Marilena DiSilvio

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Mayfield Heights, OH

Elk & Elk Co., Ltd.
 | 6105 Parkland Boulevard, Suite 200
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124
Phone: 440-442-6677
Fax: 877-355-1355
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Italian
Attorney Profile

Marilena DiSilvio is a partner at Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., located in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. The firm also has offices in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown. Ms. DiSilvio represents clients throughout the region in cases involving catastrophic personal injury, birth injury and medical malpractice.

A graduate of Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Ms. DiSilvio previously worked as a registered nurse. This experience provides Ms. DiSilvio with a special insight into medical malpractice and health care, and has continued to inform her career as a litigator.

Ms. DiSilvio has tried more than 50 medical malpractice cases. She is currently admitted to practice in Ohio state courts, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Her work on behalf of her clients has led to numerous awards and recognition from her peers. Ms. DiSilvio has been listed in the publications "Best Lawyers in America"* and "Marquis Who's Who of American Women." She was selected to join the American Board of Trial Advocates and has published works in various legal journals.

Active in professional organizations, Ms. DiSilvio has served as president of the Ohio Women's Bar Foundation and Co-Chair of the Ohio Women's Bar Foundation Leadership Institute. Ms. DiSilvio is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Women's Bar Association, and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association co-chairing various events for the Women in Law Section. Fluent in English and Italian, Ms. DiSilvio is active in the National Italian American Bar Association and The Justinian Forum, an organization for Italian American attorneys and judges in Northeast Ohio.

Ms. DiSilvio helped found an Ohio advisory group for the National Museum of Women in the Arts and  serves on the board of directors for The Gathering Place, an organization that helps families who have been touched by cancer. She also serves on the American Heart Association Go Red Luncheon Executive Committee. 

*The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (80%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Personal Injury - General (10%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury

Personal Injury - Products (10%)

Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury


Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2005 - 2007

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About Marilena DiSilvio

Admitted: 1995, Ohio

Professional Webpage:


  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
  • Cleveland State Law Review, Managing Editor, Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Named To Best Lawyers in America Lists for Medical Malpractice Law, Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Recognized by Marquis “Who’s Who of American Women”

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Ohio State Bar, 1995
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • National Italian-American Bar Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013
  • President, Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation, 2013-2014
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1995
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association
  • Justinian Forum

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member, The Gathering Place
  • Committee Member, “Go Red for Women Campaign” for the American Heart Association
  • Founding Member of the Ohio Advisory Group, in support of the National Museum of Women in the Arts

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Common Myths of HIPAA's "Final Rule" – What Every Practitioner Should Know Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal – Vol. 6, No. 8, March 25, 2014, Author
  • Female Perspective in a Woman Friendly Firm, The Gavel, Cleveland State University College of Law – Winter 2013 Edition, May 8, 2013, Author
  • Women in the Profession – Still Changing the Practice of Law, Ohio Lawyer, Nov. – Dec. 2012 Issue, November 8, 2012, Author
  • Federal Plan for Healthcare Cost Containment: Changes are Coming, Academy of Medicine of Cleveland and Northern Ohio Magazine, July/August 2011 Issue, July 7, 2011, Author
  • Moment of Truth Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Journal, February 15, 2011, Author
  • Health Care and the Role of Litigation, Cleveland Marshall Law School Course Syllabus – Summer 2011, February 1, 2011, Author
  • Recouping Improper Medicare Payments October 1, 2009, Author
  • Panelist - International Visitor Leadership Program, Rule of Law and Judicial Reform, U.S. Department of State and Cleveland Council on World Affairs, 2016
  • Cases & Controversies in Electronic Fetal Monitoring, Speaker, OBIX Perinatal Data System, 2017
  • "Watch a Doctor Get Sued: A Live Medicolegal Simulation", Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting, Presenter, 2018


  • Marilena has tried more than 50 medical malpractice cases including matters involving catastrophic injury, brain injury at birth, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus palsy, skull fractures, paralysis and wrongful death.  

Educational Background:

  • University of Pennsylvania RN-BSN, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1989
Office Location for Marilena DiSilvio

6105 Parkland Boulevard
Suite 200
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

Phone: 440-442-6677

Fax: 877-355-1355

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Last Updated: 1/9/2019

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