Mike Silverman is one of the only attorneys in the U.S. who specializes in helping Iraqi and Afghan interpreters who were injured while working as U.S. Government contractors. He is an experienced Defense Base Act (DBA) attorney who gets excellent results for his clients. While many of his clients have life-changing physical injuries, some only suffer from the less visible, but no less devastating psychological injuries of war, like Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Silverman had a distinguished military career as a combat arms officer in the U.S. Army before becoming an attorney. He was an enlisted Marine before being commissioned as a regular Army officer in 1988. He served in every officer leadership position from platoon leader to battalion commander. Silverman served three combat tours in Iraq in leadership positions at the company, battalion, and brigade level—including a tour as a battalion commander in Al Anbar Province in 2007-8 where he worked closely with Iraqi civilians, military and police combatting Al Qaeda in Iraq. As a result of his work, he maintains close ties to the Iraqi-American community in the United States.
Mr. Silverman spent nearly four years serving with an interpreter at his side and he knows the commitment, courage and dedication that interpreters and other civilians serving side-by-side displayed. His unique perspective allows him to understand both the stresses that interpreters encountered and the way forward to successfully resolving their claims.
In addition to Defense Base Act claims, Silverman also takes a limited number of military justice cases. Having served as an Army leader, he has the ability to think like a commander and works closely with unit-level leaders to seek the most favorable outcomes for our clients in any situation.
Silverman received a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of North Florida, a master of arts in political science from Tarleton State University, and a juris doctorate from Savannah Law School.
He is a member of the Georgia bar.