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Elliot Silverman

Elliot Silverman

Irvine, California
(949) 660-8824
(212) 909-9511
(949) 752-0597

As Partner-in Charge of the Firm's California Office, Elliot Silverman counsels clients on a broad range of litigation matters. For over 35 years, Elliot has tried cases and argued appeals in courtrooms from New York to California and throughout the United States. Combining well-respected legal scholarship with powerful advocacy, he has successfully represented individuals, businesses and foreign governments in high stakes litigation. A proven appellate advocate, Elliot has briefed and argued over 40 appeals. He has managed complex, multi-jurisdictional and cross-border litigations and arbitrations, involving corporate and partnership disputes, civil and criminal fraud, unfair competition, antitrust, securities, banking, tax, intellectual property and real estate.

"I've gone toe-to-toe with some of the most powerful adversaries, including the IRS, the Department of Justice and multinational law firms," says Elliot. "After 38 years, there are very few tricks I haven't seen before, and I've mastered how to turn ‘bad' facts into winning legal issues."

Areas of Practice

  • White-Collar Criminal
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate
  • Banking
  • Federal and State Taxes
  • Antitrust
  • Arbitration
  • Unfair Competition
  • Civil and Criminal Fraud
  • Corporate and Partnership Disputes
  • Professional Liability Claims
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. magna cum laude
  • Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York
    • B.A. summa cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Published Works

  • Arbitration, Class Actions, and Unconscionability, Orange County Lawyer, October, 2010
  • In Search of Deep Pockets, The Recorder, May, 2008
  • Be Careful Out There: The IRS Has Lawyers in its Cross-Hairs, Orange County Lawyer, January, 2008
  • Turning the Other Cheek: Tax Fraud, Tax Protest and the Willfulness Requirements - Taxes, The Tax Magazine, May, 1991
  • Is Affirmative Misconduct Necessary for Tax Evasion? Journal of Taxation, February, 1987
  • The Fifth Amendment Privilege for Corporate Documents, Taxes-The Tax Magazine, January, 1986
  • Life During Wartime: The Civil Problems of the Tax Shelter Promoter, 44 NYU Institute of Federal Taxation, 1986
  • “Failure to File Syndrome: Legal and Medical Perspectives,” New York Law Journal, Feb. 4, 1994
  • “Criminal Tax Cases,” Ch. in Obermaier & Morvillo, White Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offenses (Law Journal Press 2012)
  • “The Jurisdictional Quagmire,” Ch. in Melise R. Blakeslee, Internet Crimes, Torts and Scams (Oxford University Press 2010)

Representative Cases

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association


  • Phi Beta Kappa

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