Alan Silber has litigated cases in Federal Courts and numerous State Courts across the United States. He has tried major white-collar cases involving RICO, bank, securities, telemarketing, health care, wire and mail fraud, as well as significant money laundering cases, kidnapping (representing a police officer), and murder. He is experienced as a civil forfeiture counsel for claimants as well as criminal forfeiture. His practice is concentrated on federal and state complex criminal litigation as well as representing lawyers in disciplinary cases. Silber has appeared in complex civil litigations in State and federal courts as diverse as the Northern District of California and in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Mr. Silber is a member of the State bars of New Jersey, New York, California and Virginia as well as of nine United States’ District Courts. He has litigated in more than a dozen other Federal District Courts pro hac vice. An experienced appellate advocate, Mr. Silber has appeared and litigated cases in five United States Courts of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court, the State appellate courts of New York, New Jersey, and in the Supreme Court of Oregon.
Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Silber has earned a reputation for his work with criminal defense bar associations, as a lecturer, author and as a drug law reformer. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and served on its Executive Committee. He has been the Chairman of the Drug Law Reform Committee and was chair of the Electronic Discovery Committee of that organization. Recently returned from living in Virginia, Mr. Silber was the Fourth Circuit Coordinator for the Lawyer’s Assistance Committee and the Fourth Circuit Vice-Chair of the Amicus Committee of NACDL while he was there. Before moving to Virginia, Mr. Silber was the Third Circuit Coordinator for the Lawyer’s Assistance Committee and Third Circuit Vice-Chair of the Amicus Committee. He was a member of the Blakely/Booker Committee, which analyzed NACDL responses to the fast-changing world of federal sentencing in the light of Supreme Court decisions, and is a member of the White Collar Criminal Defense Committee.
Mr. Silber was the Eighth President of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey and a founding member. Mr. Silber was also a founding member of the board of directors of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Trial Attorneys. In 1995, he was appointed as the State Bar representative on the Legislature's Sentencing Policy Study Commission. Mr. Silber is included in Who's Who in American Law, 1997-present. He was recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers 2008 thru 2012 in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense. He is recognized in the field of Criminal Defense for White Collar and Non-White Collar in the 2010 edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-view publication in the legal profession.
He has appeared as a speaker in criminal defense seminars in Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Florida, Louisiana, Washington, D.C., Oregon, Colorado and England. His articles have appeared in The Champion (magazine of NACDL), Rutgers Law Review, The New Jersey Law Journal and The Vindicator (magazine of Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers). He has lectured in New Jersey on forfeiture and across the country on Ethics and Trial strategy.
In December, 2011, Alan Silber received the Al Horn Award at the NORML Legal Seminar in Key West, Florida. The Award is presented annually by the NORML Legal Committee to one lawyer "in recognition and appreciation of your lifetime of ceaseless work to advance the cause of justice and for your extraordinary support for NORML. The award for the following year is selected by the previous winners. The award has been presented annually since 1998 and has been given to nationally recognized defense attorneys.
Alan Silber was graduated from Duke University (He writes a blog on Duke Basketball) and the Columbia University School of Law.