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Joshua Mark Silverman

Divorce and separation Attorney at Gainesville, FL

4.6   25 reviews
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  • Licensed for 21 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2001
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Joshua

Learn Joshua’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Handling both uncontested and contested divorce proceedings, including establishment of parenting plans, equitable distribution of marital assets and liabilities (including high-value divorces) and alimony.

    17 years

  2. Child support
    Establishment, modification and enforcement (including contempt proceedings) of child support obligations.

    17 years

  3. Criminal defense
    Aggressive criminal defense for all offenses, including DUI, drug offenses, property crimes, sex offenses, domestic violence, and financial (white collar) crimes.

    22 years

  4. DUI and DWI
    Aggressive and knowledgeable defense of all Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charges, from first DUIs to DUI manslaughter, including all administrative proceedings before the Florida DMV for DUI-related license suspensions.

    17 years

  5. Family
    A full range of family law services.

    17 years

  6. Expungement


Founding partner Joshua Silverman is a 2001 graduate of the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville and an experienced former prosecutor with the Florida State Attorney’s Office in Gainesville.  Mr. Silverman brings a wide variety of legal experience to the firm, having worked extensively during his five years as a state prosecutor in the areas of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual offenses.  In addition, he handled various criminal matters ranging from routine crimes to more serious misdemeanors and felonies, such as cases involving DUIs and homicides.  


As an experienced litigator, Mr. Silverman’s expertise has been widely recognized both by his peers and clients. He served as an Executive Board Member from July 1, 2008 to 2012 for the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Eighth Judicial Circuit.  Mr. Silverman is a Barrister with the James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inns of Court in Gainesville, which attained platinum level in 2012-2103 for its successes in that year’s Achieving Excellence program.  The American Inns of Court is a voluntary professional organization whose goal is to foster excellence in the legal community.  Mr. Silverman’s expertise is further recognized by organizations that rate the legal community.  He currently has the highest possible 10.0 Superb rating with Avvo, an online site that provides information and ratings about attorneys. The rating is calculated based on background data from public records, published sources on the Internet, and information from lawyers themselves and reflects the attorney's experience, professional achievements, as well as any disciplinary sanctions.  Furthermore, Mr. Silverman has a client rating of 5 out of 5, which is considered Preeminent, by Martindale Hubbell, the leading nationwide legal directory.  


Client's Choice 2017,2015
Client's Choice
2017 2015

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The Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates
4001 W. Newberry Road
Suite A-1
Gainesville, FL, 32607


