“I grew up in Queens, went to school in Queens, and still have an office in Queens,” he said. “My parents were Italian immigrants. They instilled in me the importance of education. They were the ones that kind of pushed me to become an attorney.”
After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from St. John’s University, Silvagni went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree in Law from the same.
One of the reasons he chose to focus on this area of law, Silvagni said, is that he remembers his own grandfather’s end-of-life struggles, and wants to provide peace of mind to his clients.
“Growing up I had an elder grandfather living in the house with us, and unfortunately he had Parkinson’s disease,” he said. “He passed away when I was eight years old. That was kind of the thing that brought the idea of helping the elderly.”
After graduating, Silvagni joined Connors and Sullivan P.C., where he made partner in 2008 and continued to work as an attorney until leaving to start his own practice.
Along with partner Ida Como, they opened their Ridgewood-based practice in August 2014 at 66-31 Fresh Pond Road. Silvagni uses his ability to speak Italian to assist elderly immigrants manage their estates.
“Many of them can’t speak English and not too many attorneys speak Italian,” he said. “They need the help.”