TEAM

SILVER & WRIGHT Team

CURTIS R. WRIGHT, PARTNER

ATTORNEY

Education:
Juris Doctorate, ULV College of Law, Magnum Cum Laude
Bachelor of Science, University of Southern California (USC)

Curtis R. Wright is a founding partner of Silver & Wright LLP. Mr. Wright specializes in assisting cities with municipal law and litigation, receiverships, nuisance abatement, civil and criminal code enforcement, police services, deadly weapon forfeitures, inspection and abatement warrants, administrative law, Pitchess motion defense, and cost recovery. Curtis is an experienced City Prosecutor and City Attorney, and represents numerous municipal agencies throughout California in administrative, criminal, and civil litigation. In court, he has secured hundreds of criminal code enforcement convictions and obtained receivership appointments for numerous substantially dangerous and blighted nuisance properties. Mr. Wright has also pioneered new and efficient methods of improving code enforcement effectiveness and maximizing municipal cost recovery. Curtis has successfully recovered millions of dollars for his clients in judgments, liens, special assessments, cash settlements, and various other enforcement mechanisms.
Curtis has been published multiple times on various legal topics and teaches classes and leads presentations on various aspects of municipal law, receiverships, nuisance abatement, marijuana regulation, constitutional law, warrants, group home regulation, and cost recovery. Curtis is active in the community and has been on the board of directors of multiple nuisance abatement organizations. Mr. Wright earned his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University of La Verne, College of Law, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to his legal career, Curtis was a decorated Captain and Ranger in the United States Army where he was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Areas of Practice:
City Prosecutor, City Attorney, Receiverships, Nuisance Abatement, Code Enforcement, Criminal Prosecutions, Municipal Litigation, Police Services, Weapon Forfeitures, Drug Abatement, Gang Injunctions, Graffiti Abatement, Pitchess Motion Defense, Administrative Citations, Inspection Warrants, Abatement Warrants, Cost Recovery, Special Assessments

CWright@SilverWrightLaw.com
3350 Shelby Street, Suite 250
Ontario, California 91764
(949) 529-5922

Matthew R. Silver is a Founding Partner at Silver & Wright LLP. Mr. Silver’s practice areas include transactional and litigation experience in code enforcement, receiverships, land use, police services, and zoning and planning laws. He has extensive experience in the courtroom in both criminal and civil litigation, having handled hundreds of cases from inception to resolution.

His experience includes receiverships over substandard and blighted properties, civil litigation involving individuals and corporations who violate municipal codes and certain state laws, enforcement of the Health and Safety Code, red light and drug abatements, ABC regulations, civil lawsuits to abate nuisances, obtaining injunctive relief, representing clients at ad­ministrative abatement and CUP revocation hearings, defending appeals of administrative decisions in Superior Court, and working with clients to develop efficient and effective systems for enforcing their municipal codes.

MAIN OFFICE – Irvine Office
Phone: (949) 385-6431
Facsimile: (949) 385-6428

Admissions:
California State Bar
Supreme Court of California

PRACTICE AREAS:

Land Use
Zoning and Planning
Code Enforcement
Receivership
Constitutional Law
Police Services

MATTHEW R. SILVER, PARTNER

ATTORNEY

Education:

Juris Doctor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Irvine

John Fujii, Partner

Attorney

John has a long history of serving local municipalities. In his 23 years practicing law in California, Mr. Fujii has honed his skills litigating cases in state and federal courts. He has handled cases involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), civil rights, constitutional law, employment, and tort matters involving dangerous conditions of public property. Mr. Fujii also has considerable appellate experience having argued numerous cases in the Courts of Appeal. In addition, Mr. Fujii has extensive transactional experience in municipal law.

Prior to joining Silver & Wright LLP, Mr. Fujii spent over eighteen years working as a local City Attorney in beautiful Southern California. In his capacity as City Attorney, Mr. Fujii handled both transactional and litigation matters, including jury trials and appeals, and represented the City before administrative agencies. He was successful in obtaining summary judgment in over 10 state and federal court cases. Before his municipal tenure, Mr. Fujii worked for two large law firms in Los Angeles and San Francisco handling litigation, land use, and environmental matters.

John has a lifelong passion for the law and a unique appreciation for mentorship. John has spent many years on the Board of Directors for the local Asian American Bar Association, as well as a member of the Community Outreach Committee of the Orange County Bar Association. He takes pride in mentoring young attorneys and assisting them in navigating their early careers. Mr. Fujii recognizes the path to success starts in attention to detail. To that end, Mr. Fujii spent years teaching legal research and writing as an adjunct professor at Chapman University School of Law.

Rene L. Farjeat is an Attorney at Silver & Wright LLP. Mr. Farjeat’s practice areas include code enforcement, receiverships, police services, land use, zoning and planning, municipal law and litigation, nuisance and graffiti abatement, cost recovery, administrative law, business law and litigation, constitutional law, and tort defense.

