DAPHNE PATTISON SILVERMAN
*Lighting the path to truth*
Member of the Texas Bar, admitted 1991; Member of the Mississippi Bar, admitted 1995
United States Military Court
Certified as qualified and competent to perform duties of trial and defense counsel by the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, 6 March 1992
Sworn to perform the duties of counsel in any courts-martial to which detailed as counsel or participated as individual defense counsel, 6 March 1992
Sworn for individual cases as civilian counsel by Military Judges in the United States Navy and in the United States Air Force courts-martial
Navy Achievement Medal awarded by RADM Schachte, Commander, NLSC, 2 August 1993
“Routinely convinced convening authorities to resolve allegations of misconduct at the lowest possible level…Equally effective as an advocate, she obtained a spectacular record of acquittals and retention as well as favorable discharge characterizations, while impressing convening authorities with her painstaking preparation, superb presentation, and overall professionalism…
Notable successes include complete acquittals in a rape case and drug solicitation case…She also secured one of the first and few grants of immunity issued by Department of Defense Tailhook ’91 Investigation Team.”
United States District Court, admittedvarious years
SDMS, WDTX, EDTX, NDTX, SDTX, DND, NDFL, WDMI
United States District Court Pro HacVice, admittedvarious years
District of District of Columbia, DMT, DWY, EDMO, SDCA, SDFL, WDPA
Naval Justice School Lawyer Course, Certificate of successful completion, 6 March 1992
Finalist in Trial Advocacy Competition
University of Houston Law Center, Juris Doctorate, May 1991
Top 1/3rd, Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, Environmental Law Society (President)
Southern Methodist University, Bachelor of Science, Computer Science/Math, May 1988
GPA 3.44, Mortar Board (VP), Program Council (VP of Administration), Student Senate (Engineering School Senator), Association of Computing Machinery (Founder)
United States Strategic Command, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, October 2004 to December 2005
National Security Clearance, SCI Level 4 Access
Advised commands on legal issues pertaining to security and conducted security investigations.
NRLSO Central 109, Legal Assistance Attorney, October 2002 to October 2004
Supported Naval Legal Service Office at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans with legal assistance to individual service members preparing for deployment.
NCBC Gpt, Staff Judge Advocate, September 1993 to June 1995
Advised installation command and tenant commands on legal issues including military justice, environmental law, government standards of conduct, labor law, and the FOIA.
United States Attorney, additional duty, Special Assistant, September 1993 to June 1995
Prosecuted violations of the United States Code committed by civilians on NCBC Gpt and SSC.
NLSO-Det Gpt, Criminal Defense and Legal Assistance Attorney, November 1991 to August 1993
National Security Clearance, Secret
Sole attorney providing criminal defense services to all Navy bases in Southern Mississippi. Provided legal assistance to individual service members.
LAW FIRM EXPERIENCE
Pattison Law Firm, P.C. , President, June 1997 to present.
Military defense, federal criminal defense nationwide, state criminal defense in states of residence.
Robert A. Pritchard, Pascagoula, Mississippi, Associate, July 1996 to June 1997
Complex personal injury including asbestos, tobacco, and premises liability.
Rushing & Guice, Biloxi, Mississippi, Associate, July 1995 to July 1996
Commercial law, federal criminal law, corporate law, real estate transactions, estate planning.
REPRESENTATIVE PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
State Bar of Texas Disability Rights and Issues Committee
Chair, 2022-2023; Vice Chair, 2021-2022
National Lawyers Guild
Regional Vice President, Regional Treasurer. Founding Chair for Houston Chapter
Rotary Clubs, various years – Houston Texas, Ocean Springs and EdgewaterMississippi
Board of Directors, Founding Chair of Rotaract Club Committee, Chair of Youth Committee, Rotary Ambassador,Chair of Distinguished Citizen Award Committee Honoring Jim “Mattress Mack” and Linda McIngvale, September 27, 2007.
Quote from board member, “You made me proud of Rotary once again with a fantastic program last night…Rotary could not have organized a more perfect ‘service above self’ program. Congratulations on your success. Your dignity and pride shines brightly today.”
ACLU of Houston, Chair of Legal panel
FULL CURRICULUM VITAE