Hon. Richard M. Silver (Ret.)

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Real Property/Real Estate

Hon. Richard Silver (Ret.) handled many cases as a Superior Court Judge in Monterey County dealing with real property issues. As a JAMS neutral, he has mediated and arbitrated numerous real estate cases involving developers, lenders, relatives, escrow companies, landlords, tenants, government agencies, major energy providers, and telecommunications companies. Judge Silver is also lauded by clients for his handling of cases. As one prominent Los Angeles attorney stated, “His judicial demeanor, preparation, analysis and thoughtful consideration of the issues were simply outstanding… I would, without reservation, take him as a judicial officer again for any type of matter.” 

Representative Matters

Judge Silver has handled the following representative matters, while at JAMS:

  • Served as Judge Pro Tem in a challenging case with claims between a lender and several developers 
  • Resolved emotional dispute between siblings who jointly owned, without written contracts, significant farm and vineyard lands in the Salinas area
  • Mediated case with multiple claims by different parties against an escrow company and others for allegedly enacting fraudulent real estate transactions and mortgages resulting in a clouded title to the property
  • Mediated multiple disputes between adjoining landowners relating to issues of easements, rights of way, access and use, and vistas
  • Mediated a complex landlord/tenant dispute with claims against leasee and sub-leasee for substantial sums in damages
  • Settled complex multi-party landslide dispute involving a private property owner, public city property, a major utilities provider, and a leading telecommunications company
  • Mediated dispute between neighbors involving several nuisance claims and complicated by insurance issues
  • Settled multi-session dispute between purchaser of a property and the builder/seller  involving allegations of non-disclosure of defects and other material information
  • Mediated broker’s claim for commissions owed
  • Settled sensitive case involving road access and title policy issues

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


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October 14-15, 2014
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