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Justice Abbi Silver

Justice Abbi Silver (Ret.)

BIOGRAPHY

Abbi Silver is a former Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court having served as a member of the judiciary for almost 20 years. Justice Silver is the only judge in the history of the State of Nevada to be elected to every court in the Nevada court system. She began her judicial career in 2003 when she was elected to the Las Vegas Municipal Court. Three years later, she was elected to the Las Vegas Justice Court and in 2008, she was elected as a district court judge in the Eighth Judicial District Court. Then in 2014, the citizens of Nevada approved an amendment to Article 6 of the Nevada Constitution which created the Nevada Court of Appeals. Justice Silver was one of three judges appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval to the Inaugural Court of Appeals and then later elected to the seat in 2016. In January 2017, she was sworn in by Governor Sandoval as the first female Chief Judge of the Nevada Court of Appeals. In 2018, Justice Silver was elected to the Nevada Supreme Court unopposed, later serving as the Chief Justice for the Northern Nevada Panel of the Supreme Court.

Justice Silver retired from public service in October of 2022 so she could focus on developing a private ADR practice with a focus on complex cases at ARM as a mediator, arbitrator, special master, appellate consultant, and private judge. Since joining the panel at Advanced Resolution Management, Justice Silver has worked tirelessly in order to support attorneys and their clients in their efforts toward resolving complex matters. One such example is her recent work for a high-profile product liability case involving a helicopter crash. A unique aspect of the case achieved an opportunity for confidentially to not be included as part of the settlement terms. With that being noted at the inception of the negotiations, she was able to balance the sensitive nature of the case and the underlying damages to reach a settlement of $100,000,000.00. The Nevada Review Journal was able to publicize the settlement and highlight the case specifics here; https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/100m-settlement-reached-in-18-grand-canyon-helicopter-crash-that-killed-5-2978855/.

Before her appointment to the Appellate Courts, Justice Silver conducted hundreds of trials and settlement conferences. As an Eighth Judicial District Court judge, she presided over all types of complex litigation including but not limited to contract disputes, business disputes, commercial litigation, construction defect cases, personal injury cases, medical malpractice cases. She also presided over one of the highest-profile trials in Nevada: a products liability case involving the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada which resulted in one of the highest verdicts in the history of the state.

Prior to her work on the bench, she worked as a deputy district attorney in Clark County and served as chief deputy over the special victims unit, where she tried more than one hundred jury trials including capital murder, sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, and stalking cases. Some of the famous defendants she prosecuted included John Wayne Bobbitt and Floyd Mayweather, as well as the stalkers of major political figures, including former U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign as well as entertainer Jerry Lewis and Steve and Elaine Wynn.

Justice Silver’s dedication and hard work has won her recognition throughout the legal community and as such she is respected by both sides of the bar. She has received numerous awards and accolades throughout the years in addition to breaking the proverbial “glass ceiling” along the way. Colleagues have described her as hard working, tenacious and passionate. She is eager to channel that enthusiasm into every case that comes before her as a neutral. Justice Silver’s diverse background and extensive trial experience both as a prosecutor and a jurist at all levels makes her uniquely qualified to handle complex and challenging cases in almost any area of civil litigation.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Neutral, Advanced Resolution Management (2022-present)
Senior Justice, Nevada Supreme Court (2023-present)
Justice, Supreme Court of Nevada (2019-2022), Chief Judge (2022-2022)
Appellate Judge, Nevada Court of Appeals (2015-2019), Chief Judge (2017-2018)
District Court Judge, Eighth Judicial District Court (2009-2015)
Judge, Las Vegas Justice Court (2007-2009)
Judge, Las Vegas Municipal Court (2003-2007)
Deputy District Attorney, Clark County Special Victims Unit (1990-2003)
Law Clerk, Hon. Earle White Jr., Eighth Judicial District Court (1989)

MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

Nevada Justice Association
Nevada Bar Association
Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys
Las Vegas Defense Lawyers
American Judges Association
National Charity League

HONORS AND AWARDS

The Abbi Silver Trailblazer Award, Nevada Justice Association (2023)
Legacy of Justice Award, UNLV Boyd School of Law Student Bar Association (2023)
Judicial Award of Excellence, Clark County Bar Association (2021)
Women of Distinction Award – Glass Ceiling, National Association of Women Business Owners, Southern Nevada Chapter (2020)
Women of Impact Award, Nevada Women’s Lobby (2020)
Alumni Award, Southwestern University School of Law (2020)
Honoree, Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys Foundation (2019)
Society of Advocates Trailblazer Award – Excellence in Leadership and Mentorship, UNLV Boyd School of Law (2018)
Legacy of Justice Award, UNLV Boyd School of Law Student Bar Association (2016)

SPECIALTIES

  • Appellate Consultation
  • Aviation
  • Business/Commercial
  • Class Actions
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Contract Disputes
  • Employment
  • Government/Municipalities
  • Insurance
  • Insurance/Bad Faith
  • Legal Malpractice/Negligence
  • Mass Torts
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnership Disputes/Dissolutions
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Wrongful Death

LICENSES

  • State of Nevada (1989)
  • State of California (1990, inactive)

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Southwestern University School of Law (1989)
  • B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1986)

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