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Alan Silber

Of Counsel

Background

A graduate of Duke University and Columbia School of Law, Alan Silber has litigated cases in numerous federal and state courts across the United States. He concentrates his practice on federal and state complex criminal litigation, as well as representing lawyers in disciplinary cases. Alan has appeared in complex civil litigation in state and federal courts as diverse as the Northern District of California and the Eastern District of Virginia.

Alan has tried a variety of major white-collar cases involving RICO, bank, securities, telemarketing, health care, and wire and mail fraud. He has defended clients in money laundering cases of significant size and scope, kidnapping (representing a police officer), and murder. Alan is also experienced as counsel for claimants in civil and criminal forfeiture actions.

Alan is a member of the bar in multiple states, including New Jersey, New York, California, and Virginia. He is a New Jersey Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, a status granted by the Supreme Court of New Jersey’s Board on Trial Attorney Certification. Fewer than three percent of New Jersey attorneys achieve this certification. In addition, Alan is admitted to practice in nine United States District Courts and has litigated pro hac vice in more than a dozen other federal District Courts. An experienced appellate advocate, Alan has appeared and litigated cases in the United States Supreme Court, five United States Courts of Appeals, the state appellate courts of New York and New Jersey, and in the Supreme Court of Oregon.

Outside of the courtroom, Alan has earned a reputation as a lecturer and author, and as a drug law reformer for his work through a multitude of criminal defense bar associations. 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 is a past Chairman of the Drug Law Reform Committee and also served as chair of that group’s Electronic Discovery Committee.

Alan was a founding member of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey and served as its eighth president. He 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.

When he lived in Virginia, Alan was the Fourth Circuit Coordinator for the Lawyers Assistance Committee and the Fourth Circuit Vice-Chair of the Amicus Committee of NACDL. Prior to his residence in Virginia, he served as the Third Circuit Coordinator for the Lawyers Assistance Committee and Third Circuit Vice-Chair of the Amicus Committee. He was also a member of the Blakely/Booker Committee, which analyzed NACDL responses to rapidly evolving federal sentencing trends in the light of Supreme Court decisions, and is a member of the White Collar Criminal Defense Committee.

Alan has appeared as a speaker in criminal defense seminars across the country and internationally, including 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.

Alan has received recognition from a number of New Jersey and national organizations for his advocacy. In 2011, he received the Al Horn Award at the NORML Legal Seminar. The award is presented annually to one lawyer “in recognition and appreciation of a lifetime of ceaseless work to advance the cause of justice and for extraordinary support for NORML.”

Publications

  • “Maximizing Your Chance of Keeping the Fee Without Violating the Ethical Rules”; “The War on Drugs is Destroying an Independent Defense Bar,” The Champion (March 1991)
  • “Resisting Pressures To Become An Informant,” Drug Law Reporter, July – August, 1984 (Vol. 1, No. 10)
  • “Obscenity: Should It Be Protected Free Speech?,” 89 New Jersey Law Journal 193 (1966)
  • “Supreme Court And Obscenity-Restrictions On First Amendment Freedoms Through Loss Of Predictability,” 21 Rutgers L. Rev. 56 (1966)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Criminal Law Section Ad Hoc Drug Policy Committee, 1990)
  • Sentencing Policy Study Commission (State Bar Representative to Legislatively Created Commission Mandated To Recommend Sentence Reforms, 1993-1994)
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (Trustee and a Founding Member; President, 1992-1993; President-Elect, 1991-1992; Vice President, 1988-1991; Secretary-Treasurer, 1987-1988; Chairman, Program Committee, 1985-1987; Chairman, Lawyers Assistance Committee, 1985-1998; 2000; Member, Long Range Planning Committee; ACDL Representative to Warden’s Metropolitan Correctional Center Oversight Committee, 1985-1988)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Board of Directors, 2001-2007; Executive Committee 2004-2005; Drug Policy Committee, -Chairman, 1990-1992; 2000-2007; Nominating Committee, 1990, 1998; Amicus Committee, Vice-Chair, Third Circuit, Fourth Circuit 2002-2005; -Lawyers Assistance Committee, Third Circuit Coordinator, 1993-2002; Fourth Circuit Coordinator, 2002-2005; White Collar Committee)
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Board of Directors, 1989-; Charter Member; Member, Long Range Planning Committee)
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers (Fellow)

Bar/Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • California
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second , Third, Fourth, Sixth and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii

Education

  • LL.B., Columbia University School of Law, 1965
  • B.A., Duke University, 1960

Accolades

  • Included in New Jersey Monthly magazine’s Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers list for 2007-2013 and 2017, recognition for White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Selected for Best Lawyers lists, 2010-13, and 2017 recognition for White Collar and Non-White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Included in Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Rating list
  • Who’s Who in American Law, 1997-present
  • Al Horn Award, 2011, presented by NORML

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