4.6 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best Lawyer there is is JOSHUA SILVERMAN!
Hi, I honestly have to thank Joshua for his flawless job.. He not only is an Honest, charismatic and real person but he truly fights for you to a point where he doesn't care if he was friends on a personal level with the prosecutor ( because he wins and they hate it ) He is there to make you safe and win your case no matter what with valid arguments and a prepare mindset. It's a very competitive work being a lawyer and winning a case it's not always easy. but! JOSHUA WON MY CASE! not only did he win it but he got me out of community control half earlier and then cut probation in half!! he truly is prepared and also the judges like him very much.. I saw how well his work is inside the court when the judge treats him with respect and understand his valid arguments that set me free. I can say, THANK YOU JOSHUA SILVERMAN! You safe my future! I send you the biggest and most warm Hug. You are truly the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sincerely, Dani O.
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Posted by Dallas | March 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent family law attorney
Josh handled an incredibly volatile and time-sensitive custody matter involving my autistic son. Josh was completely up front about the amount of time and money that our case would take, and very forthcoming about the possible outcomes. He was always available to communicate with me, even on evenings and weekends. He listened when I needed him to and talked me down when I needed that as well. We ended up with a favorable ruling and my sons life is better for it. I'm incredibly grateful that Josh was our attorney and wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone in need of family law counsel.
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Posted by Joey | September 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Mr. Silverman
Mr. Silverman represented us from 2012 - 2020 in multiple cases in efforts to make sure that a divorce decree was upheld by the courts. In each case Mr. Silverman was straight forward about the possible outcomes (good or bad). He was always prepared and made sure we were prepared as well. He was very professional in handling our case. We are very appreciative of him as both a lawyer and a person to help guide us through those rough times. We highly recommend Mr. Silverman as an attorney and will turn to him in the future if needed.
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Posted by scott | August 28, 2020
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Impressive Guy
i found Josh knowledgeable and focused on my family law issue. His communications with me were clear and timely.Other than that ,observing His assertive yet pleasant interactions with the court and with other attorneys was certainly a positive part of my often arduous legal adventure.
Posted by Carey | December 9, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you Josh!
Josh is amazing! He came into my three year long custody battle and helped me get my kids! He was quick to learn the case, has an incredible knowledge and use of the law and statutes. He dispensed accurate advice, and was very responsive to my questions. I intend to retain him as long as possible, and recommend him to anyone who is struggling to help their kids.
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Posted by anonymous | November 15, 2017
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Mr. Silverman is an Outstanding Attorney!
I was referred to Mr. Joshua Silverman by two people whose opinions I trust very much, and after one consultation with Joshua I was convinced he was the attorney for my divorce. Mr. Silverman is one of the most compassionate, competent, persuasive, and intelligent professionals I have had the pleasure of working with and fortunately in my situation, working with him was a deciding factor for my future in the case of my divorce settlement (which ended very successfully for me!) For every meeting, phone call, email, and most especially in my mediation settlement, Mr. Silverman was extraordinarily well versed in the law, always prepared, always kind, helpful, and at very appropriate times showed a wonderful sense of humor (extremely appreciated during moments in mediation when I was very nervous). Mr. Silverman's office staff is amazing, courteous, professional and a special thanks to Brent who was particularly wonderful, competent, and helpful throughout my divorce process. Mr. Silverman and his entire office staff goes above and beyond what is asked and expected of them and as their client I appreciated the experience very much. The divorce process is daunting enough but Mr. Silverman guided me through the process with adept legal expertise and advice which ameliorated my overall experience. On a personal note, Joshua even gave me the name of movers and mortgage companies after my mediation settlement to help me once I needed to move out of the marital home. This was information that I did not even ask for but that he simply gave me to be helpful and kind. How many attorney's would go out of their way to help you after your case has been settled and they are no longer on the clock? Not many, but this is representative of the kind of attorney and person Joshua Silverman is, dedicated and devoted to his clients. Without any reservation, I highly recommend Joshua Silverman to anyone looking for a Divorce and Separation Attorney, simply put, he is outstanding!!!! Dr. A
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Posted by Clint | November 10, 2017
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As sharp as they get.
He is strategic in his process. We had to play the "waiting game", but he assured me that the wait would be worth it in my divorce case. He was 100% correct. The man's opening and closing arguments were brilliant. This IS my attorney and he should be yours too.
Posted by Matt | July 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Can't Get Any Better
I hired Mr. Silverman to take care of juvenile charges with my son. He was able to resolve the issues quickly and with no permanent record for my son. He related well with my son and my son had his trust that Mr. Silverman was there to help him resolve his issues in his best interest. After this was completed I retained Mr. SIlverman to help with the family court issue with my x-wife. After many months of trying to resolve the issue without going to court we finally said this is enough and we went to trial. During the prepration of the Trial one of Mr. Silvermans associates, Kristianna Cucinella, started assisting in the trial. I was so impressed with the teamwork the two lawyers had, I requested to have both of them at trial. Mr. Silverman was on point and 2-3 steps ahead of my x-wifes lawyer that it was an easy victory in court. The judge awarded everything I asked for and then some!!!! If you are in need of a lawyer for family or criminal I would strongly recommend Mr. Silverman and any of his associates.
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2017
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Criminal or Family Law
Josh Silverman and his partner Stephanie Mack are undisputedly the BEST attorneys in the Gainesville area. I was represented by this team for both criminal and family law matters and they were professional, timely, supportive and reasonable in all ways including subject matter and fees. Their office staff are delightful and go above and beyond. I can not say enough about this firm except you will NOT be disappointed. They are honest and represent clients with the highest regards.
