Daphne Pattison Silverman

  • Member of the Bar, State of Texas, admitted 1991
  • Member of the Bar, State of Mississippi, admitted 1995


Solo Practitioner, Houston, Texas
Owner, July 2006 to present

Federal criminal defense nationwide and state criminal defense in Texas.

McNabb Associates, P.C., Houston, Texas
Associate, October 2005 to July 2006

Federal criminal defense nationwide.

Solo Practitioner, Gulf Coast, Mississippi
Owner, June 1997 to September 2005

Criminal law, personal injury, corporate law, wills and estates.

United States Navy Reserves, Strategic Command, Omaha, Nebraska
Assistant to Staff Judge Advocate, October 2004 to present

Advise installation commands on various secured legal issues.

United States Navy Reserves, NRLSO Central 109, New Orleans, Louisiana
Legal Assistance Attorney, October 2002 to October 2004

Support Naval Legal Service Office at Naval Construction Battalion Center with legal assistance including will preparation prior to deployment, immigration matters, and other issues of importance to individual Seabees.

Robert A. Pritchard, Pascagoula, Mississippi
Associate, July 1996 to June 1997

Complex personal injury litigation including asbestos, tobacco, and premises liability as well as estate probate.

Rushing & Guice, Biloxi, Mississippi
Associate, July 1995 to July 1996

Commercial law, criminal law, corporate law, domestic relations, real estate transactions, estate planning and personal injury.

United States Navy, Gulfport, Mississippi
Staff Judge Advocate, September 1993 to June 1995

Advised installation commander and tenant commanders on a variety of legal issues including military justice, environmental law, government standards of conduct, labor law, and the Freedom of Information Act. Wrote monthly AAsk the Lawyer@ column for base newspaper addressing legal issues relevant to the lives of service members.

United States Attorney, Jackson, Mississippi
Special Assistant, September 1993 to June 1995

Prosecuted misdemeanor and felony violations of the United States Code occurring on board Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport and John C. Stennis Space Center. Handled approximately 25 cases by trial or plea bargain.

United States Navy, Gulfport, Mississippi
Criminal Defense and Legal Assistance Attorney,

November 1991 to August 1993
Tried 24 court-martials and defended 17 individuals at administrative separation hearings including a Tailhook case. Successfully salvaged the career of one of the pilots responsible for organizing and directing Tailhook. Sole attorney providing defense services to all Navy bases in Southern Mississippi. Received Navy Achievement Medal for exceptional trial skill. Finalist in Trial Advocacy Competition at Naval Justice School. Provided legal assistance including will preparation and intervention in other legal disputes on behalf of sailors.


University of Houston Law Center
Juris Doctorate, May 1991

  • Top 1/3rd
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Environmental Law Society (President)

Southern Methodist University
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science/Math, May 1988

  • GPA 3.44
  • Mortar Board (Vice-President)
  • School of Engineering & Applied Science Scholar
  • Program Council (Vice-President of Administration)
  • Student Senate
  • Association of Computing Machinery (Founder)