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Hon. Martin J. Silverstein

Hon. Martin J. Silverstein

Senior Counsel

Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein is senior counsel with the international law firm of Greenberg Traurig in the Global and Corporate practices. An attorney for over 40 years, he represents multi-national businesses and is a member of the bars of Texas, District of Columbia, U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Tax Court. He maintains the highest possible AV® rating for legal skills, integrity and professional excellence, reflecting the confidential opinion of members of the Bar, Judiciary and Clients under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating system and Client Review Rating system.

Silverstein earned his LL.M. from University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law (senior member of Law Review) and B.A. in political science from Rutgers College.

Silverstein serves as a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, a Board of Visitors member at Temple University Beasley School of Law and was a Trustee of the Public School Employees' Retirement System. He sits as a Judge Pro Tempore, serves on the Federal Judicial Nomination Advisory Panel, and is a Local Board Member of the United States Selective Service System. He is professionally competent in Spanish and Hebrew.

Ambassador Silverstein served as U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay for four years (2001- 2005). During his tenure, he worked diligently to protect the American homeland in the immediate post 9/11 environment; facilitated a $1.5 billion U.S. Treasury emergency loan to salvage Uruguay's banking system; worked to reopen markets to banned Uruguayan commodities; and engineered the signing of the first Bilateral Investment Treaty of the Bush Administration. These actions led the President of Uruguay to publicly credit President Bush with saving his government and preventing economic collapse.

The United States government decorated the Ambassador with the Superior Honor Award Medal and The Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service for his "performance with exceptional dedication and distinction." The Republic of Uruguay decorated him with the Medalla de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay, rank of Gran Oficial, the highest honor it ever bestowed on an American citizen.

He has been awarded the Citizens Commendation for Bravery from the Philadelphia Police Department, Legion of Honor from the Chapel of Four Chaplains, Certificate of Merit for Service to Veterans from the United States Congress and twice received the Maimonides Award from Magen David Adom.

Silverstein lectures on a variety of contemporary topics including international relations, diplomacy, economics, and global trade. Venues have included Center for Latin American studies at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, The Institute for International Law and Public Policy, and The Pan American Association.


  • Global trade practice
  • International
  • Corporate and securities



  • AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, Corporation for National & Community Service
  • Reserve Police Officer and Constable, Elizabeth, NJ
  • Member, Federal Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Trustee, Public School Employees' Retirement System
  • Delegate, MERCOSUR 4 plus 1 Council on Trade and Investment negotiations
  • Delegate, U.S.-Uruguay Joint Commission on Trade and Investment
  • Delegate, Ukraine Presidential Election IRI Observation Mission
  • Member, U.S. Presidential Delegation to the Uruguayan presidential inauguration
  • Member, U.S. Presidential Honorary Delegation to Jerusalem celebrating the founding of Israel.
  • United States Ambassador to Oriental Republic of Uruguay
  • Senior Member, Transition Team of President Donald J. Trump

Recognition & Leadership

  • The Medalla de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay, rank of Gran Oficial, awarded by the President and Legislature of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. The only American citizen to receive this highest national honor.
  • Superior Honor Award Medal, awarded by United States government, Department of State. A unique recognition for a non-career Ambassador.
  • The Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service, awarded by United States government and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for "performance with exceptional dedication and distinction."
  • Citizens Commendation for Bravery, awarded by Philadelphia Police Department and Philadelphia Police Commissioner.
  • Certificate of Merit for Service to Veterans, awarded by United States Congress.
  • Legion of Honor, Chapel of Four Chaplains
  • Maimonides Award, Magen David Adom
  • Pro Bono College of the Texas State Bar. Awarded by Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court in recognition of outstanding delivery of legal services to low-income Texans.
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5 out of 5

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Trustee, University of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • Local Board Member, U.S. Selective Service System, State of Texas 
  • Judge Pro Tempore, First Judicial District
  • Member, Federal Judicial Nomination Advisory Panel
  • Member, Texas Bar College
  • Member, Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, Council of American Ambassadors
  • Northwest Women's Shelter, Washington, D.C.


  • LL.M., University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law
    • Senior member, Law Review
    • Robert Lamberton Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law
    • BNA Law Week Award for Outstanding Senior
  • B.A., Rutgers College - New Brunswick
  • Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish