Scott J. Silverman is a Miami-based international arbitrator and mediator, working worldwide to successfully resolve disputes. Mr. Silverman has been an attorney since 1981. Prior to commencing his judicial career, he served both in the public sector as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma and also in the private sector as a practicing lawyer. At the age of 33, he joined the judiciary in 1991 as one of Florida’s youngest judges.
From 1991 to 2012, Mr. Silverman served as a circuit court and county judge in Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit. After nearly 22 years of distinguished judicial service, some of which was spent on Florida’s First and Fourth District Courts of Appeal by designation, he joined JAMS as a full time arbitrator and mediator.
Mr. Silverman’s experiences benefit those who appear before him. He runs arbitration proceedings efficiently by keeping the attorneys and parties focused on the issues at hand. At times, he has served as the sole presiding arbitrator and at other times the chair or member of a tripartite arbitration panel. He has presided over JAMS, ICC, ICDR, and ad hoc arbitrations. He has arbitrated large commercial and maritime disputes with varied seats of arbitration, including Colombia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Peru, United Kingdom, and the United States. Moreover, he is an author and lecturer on international arbitrations.
Additionally, Mr. Silverman serves as a mediator in international disputes. In the past, parties to those mediations have included citizens and/or businesses from Bermuda, Canada, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Germany, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Liberia, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Kingdom, and Venezuela. He has mediated a variety of international commercial, insurance, maritime, personal injury, professional and reinsurance disputes.
Notably, the Daily Business Review’s survey ranked Mr. Silverman as the number one individual mediator in its 2014 and 2013 South Florida surveys. This distinction placed him in the Review’s Hall of Fame – to date, the only individual to have achieved that honor. Additionally, in 2013 the Miami Herald wrote, “Scott Silverman, a former circuit court judge, is a big player in the growing use of arbitration in this city and one of the founding fathers of the Miami office of JAMS, which oversees arbitration cases.”
Representative International Mediations
- Successfully mediated a dispute between a computer chip manufacturer and the Latin-American arm of the hardware company. The dispute expanded to address pending issues before the Competition Commission in India.
- Successfully mediated a dispute between a Florida governmental entity and a Netherlands Antilles corporation regarding the foreclosure of a residential lien due to alleged unpaid code enforcement fines.
- Successfully mediated a dispute pending in the United States District Court between United States’ citizens, and parties from Venezuela and Spain. The dispute involved whether the defendants had unduly influenced an individual with regards to the disposition of her property before her demise.
- Successfully mediated a federal bankruptcy matter. The dispute involved a Judicial Administrator from Brazil and a Florida bank. The bankruptcy court approved the parties’ $8 million settlement.
- Successfully mediated a personal injury dispute between an American citizen and a defendant corporation, a subsidiary of a German medical supply company.
- Successfully mediated a contractual dispute between a global shipping company based in Taiwan and an officer of its Latin American branch. The defendant allegedly violated an agreement that applied to the winding down of the plaintiff’s international business.
- Successfully mediated a pre-suit dispute between an American-based bank and a Colombian national regarding the alleged embezzlement of a significant amount of money by the bank’s employee.
- Successfully mediated a dispute between an American insurance company and the Honduran relatives of a decedent who were listed as beneficiaries on a life insurance policy.
- Successfully mediated a domestic dispute between a Hong Kong resident and a Florida resident. The dispute involved allegations of breach of contract, fraud, promissory estoppel, replevin, assault and battery, emotional distress, conversion, and civil conspiracy.
- Successfully mediated a maritime dispute between an American citizen and a Bermudan corporation. The plaintiff allegedly sustained personal injuries after she slipped and fell aboard the defendant’s ship.
- Successfully mediated a dispute between garnishers (Cuban nationals) and the garnishee (an American company) arising from a judgment obtained against a company from Curacao.
- Successfully mediated a licensing (intellectual property) dispute between a Canadian company and two U.S. companies. The dispute involved the status of a catalog of comic books published throughout the mid-part of the twentieth century.
- Successfully mediated a personal injury dispute between an American citizen and a company that promoted a resort business in Mexico over an alleged assault that took place at the resort.
- Mediated a dispute between a well-known insurance syndicate and an American corporation over the loss of goods in a third country in transport from Florida to Paraguay.
Representative International Arbitrations
- Sole presiding arbitrator in a maritime dispute with a Nicaraguan claimant and Bahamian Respondent, applying general United States maritime law, and with the seat of arbitration in Nicaragua. The 1958 New York Convention applied.
- Sole presiding arbitrator in a commercial dispute. The claimant was a Colombian corporation and the respondent was a foreign corporation with its principal place of business in the United States. The arbitration was initially to be conducted under UNCITRAL rules, but later modified their agreement to apply JAMS rules.
- Member of a tripartite commercial arbitration seated in The United Kingdom in which the law of the European Union governed.
- Sole presiding arbitrator in a maritime dispute with a United States citizen and a Bermudan cooperation, with the seat of arbitration in the United States. The claimant alleged, inter alia, violations of the Jones Act and unseaworthiness. The tribunal applied general United Sates maritime law.
- Sole presiding arbitrator in a maritime arbitration with the seat of arbitration in Jamaica. The claimant was Jamaican and the respondent was a Bahamian company. The tribunal applied general United States maritime law.
- Presided as the chair of a tripartite arbitration panel. The seat of arbitration was in Jamaica and the tribunal applied general United States maritime law. The respondent was a Bahamian corporation.
- Sole presiding arbitrator in a maritime arbitration in which the seat of arbitration was in the United Kingdom. The claimant was a United Kingdom citizen and the respondent was a Bahamian corporation. The tribunal applied general United States maritime law.