County Court Judge
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Brevard County, Florida
Elected ~ September, 1998, Reelected without opposition ~ 2004, 2010 and 2016, Term of Office ~ January, 1999 through December, 2022
Current Assignment: Division IV, General County Jurisdiction (Criminal) ~ Moore Justice Center, Melbourne
Brevard County Administrative Judge, 2002 through 2004 ~ Facilitating the distribution of cases and the administration of the Brevard County Court
Brevard Canvassing Board, Chairman ~ Certifying electoral procedures in Brevard County
Recipient of "Volie Williams - Clarence T. Johnson, Jr., Outstanding Jurist Award" for 2009. Brevard County Bar Association's award given every two years to a judge for significant contribution to the bar.
Conference of County Court Judges
Organization committed to promoting judicial excellence among county judges in Florida [See http://www.flcourts.org for more information.]
Vice President, Former Vice President for 5th Judicial District -- Elected July, 2006 to July, 2008
Representative, Current Representative for 18th Judicial Circuit -- Elected July, 2015, Former Representative elected July, 2001served to July, 2004
Criminal Law Bench Book Subcommittee, Chairperson ~Editor of a bench book furnished to the Florida County Judges for criminal law by the Conference of County Court Judges
Education Committee, Former Co-Chairperson ~ Subcommittee responsible for proposing and developing and judicial education seminars for the Conference of County Court Judges
Community Service Committee, Former Co-Chairperson ~ Subcommittee to promote and enhance community service by county judges
Appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to mentor and assist new judges.
First recipient of annual award given by the Florida Judicial College recognizing outstanding dedication and performance as a Mentor Judge
Florida Bar Certified ~ Criminal Trial Law, Certification period ~ August 1, 1997 to July 31, 2022
Presentations to the Conference of County Court Judges on Judicial Ethics, Civil Jury Instructions, Public Housing Evictions, Handling Initial Appearance Proceedings, Managing Your Landlord-Tenant Caseload and Chairing an Election Canvassing Board.
Presentations to the New Judges College on Landlord/Tenant Law, 2002 - 2018 and 2011 - 2018 on Case Management
Presentations to the DUI Adjudication Lab on Daubert and Discovery in DUI Cases
See Conference of County Judges for more information.
Opinions and Orders
Served as Associate Judge of the Fifth District Court of Appeal in June, 2014 by designation of the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
Principal author of majority opinion in R.L. Haines Const., LLC v. Santamaria, Fifth District Court of Appeal of Florida, September 19, 2014, 161 So.3d 528 2014.
Authored more than 50 Orders published in Florida Law Weekly Supplement. For several sample orders authored by Judge David E. Silverman click on Orders and Opinions.
The following represents selected presentations and not a complete list.
Justice Teaching Program, Team Captain organizing annual presentations for West Shore Junior and Senior High School, Melbourne, on The Bill of Rights and the First Amendment.
F.A.M.U. School of Law, Mediation; Contract Drafting
Eastern Florida State College, Judicial Selection in Florida
Florida Institute of Technology, The Constitution and Contemporary Problems
Florida Creditor Bar Association, Judges' Pet Peeves
Regional Chamber of Commerce, Melbourne, Proposed Amendments to the Florida Constitution - 2018
National Business Institute, The Judicial View: What Civil Court Judges Want You to Know
Space Coast Community Law School, presentations on Criminal Law, Landlord ~ Tenant Law, and The Constitution and the Structure of Our Government
Citizen's Academy, sponsored by West Melbourne Police Department, featured presenter at annual T. Mitchell Barlow Court Night presenting Anatomy of a Criminal Case
College of Advanced Judicial Studies, co-presenter of presentations on Landlord Tenant Law and on Jury Issues
Judicial Assistants' Association of Florida, presenter at an annual conference on The Ethics of Judicial Assistants
Military Order of the World Wars, presenter at a Youth Leadership Conference on Freedom in American and Presiding Judge at Mock Trial held at the conference
Melbourne Community Relations Council, guest presenter on Public Housing Evictions and recipient of Award of Appreciation
Trial Court Staff Attorneys - presentation on Landlord ~Tenant Law to statewide organization of staff attorneys who assist trial judges
Florida Paralegal Association, presenter to statewide conference of paralegals on Our Constitution, Judicial Review, and the Amendment Process*
*America: At the Crossroads by JoAnna O'Keefe and displayed by her gracious permission.
The Florida Bar, Current member of Law-Related Education Committee
Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court, President 2016 - 2018, Current member Board of Directors
Civilian ~ Military Community Relations Council - Current member
Brevard County Jail Oversight Committee - Former member of organization addressing issues with Brevard County Jail
Public Safety Coordinating Council - Former member of organization to recommend measures to the County Commission
Space Coast Community Law School - Vice Chair, Current Board Member of community-based organization making presentations on legal topics
Explorer Elementary and Middle School - Former member of board of directors of charter school
Brevard County Bar Association - Former member of committee to revise BCBA's web site
Conference of County Court Judges ~Summer Educational Seminar, 2003
For significant contribution to judicial education and the revision to the Criminal Law Bench Book
Assistant Public Defender ~ March, 1994 to May, 1998 ~ Office of the Public Defender ~ Capital Division ~ Eighteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Brevard County, Florida ~ Defended capital cases for indigent clients [For additional information about the Office of the Public Defender:
David E. Silverman, P.A. ~ 1992 to 1994 ~ Melbourne, Florida ~ Sole practitioner in general legal practice
Krasny, Normile, Dettmer, Thompson and Jones, P.A., and
Storms, Krasny, Normile and Dettmer, P.A. ~ 1987 to 1992 ~ Associate with law firm ~ emphasis on civil and criminal litigation
Conflicts Attorney ~ 1988 to 1989 ~ Represented indigent clients in criminal cases pursuant to contract with Brevard County
Assistant State Attorney ~ 1981 to 1986 ~ Office of the State Attorney ~ Eighteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Brevard County, Florida ~ Felony Division Chief ~ supervising attorneys in felony litigation ~ [For additional information about the Office of the State Attorney
Frank J. Mackey, Jr., P.A. and Sidney Z. Karasik, P.A. ~ 1979 to 1980 ~ Chicago, Illinois
Law Clerk and associate in appellate and personal injury practices
Children's Home Society and Hacienda Girl's Ranch ~ Former President of Advisory Board to Brevard Chapter
Vassar B Carlton Inn of Court ~ Master, Barrister and Charter Member of Brevard Chapter of American Inns of Court ~ Current President
Brevard Community College ~ Former Legal writing instructor (2 semesters)
Brevard County High School Mock Trial Competition ~ Former Coordinator, Coach and Trial Judge
~ Graduated June, 1979 ~ Chicago, Illinois
Loyola University School of Law
Student Bar Association, 1st Year Class Representative ~ Honor Council, Member ~ Moot Court Board, Member
Bachelor of Arts
Emory University ~ Graduated June, 1976 ~ Atlanta, Georgia
Student Government Association, Senior Representative ~ Emory Wheel, News Editor ~ Political Science Honor Society, President
High School Diploma
Campion Jesuit High School ~ Graduated June, 1972 ~ Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin