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   3Lee T. SilverGrand Rapids(616) 988-5600ltsilver@silvervanessen.comltsilver@silvervanessen.comSilver & Van Essen PCwww.silvervanessen.comwww.silvervanessen.comsilverlee.jpgCommercial LitigationADR Law: Commercial LitigationProfessional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/FinancialCommercial LitigationBusiness TortsConstruction LitigationSecurities LitigationProfessional Malpractice
Lee T. Silverltsilver@silvervanessen.com
Silver & Van Essen PChttp://www.silvervanessen.com
300 Ottawa Ave NW Ste 620
Grand Rapids MI 49503
Ph.(616) 988-5600 Fx.(616) 988-5606Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
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Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Commercial Litigation    Commercial Litigation
ADR Law: Commercial Litigation    Business Torts
Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial     Construction Litigation
    Securities Litigation
    Professional Malpractice
Advisory Board Member
County:  Kent
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Silver received his bachelor's degree from the University of Redlands in 1981 and his law degree from Indiana University Law School (Bloomington) in 1984. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1984, and has also been admitted to practice before the Western and Eastern Federal District Courts of Michigan, the Northern. District Federal Court of Illinois and the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Silver is very active in the Grand Rapids Bar Association, serving as Chairman of the Bench/Bar Committee, and a member of the Judicial Evaluation, Finance and Court Liaison Committees. He regularly serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") for large complex commercial cases and has been awarded Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating, "AV". Additionally, Mr. Silver has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer, which is awarded to the top 5 percent of attorneys in Michigan based on selection by a blue ribbon review panel of leading attorneys.


Bar Admissions:  
Michigan, 1984
U.S. District Court
  Western District of Michigan, 1984
  Eastern District of Michigan, 1984
  Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit


Law School:  Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 1984

Law School Honors/Involvement:  
First Place, Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition
Recipient, Glenn D. Peters Fellowship
Teaching Assistantship, Appellate Advocacy, 1984


Undergraduate School:  University of Redlands, B.A., 1981

Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Cum laude

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Chair; Bench/Bar Committee, Grand Rapids Bar Association
  Member, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  Member, Court Liaison Committee
  Member, Finance Committee
American Bar Association
  Litigation Section Member
  Business Law Section Member
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
Past President, Grand Rapids Chapter, International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
The Best Lawyers in America
Michigan Super Lawyer
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
AV-rated, Martindale Hubbell


Published Legal Writing:  "Lender Liability: In Search of Good Faith and Fair Dealing," Michigan Business Law Journal, Vol. XI, Issue No. 3, July, 1988

Firm Description:  
Silver & Van Essen was formed to provide extraordinary litigation services in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Our founders, Lee T. Silver and Douglas W. Van Essen, were previously partners at large, full-service firms where they specialized in civil litigation. They believed that the best way to serve clients was to form a firm that did one thing (high-stakes litigation) and did it well. This belief has resulted in a firm that is comprised exclusively of exceptional trial lawyers who are dedicated to providing personal service, minimizing litigation costs, and finding practical and creative solutions to clients' problems.


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