Kenneth F. Silver

Kenneth F. Silver

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Kenneth F. Silver is a shareholder at Hertz Schram and the lawyer primarily responsible for the firm's Real Estate and Probate Administration Practice Groups. He regularly represents buyers, sellers, developers and lenders of commercial real estate with respect to purchase and sale transactions, development, syndication and financing, including difficult "work-out" situations. He has represented a multitude of clients in a broad range of transactions from the sale of small industrial buildings to the development of a one million square feet retail shopping mall, to the development of a 450 unit residential condominium. Mr. Silver is also very experienced in litigating real estate and land use issues on behalf of developers, contractors and lenders. He is also a well known and recognized probate practitioner specializing in contested will and trust matters and frequently lectures on these topics. Mr. Silver has received the honor of being named a Michigan Superlawyer each year since 2006 and he has also been named one of the best real estate lawyers in the Detroit area by Dbusiness magazine.  Mr. Silver is a member of the Board of Directors of the Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan.

Finally, Mr. Silver is a well-known and recognized mediator and arbitrator. He arbitrates and mediates regularly for the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and is a charter-approved mediator for the Oakland County Circuit Court Facilitation Project. He has taught a survey course for the Masters in Dispute Resolution program at Wayne State University. He has written and lectured on dispute resolution issues for the State Bar of Michigan and the Oakland County Bar Association.

Mr. Silver also has a keen interest in our business ventures and leads Hertz Schram's Deal Incubator.  The Hertz Schram Deal Incubator is a monthly networking forum intended to bring entrepreneurs, investors and financiers together to discover common interests. Please visit the Deal Incubator on Facebook.

Kenneth F. Silver is a 1979 graduate of the University of Michigan (with high distinction), a 1983 graduate of the Wayne State University Law School and a former member of the part time adjunct faculty at Wayne State University. He is a periodic lecturer on real estate and probate topics for the Institute of Continuing Education and the National Business Institute. He currently holds an AV rating with the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory for preeminent legal ability while demonstrating the highest ethical standards in his practice.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate (development, sales, acquisitions, syndications)
  • Probate (will contests, trust contests)

Litigation Percentage

  • 30% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1985


  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1983
    • Honors: Moot Court Executive Board, Student Board of Governors
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • B.A. - 1979
    • Honors: With High Distinction
    • Major: History

Published Works

  • Mediation Shmediation, (A Recent Conversation with an Annoyed Sceptic),, Laches Magazine, June, 1998
  • Limited Liability Companies: The New Entity of Choice?, Building Business & Apartment Management, October, 1996
  • The New Real Estate Transfer Affidavit, Building Business & Apartment Management, May, 1996
  • Wetlands Update, Building Business & Apartment Management, April, 1996
  • Overtime for Resident Managers, Building Business & Apartment Management, November, 1995
  • Delirium v. Dementia, Oakland County Bar Association, October, 1995
  • Getting the Judgment Was the Easy Part, Building Business & Apartment Management, September, 1995
  • Property Managers Beware, Recent Changes to the Michigan Occupational Code Fail to Address Licensing Requirements, August, 1995
  • What to Do When the IRS Is Looking For Someone Else, Building Business & Apartment Management, May, 1995
  • Using Mediation to Reduce Legal Expenses, Building Business & Apartment Management, May, 1994

Representative Clients

  • Broder & Sachse Real Estate Services, Inc.
  • The Sachse Construction & Development Corp.
  • Ari-El Enterprises, Inc
  • The Snowden Companies
  • CranBrook Management
  • G Fisher Construction
  • The Huntington Bank
  • Jackson National Life Insurance
  • PPM Finance, Inc.


  • Michigan Probate-Beyond the Basics, National Business Institute, 1997
  • Estate Planning and Probate for Legal Assistants in Michigan, IPE, 1998
  • Title Law, National Business Institute, 1998
  • Title Law in Michigan, 2003
  • Trust and Estate Issues in Real Estate, Homeward Bound series sponsored by the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, 2005
  • Real Estate Issues in Probate, 2005
  • Financing Issues, 2005
  • Michigan Title Law, 2007
  • Estate Administration Procedures, 2008

Honors and Awards

  • A/V Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2009
  • Dbusiness "Top Lawyers in Detroit", 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan, Member - Probate and Real Property Section, 1985 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member - Environmental Law Section, 2005 - Present
  • Chairperson Disciplinary Panel, #63, Attorney Discipline Board
  • Oakland County Bar Association, Member - Real Estate Committee and Probate Committee
  • Oakland County Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Member - (Past Chairman)
  • Michigan Association of Home Builders, Member
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Building Industry Association of Southeastern Michigan Board of Directors 2011, 2011 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Silver & Associates, Principal, 1999 - Present
  • Silver, Gould, Eizelman, Zoller, Upfal, Bean & Jackier, Partner, 1989 - 1995
  • Silver, Roth & Silver, Partner, 1987 - 1989
  • Simon, Deitch, Siefman, Tucker & Friedman P.C., Associate Attorney, 1983 - 1987

Pro Bono Activities

  • Mediator, Oakland Mediation Center, 1996 - Present
  • Mediator, Oakland County Circuit Court Facilitation Project
  • Past Director, Michigan Association for Children with Emotional Disorders

Ancillary Businesses

  • The Deal Gateway Entrepreneur and Investor Forum