Edward P. Silva

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Franklin, TN

Hartzog & Silva, PLLC
 | 123 5th Avenue North, Franklin, TN 37065
Phone: 615-790-1500
Fax: 615-790-0091
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (60%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (40%)
Attorney Profile

A trial attorney for more than 45 years, Edward P. Silva is a founding member of Hartzog & Silva, PLLC, a successful Tennessee law firm. His main areas of practice include family law, high net-worth divorce, mediation and personal injury. He is certified as a civil trial specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Education and Specialization and by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. In addition, he is a Rule 31 listed civil mediator and serves as Chair of the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission.

Mr. Silva graduated with his J.D. from the Nashville School of Law in 1974. He is a graduate of Boston College (1965). He completed the United States Naval Officers Candidate School, achieved the rank of Lieutenant and served in the Vietnam War.

Mr. Silva has been honored with Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating, AV Preeminent*, for over 30 years. He is a master of the John Marshall Inns of Court, past chairman of the Franklin Gateway Corridors and Connector Streets Economic Development Project Committee, a fellow in the Tennessee Bar Foundation, past president of the Williamson County Bar Association and past president of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and the Carnton Plantation Board of Directors.

Best Lawyers named him "Lawyer of the Year" 2010, 2017 and 2020 for the Nashville area in family law. In 1986, the Franklin Lion’s Club selected him as Franklin's Citizen of the Year, and in 1998, the Heritage Foundation named him Patron of the Year.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Family Law
  • 40%Alternative Dispute Resolution


Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Edward Silva

Admitted: 1974, Tennessee

Professional Webpage: http://www.hartzogsilva.com/Attorneys/Edward-P-Silva.shtml


  • Selected as Lawyer of the Year 2010, 2017 and 2020 for the greater Nashville area in the specialty of Family Law by Best Lawyers in America., Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • "AV" by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • "Lawyer of the Year 2010" by Best Lawyers
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers for Family Law Practice

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Rule 31 Listed Civil Mediator Tennesse Supreme Court; Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Tennesse Commission on CLE and Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Tennessee Bar Association, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 1974
  • Past President, Williamson County Bar Association
  • Tennessee, 1974
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Tennessee Association for Justice
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 1974

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Past President, Williamson County and the Carnton Plantation Board of Directors
  • "Franklin's Citizen of the Year", by the Franklin Lion's Club, 1986
  • Past President, Heritage Foundation of Franklin
  • Chairman, Connector Streets Economic Development Project Committee
  • Founding Director, Franklin National Bank
  • Chairman, Franklin Gateway Corridors
  • "Patron of the Year", by Heritage Foundation, 1998

Educational Background:

  • Boston College, B.S.B.A, 1965
  • Nashville School of Law, Nashville, Tennessee, J.D., 1974
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Office Location for Edward P. Silva

123 5th Avenue North
Franklin, TN 37065

Phone: 615-790-1500

Fax: 615-790-0091

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Last Updated: 12/30/2019

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