Alan R. Silverman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Silverman & Silverman
 | 1444 Ninth Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122
Phone: 415-242-5204
Fax: 415-242-9244
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1993
Education: Whittier Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
Attorney Profile

Alan R. Silverman is a co-founder of Silverman & Silverman, located in Carlsbad and San Francisco, California. Focusing his practice exclusively on family law matters, he represents clients from the Bay Area and San Diego County as well as from other states and countries in matters involving divorce, child custody and visitation, spousal and child support, domestic violence and property division.

Mr. Silverman received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1970. After obtaining a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 1976, he received a marriage, family and child therapy license from the state of California the following year and remained active as a therapist until 1989, when he entered Whittier Law School, earning his Juris Doctor in 1991. This extensive background in psychology has provided Mr. Silverman with a rich and unique perspective in his family law practice and is invaluable when he is preparing for the testimony of mental health professionals.

Admitted to practice in California, Mr. Silverman is certified as a specialist in family law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. He has also received extensive training in mediation, alternative dispute resolution and collaborative divorce law and serves as a settlement attorney for the Unified Family Court of the Superior Court of California - County of San Francisco and San Diego County Family Court.

Mr. Silverman has taught classes at several higher education institutions, most recently as an adjunct professor in family law at San Francisco State University. He has served since 2007 as a judge pro tempore on the Superior Court of California - County of San Francisco. 


Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

Focus Areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2018

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About Alan Silverman

Admitted: 1993, California

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Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Marriage Child & Family Counselor, California, 1977-1989
  • Certified Family Law Specialist, Board of Legal Specialization, State Bar of California, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • California, 1993

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • I serve as a Judge Pro Tem and Settlement Master with the San Francisco Unified Family Court.  I serve as a Fee Arbitrator through the Bar Association of San Francisco. I am an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University and teach family law through their College of Extended Learning paralegal program.
  • Volunteer Group Cycling Instructor, Stonestown YMCA, San Francisco, 2007 - Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Learning House, An Overview", symposium with Montrose Wolf and Carl Thoreson, American Educational Research Association annual meeting, Los Angeles, 1976
  • "Non-Participant Observation Systems in Family Therapy," symposium with Carl Thoreson, Stanford University, American Psychological Association annual meeting, Washington, D.C., 1976
  • "Behavioral Approaches to Family Counseling," symposium sponsored by University of Colorado Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry, 1982
  • Zemper, Melinda,"Expansion of Child Abuse Center Possible," biography and commentary, Morning Press, Oceanside, California, June 1983
  • McKee, Mike,"Shrink-Turned- Lawyer Offers a Different Kind of Counsel," biography, The Recorder, San Francisco, California, April 1997
  • Silverman, A., "Evaluating Goal Attainment Scaling by Independent Observation in Parent Behavior Management Counseling," Dissertation Abstracts, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1976
  • Harney, David M., "Medical Malpractice," second edition, The Michie Company, 1991
  • Blattler, A. and Silverman, A., "Contingency Management Program Policies," Department of Institutions Policies and Procedures Manual, State of Colorado, 1981


  • 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
  • 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
  • United States Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, residential and outpatient treatment of abused Marine Corps dependent children, 1983
  • Casa de Amparo, San Diego County Department of Social Services, funding grant for treatment of physically and sexually abused children, 1983

Representative Clients:

  • Rand v. Board of Psychology, 205 Cal.App.4th 1209, 140 Cal.Rptr.3d 837, 2012

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Berkeley, A.B. in Psychology, 1970
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling, 1973
  • University of California, Berkeley, Behavioral Sciences/Epidemiology, National Science Foundation Fellow, 1979
  • University of Oklahoma, Norman, Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, 1976
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Office Location for Alan R. Silverman

1444 Ninth Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

Phone: 415-242-5204

Fax: 415-242-9244


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Last Updated: 2/26/2018

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