Hon. Richard M. Silver (Ret.)

T: 408-288-2240
F: 408-295-5267
Personal Injury/Torts
Hon. Richard Silver (Ret.) has successfully resolved hundreds of personal injury matters, including disputes involving allegations of equipment and manufacturer defects, auto accidents, wrongful death, sexual abuse, dental malpractice, and medical malpractice. Many of these cases have arisen in agri-business settings involving worker’s compensation claims and insurance issues. He is particularly adept at handling complex and highly sensitive matters, and is recognized for his compassion, commitment, and diligence.

Representative Matters

Judge Silver has handled the following representative matters at JAMS:
  • Personal Injury – General
    • Mediated a bodily injury case involving claims of premises liability against a major grocery chain
    • Mediated dispute resulting from a dog attack which caused severe injuries
    • Resolved a complex dental malpractice case
    • Mediated trip and fall case against an elevator maintenance company for claims of significant back injuries and other damages 
    • Resolved a multi-party dispute against a French yacht manufacturer by plaintiff claiming a faulty winch snapped causing the line to nearly sever a leg
    • Mediated a dispute involving an accident at an agricultural company  including third party workers’ compensation claims
    • Handled a highly sensitive dispute regarding claims by young boy of sexual abuse against a man allegedly having lured him into relationship
    • Resolved a complex product liability dispute, including employer negligence and worker's compensation claims, regarding alleged defects in farm equipment leading to significant injury
    • Mediated case involving injuries resulting from mold, mildew, and property damage
  • Personal Injury – Auto
    • Multiple cases involving intoxicated drivers causing a variety of injuries and/or fatalities
    • Mediated multi-million dollar settlement of a construction site rear-end automobile collision which resulted in significant brain damage injury
    • Emotional case involving a car crashing off of a cliff near Big Sur which resulted in multiple injuries to surviving passengers and one wrongful death

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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


This page is for general information purposes.  JAMS makes no representations or warranties regarding its accuracy or completeness.  Interested persons should conduct their own research regarding information on this website before deciding to use JAMS, including investigation and research of JAMS neutrals. See More

October 14-15, 2014
Silver_Richard_Personal Injury_Torts_856