Mr. Silva represents individuals and businesses in all facets of civil litigation. His practice focuses on breach of contract matters, business torts, employment disputes, and professional negligence claims. Mr. Silva recently helped to secure a complete victory for his client, a private investor in early-stage companies, after a three-week bench trial that involved both contract and tort claims. Prior to joining Keker, Van Nest & Peters, Mr. Silva worked at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, where his docket included federal class action litigation.
Mr. Silva’s pro bono work centers on advancing the rights of immigrants and, in particular, the rights of immigrant children. He has co-authored two briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, defended clients from deportation, and lobbied state and local legislators on education policy matters related to children learning English. A 2013 graduate of Yale Law School, Mr. Silva clerked for the Honorable Michael Daly Hawkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Silva taught middle school through Teach for America. He earned his M.A. and his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.
December 27, 2018
A teenager who came to the U.S. illegally from Guatemala along with his older sisters and their families to try to find his mother ended up being held in a juvenile detention center that he wrote was a “real prison."
December 19, 2018
Decades after the U.S. stopped institutionalizing kids because large and crowded orphanages were causing lasting trauma, it is happening again. The federal government has placed most of the 14,300 migrant toddlers, children and teens in its care in detention centers and residential facilities packed with hundreds, or thousands, of children. Read more
November 24, 2018
An undocumented mentally disturbed teenager from Guatemala, taken to California by federal officers and locked up for nearly a year, has been returned to his mother in Ohio after a judge in San Francisco ordered officials to justify his confinement. Read more
November 13, 2018
A San Francisco law firm is seeking the release of a 17-year-old Guatemalan refugee being held at the Yolo County Juvenile Detention Facility. Read more
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- "Identifying Children At-Risk of School Push-Out," San Mateo County Bar Association, 2016
- "Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings," Practising Law Institute, 2015