Kenneth F. Silver

Kenneth F. Silver

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Real Estate Attorney in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Hertz Schram PC
 | 1760 South Telegraph Road, Suite 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Phone: 248-335-5000
Fax: 248-335-3346
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Real Estate: Business (60%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (30%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

As a shareholder of the Detroit-based multidisciplinary firm Hertz Schram PC, Kenneth F. Silver heads up the firm's real estate and probate administration practice groups from its office in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. This role entails assisting clients with real estate purchase and sales, developments, syndications, zoning disputes and other issues that arise during the process. In addition, Mr. Silver assists clients with contesting wills or trust agreements. For more than 30 years, he has prided himself on providing outstanding assistance to his broad base of clients that has included Jackson National Life Insurance, The Huntington Bank and Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services, Inc.

For the past several years, Mr. Silver has also become very involved in the local entrepreneurial community.  He leads the Hertz Schram Deal Incubator which is an open business forum seeking to bring entreprenuers together with investors and financiers.

In 1979, Mr. Silver graduated from the University of Michigan with high distinction. He then went on to receive his law degree from the Wayne State University Law School in 1983. Mr. Silver later taught as an adjunct law professor at his alma mater. He continues to lecture frequently on issues related to real estate and probate law before the National Business Institute and the Institute for Continuing Education.

In addition to being an astute real estate and probate litigator, Mr. Silver works as a mediator and arbitrator. He is a former board member of the Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan. Mr. Silver has also been recognized as one of the best real estate lawyers in the Detroit area since 2009 by Dbusiness Magazine. His hard work and dedication have also been recognized by his peers, who awarded him Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer review rating of AV-Preeminent*.

Mr. Silver assists clients in Detroit and throughout the surrounding areas. He is licensed to practice law before the state courts of Michigan, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western districts of Michigan and the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

About Kenneth Silver

Admitted: 1983, Michigan

Professional Webpage:


  • DBusiness "Top Lawyers in Detroit", 2013
  • A/V Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Moot Court Executive Board, Student Board of Governors, Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, 1983

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Board of Directors, Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan, 2011 - Present
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, Michigan Association of Home Builders
  • Past Chairman, Oakland County Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Member, Oakland County Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Member, Oakland County Bar Association, Real Estate Committee and Probate Committee
  • Chairperson Disciplinary Panel, #63, Attorney Discipline Board
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan, Environmental Law Section, 2005 - Present
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan, Probate and Real Property Section, 1985 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1983
  • Michigan, 1983

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Past Director, Michigan Association for Children with Emotional Disorders
  • Mediator, Oakland County Circuit Court Facilitation Project
  • Mediator, Oakland Mediation Center, 1996 - Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Estate Adminstration Procedures: Why Each Step is Improtant, Lecturer, National Business Instutite, 2008
  • Negotiating Loan Documents, Lecturer, Oakland County Bar Associations, 2002
  • Trust and Estate Issues in Real Estate, Lecturer, National Business Institute, 2002
  • The Mechanics of Commercial Developm,ent from Start to Finish: Post Purchase Financing, Construction and Leasing Issues, Lecturer, Real Property Law Section Of The State Bar Of Michigan, 2002
  • Trust and Estate Issues in Real Estate, Real Property Section, State Bar of Michigan, 2001
  • Trustee, Duties Liabilities and Responsibilities, Lecturer, Institute fo Continuing Legal Education, 2000
  • Michigan Probate Beyond the Basics, Lecturer, National Business Institute, 1997
  • Estate Administration Procedures, 2008
  • Michigan Title Law, 2007
  • Financing Issues, 2005
  • Real Estate Issues in Probate, 2005
  • Trust and Estate Issues in Real Estate, Homeward Bound series sponsored by the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, 2005
  • Title Law in Michigan, 2003
  • Lecturer, Title Law, National Business Institute, 1998
  • Estate Planning and Probate for Legal Assistants in Michigan, IPE, 1998
  • Using Mediation to Reduce Legal Expenses, Building Business & Apartment Management, May, 1994
  • What to Do When the IRS Is Looking For Someone Else, Building Business & Apartment Management, May, 1995
  • Property Managers Beware, Recent Changes to the Michigan Occupational Code Fail to Address Licensing Requirements, August, 1995
  • Getting the Judgment Was the Easy Part, Building Business & Apartment Management, September, 1995
  • Delirium v. Dementia, Oakland County Bar Association, October, 1995
  • Overtime for Resident Managers, Building Business & Apartment Management, November, 1995
  • Wetlands Update, Building Business & Apartment Management, April, 1996
  • The New Real Estate Transfer Affidavit, Building Business & Apartment Management, May, 1996
  • Limited Liability Companies: The New Entity of Choice?, Building Business & Apartment Management, October, 1996
  • Mediation Shmediation, (A Recent Conversation with an Annoyed Sceptic),, Laches Magazine, June, 1998

Representative Clients:

  • PPM Finance, Inc.
  • Jackson National Life Insurance
  • The Huntington Bank
  • G Fisher Construction
  • CranBrook Management
  • The Snowden Companies
  • Ari-El Enterprises, Inc
  • The Sachse Construction & Development Corp.
  • Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services, Inc.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • DBusiness Top Lawyer for Real Estate 2009, 2009

Educational Background:

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, B.A. in History, With High Distinction, 1979
Office Location for Kenneth F. Silver

1760 South Telegraph Road
Suite 300
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

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Last Updated: 1/17/2019

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