Judge Morris Silberman
Judge Silberman received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University, majoring in philosophy and political science. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Law in 1982.
Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Herboth S. Ryder at the Second District Court of Appeal. He then worked with law firms in Sarasota and Clearwater, and in 1988 he formed his own firm in Clearwater. Judge Silberman had a general civil litigation and appellate practice, with an emphasis on business and contract disputes.
Judge Silberman was appointed to the Second District Court of Appeal for a term beginning in January 2001. He served as chief judge of the court from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013.
He has been active in a variety of professional and legal organizations. He is Secretary/Treasurer of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal and also serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Strategic Planning and Evaluation Committee; he is an elected member of the American Law Institute; and he is an elected member of the University of Florida Law Center Association, Inc., Board of Trustees. Judge Silberman is liaison to The Florida Bar Appellate Practice Section and the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section.
He served on the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission from 2003 to 2012, including a term as Chairman. He was a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors from 1996 to 2000 and served two terms on the Executive Committee and chaired the Budget Committee, the Election Reform Special Committee, and other committees. He was President of the Clearwater Bar Association from 1993 to 1994 and on its Board of Directors for several years. He is a past member of the Bruce R. Jacob Criminal Appellate Inn of Court and the Barney Masterson Inn of Court. His past civic involvement has included: membership on the East Lake Community Library Board; an officer and membership on the Board of Directors of the Pinellas Youth Symphony; and membership on the Board of Directors of Leadership Pinellas.
Judge Silberman has taught at Florida's Advanced Judicial College and at the Conferences of Florida's Appellate, Circuit, and County Court Judges. He has lectured on numerous occasions on matters relating to appellate practice, litigation, ethics, judicial discipline, and professionalism and has been an author and co-editor for Business Litigation in Florida, published by The Florida Bar, along with a variety of seminar materials.
Judge Silberman is married and has one daughter.