Overview

Regina Silva defends employers in all areas of employment litigation matters such as sexual harassment, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, and wage and hour claims including DLSE claims, class actions and PAGA representative actions. She represents clients before state and federal courts and agencies, and defends matters in arbitration.

Ms. Silva also provides clients with employment advice and counsel, litigation prevention techniques, mandatory sexual harassment prevention training, and assistance with policies and handbooks. She also represents employers in traditional labor law matters such as collective bargaining negotiations, grievances, and unfair labor practices.

Ms. Silva regularly provides employment presentations for clients, HR managers, general counsel, and insurance carriers.

Ms. Silva began her career as a prosecutor in Northern California, wherein she tried multiple jury and bench trials.  She later moved to Southern California and started working in private practice as an employment and labor attorney, wherein she has represented employers of all sizes in various types of industries.

Ms. Silva worked previously as the Director of Employment Practices at a national insurance defense firm, wherein she also proudly served as the Chair of the Firm’s D&I Committee.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended (as first chair) a large corporation in a harassment/discrimination lawsuit brought by two former employees before a Los Angeles County jury. In addition, she prevailed on a motion for attorney’s fees/costs against the plaintiffs.
  • Prevailed on a motion for summary judgment before a state court in an age discrimination case, which was appealed. On appeal, the Appellate Court sustained dismissal of the case by the state court.
  • Negotiated favorable settlements in multiple wage and hour multi-million-dollar class actions filed in both state and federal courts.
  • Prevailed on multiple demurrers in sexual harassment and discrimination cases in state court.
  • Reached favorable resolutions, after protracted litigation, in large exposure matters against Los Angeles’ most prolific Plaintiff’s attorneys.
  • Obtained early dismissal of a high-profile employment litigation case filed in Los Angeles Federal Court by a former actress.
  • Successfully forced wage/hour actions into arbitration, and enforced class action waivers, resulting in nuisance value settlement on individual wage claims.
  • Obtained favorable Court of Appeal and California Supreme Court decisions on Plaintiff’s appeals of trial court rulings enforcing arbitration agreements.

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

  • Webinar, Employer Update:  Social Media During A Pandemic and Social Justice Issues, September 16, 2020
  • Employer Social Media Update:  Navigating the Latest Trends, August 7, 2019
  • Employer Social Media Update, August 2018
  • Social Media Update: Navigating the Latest Trends, August 2017 
  • When Your Office is All-A-Twitter: Real Life Risks to Companies and Employees in Using/Misusing Social Media, September 25, 2013

Publications

Iskanian v. CLS Will Continue To Divide Calif. Courts
Law 360,  01.28.2015

Could FEHA Litigation In Calif. Be On The Road To Change?
Law360, 06.23.2015

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • California Minority Counsel Program, Member
  • National Employment Law Council, Member
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Member

Education

J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Admissions

  • 1994, State Bar of California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Courts, Central, Eastern, Northern andSouthern Districts of California
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