Lee T. Silver

Practicing In: Michigan
Member Since: 2020


Butzel Long P.C.
300 Ottawa Avenue, NW
Suite 620
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Lee is an experienced trial lawyer who has a long record of obtaining outstanding results for his clients. Lee has successfully handled complex commercial litigation cases of virtually every type over the past 35 years in state and federal courts throughout Michigan and well over a dozen other states. This wealth of experience enables Lee to develop the most effective strategies for achieving his client’s objectives in an efficient and cost-effective manner. His representative clients range from Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, manufacturers, and a variety of closely-held companies of all sizes to individual business owners, shareholders, executives, professionals, and other individuals. Lee is widely recognized for his success in the courtroom and has received several honors for his work as a trial lawyer, and as a mediator, including many that are based on peer review, including the following:

Listed in “Best Lawyers in America” for Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation, and Mediation every year since 2012.

Named as “Best Lawyers in America” 2021 Grand Rapids Lawyer of the Year for Mediation.
Named as “Best Lawyers in America” 2023 Grand Rapids Lawyer of the Year for Bet-The-Company Litigation
Selected as a Member of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.
Named as a Michigan “Super Lawyer” in Commercial Litigation every year since 2007.
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell every year since 1997 (the highest rating possible for legal ability and ethics).
Selected, Grand Rapids Magazine’s List of Top Lawyers.
Selected for inclusion in “Leading Lawyers” for Commercial Litigation and ADR Law.
Selected as a Fellow in “Litigation Counsel of America.”
Selected, America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.
Fellow, American Bar Foundation.
Selected as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms.
Selected as a faculty member for the Hillman Advocacy Program.
Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Selected, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Lee has substantial experience serving as local counsel in federal and state courts as he is routinely asked to assist out-of-town counsel in navigating and complying with local rules, procedures, and practices.

In addition to a very busy litigation practice, Lee also has an active mediation/alternative dispute resolution practice. He is one of only a handful of Mediators in Michigan to be selected as a Member of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. He is also a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, was named by Best Lawyers In America as the 2021 Grand Rapids Lawyer of the Year for Mediation, has been on the approved list of mediators for the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan since 2003, and regularly serves as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, as well as in private arbitrations. Lee has successfully mediated over 500 cases in state and federal courts throughout Michigan and takes great pride in the fact that an extremely high percentage of the cases he mediates settle as a result of the mediation. As a mediator, Lee approaches every matter fully prepared and he is known for his tenacity and his ability to settle difficult cases by never giving up and believing that every case can be settled. As a trial lawyer with over 35 years experience who has litigated over a thousand cases, mediated over 500 disputes, served as an arbitrator in over 75 matters, and earned the highest rankings from his peers for his legal ability, Lee is uniquely qualified to analyze a case and help the parties reach a settlement.

Education / Training

J.D., Indiana University School of Law, 1984 (First Place, Moot Court Competition; Member, National Moot Court Team; Teaching Assistant in Appellate Advocacy)
B.A., with honors, University of Redlands, 1981

Types of Cases Mediated

Types of Cases Mediated include:
General Mediation
Intellectual Property
Labor Management
Land Use
Medical Malpractice
Partnership Dissolutions
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Malpractice
Public Policy
Real Estate