SILVER & WRIGHT Team
CURTIS R. WRIGHT, PARTNER
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, and Pitchess motion defense. 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. 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, and group home regulation. 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, Special Assessments
3 Corporate Park, Suite 100
Irvine, California 92606
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
California State Bar
Supreme Court of California
Zoning and Planning
MATTHEW R. SILVER, PARTNER
Juris Doctor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Irvine
John Fujii, Partner
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, 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
Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law
Undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Southern California
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.
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.
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
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.
After working for several years at an insurance defense firm representing businesses and individuals in premises and product liability cases, she was introduced to the area of government entity defense. She joined a successful firm in DTLA and began defending of the County of Los Angeles and their Sheriff’s Department. Since that time, her career has been dedicated to the defense of various cities and counties in both state and federal court, handling all aspects of police liability, constitutional law, civil rights, medical malpractice and other tort claims and litigated cases. Further, she has successfully authored several appellate briefs and writs over her career.
Ms. Paige is admitted to the United States District Court for the Central, Southern and Northern Districts, as well as the Court of Appeal, 9th Circuit.
Majoring in political science from the University of California at San Diego
Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law
Seonhae “Kellie” Shin
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
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.
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
Graduated from Cornell Law School with her J.D. and L.L.M
Bachelors from U.C. Berkeley
Paralegal certificate from the University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Arts Degree in criminal justice from California State University, Fullerton
Lauren McElroy is a paralegal at Silver & Wright LLP. She is detail-oriented and experienced with planning, developing, and implementing administrative programs that work to align company goals that result in long-term stability and growth. At the firm, she will help her colleagues prepare for cases and trials as well as conduct legal research and gather information relevant to the present cases.
Lauren joined the firm from Van Riper Law, where she prepared client files and databases on legal cases, organized and distributed information for daily operations, and set legal calendars.
She is passionate about assisting individuals with disabilities and is actively involved with several organizations in her area. Lauren earned her paralegal certificate from the University of California, Irvine and her Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from California State University, Fullerton.
As a paralegal for Silver & Wright LLP, Janae O’Connor taps into her managerial and administrative experience by providing necessary support to the firm’s attorneys. With her proficiency in a number of technical skills such as Westlaw, Lexis, Pacer, and Truefiling Janae helps to maintain litigation files and review and prepare material for storage or disposal once a case has closed.
Janae also assists with research, prepares and handles exhibits and draft correspondence, pleadings, motions, and other documents by using her experience in legal writing, legal research, and civil litigation.
As an administrative assistant in a previous position, Janae drafted correspondence and bankruptcy petitions, and consistently communicated with a number of clients, attorneys, and the United States Bankruptcy Court. Janae also worked as a senior digital media manager and gained extensive experience supervising and managing employees as well as coordinating organization efforts.
Janae earned her Bachelor of Communication from Christian Lutheran University and her paralegal certificate from the University of California, Irvine.
Paralegal certificate from the University of California, Irvine
Bachelor of Communication from Christian Lutheran University
Inaugural student at Life College
Office administration at Irvine Valley College
Katherine Brashears serves as the office assistant at Silver & Wright LLP, where she pulls and organizes case files, takes inventory of office supplies, updates spreadsheets and completes any other needed tasks. Utilizing her organizational and administrative experience, Katherine eases the heavy workloads of the firm’s paralegals.
Familiar with this work, Katherine has also worked as an office assistant for a recruiting firm previously where she performed database updates of customers.
During her time as one of the inaugural students at Life College, a nonprofit program that partners with businesses to help individuals with intellectual disabilities lead independent lives, Katherine completed curriculum focused on job readiness and living skills along with internships in an office environment at Irvine BMW.
Katherine also studied office administration at Irvine Valley College, with support from Life College.
As a certified public accountant, Cindy is knowledgeable in growing revenue, reducing costs, and streamlining processes for the overall improvement of the firm. Throughout her career, she has also taken responsibility for improving various department operations, including accounting, human resources, information technology, and facilities.
Apart from the firm, Cindy participates on the Extended Board of the Orange County Association of Legal Administrators and the Board of Directors for Life College. She earned her Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Wisconsin.
Cindy L. Bennett
Chief Operating Officer
Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Wisconsin
assistant to chief operating officer
Bachelor of Arts in political science and government from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
As a litigation paralegal at Silver & Wright LLP, Peter Gilmore conducts legal research, drafts documents, coordinates legal documents, and helps prepare for cases and trials. Tapping into his managerial experience, Peter also maintains client invoicing functions and provides firmwide technology support.
Previously, Peter has worked as a project services manager where he gained experience managing a number of employees and hundreds of clients. He has also served as a consultant for Robert Half Legal where he provided legal assistance to companies and supported the firm’s general counsel with data entry, document preparation, and research.
Peter earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and government from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.