed.).
  • Responsibilities of Senior and Junior Attorneys, in A Guide to the Basics of Law Practice 267 (W. Frank Newton ed.; 1994).
  • Introduction: Thoughts on Procedural Issues in Insurance Litigation, in 7 Insurance Law Anthology xi (Donald J. Hoyes ed.; 1994).
  • Advertising and Marketing Legal Services, in A Guide to the Basics of Law Practice 31 (W. Frank Newton ed.; 1994 ed.).

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