Mr. Farjeat earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Southern California. Mr. Farjeat has always excelled in his academic pursuits. He earned the University of Southern California’s Trustee Scholarship, a full-tuition academic award. Mr. Farjeat was also the recipient of the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law’s prestigious Merit Scholarship.

Mr. Farjeat has extensive litigation experience in both State and Federal Court. He has successfully litigated numerous trials, motions for summary judgment, discovery motions, and a vast variety of other civil litigation motions and proceedings throughout the State of California. Mr. Farjeat also handles a significant portion of the firm’s transactional matters including, but not limited to, drafting contracts, lease agreements, employment agreements, ordinances, and resolutions. He also has substantial experience sitting in the position of City Attorney at City Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings, and meetings of the Oversight Board of the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency.

Prior to joining Silver & Wright LLP, Mr. Farjeat served as the Lead Attorney in several Civil Litigation departments at a prominent Orange County Commercial Litigation firm.

Rene L. Farjeat

Attorney

Education:

Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

Undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Southern California

AMANDA JONES

Attorney

Education:

Graduated from University of San Diego School of Law

 

Amanda Jones is an attorney at Silver & Wright LLP. Mrs. Jones’ practice areas include code enforcement, receiverships, nuisance abatement, municipal law and criminal prosecutions.
Mrs. Jones earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law where she graduated with honors. After graduating from law school, she worked as a law clerk for Federal District Court Judge David A. Ezra. Mrs. Jones earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Yale University.
Prior to joining Silver & Wright, Mrs. Jones worked as an enforcement attorney for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. In this position, she was responsible for protecting Salmon in California under the Federal Endangered Species Act.
Mrs. Jones currently serves as Vice Chairman on the Parks & Recreations Committee for the City of Laguna Niguel.

Scott Kalter is an Attorney at Silver & Wright LLP. Mr. Kalter’s practice areas include code enforcement, receiverships, civil rights litigation, nuisance abatement, municipal law, and criminal prosecution.

Mr. Kalter has experience in general liability and commercial liability litigation. Prior to joining Silver & Wright LLP, Mr. Kalter worked for a multi-practice litigation defense firm and represented Fortune 500 companies in product liability claims, personal injury claims, professional liability claims, and contract claims. Mr. Kalter was successful in defending his clients and securing several dismissals of non-meritorious claims. Additionally, Mr. Kalter is experienced in drafting/negotiating settlement agreements and contracts.

Mr. Kalter decided to join Silver & Wright LLP because he has a passion for public policy and protecting and serving local communities throughout California.

Mr. Kalter earned his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Mr. Kalter was selected and granted a scholarship to represent Sonoma State University through the Panetta Institute where he participated in a full-time internship in Washington D.C. in the office of Congressman Howard Berman who was Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Mr. Kalter earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of San Francisco.

Scott Kalter

Attorney

Education:

Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of San Francisco

Daniel K. Ohl, Of Counsel

Attorney

Education:

Graduation from California State University, Long Beach and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

Daniel K. Ohl is an Attorney at Silver & Wright LLP. Mr. Ohl joined the firm with 34 years of a wide range of experience in municipal law, land-use and planning, code enforcement, administrative process, criminal and civil litigation, appeals and writs, Pitchess motion defense, and ordinance and resolution drafting and implementation.

Mr. Ohl served as the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Newport Beach for 12 years where he practiced municipal litigation and handled cases in State and Federal Court involving police and tort issues, government code claims matters, Section 1983 defense, Pitchess motion defense, administrative law and writ issues and code enforcement. In this role he provided advisory counsel to police, fire, marine services, parks and beaches, building and code enforcement, public works and finance. While there, he also drafted appellate briefs, argued several cases before the Courts of Appeal and assisted on briefing on a governmental immunity issue decided by the Supreme Court. He drafted ordinances, resolutions, memorandums, negotiated contracts and cooperative agreements, reviewed grants and attended and advised during City Council meetings, planning commission and civil service commission. He was also the Special Counsel to Airborne Law Enforcement (ABLE), the Harbor Commission and the Building Access Appeals Board.

Mr. Ohl also served as the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Huntington Beach for 10 years where he provided transactional and advisory counsel in a wide variety of municipal law areas and advised staff regarding issues involving economic/business development, film permits, fire department, community development, parks, beaches and marine services, building and code enforcement, public works, police services public records and Pitchess motion defense. In this role he drafted ordinances, resolutions, memorandums, negotiated contracts and cooperative agreements, reviewed grants, and served as their Special Counsel to Central Net Operations Authority and served as City Prosecutor.

Seonhae “Kellie” Shin is an attorney at Silver & Wright LLP. Ms. Shin’s practice areas include code enforcement, receiverships, nuisance abatement, municipal law and criminal prosecutions.

Ms. Shin earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. During law school, she worked as a law clerk for Federal District Court Judge Alan C. Kay. Ms. Shin earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Hawaii in Political Science graduating with top honors. Ms. Shin also has a Masters’ Degree in Education/Teaching from Arizona State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Ms. Shin is licensed in both Hawaii and California and has extensive experience teaching business law.

