Michael E. Silverman
Mike leads the firm’s Defense Base Act practice area. Mike 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 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).
Mike 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. Mike 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.
Mike 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 with U.S. Forces displayed. His unique perspective allows him to understand both the stresses that interpreters encountered and the way forward to successfully resolving their claims.
Mike is also an experienced criminal attorney and 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.
While on active duty, Mike served a two-year detail with the Central Intelligence Agency and worked on many of the most successful covert and clandestine programs in the War on Terror. After his retirement from active duty, Mike was a highly sought after trainer, doctrine developer and advisor on counterinsurgency matters. He trained units for deployment to both Iraq and Afghanistan and was recognized by many media outlets as an expert on counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, and counter-IED tactics and operations. Mike still occasionally consults on those matters.
Mike is a member of the bar of Georgia.
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Savannah, GA 31401
Defense Base Act
- Savannah Law School, J.D., with honors, 2015
- Tarleton State University, M.A., with honors, 1999
- University of North Florida, B.A., distinguished military graduate, 1988
- Pre-Command Course (2006)
- Command and General Staff College (1999-2000)
- Infantry Officers’ Advanced Course (1992-93)
- Military Police Officers’ Advanced Course (1991-92)
- Scout Platoon Leaders’ Course, (1989)
- Armor Officers’ Basic Course, (1988-89)
- Army ROTC (1986-88)
- USMC Basic Avionics Course (1983-84)
- USMC Boot Camp, Parris Island, SC (1983)
- S.M.C. (Reserve), Avionics Technician, (1983-86)
- S. Army National Guard, Signal Platoon Leader, (1986-88)
- S. Army, Armor Officer, (1988-2008)
- Central Intelligence Agency, Targeting Officer, (2004-06)
- Worker’s Injury Law Group
- President Emeritus, Savannah Law School Federalists Society
- United States Armor and Cavalry Association, Order of Saint George
- United States Infantry Association, Order of Saint Maurice
- United States Field Artillery Association, Order of Saint Barbara
- Toward a Modern, Apolitical Death Penalty Abolition Movement in Georgia (and Other Conservative States); Savannah Law Review, Volume 3, Number 1, (2016).
- Awakening Victory: How Iraqi Tribes and American Troops Reclaimed Al Anbar Province and Defeated Al Qaeda In Iraq; Casemate, 2011.