Certified Carlsbad Family Lawyer Alan R. Silverman Puts His Psychology Background to Work for You
Representing clients in the San Diego area with complex family law issues for 20 years
In 1993, attorneys Alan R. Silverman and Claudia Bravo Silverman established the law firm of Silverman & Silverman, Attorneys at Law. Mr. Silverman dedicates his 20 years of experience exclusively to resolving family law issues for clients from the San Diego area, or from out of state or out of the country. Before earning his law degree, Mr. Silverman enjoyed a rewarding career in psychology and draws upon these skills in his daily legal practice.
Certified by the CaliforniaBar's Board of Legal Specialization as a family law specialist
Alan R. Silverman is certified by the State Bar of California's Board of Legal Specialization as a family law specialist. To earn this certification, an attorney must engage in a rigorous application and review process that includes:
- An intensive background investigation by the State Bar of California to assess competence and ethics
- A challenging written exam
- Demonstrated significant trial experience
- Demonstrated proficiency in resolving family law issues
- Family law legal education classes
- References from family law attorneys and judges familiar with the applicant's work, ethics and professionalism
Psychology education and career
Mr. Silverman earned his bachelor's degree in psychology with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a master's in guidance and counseling and a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Oklahoma. His doctoral studies included three years of intensive training in group therapy, hypnosis, individual therapy, diagnostic testing and the assessment of psychopathology.
The topic of Mr. Silverman's doctoral dissertation was the behavioral assessment of family therapy outcomes, which he performed at the Learning House Project and which was sponsored by the Counseling Psychology Department of Stanford University. He presented his research nationally, including at an American Psychological Association annual meeting involving Stanford University faculty. During this period, he also provided training for Stanford psychology students.
In 1978, Mr. Silverman received a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study the causes of homicide involving children ages 15 to 17 at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, where he earned his master's of public health in epidemiology.
Psychology practice before earning his law degree
After receiving his doctorate, Mr. Silverman developed a residential behavior therapy program for emotionally disturbed and delinquent children and adolescents in the San Diego area. He became licensed by the State of California as a marriage, family and child therapist, and maintained that license from 1977 until he entered law school in 1989.
Mr. Silverman worked as a clinical psychologist at the Wyoming State Hospital, the Colorado State Hospital and the Pikes Peak Mental Health Center in Colorado Springs. He then became the director of children's services for the South Central area of the state of Alabama through the South Central Mental Health Center in Andalusia. In this role, he worked with many different types of emotionally disturbed children and adolescents. He served as the executive director of Casa de Amparo, a child abuse treatment center funded by San Diego County. He was the co-founder of the Northern California Youth Treatment and Evaluation Center in Palo Alto and Santa Cruz where he worked with emotionally disturbed and delinquent adolescents.
Before attending law school, Mr. Silverman practiced as an individual and family therapist in San Diego and Orange counties in California. The primary focus of his practice was the treatment of couples, children and their families.
Reaching settlements through mediation and alternative dispute resolution
Mr. Silverman studied mediation and alternative dispute resolution at the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and obtained advanced training in mediation taught by Forrest Mosten in Los Angeles. In addition, he has taken advanced coursework in collaborative law. Mr. Silverman serves as a settlement master and is on the special master panel of the Unified Family Court of the Superior Court of San Francisco. He serves as a private mediator and special master in cases involving child custody and visitation, as well as high-asset property distributions.
Aggressive litigation advocate
Mr. Silverman is an experienced trial attorney, having litigated more than 500 cases throughout California, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Joaquin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, San Mateo, Alameda, Marin, Santa Clara, Sacramento and San Francisco counties. He has tried more than 150 cases. His background in psychology is an asset in supporting clients during litigation and in preparing for the testimony of mental health providers.
Learn more about your divorce rights from a California certified family law specialist with a background in psychology
To learn more about how a certified family law attorney can achieve the results you desire in your divorce, call Silverman & Silverman, Attorneys at Law, at 760.512.3251 or 415.906.4142 or contact us online to schedule your free, initial phone consultation. Sunday appointments are available.
From our Carlsbad law office, we serve clients in Oceanside, La Jolla, Vista, Encinitas, Escondido, Rancho Santa Fe and throughout the San Diego area.
- J.D., Whittier Law School, Los Angeles, 1991
- Mediation and dispute resolution training, Pepperdine University School of Law, Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, Malibu, 1991
- M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, Behavioral Sciences/Epidemiology, National Science Foundation Fellow, 1979
- Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, 1976
- M.Ed. Guidance and Counseling, University of Oklahoma, Norman, 1973
- A.B., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1970
- Certified Family Law Specialist, Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, 2010
- California, 1993
- Marriage Child & Family Counselor, California, 1977-1989
- Selected in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” which annually honors the top 5% of attorneys according to peer reviews.
- Judge Pro Tem and Settlement Attorney
- San Diego County Superior Court Family Law Settlement Attorney through the Judge Pro Tem Program, 2015 to present.
- San Francisco Unified Family Court, Judge Pro Tem 2011 to present.
- San Francisco Superior Court Judge Pro Tem Small Claims, Juvenile Dependency, Traffic and Family Law Settlement Master, 2007 to present.
