Neil Silver is a Member of Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC, having joined the firm in 2018. Throughout his career, Neil has focused his practice on real estate law, environmental law, corporate law, and banking.

Prior to entering private practice, Neil served as general counsel for Sterling Bank and subsequently as Vice President in the law department of NBD Bank where he was responsible for drafting loan documentation and the bank’s environmental policies and procedures.

Neil represents clients in complex real estate, banking and commercial transactions, corporate/business formation, and contract negotiation and drafting. He currently acts as corporation counsel for several large and small businesses. In addition, he is counsel for several local and national financial institutions, as well as for certified development corporations, and is designated counsel for the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Neil is highly regarded as one of the area’s leading experts in environmental law and has testified numerous times before the House and Senate subcommittees on environmental issues, in addition to having authored several current state and federal statutes.

Neil S. Silver

  • University of Detroit School of Law, Detroit, 1985, J.D. With Honors
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing,1982, B.A. With Honors
Bar Admission
  • Michigan, 1985
Honors and Awards
  • United States Small Business Association Designated 504 Attorneys in Michigan, 2011- Present
  • Top Lawyers in the Midwest, 2021
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©, Banking and Finance Law, Environmental Law, 2021 – 2023, “Lawyer of the Year” 2023
  • Selected to Michigan Super Lawyers list, 2006-2009
  • 71st Annual Conference of Mayors Civic Livability Award, 2003 SEMCOG/MAC Center Joint Public Service Award, 1999
  • Associate Member of the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers Association
  • Member of the State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • “Is there Gold to be Found in Brownfields?” Detroit Legal News, November 2000
  • “Industrial Redevelopment – A Banker’s Perspective,” Michigan Bar Journal, October 1994
  • “Can We Still Use This Property as Collateral,” Michigan Forward, December 1992
  • Downriver Area Brownfield Consortium Community Conference, October 2006 (Using EPA Funds to Finance Real Estate Development)
  • Michigan Economic Developers Association, August 2006 (Creative Real Estate Opportunities)
  • Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, February 2006 (A Practitioner/Municipal Perspective on the Brownfield Program)
  • Downriver Area Brownfield Consortium Roundtable Discussion, September 2005 (Chaired Conference on Updates of Recent Administrative Development Negatively Impacting Brownfield Redevelopment)
  • Downriver Area Brownfield Consortium Roundtable Discussion, May 2005 (Chaired Conference on Recent Administrative Developments Negatively Impacting Brownfield Redevelopment)