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Bar Admissions
  • California, 1996
  • Nevada, 1995
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, 1996
  • Nevada, 1995
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, who led McDonald Carano from January 2016 to January 2020, was selected for the role of managing partner 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. In addition, 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. He regularly and skillfully handles complex commercial disputes and the claims typically arising from them, including cases involving breach of contract, business entity ownership and dissolution, and trade secret violations. 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 on behalf of Firm clients, and he currently serves as co-chair of McDonald Carano’s Appellate Practice Group.

During his tenure as managing partner, the Firm grew and continued building upon its strong traditions and foundations. Jeff is strategic, thoughtful, and realized 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 and was a contributing author and editor of the Nevada Appellate Practice Manual. He has been recognized for his work by numerous respected industry publications, including The Best Lawyers in America© and Mountain States Super Lawyers.  Mr. Silvestri earned an MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Areas of Experience

Commercial and complex litigation, appellate practice, and administrative law.

Publications

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

Awards and Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 “Lawyer of the Year”– Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America© – Appellate Practice,  Commercial Litigation
  • Super Lawyers – Business/Corporate, Business Litigation
  • Nevada Business Magazine, “Legal Elite”
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Attorney News

McDonald Carano Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers Awards

Las Vegas, Nevada, August 15, 2019 – McDonald Carano LLP is pleased to announce new recognition in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. McDonald Carano attorneys recognized…

McDonald Carano 2019 Mountain States Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Las Vegas, Nevada, May 31, 2019 – McDonald Carano LLP is pleased to announce that twelve attorneys from the firm were recognized as 2019 Mountain States Super Lawyers, and three…

Industry Focus: Attorneys

December 1, 2018, Nevada Business Magazine – Comments The legal profession is unique in that it touches nearly every other industry at some point. As a result, businesses have a…

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