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Posted by Vicki | March 29, 2017
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Highly Intelligent, Experienced, Strategic, and Compassionate
Mr. SIlverman is an exceptional attorney! With over 15 years practicing law, his depth of knowledge and attention to detail is evident in the thoughtful and strategic guidance he provided to myself and my husband. He represented us in a complicated paternity case. While situations like ours can be very stressful, Mr. Silverman was the constant calm and responsive voice among the storm. His commitment to our case and our hopeful resolution never wavered. He kept us informed and always took the time to listen and answer any and all questions we had- even if that time was 'after hours'. Mr. SIlverman consistently went above and beyond to make himself available. After speaking with him, we always felt confident and that he had our best interest at heart. I couldn't be more thankful for all Mr. Silverman has done for my family! Our resolution was FAR BETTER than we could have expected and that is ALL because of Mr. Silverman. If you are looking for legal representation that is highly knowledgeable, strategic, compassionate, and will keep your best interest at the center, you will find no one better than Mr. Silverman. His representation was one of the best decisions my husband and I could have ever made.
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Posted by anonymous | March 11, 2017
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In a word...PHENOMENAL
Josh came HIGHLY recommended to us when we were asking around about hiring an attorney for a Family law case. There are not enough words to describe how grateful I am to Josh and his entire team! They treated me like I was a person - not a case number. Josh is incredibly smart and definitely knows every in and out of the law. He will always give you the truth - and follows through on everything he promises...and his staff - is just as amazing. As I sit here and try to describe my gratitude - I truly can't put into words how thankful I am that I have them on my side.
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Posted by Nick DeConna | December 11, 2015
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Mr. Silverman was the perfect lawyer for my divorce
My divorce was very complicated on many different levels. Mr. Silverman took the time to explain my options and guided me through my divorce. He was professional and also kept a great perspective on the situation. I give him my highest recommendation.
Posted by Barb | December 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Mr. Silverman was excellent when he represented me in a difficult divorce/child custody case. I especially appreciated that I was able to reach him after hours when there was an emergency. He clearly knows the law and represented me well in my case. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2015
Silverman and his team were wonderful. So helpful, prompt, and helped me greatly during my divorce.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2015
Family Law
With previous lawyers, I felt like I was representing myself in the courtroom. With Mr. Silverman representing me, I quickly learned to sit back and let him take the lead. His knowledge, his prosecutor experience, and his strategic thinking was refreshing. He was repeatedly successful in my case by presenting case facts and relevant rulings from similar trials instead of pushing opinions and hear-say. He saved me a lot of money by limiting depositions and witnesses that were not necessary. His interactions with others made it obvious that he is highly respected in his field. I highly recommend anyone talk with Mr. Silverman before hiring a lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2015
• Outstanding Attorney
Mr. Silverman represented me in an extremely sensitive case. At the time I was extremely stressed and not only was he first class, caring and always available (day & NIGHT 7 days a week). He took the time to listen to all my concerns, offer alternative opinions when asked and moved forward in a direct and diligent fashion. Most other firms I have engaged in the past are unfortunately billing machines which could not be farther from the truth when it came to Mr. Silverman, his billing of time and fees was extremely fair. The most important thing I need to state about Mr. Silverman is due to his expeditious handling of the matter and thorough approach I received an excellent outcome. I would highly recommend Mr. Silverman to anyone I know.
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Posted by Daniel | March 13, 2015
Joshua is "THE MAN:
Hi, i had a big issue in 2007 and Joshua came in to help me! My case was very crazy and i had 3 felonies and a misdemeanor.. Somehow me managed to get me 2year house arrest with 0 jail time! i was very impressed. He is truly "THE ULTIMATE LAWYER"
Posted by Karl | April 29, 2014
One of a kind
in my experiences I have found there to be two type attorneys; those who have the best interest of the law firm in mind, and those who have only the best interest of the client at heart. The former seems to have no problem in maintaining a never-ending aggressive and litigious posture. The latter really gets to know his client, establishes trust and sets boundaries in both directions - and most of all puts ethics before all else. I can say without hesitation that Josh Silverman falls into the latter mold. Knowledge is beyond what is ever expected (I have been there many times when other, competing attorneys have called Josh for advise or a clear take on a ruling or case history). Josh knows when to be calm, use the velvet hammer, or come down with an anvil (on either me, or apposing counsel)...all while doing it with perfectly timed moments of wit and humor. Most important, is the level of ethics and calmness that Josh exhibits at all times. Nobody wins in family law - but Josh makes one feel good about the process because the high road might be less traveled, but gets us where we want to be. I would recommend Josh at any time (and I have)
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Posted by Fran | April 8, 2014
Excellent attorney
Mr. Silverman represented me during my divorce and did an excellent job. Mr. Silverman made the divorce a lot easier than I thought it would be. He is very professional and knowledgeable; also very thorough with all details. I would highly recommend Mr. Silverman.
Posted by Jessica | April 5, 2014
Excellent and reliable attorney
We came to Mr. Silverman at a really difficult time and it was evident that he really cared. He spent a lot of time explaining things to us in a way that we could understand and even called us after hours when we were available to talk. He was very accessible and got back to us in a very timely manner, which was really helpful given that we had so many questions that we were concerned about and wanted answers to promptly. We always felt that Mr. Silverman took our confidentiality seriously and that made us feel at ease. We would definitely recommend Mr. Silverman.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Conflict Registry (Representation of Indigent Defendants)
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida
  • 2007 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates
  • 2006 - Present
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office of the State Attorney, Eighth Judicial Circuit
  • 2001 - 2006


