Joel Silverman was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. He moved to Missoula in 1992, and received his B.A. in Mathematics and B.S. in Forestry from the University of Montana in 1997. He received his law degree from Lewis and Clark College in 2003 and an LL.M. (master’s degree) in Taxation from the University of Washington in 2004.
Joel’s business career began in high school, when he started his own fly tying company and teaching fly tying and fly-fishing classes. His fly-fishing business continued through college and law school, which helped him pay for school. He continued to use his business skills after graduating from college, by helping fly-fishing lodges, around the world, to improve their businesses through marketing and improved business techniques.
After law school, Joel spent his first three years of private practice in Butte, Montana, assisting clients with business matters, entity formation, tax planning for businesses and individuals, Wills, Trusts, elder law, property transactions, and liquor and gambling issues.
Joel moved to Helena, Montana, in 2006, after joining the Montana Department of Revenue as an attorney. His nearly six years at the Department of Revenue were spent working on legislation, liquor and gambling matters, and litigating various federal and state tax law issues (collections, income tax, coal and gas severance tax, property tax, and telecommunications taxes).
Silverman Law Office, PLLC was opened in May of 2012, when Joel recognized that there was a large need for a business and estate planning law office, that did more than just repeat the law to the client. Joel realized individuals and businesses need lawyers that focus on the client’s goals and needs, rather than just the clients’ legal issues.
Joel’s practice focuses on assisting individuals and businesses with business law, tax, succession planning, employment issues, mergers and acquisitions, wills, trusts, property transactions, liquor and gambling law, and oil and natural gas law.
Joel is licensed to practice law in the states of Montana and North Dakota.
Joel enjoys playing soccer, spending time outdoors, working with veterans through Montana Project Healing Waters, and spending time with his wife, Andrea Silverman, skiing, hiking, and fly-fishing.