Neil Silver is a Member of Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC, having joined the firm in 2018. Throughout his career, Mr. Silver has focused his practice on Real Estate Law, Environmental Law, Corporate Law and Banking.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Silver 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.

Mr. Silver 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).

Mr. Silver 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, 1985 J.D. With Honors

Michigan State University, 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, Nov. 2000

“Industrial Redevelopment – A Banker’s Perspective,” Michigan Bar Journal, Oct. 1994

“Can We Still Use This Property as Collateral,” Michigan Forward, Dec. 1992


Downriver Area Brownfield Consortium Community Conference, Oct. 2006
(Using EPA Funds to Finance Real Estate Development)

Michigan Economic Developers Association, Aug. 2006
(Creative Real Estate Opportunities)

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Feb. 2006
(A Practitioner/Municipal Perspective on the Brownfield Program)

Downriver Area Brownfield Consortium Roundtable Discussion, Sept. 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)