  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Michigan
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997


  • James C. Adkins, Jr. American Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 2009 - Present
  • Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
  • Chairman (2015)
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter)
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter)
  • Vice-President
  • 2009 - 2010
  • University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Adjunct Professor (Moot Court Teacher/Coach)
  • 2005 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Annual Pro Bono Service Award
  • Three Rivers Legal Services
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Writing & Research and Appellate Advocacy
  • Guest Lecturer
  • 2017
  • Appellate Advocacy Program
  • Judge
  • 2016
  • Trial Team
  • Judge
  • 2015
  • Juvenile Law
  • Guest Lecturer
  • 2015
  • University of Florida Prosecutor/Public Defender Clinic
  • Trial Practice and Skills
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (25)
Endorse Joshua
Family Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When I think of who I would hire if I were in need of a family lawyer in Gainesville, Florida, Joshua is definitely at the top of the list. He is an extremely knowledgeable and zealous advocate. I recommend him without reservation."
Family Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Josh is a highly skilled, brilliant lawyer. His dedication to his clients is second-to-none. I highly recommend and endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Josh Silverman is an exceptional family law attorney. I have opposed him in several family law actions in the past and I have always been impressed with his knowledge of the law and ability to advocate on his client's behalf. I highly recommend his services."
Family Attorney | Apr 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Silverman provides unparalleled representation to his clients by combining finely-honed trial skills with a brilliant legal mind. He is always thoroughly prepared, whether to negotiate on his client's behalf at mediation, or to advocate for his client's interests at trial. I highly recommend Mr. Silverman."
Family Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Silverman carries the respect of the Judges and I have already referred two cases to him. He is a very experienced and very capable litigator."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Josh for many years and have always believed him to be a very intelligent and effective lawyer. Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Josh on a commercial litigation matter. Josh proved to be a vital asset to the handling of the case, having tried the matter to a successful victory. I could not have been happier with Josh's representation of our mutual client. Thank you again!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Joshua. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Josh has an encyclopedic mind for the law. He is a perfect blend of aggressive, creative, and compassionate. His years of trial practice and work as a former state attorney make him highly effective in a courtroom and during high stakes negotiations. These are critically important skills for a family law attorney."
Family Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Josh is the lawyer that other lawyers call when they have questions!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Mr. Silverman to anyone who is in need of representation in a criminal or family law matter. You will not find an attorney to match the level of Mr. Silverman's unique combination of legal knowledge and practical skills."
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Silverman for nearly 10 years. I have known him to always possess the highest knowledge of the law and to work tirelessly for his clients. He is an excellent negotiator and knows how to take the right approach for every situation. I have referred clients to him over the years and all have been pleased with his work."
Family Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Smart, hard-working, zealous advocate, always prepared are just some of the few top adjectives for Mr. Silverman. He always takes time to listen to his client and gives them an honest evaluation of their case. He's not going to make false promises. He comes to court well prepared and with legal research in hand for the court. If I needed an attorney - I would call Josh Silverman. I can highly recommend this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Josh is a top notch trial lawyer. Very intelligent, hardworking, and extremely dedicated to getting great results for his clients. I highly recommend Mr. Silverman without hesitation."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Josh when I was still an intern at the State Attorney's Office and Josh was a Felony Prosecutor. I looked up to him so much as he always seemed to have the answers. Josh is such a talented and aggressive lawyer."
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Gainesville Divorce and separation Lawyer Joshua Mark Silverman
Joshua Mark Silverman
Divorce and separation Attorney
Gainesville, FL
Licensed for 21 years
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