Overview

Steve Silva focuses his practice on problem solving. He regularly practices in civil litigation, including eminent domain, real estate litigation and contested probate litigation, with a heavy emphasis on appellate litigation, trial practice, governmental interface and law and motion. He has a strong alternative dispute resolution focus in disputed cases. Steve also provides advice and guidance to government entities, regulated entities and businesses.

Prior to entering private practice, Steve served as a Staff Attorney for the Supreme Court of the State of Nevada. He also was a Judicial Law Clerk for The Honorable Patrick Flanagan, Second Judicial District Court for the State of Nevada, Reno, Nevada. During law school, Steve was a Judicial Extern for The Honorable John A. Houston, United States District Court, Southern District of California, San Diego, California.

Experience

Experience

  • Represented public entity in mediation and arbitration over valuation of exercise of purchase option of multiple-building campus where range of value was $167M to $305M.
  • First chair as trial counsel in jury trial to acquire property for public improvement project.
  • Drafted successful petition for writ of mandamus to Nevada Supreme Court to determine number of properties at issues in an eminent domain action.
  • Represented public entity in appellate court in action concerning public liability arising from the planning of a public improvement project.
  • Represented utility company in contested transfer of abandoned facilities to underlying landowner.
  • Served as general counsel for water company.

Insights

Publications

  • Nevada Appellate Practice Manual
    2021
  • Nevada Real Property Practice Manual
    2021
  • Nevada Civil Practice Manual
    2016-2021
  • Taking 5 in 2020: Eminent Domain and Takings Update
    12.2020 | Nevada Lawyer
  • Closed for Business – Open for Litigation?
    04.29.2020 | Northwestern University Law Review, Of Note
  • Nevada Civil Jury Instruction
    2018
  • Correcting the Cuneiform Record
    07.2018 | Nevada Lawyer
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution in Condemnation Cases: An Eminently Agreeable Solution
    07.2018 | ALI CLE’s The Practical Real Estate Lawyer

Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

  • International Right of Way Association's 68th Annual International Education Conference
    06.06.2022
  • 2021 Annual Conference of the Nevada Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
    10.19.2021
  • Planning Law and Ethics
    American Planning Association, Nevada Chapter
    10.06.2021
  • Title and Easement Issues
    2021 Western States Surveyor’s Conference
    03.29.2021
  • The Lawyers’ Ethical Duties in Condemnation: Government and Owner’s Counsel Perspectives
    01.29.2021
  • Jury Trial Rights in Takings Cases: Current Practice
    ALI-CLE Eminent Domain and Land Valuation Litigation 2020
    01.23.2020
  • Eminent Domain Update
    Nevada Government Civil Attorneys Conference
    2020

Organizations

Community & Professional

State Bar of Nevada, Appellate Litigation Section Chair

State Bar of Nevada, Bench-Bar Committee Member

State Bar of Nevada, Member, Commission on Revisions to Nevada Rules of Appellate Procedure

Reno Municipal Court, Judge Pro Tem

Reno Young Business Professionals, Member

Washoe County Bar Association, Member

Clark County Bar Association, Member

Truckee Meadows Community College, ABA Paralegal Program, Instructor of Property Law and Civil Procedure

Honors

Honors & Recognitions

Included in The Best Lawyers in America© for Appellate Practice, 2020-2022

Recognized as one of the San Diego Top Lawyers, Real Estate, San Diego magazine, 2021

Recognized as Legal Elite, Northern Nevada, Nevada Business magazine, 2014-2016, 2018, 2020-2021

Selected to the Top Up-and-Coming Attorneys, Nevada, Nevada Business magazine, 2018

Selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Star list in Mountain West States, 2017-2021

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Education

Admissions

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