Prior to joining Silver & Wright, Ms. Shin worked at San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office and international law firms in Seoul, Korea. Ms. Shin has worked in numerous practice areas, including contracts, corporate transactions, bankruptcy, immigration, criminal prosecution, and civil litigation matters.

Seonhae “Kellie” Shin

Attorney

Education:

Juris Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Hawaii in Political Science graduating with top honors.

Samuel Siavoshi

Attorney

Education:

Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine

Law degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law

Samuel Siavoshi is an Attorney at Silver & Wright LLP. Mr. Siavoshi’s practice areas include business law and litigation, administrative law, constitutional law, tort defense, real property law, code enforcement, receiverships, land use, zoning and municipal law.

Mr. Siavoshi received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, and later received his law degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law. While attending law school, he interned with the California Attorney General’s Office gaining invaluable appellate advocacy experience. After graduating and being admitted to the California Bar, Mr. Siavoshi became an attorney for the United States Air Force. During his time with the Air Force, he represented the government in a broad range of aviation, medical, criminal and civil legal issues. He was the Junior Attorney of the Year for two consecutive years at the Space and Missiles Center in Los Angeles (SMC). His efforts supported a multi-billion dollar contract portfolio that included the development and sustainment of the Global Positioning System satellite.

After six years as an attorney for the Air Force, Mr. Siavoshi went on to work at a reputable law firm in Irvine, California where he practiced almost exclusively in the area of complex business litigation. While there, Mr. Siavoshi brought his background of excellence to the practice and worked on matters involving shareholder disputes, contract disputes, partnership disputes, fraud actions and other related disputes.

Valerie Escalante Troesh has a broad range of litigation experience in both state and federal courts throughout California and across the nation. Valerie brings significant experience defending municipalities against a variety of claims, including and among others:

  • claims brought by the US DOJ and private parties for a city’s code enforcement operations under FHA, ADA, and similar state claims;
  • claims brought by a citizen interest group challenging city council invocations under federal and state establishment clause laws;
  • claims brought by a citizen interest group challenging a city’s public record request response under the CA PRA;
  • claims brought by a citizen challenging a city’s real property permit decision under a writ of mandate and claiming a regulatory taking;
  • claims brought by citizens challenging a police department’s and its officers’ arrest claiming excessive force; and
  • claims challenging a city’s fees issued to hospitality businesses

Valerie also has experience with general code enforcement, city administrative procedures, advising cities on legal questions, and working with city staff on both internal processes and court matters, such as preparing for depositions.

In addition to her work with public entities, Valerie also brings significant private litigation experience to Silver & Wright LLP, providing a unique perspective for public entity litigation.

Prior to joining the Silver & Wright team, Valerie represented both businesses and individuals. She regularly handled business contract disputes; represented parties in commercial and residential real estate matters; and defended insurance companies against challenges to life, annuity, and mortgage insurance products.

Her litigation experience includes general, complex, and class action lawsuits. Valerie handles matters directly for clients and also serving as California counsel for out-of-state clients and attorneys. She also has significant experience efficiently managing electronic document reviews through platforms such as Relativity and Concordance.

In addition, Valerie regularly advises clients pre-litigation, offering risk assessments and strategic guidance on legal issues. Clients benefit from the perspectives she gained representing a broad array of clients having a variety of legal issues.

Valerie was a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Terry Hatter in the Central District of California, and an extern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles, Civil Division. She graduated from Cornell Law School with her J.D. and L.L.M. She earned her bachelors at U.C. Berkeley.

Valerie enjoys speaking and offering trainings on various legal topics such as the CA Public Record Act and the impact of social media in legal matters. Valerie volunteers for her alma mater, being on Cornell Law School’s job placement advisory board in Southern California, mentoring Cornell Law students, and being the membership chair for the Cornell Club in LA.

Valerie Escalante Troesh

Attorney

Education:

Graduated from Cornell Law School with her J.D. and L.L.M

Bachelors from U.C. Berkeley

Elizabeth A. Wagner

Attorney

Education:

Juris Doctorate from the University of California Western School of Law.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Morehead State University

Elizabeth A. Wagner is an attorney at Silver & Wright LLP. Elizabeth brings a broad range of litigation experience in both state and federal courts throughout California.

 Elizabeth earned her Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law. During law school, she worked as an extern for Federal District Court Judge Anthony J. Battaglia as well as a law clerk for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Elizabeth also worked with California Western’s Community Law Project for two years where she served as an administrator and a volunteer law student. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Morehead State University. She was also a Division I athlete at Morehead where she was a four-year starter for the softball team. Elizabeth graduated from Morehead State with honors.

 Prior to joining the Silver & Wright team, Elizabeth represented consumers on an individual and a class action basis. Elizabeth dealt with general civil litigation matters as well as complex matters. Elizabeth has successfully litigated several motions for summary judgment, discovery motions, and a vast variety of other civil litigation motions and proceedings throughout various state and federal courts in California. Elizabeth’s fierce efforts often yielded fantastic results for consumers who were up against massive corporations.

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