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Hon. Richard M. Silver

Hon. Richard M. Silver (Ret.)

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Practice Areas
Business Commercial
Class Action & Mass Tort
Construction Defect
Employment Law
Estate Probate Trusts
Family Law
Personal Injury
Professional Liability
Real Property
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education
Hon. Richard M. Silver (Ret.) highly regarded for maintaining a balance between fairness and efficiency, has gained the respect of attorneys for his tremendous intellect, tenacity, and his ability to get to the heart of issues quickly. During his 25 years as a Superior Court Judge in Monterey County and since joining JAMS in 2002, Judge Silver has successfully negotiated or arbitrated hundreds of disputes. Judge Silver brings extensive experience in business and commercial disputes, real property and broker issues, construction defect and delay cases, family and probate matters, employment related disputes including wage and hour class actions, and complex personal injury actions.

Representative Matters

  • Business Commercial
      • Settlement of breach of contract and fraud claims involving a major hotel and American Savings and Loan during the Saving and Loan crisis
      • Arbitration of dissolution and related claims of medical partnership
      • Arbitration of very emotional and contentious dissolution of accounting partnership
      • Settlement of breach of contract and fraud claims concerning the purchase of wine bottling equipment
  • Class Action & Mass Tort
      • Participated in settlement of complex multi-state class action concerning polybutylene pipe used in mobile homes and residences and involving competing national class actions
      • Successfully negotiated several complex wage and hour class actions
  • Construction
      • Construction defect and delay cases involving public work contracts with claims by the district, general contractor, architect, and multiple sub-contractor
      • Settlement of defect and delay claims concerning the construction of an airport terminal and involving claims by the Airport District, Construction Manager, Architect, General Contractor and sub-contractors and involving claims in bankruptcy
  • Employment Law
      • Mediation and arbitration of numerous wrongful termination cases involving claims of sexual harassment, racial, gender, or sexual discrimination, and breach of contract
      • Resolution of wage and hour class actions involving claims of overtime, meal, and break violations
  • Family Law
      • Settlement of highly emotional family dispute involving substantial property holdings in several countries
  • Personal Injury
      • Wrongful death claim against sheriff, jail staff, and county for failure to provide medical assistance
  • Professional Liability
      • Contract and fraud claims against an attorney related to the drafting of multiple trust documents, and other professional legal malpractice cases
  • Real Property
      • Numerous cases involving the purchase and sale of real property including claims against and by the brokers, failure to disclose defects, and mold issues
      • Settlement of family law cases concerning complex community property issues involving valuation and division of businesses, real property, and support issues

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Recognized as a "Top Neutral," Daily Journal, Top California Neutrals List, 2013
  • Member, California Judges Association, 1977-present; (Chair, Civil Law and Procedure Committee, 1998-2000)
  • Past Chairman, Board Member Emeritus, Honorary Doctorate of Law, Monterey College of Law
  • Judicial Council Family Court Service Advisory Committee (Chairperson, 1987-1990)
  • Faculty, California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER); California Judges Association; National Judicial College
  • Captain, U.S. Army, 1966-1968, Bronze Star U.S. Army Medal Honor, 1st Degree (Civic Action), presented by the Republic of Vietnam

Background and Education

  • Judge, Monterey Superior Court, 1977-2002 (Presiding Judge, 1980, 1986; Asst. Presiding Judge, Monterey Branch, 1984, 1987, 1996, 2000-2002; Civil Supervising Judge, 1996-1998, 2000-2002)
  • Partner, Heisler, Stewart, Silver & Daniels, Carmel, CA, 1969-1977
  • LL.B., University of California, Berkeley School of Law (formerly Boalt Hall School of Law), 1966
  • B.S., University of California Berkeley, 1963


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