SILVER & WRIGHT Team
CURTIS R. WRIGHT, PARTNER
Juris Doctorate, ULV College of Law, Magnum Cum Laude
Bachelor of Science, University of Southern California (USC)
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
3350 Shelby Street, Suite 250
Ontario, California 91764
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
Juris Doctor, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Irvine
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.
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.
Daniel K. Ohl, Of Counsel
Graduation from California State University, Long Beach and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.
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.
While in Law School she clerked for a Federal District Court Judge, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the Immigration Law Project and the Federal Public Defender’s Office. It was during this period that her interest in public service emerged.
Upon graduation, she honed her legal research and training skills as an Academic Account Manager for Westlaw. However, she returned to public service as a Deputy City Attorney for eleven years where she prosecuted municipal code violations, including but not limited to Nuisance Abatement violations, gang loitering and drinking in public. She introduced sentencing guidelines, practices and procedures which promoted efficiency and increased revenues for the City. She drafted ordinances and resolutions which addressed blighted properties and nuisance abatement. She represented the City in State Court and has been involved in Administrative hearings. She also served as Legal Advisor to the City’s Personnel Board and Planning Commission.
Ms. Francisco has a passion for serving the underserved communities and has provided extensive pro bono legal services to the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law, the Domestic Violence Clinic , the Sojourn Legal Clinic, Bet Tzedek, Re-Entry Legal Clinic, LA Trade Tech Expungement Clinic, Eviction Legal Defense Fund, Homeless court Citation Clinic and the Dispute Resolution Clinic. Ms. Francisco was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for her legal services and advocacy as well as a Commendation from the County of Los Angeles.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Hertfordshire
Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of San Francisco
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.
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.
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 Cornell Law School with her J.D. and L.L.M
Bachelors from U.C. Berkeley
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.
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.
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.