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Terry Nathan Silverman

Criminal defense Attorney at Gainesville, FL

5.0   4 reviews
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  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 38 years
    Florida - FL 48 years
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1985
    Emeritus No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1974
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Terry

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Terry has practiced law in Gainesville since graduating from law school at the University of Florida in 1974.

In 1974 Terry was hired by Eighth Circuit State Attorney Eugene T. Whitworth where he gained valuable courtroom experience as an Assistant State Attorney. The Governor of Florida appointed Mr. Whitworth to head the Second Statewide Grand Jury to investigate organized crime and Terry was assigned as a Special Assistant Statewide Prosecutor, where he traveled throughout Florida advising the grand jury and law enforcement agencies in their investigations, including preparing indictments and applications to the Florida Supreme Court for search warrants and telephone wiretap orders.

In 1976, Terry formed his own law firm concentrating on civil litigation and criminal defense in both State and Federal courts. Terry has extensive jury trial experience in both civil and criminal cases, with cases ranging from wrongful death to federal conspiracy charges. His practice has expanded to include mediation and Terry has mediated hundreds of civil cases throughout North and Central Florida.

He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Georgia, United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the United States Supreme Court, and Eleventh and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal. He has served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee and Fee Arbitration Committee for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Mr. Silverman maintains an active litigation practice, including criminal defense, personal injury, wrongful death, and business litigation. He believes that a mediator who also litigates and tries cases has a greater understanding and appreciation for the issues that attorneys confront during his mediation conferences.

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Terry Nathan Silverman
2770 NW 43rd Street
Suite A
Gainesville, FL, 32606


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Posted by Steve | October 13, 2015
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I have known Terry for more decades than I care to admit. He has helped me with great success each time I needed his services. The most important case was an appeal in which he was successful. He has been excellent at finding the precedent needed to make my case and he treats me like I am his most important client (even though I'm not).. I have also received excellent advice when a compromise is needed even though my reflex is not to do that. Between my business and my wife's we have used Terry as our attorney in at least 6 cases and they all had good outcomes. I am very comfortable when I place my case in his hands and have never been disappointed which also makes me happy to recommend him.
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Posted by Laura | October 13, 2015
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Highly competent attorney
I am a Florida business woman who, along with my husband (a business owner), has used Mr. Silverman for various business and personal legal issues for several years. I found him to be extremely competent, very effective and also very communicative with me as a client, keeping me informed on every aspect of my various cases. Mr. Silverman exceeded my expectations on every level, and I cannot recommend him highly enough. Legal situations can be very stressful, but Mr. Silverman maintains control of the situation, handling every detail competently and professionally. I have complete confidence in having him represent me in any situation, and I have recommended him to several colleagues when they are in need of legal representation.
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Posted by Ronald | October 12, 2015
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The Swamp Restaurant's Go To Attorney
As the owner of The Swamp Restaurant, I highly recommend Terry Silverman for any and all legal needs. He has been my attorney for 35 plus years and has always proved to be honest, dependable, straightforward and timely. I have used his services for a variety of legal matters for both my personal and professional needs. Terry is qualified, experienced and courteous and most importantly produces results. Terry has done great things for me. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by JD | October 8, 2015
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Highly recommended!
I have used Mr. Silverman on several occasions and he has consistently impressed me with expert legal service in many different areas of the law. He is not only supremely competent, but has always approached any issue in a thoughtful and caring manner. He is an excellent attorney.


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Terry N. Silverman, P.A.
  • 1976 - Present
  • Instructor
  • University Of Florida College Of Law
  • 1975 - 1976
  • Prosecuting Attorney
  • State Attorney's Office Eighth Judicial Circuit
  • 1974 - 1976


  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1971

Legal Cases

  • Defendant Charged w/ Attempted First Degree Murder in Clay County - Acquitted
  • Acquitted/Not Guilty Verdict
  • Retired Firefighter Injured In Motorcycle Accident
  • $3.1 million dollar policy limit settlement
  • State v. Joe Edward Lee - Florida Supreme Court Criminal Case
  • Florida Supreme Court Win


  • James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2000 - Present
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Qualified Arbitrator
  • N/A
  • Florida Circuit-Civil Mediator Society
  • N/A
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • N/A
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • N/A
  • American Arbitration Association
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Florida Bar, Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
  • Board Member
  • 1996 - 1999
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • American Inns of Court - Mediation Education
  • Panel Member for Inns of Court Mediation Discussion
  • 2013
  • Law Talk Live
  • Guest Attorney Discussing Legal Matters
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Terry
Mediation Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Terry is an excellent mediator. Experienced and patient."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have often witnessed Mr. Silverman representing clients in court. He is an excellent attorney and a zealous advocate. I have also had the pleasure of having him work as a Mediator on a personal injury case of mine. He was well prepared, fair, and enthusiastic in working with both sides of the case to have them reach a mutually acceptable resolution. I highly recommend him as an attorney and as a mediator."

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Gainesville Criminal defense Lawyer Terry Nathan Silverman
Terry Nathan Silverman
Criminal defense Attorney
Gainesville, FL
Licensed for 48 years
Free Consultation