I am a 1980 Graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno, with a degree in Journalism. After a year of working for the Tahoe Daily Tribune as a general assignment reporter, I returned to UNR to coach the speech and debate team, and obtain a Master's in Communication. In 1987, I moved to Silicon Valley to be closer to family, and attend law school at Santa Clara University. Upon graduating in 1990, I taught Legal Research and Writing at SCU, (1990-91). I then joined a mid-sized law firm in San Francisco. Realizing that the commute was taking too much time away from my family, I joined a solo practitioner in Campbell, in 1992, where I developed my background in real estate and probate litigation. I have since grown that practice on my own, and am also being sought out as a mediator in both real estate and probate/trust cases. I am married with two daughters. One is a senior at San Diego State. The other is a sophomore at West Valley Junior College.
I enjoy hiking, travel, theater, most sports, crosswords, and cooking.
Licensed since 1990
Hourly ($350-400/hour), Retainer (Sometimes)
I know David most recently as a mediator. David demonstrated knowledge of the issues and an understanding of the perspectives of the parties. He was skillful as a mediator, successfully resolving several contentious disputes. I will certainly consider using him again in the future.
Jeffrey Barnett Corporate & Incorporation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Distinguished Service Award||Northern California Forensic Association||1984|
|Associate||Law Office of David R. Sylva||1992 - 2002|
|Associate||Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy||1991 - 1992|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Santa Clara County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|West Valley Bar Associations||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State Bar of California||Member||N/A|
|Santa Clara University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|University of Nevada-Reno||N/A||MA - Masters||1984|
|University of Nevada-Reno||Journalism and Mass Communication||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1980|