Meet Elaine Silver

Who you hire and the path you choose for divorce makes all the difference. Elaine is an experienced divorce attorney and mediator with years of representing clients in Central Florida and in Connecticut. A peacemaker, Elaine can guide you down the path that best serves you. She has facilitated peaceful divorces throughout Florida for more than 20 years, personally working with each client.

FACP Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals Elaine Silver
Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Elaine is the Immediate Past President of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Find her monthly President’s column in the FACP newsletter here.

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The Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida

Elaine is a Board Member of The Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida.

AVVO Rating

She has a perfect “10” rating on The rating is a number on a 0-10 scale with a 10-rated lawyer garnering the title of “superb.”


Elaine Silver holds an AV Preeminent® rating with Martindale Hubbell (only five percent of attorneys are awarded this rating), which denotes the highest accolade an attorney can receive for her “legal ability” and “adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence.”

Read more below about Elaine’s professional achievements and affiliations:


  • New York University School of Law, J.D. 1977
  • Bucknell University, B.A. with Honors, 1974

Court Admissions

  • State of Florida, 2004
  • State of Connecticut, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1977
  • Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, 1978

Professional Affiliations

  • Silver Divorce Center, Lake Mary, Florida, 2006 to present
  • Guardian Ad Litem Program, Seminole County, Florida Contract Attorney, 2004 to 2008
  • Silver Golub & Teitell, LLP, Stamford, CT, Partner, divorce, custody and family litigation, 1987-2000
  • Attorney, 1977-1987, Stamford, CT

Judicial Appointments & Accreditations

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family & Appellate Mediator
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Rated
  • Special Master:  Connecticut Regional Trial Custody Docket, 1996-2000; Family Division, Judicial Districts Stamford/Norwalk, Bridgeport & Danbury, 1985-2000.
  • Connecticut Statewide Attorney Grievance Committee, Fairfield County Grievance Panel, 1997-2000

Academic Experience

  • Barry University School of Law, Adjunct Family Law Instructor, 2007
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law (formerly Bridgeport U. School of Law), Adjunct Family Law Lecturer, 1989
  • Beijing University Law Department, Beijing, China, Visiting Lecturer in American Constitutional and Family Law, 1981-1982

Media Appearances, Lectures & Publications

  • Peaceful Divorce Podcast on the Life Changes Show, August 2019
  • How to Avoid Gridlock in Collaborative Cases, Collaborative Family Law Institute, with Dr. D. Day and M. Wolfe, CPA, Miami, FL, October 2018.
  • How “Low Bono” Cases Can Benefit Your Community and Build Your Practice, Collaborative Family Law Group of Northeast Florida, January 2018.
  • Collaborative Practice:  Skills & Solutions for Every Restructuring Family, with Dr. D. Day, AAFCC Annual Conference, Seattle, WA June 2016.
  • Sharpening Your Skills with Collaborative Practice, with A. Magill, N. Harris & Dr. L. Stern, FLAFCC Annual Conference Oct. 2015.
  • The Tension Between Confidentiality and Privacy & Transparency in Collaborative Practice, with A. Magill & R. Marowitz, Florida Collaborative Council Annual Conference, May 2015.
  • The Art of Collaboration: From Roots to Results, with Shawn Zimmerman, Florida Collaborative Council Annual Conference, July 2014
  • Collaborative Divorce-A Better Path to Family Reconstruction, Central Florida Behavioral Hospital, April 2014
  • Web Radio Appearance, How to Avoid Divorce the Second Time Around, Last First Date Radio, September 2013
  • Doing Well While Doing Good: Building a Pro Se Mediation, Collaborative & Unbundled Divorce Practice., ABA Solo & Small Firm Conference, Austin, TX, Fall 2010
  • Collaborative Family Law, Central Florida Assoc. of Marriage & Family Therapists, April 2010
  • Current Events for Family Lawyers:  ADR Options, NBI Seminar, February 2009
  • Radio Appearance, America’s Earliest Morning Show with Peter Tilden, KABC, Los Angeles, California, August 2007
  • Radio Appearance, The Magnolia, 660AM, Orlando, March 2007
  • Child Custody & Shared Parenting: Modification, NBI Seminar, Orlando, Feb. 2007.
  • How to Have a “Good” Divorce, The Knowledge Shop, Orlando, 2006 – 2007.
  • Florida Family Law:  Understanding Your Client’s Other Troubles, Greater Orlando Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, Oct. 2005.
  • Guardian Ad Litem Training Program, Professionalism, Divorce Law and the Role of The GAL,  2004 to date
  • Divorce Seminar for Women, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, 2003
  • Family Law Committee of The Regional Bar Assoc., Anatomy of A Divorce Trial:  Direct Examination of Your Client, 1999
  • Westchester NY Women’s Bar Assoc., Overview of Connecticut Family Law, 1998
  • Conn. Infant Mental Health Committee, American Psychological Association, Child Custody Assessment and Court Testimony,  1997
  • Jewish Family Services, Realities of Divorce in the ‘90’s”, 1996-1997
  • Stamford/Norwalk Bar Association Seminar on Family Law, 1991
  • Family Services Unit, CT Superior Court, Divorce Experience Workshop,  1988
  •  Conn. Women’s Educational & Legal Fund, Understanding Your Divorce Workshop, 1988
  • Family Violence Act,  Conn. Bar Assoc. Seminar, 1987
  • The Professional License: Fruit of the Marital Property Tree?, The Connecticut Family Law Journal, Feb.1983
  • Asst. Editor, Second Circuit Digest, 1976-1977

Professional Associations

  • President, Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals, 2019- present
  • Board Member, The Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida, 2017-present.
  • Co-Chair, 2016-2018 Annual Conference, Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
  • Member:  International Assoc. of Collaborative Professionals; Collaborative Family Law Group of Central Florida; Central Florida Family Law American Inns of Court
  • Member: ABA, The Florida Bar, Seminole County
  • Bar Association (Family Law Sections)
  • Co-Chair, Family Law Section, The Regional Bar Association (Connecticut), 1996-1998


  • JFGO Community Relations Award, 2005
  • State of Florida, Guardian Ad Litem Program, Commendation, 2004
  • State of Connecticut Judicial Department Service Commendation, 1986, 1987
  • United Way of Greenwich, Agency Volunteer of the Year, 1987
  • Ann Petluck Poses Memorial Prize for Outstanding Clinical Practice, NYU School of Law, 1977

Community Activities

  • Children’s Home Society, Central Florida Region, Board Member, 2002 to 2005
  • Executive Board Member, JFGO, 2006 to 2010
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