- Silverman & Silverman, Attorneys at Law, San Francisco, partner, 1993 to present
- Settlement Master, Unified Family Court, Superior Court of San Francisco — family law settlement conferences, 2007-present
- Dependency Appellate Practice, First District Appellate Project, 1998-1999
- Central California Appellate Program, 1999-2000
- Bravo & Margulies, San Francisco, Of Counsel, 1994-2001
- Law Offices of David M. Harney, Los Angeles, law clerk, 1990-1991
- Los Angeles County Superior Court, Mental Health Department, judicial law clerk to Hon. Florence Bernstein, 1990
- Rand v. Board of Psychology (2012) 205 Cal.App.4th 1209, 140 Cal.Rptr.3d 837, discussed in "California Family Law Report," July 2012. Client prevailed on complaint to Board of Psychology for unethical conduct and coercive practices against a psychologist acting as special master in high-conflict custody case.
Interviews, panels and debates
- Anxiety Over the Cost of Divorce” Interview, KGO Radio, San Francisco, August 2013
- "The Psychological Effects of the Economic Downturn on Divorcing Couples," television interview, KPIX/CBS San Francisco, April 2011
- Presentation to Japanese Federation of Bar Associations on family law and law practice management, May 2007
- Televised debate on grandparent visitation rights, panelist, "Take Issue," Bay TV, San Francisco, January 17, 2000
- "Your Legal Rights: Call a Lawyer," KALW Radio, San Francisco, 2000-2006
- Golden Gate University, Appellate Advocacy Program, Oral Argument Judge, 2005-2006
Law firm internship offerings
- Approved by University of San Francisco School of Law to sponsor clinical internships. The firm has sponsored clinical internships since 2005.
- Approved by Golden Gate University School of Law to sponsor clinical internships. The firm has sponsored clinical internships since 2007.
- Approved by San Francisco State University, Paralegal Studies, to sponsor internships. The firm has sponsored internships since 2010.
- Trained interns from England, Wales, France and Germany, 2000-2006
- Private practice, marriage, family and child therapist, Carlsbad and Huntington Beach, California 1984 through 1988.
- Casa de Amparo, Oceanside, California, a child abuse residential treatment facility funded by the San Diego County Department of Social Services -- executive director. Wrote and administered child abuse treatment grant for Camp Pendleton, 1983
- Colorado State Hospital, Pueblo, Colorado -- clinical psychologist, adolescent treatment unit, forensic testing, 1980-1982
- Pikes Peak Mental Health Center, Colorado Springs -- clinical psychologist. Psychotherapy for adults and children, 1980-1982
- Wyoming State Hospital, Evanston, Wyoming -- clinical psychologist, adolescent and geriatric units, forensic testing, 1980-1982
- Northern California Youth Treatment & Evaluation Center, Palo Alto and Santa Cruz -- co-director. Residential treatment for children and adolescents adjudicated dependent or delinquent. Wrote and administered funding grant, 1976-1978
- Stanford University, Counseling Psychology Department, Palo Alto -- pre-doctoral intern. Parent-Learning House-Residential treatment program for dependent children. Conducted research for doctoral dissertation, 1975-1976
- Casa de Amparo, San Diego County Department of Social Services, funding grant for treatment of physically and sexually abused children, 1983
- United States Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, residential and outpatient treatment of abused Marine Corps dependent children, 1983
- Seiden, R. & Silverman, A. "Deadly Violence Among California's Youth, An Epidemiological Study," School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, funding by California Commission on Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, 1979
- Northern California Youth Treatment and Evaluation Center, budget approved by Bay Area Placement Committee, funding by social services agencies of Bay Area counties, 1977-1979
- Harney, David M., "Medical Malpractice," second edition, The Michie Company, 1991 supplement -- contributed to case note on desecration of remains
- Blattler, A. and Silverman, A., "Contingency Management Program Policies," Department of Institutions Policies and Procedures Manual, State of Colorado, 1981
- Silverman, A., "Evaluating Goal Attainment Scaling by Independent Observation in Parent Behavior Management Counseling," Dissertation Abstracts, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1976
- McKee, Mike, "Shrink-Turned- Lawyer Offers a Different Kind of Counsel," biography, The Recorder, San Francisco, California, April 1997
- Zemper, Melinda, "Expansion of Child Abuse Center Possible," biography and commentary, Morning Press, Oceanside, California, June 1983
- "Behavioral Approaches to Family Counseling," symposium sponsored by University of Colorado Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, 1982
- "Non-Participant Observation Systems in Family Therapy," symposium with Carl Thoreson, Stanford University, American Psychological Association annual meeting, Washington, D.C., 1976
- "Learning House, An Overview," symposium with Montrose Wolf and Carl Thoreson, American Educational Research Association annual meeting, Los Angeles, 1976
- San Francisco State University, adjunct faculty, family law, American Bar Association-approved program in paralegal studies, 2012
- California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, directed counseling practicum for graduate students, 1983
- University of Southern Colorado, Department of Psychology, adjunct professor, lectured on behavior modification with children, 1981-1982
- Stanford University, Department of Psychology, directed counseling practicum for upper division undergraduates, 1977-1978
- University of Oklahoma, Department of Counseling Psychology, directed counseling practicum for master's degree candidates, 1973-1974
- University of Oklahoma, Department of Counseling Psychology, instructor, statistics and learning theory, 1971-1972
- Volunteer group cycling instructor, Stonestown YMCA, San Francisco, 2007-present