29 Years




Steven M. Silva

Steven M. Silva

Steven M. Silva focuses his practice on problem solving. Steve regularly practices in civil litigation including eminent domain, real estate litigation, and contested probate litigation, with a heavy emphasis in appellate litigation, trial practice, governmental interface, and law and motion. He has a strong alternative dispute resolution focus in disputed cases. Steve also provides advise and guidance to government entities, regulated entities, and businesses.

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Bars and Courts
  • California Bar
  • Nevada Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Nevada
  • United States Supreme Court
  • California Western School of Law JD (Cum Laude)
    (California Western Law Review, Associate Writer, Associate Editor)
    (California Western International Law Review, Associate Writer, Associate Editor)
  • University of Massachusetts BA (Magna Cum Laude)
  • University of San Diego, ABA Approved Paralegal Program (Honors)
Professional Affiliations
  • State of Nevada, Appellate Litigation Section
  • Reno Municipal Court Judge Pro Tem Pool
  • Reno Young Business Professionals
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • Instructor of Property Law and Civil Procedure at Truckee Meadows Community College, ABA Paralegal Program.
Community Affiliations
  • Vice President, Nevada Dispute Resolution Coalition
  • Past Board Member, City of Reno, Ward 2 Neighborhood Advisory Board
  • Artown
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada
  • Nevada Museum of Art
  • Sierra Arts Foundation


Advising and representing clients in all phases of civil litigation matters, including, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, precondemnation damages claims, breach of contract, real estate, fraud, negligence, and tort cases.


Advising and representing clients and attorneys in all stages of appellate practice, including handling appeals from start to finish, but also providing targeted consulting services to assist attorneys in drafting appellate briefs and preparing for appearances before the Supreme Court of Nevada.


Advising and assisting clients and attorneys in preserving trial issues for appeal, including providing advice on or participating in the drafting of motions in limine, dispositive motions, jury instructions, judgments, and post-trial motions, including motions for a new trial.


Advise, assist, and represent clients in alternate dispute resolution processes, including arbitration, mediation, and pre-litigation negotiation.


Preparing and filing amicus briefs.


Drafting extraordinary writ petitions.


Advise clients on real estate transactions and issues concerning water law.

Representative Transactions


Represented public entity in mediation and arbitration over valuation of exercise of purchase option of multiple-building campus where range of value was $167M to $305M.


First chair as trial counsel in jury trial to acquire property for public improvement project.


Drafted successful petition for writ of mandamus to Nevada Supreme Court to determine number of properties at issues in an eminent domain action.


Represented public entity in appellate court in action concerning public liability arising from the planning of a public improvement project.


Represented utility company in contested transfer of abandoned facilities to underlying landowner.


Serves as general counsel for small water company.

Publications and Speaking Engagements


Author: “Taking 5 in 2020: Eminent Domain and Takings Update,” Nevada Lawyer 

Blog: “Time For A “Coronavirus Disputes Court?”, inversecondemnation.com

Reviewer: Nevada Jury Instructions: Civil, State Bar of Nevada, 2018

Author: “The Rule of Law. Correcting the (Cuneiform) Record,” Nevada Lawyer

Co-Author: “Alternate Dispute Resolution in Condemnation Cases: An Eminently Agreeable Solution,” ALI CLE’s The Practical Real Estate Lawyer

Assistant Editor: Nevada Appellate Practice Manual, 2018 Edition, State Bar of Nevada.

Reviewer: Nevada Appellate Practice Manual, State Bar of Nevada, 2016, 2018

Author: Nevada Appellate Practice Manual, 2016, 2018, State Bar of Nevada, Ch. 21

Author: Nevada Civil Practice Manual, 6th Ed., LexisNexis, Chapter 6, Service

Author: Daller’s Business Torts A Fifty-State Guide, Wolters Kluwer, Nevada

Author: Correcting the Cuneiform Record, Nevada

Author: RENOvation, Link Magazine

Co-author: “This Revitalization – This RENOvation – is No Quirk of Fate,” NCET

Author: “Informed Consent Problems in International Clinical Trials”, 12(4) J. Biolaw & Bus.

Co-Author: “Issues in Diagnostic Medicine and Legal Implications for Patients with Rarely Heard of Disorders: Dysautonomia – An Overview” American Health Lawyer Association, Connections

Speaker: Mediation in Condemnation Cases, Panel at ALI-CLE 35th Annual Eminent Domain and Land Value Litigation Conference, Charlottesville, S.C.

Speaker: “New Developments in Planning Law”, American Planners Association, Carson City, NV

Speaker: “Planning and Damages”, Right-of-Way Professionals Meeting, North Las Vegas, NV

Speaker: “Title Report Issues and Legal Matters” Nevada Assocaition of Surveyor’s Annual Meeting, Reno, NV

Speaker: “Precondemnation Damages, a Novel Expansion of Government Liability” Nevada Government Civil Attorneys, Meeting, South Lake Tahoe, NV



San Diego Top Lawyers, Real Estate, 2021 published by San Diego Magazine

Legal Elite, Northern Nevada, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2021 published by Nevada Business Magazine

Top Up and Coming Attorneys, Nevada, 2018 published by Nevada Business Magazine

Rising Star, Mountain West States, 2017, 2018, 2019 published by SuperLawyers

AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbel

Employment Background

Prior to joining Blanchard, Krasner & French, Steve worked at Fennemore Craig, P.C., an Am Law 200 firm based in Phoenix, AZ. Before that he worked at Chapman Law Firm, a Nevada eminent domain boutique. He previously served as a staff attorney for the Nevada Supreme Court, and was a law clerk for the Hon. Patrick Flanagan of the Second Judicial District Court, Washoe County. While in law school he served as a judicial extern for the Hon. John A. Houston, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Multiple years spent at various courts give Steve a deep perspective on the judiciary.

Special Notes


Steve is an avid fencer and plays drums.