TEAM

SILVER & WRIGHT Team

CURTIS R. WRIGHT, Esq.

FOUNDING PARTNER

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, Esq. PARTNER
Education:

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

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Irvine

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

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.

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

John Fujii

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.

Jessica McKennon is an Attorney at Silver & Wright LLP. Ms. McKennon’s practice areas include code enforcement, receiverships, zoning and planning, municipal law and litigation, nuisance and graffiti abatement, cost recovery administrative law, criminal law and litigation, and constitutional law. Ms. McKennon also assists on the firm’s transactional matters including, but not limited to, drafting contracts, lease agreements, employment agreements, ordinances, and resolutions.

Ms. McKennon earned her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University, School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the California State University, Dominguez Hills. Ms. McKennon earned Pepperdine’s Dean’s Excellence Scholarship each year of law school, served at Pepperdine’s Legal Aid Clinic, and was actively involved with the Women’s Legal Association on campus.

During her legal studies, Ms. McKennon worked in a civil litigation firm, obtaining extensive litigation experience in both State and Federal Court. She has assisted on numerous motions for summary judgment, discovery motions, and a vast variety of other civil litigation motions and proceedings throughout the State of California.

Jessica McKennon

Attorney

Education:

Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University, School of Law

Undergraduate degree from the California State University, Dominguez Hills

James T. McKinnon

Attorney

Education:

Juris Doctor from Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in French at Brigham Young University

James T. McKinnon is an attorney at Silver & Wright LLP. Mr. McKinnon’s practice areas include criminal law and code enforcement. He has served as a law clerk with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office where he assisted in the prosecution of a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases. Many of the cases he handled involved driving under the influence, battery, nuisance abatement, unlicensed contractor work, and narcotics.

Mr. McKinnon earned his Juris Doctor from Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. During his legal studies, he also served as the President of the Chapman Law Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society as well as Student Liaison to the Executive Board of the Orange County Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Minor in French at Brigham Young University.

James T. McKinnon is an attorney at Silver & Wright LLP. Mr. McKinnon’s practice areas include criminal law and code enforcement. He has served as a law clerk with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office where he assisted in the prosecution of a variety of misdemeanor and felony cases. Many of the cases he handled involved driving under the influence, battery, nuisance abatement, unlicensed contractor work, and narcotics.

Daniel J. Pasek is an Attorney at Silver & Wright LLP. Mr. Pasek’s practice areas include transactional and litigation experience in code enforcement, receiverships, land use, eminent domain as well as zoning and planning laws.

Mr. Pasek graduated cum laude from the University of La Verne College of Law. While attending the University of La Verne, he served as the Chief Articles Editor of the local law review. Mr. Pasek is also a published writer whose work has been cited in amicus briefs to the Supreme Court.

In addition to his Juris Doctor, Mr. Pasek also has an LL.M. in tax law, which he obtained from the University of Florida. Mr. Pasek has experience in several legal areas relevant to municipalities including eminent domain, public works construction litigation, receiverships, state and local taxation, code enforcement, and land use.

Prior to coming to Silver & Wright, Mr. Pasek worked for County Counsel of Riverside County where he developed an interest and aptitude for municipal law.

Daniel J. Pasek

Attorney

Education:

Graduated cum laude from the University of La Verne College of Law

LL.M. in tax law, which he obtained from the University of Florida

Tricia L. Halstead

Attorney

Education:

Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law

Bachelor degree in Communication Studies with a pre-law emphasis and minors in Political Science and Sociology

Tricia L. Halstead is an Attorney at Silver & Wright LLP. Ms. Halstead’s practice areas include criminal prosecution, civil litigation, code enforcement, receiverships, and nuisance abatement.

​ While at the College of Law Ms. Halstead dedicated her legal education to gaining extensive litigation experience. Ms. Halstead competed on the Phi Alpha Delta Trial Team, where she received the award for the Best Advocate at the National Competition, the Illinois National Trial Team, and the Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Team, where she received the award for Most Outstanding Advocate. Ms. Halstead was selected by local judges and attorneys to receive the Paul Lisnek Trial Advocacy Excellence & Ethics Award. Most notably, during her third year of law school Ms. Halstead successfully tried a Federal Jury trial, ultimately securing a monetary verdict on behalf of her client as well as winning attorney fees for the College of Law’s clinic programs.

​ Prior to joining Silver & Wright, Ms. Halstead served as a Litigation Attorney providing litigation defense for public entities in federal and state court, and as a Certified Law Clerk in the Preliminary Hearing and Post-Conviction Litigation and Discovery Units of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.

​ Ms. Halstead earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Ms. Halstead was a Chancellor Scholar at Chapman University where she earned a Bachelor degree in Communication Studies with a pre-law emphasis and minors in Political Science and Sociology.

Daniel Kramer is an Attorney at Silver & Wright LLP. Mr. Kramer’s practice areas include civil litigation, code enforcement, receiverships, and nuisance abatement.

While at Loyola Law School, Mr. Kramer served as a research editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review. During law school, he worked as an clerk at a personal injury law firm and as a summer law clerk at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA). In his third year, Mr. Kramer served as Certified Law Clerk in the Employment and Administrative Mandate Section of the California Department of Justice. Following his clerkship, Mr. Kramer continued to volunteer at weekly Workers’ Rights clinics at NLSLA.

Prior to law school, Mr. Kramer was a Legal Assistant and worked in numerous practice areas, including corporate transactions, bankruptcy, employment, and civil litigation matters. Mr. Kramer earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles where he earned a Loyola Scholarship upon entrance. Mr. Kramer earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he also was a tutor to students in the East Palo Alto-area and served on various community service projects.

Daniel Kramer

Attorney

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Stanford University