Richard Silver

Hon. Richard M. Silver (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Cynthia Victory
T: 408-346-0736
F: 408-295-5267
160 W. Santa Clara St., Suite 1600, San Jose, CA 95113

Richard M. Silver is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Highly regarded for maintaining a balance between fairness and efficiency, Judge Silver has gained the respect of attorneys for his tremendous intellect and his ability to get to the heart of issues.
  • Mediator, Arbitrator, Special Master
  • Efficiently manages extremely complex cases after actively participating in numerous settlement conferences during his distinguished 25-year judicial career on the Monterey Superior Court bench
  • Faculty member in courses on Trial and Case Management, Effective Settlement Techniques, Complex Case Management, and Family Law for judicial and attorney organizations including the National Judicial College, California Judges Association, CJER, and the Monterey Bar Association
  • CEQA Judge, Monterey Superior Court
Significant cases presided over by Judge Silver include the following:
  • Presided over settlement of a class action involving polybutylene pipe and two competing National Class Actions (Cox v. Shell Oil, et al.)
  • Sierra Club v. County of Monterey (Rancho Canada); Save our Peninsula Committee v. County of Monterey (September Ranch); Gallente Vineyards v. Monterey Peninsula Water Management District

Representative Matters

  • Cases involving mobile home parks and associations
  • Cases involving residential and commercial leases
  • Commercial Buildings:
    • Landlord-tenant disputes involving breach of lease, breach of contract for sale, tenant improvements and build out claims
    • Mediated multiple claims of defect and increased costs arising out of design errors as well as, contribution and subrogation claims
  • Construction cases, including commercial, condominium, and single-family residence defect cases
  • Disputes by and between owners, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, construction managers, and design professionals
  • Insurance coverage issues
  • Mediated disputes involving school construction
  • Mediated easement/fence line disputes, matters involving neighbors and governmental entities
  • Mediated multiple mold exposure cases, claims of property damage and personal injury
  • Mediated multiple single-family home claims involving architecture and construction defects, breach of contract, misrepresentations, permits, zoning and code issues
  • Municipal law, zoning, and building code violations
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
  • 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

Counsel Comments

    • "I've handled cases all over the country, and this guy [Silver] is one of the best, if not the best, settlement judges in the country."

      - Quote from the late Joseph Alioto appeared in the Monterey Herald after Judge Silver assisted in settling a complex business dispute involving a major hotel




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