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Alan R. Silverman



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Certified Family Court Law Specialist Alan R. Silverman Applies His Professional Psychology Experience to Work for You

Representing clients in San Diego County with complex Family-Law issues

Mr. Silverman dedicates his 20+ years of professional legal experience exclusively to resolving Family Court-law issues for clients with matters for the Superior Court of San Diego County, whether the clients are in county, out of county, out of state or out of country. Before earning his law degree, Mr. Silverman enjoyed a rewarding career in the mental-health field and draws upon his skills in his daily legal practice.

Certified by The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Court law specialist (CFLS)

Alan R. Silverman is certified by The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization as a Family Court-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 Court-law issues
  • Family Court-law legal education classes
  • References from Family Court-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, then a master’s in guidance and counseling and his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Oklahoma. His Ph.D. 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 Court therapy outcomes, which he performed at the Learning House Project, 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 Ph.D. in psychology, Mr. Silverman developed a residential behavior-therapy program for emotionally disturbed and delinquent children and adolescents in San Diego County. He became licensed by the State of California as a marriage, Family Court and child counselor, and maintained that license from 1977 until entering 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 state of Alabama’s South Central area 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 Court therapist in San Diego and Orange counties of 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, CA, and obtained advanced education in mediation as taught by Forrest Mosten, Esq., in Los Angeles and studied 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 County and is a settlement attorney for the Family Court of the Superior Court of San Diego County. He serves as a private mediator and special master in cases involving child custody and visitation and/or high-asset property distributions.

Aggressive litigation advocate

Mr. Silverman, an experienced trial attorney, 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 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 Family Court-law rights from a California certified Family Court-law specialist (CFLS) with a background in psychology

To learn more about how a certified Family Court-law attorney can achieve the results you desire in your dissolution or Family Court-law issue, call Silverman & Silverman, Attorneys at Law, at or 760-512-3251 or contact us online to schedule your free initial phone consultation. Sunday appointments are available.

Silverman & Silverman, Attorneys at Law, located in Carlsbad, California, serves clients in and around Carlsbad, San Diego, Oceanside, Vista, Escondido, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, La Jolla, Mira Mesa, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, San Marcos and all North County San Diego.