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Fred Howard Silverstein is an exceptional litigator and advocate for his clients. He has more than 38 years of experience practicing law in Howard County, including 14 years as a public defender and a term as president of the Howard County Bar Association. He works in partnership with clients to ensure the best and most comprehensive family law representation.


Since 2000, Attorney Silverstein has been a recognized Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). AAML was founded in 1962, by highly regarded domestic relations attorneys “To provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.” The Academy Fellows are highly skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in all facets of family law.


As an experienced divorce attorney and educator, he brings the skills of a seasoned negotiator and strong litigator to each case. He has successfully represented clients in the most challenging and difficult situations. His knowledge and experience in Maryland family law make him a clear leader in the field and your best choice for divorce representation. - See more at:


Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

6 total 

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  • Fred Luedde Coover III

    I HIGHLY endorse this lawyer.


    Fred Coover Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Michael Gene DeHaven

    Fred and I recently had a case together and, as a result, I can attest to his high degree of professionalism and knowledge. Even though the trial was hotly contested, Fred distinguished himself as one of the better litigators I have faced in my nearly 25 years of trying cases in Maryland. More importantly, he displayed the utmost integrity and is a credit to our profession.


    Michael DeHaven Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Silverstein & Ostovitz Llc 8355 Court Ave
Ellicott City, MD, 21043


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
President's HonorHoward County Bar Association2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberSilverstein & Ostovitz, LLC1999 - Present
Managing PartnerLaw Offices of Fred Howard Silverstein1995 - Present
AttorneyPrivate Practice1982 - 1994
Assistant Public DefenderDefender's Office, State of Maryland1976 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Howard County Bar FoundationMember, Board of Directors2005 - 2007
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersFellow2000 - Present
National Family Resiliency Center (Formerly Children of Separation and Divorce)Member, Board of Directors2000 - 2006
Maryland State Bar AssociationFamily Law Section Council1997 - 1998
Howard County Bar AssociationFamily Law Committee, Chairman1997 - 1998
Howard County Bar AssociationCriminal Justice Advisory Task Force1996 - Present
Howard County Bar AssociationPresident1996 - 1997
Maryland State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors1996 - 1998
Howard County Bar AssociationPresident-Elect1995 - 1996
Howard County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1988 - 1992
Howard County Bar AssociationSecretary/Treasurer1986 - 1995
Howard County Bar AssociationBench Bar Committee1981 - 2007
District of Columbia Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Masters Hearings- ExceptionsFamily Law 101 (2014)2014
Masters Hearings- ExceptionsFamily Law 101 (2013)2013
American Academy of Matrimonial LawyersAmerican Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers SymposiumsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of MarylandN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law 101Family Law 1012012
MD AAML SymposiumMD AAML Symposium2001
Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of LawyersHot Tips Seminar1997
Howard County Family Law Committee SeminarsHoward County Family Law Committee SeminarsN/A