Leonard A. Silverstein
Leonard A. Silverstein is a co-founder of Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors since the Company's formation in 2009 and as Vice Chairman of the Board from formation until January 2014 and again from April 2018 to the present. Mr. Silverstein continues to serve as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company, positions he has held since August 2012. Prior to that time, he served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Company. Mr. Silverstein has also served as President of Williams Realty Advisors, LLC from 2012 to 2017, and as General Counsel of Williams Realty Advisors, LLC and Chief Operating Officer of Corporate Holdings, LLC from 2004 to 2017. From August 1994 to 2004, Mr. Silverstein was a partner at the law firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge LLP. From January 1991 to August 1994, Mr. Silverstein was a partner at the law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy LLP, where he began his legal practice in 1983. Mr. Silverstein's practice focused on securities and corporate finance law, corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions, advising both publicly-held and privately-held clients in a variety of industries, including real estate.
Mr. Silverstein currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Jewish Committee, Southeast Region, where he previously served as President and a member of the Executive Committee. He has served on the Boards of Directors or Trustees of numerous other business and civic organizations, including the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce — Southeast Region, Atlanta Symphony Associates, Business Practice Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Vanderbilt University National Alumni Association, and Zoo Atlanta. He formerly served as Vice Chairman of the Securities Law Subcommittee of the State Bar of Georgia and the Advisory Board of Mayer Electric Supply Co., Inc., a regional electrical equipment and supply wholesale-distributor, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Silverstein received his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law where he served on the editorial staff of the Vanderbilt Law Review, and his BA from Vanderbilt University, where he graduated magna cum laude.