Bar Admissions
  • California
  • Nevada
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Courts in Eastern, Northern, Southern and Central California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • J.D., University of San Diego, School of Law
  • M.B.A., University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • University of Kent at Canterbury
  • B.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
Bar Admissions
  • California
  • Nevada
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Courts in Eastern, Northern, Southern and Central California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • J.D., University of San Diego, School of Law
  • M.B.A., University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • University of Kent at Canterbury
  • B.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Professional Background

Jeff Silvestri served as Managing Partner of McDonald Carano from 2016 to 2020 and is a current co-chair of the Appellate Practice Group.

Jeff concentrates his practice on commercial and complex litigation and administrative law, and he has tried numerous cases before the state and federal courts in Nevada and California. His complex commercial dispute experience includes cases involving contract disputes, business entity ownership and dissolution, regulatory actions, and other business related disputes. In addition to his trial court work, Jeff has briefed and argued numerous appellate cases before the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to handling all aspects of appeals, starting from post-judgment motion practice in the trial court through issuance of the appellate court mandate, Jeff also handles writ petitions, provides trial court support and analysis, assists other counsel in the appeal process, drafts amicus curiae briefs, and represents clients in proceedings before regulatory agencies, municipal and county governing entities, professional disciplinary boards and in the judicial review process that may follow.

In January 2016, Jeff was selected for the role of Managing Partner of McDonald Carano because of his business acumen and leadership capabilities, traits he frequently employs in his role as trusted advisor, strategist, and outside general counsel and business strategist for mid-market companies. Mr. Silvestri earned his MBA at University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School. During his tenure as Managing Partner, the Firm grew and continued building upon its strong traditions and foundations. Jeff is strategic, thoughtful, and realized a vision of growth for the Firm focused on building and maintaining productive client relationships, understanding clients’ needs, enhancing the value of the Firm’s services through improved business operations, and attracting and retaining a diverse group of top-tier legal talent. With Jeff—a native Las Vegan—at the helm, the Firm capitalized on its strong history of relationships throughout Nevada. Those productive relationships, along with the Firm’s deep experience and familiarity with the state’s judicial and business environments, further solidified McDonald Carano’s position as the go-to law firm for clients—whatever their legal or business needs might involve.

Before joining McDonald Carano, Jeff served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Rose, Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court.

Publications

Contributing author and editor, Nevada Appellate Practice Manual 1st Edition

Awards and Recognition

  • Vegas Inc. “Top Lawyers” – Appellate Law (2022) 
  • The Best Lawyers in America  “Lawyer of the Year” – Appellate Practice (2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America  – Appellate Practice (2016-2023)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Commercial Litigation (2013-2023)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated (since 2012)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine – “Mountain States Super Lawyer” – Appellate, Business Litigation, Administrative Law (2010-2022)
  • Super Lawyers Magazine – “Mountain States Rising Star” – Appellate, Business Litigation, Administrative Law (2008)
  • Nevada Business Magazine – “Legal Elite” (2013, 2017)

Attorney News

Nevada’s Largest Team of Business Litigation Super Lawyers

McDonald Carano congratulates Jim Bradshaw, Pat Lundvall, George Ogilvie, Jeff Silvestri and Amanda Yen for being recognized as Business Litigation Super Lawyers in the 2022 edition of Mountain States Super…

Our Super Lawyers 2022 Highlights: Ten Attorneys and Four Practice Groups

McDonald Carano proudly announces that 10 attorneys in our Reno and Las Vegas offices received recognition in four areas of law in the Mountain States Super Lawyers list for 2022….

10 Las Vegas Office Attorneys Selected as “Top Lawyers” 2022

McDonald Carano congratulates 10 attorneys in our Las Vegas office who are recognized as “Top Lawyers” in the Vegas Inc./Las Vegas Weekly 2022 list of the “best in our community…

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