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Certified Family Law Specialist Alan R. Silverman Applies His Psychology Background to Work for You

Representing clients in San Diego County with complex family-law issues

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 San Diego County, out of state or out of  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 State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization as a family law specialist (CFLS)

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, 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 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 doctorate, 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 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 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 in Los Angeles. In addition, he 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 divorce rights from a California certified family law specialist (CFLS) 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 or 760-512-3251 or 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.