Professional Details

Roy Z. Silva

Senior Attorney

Roy is a litigator whose practice includes serving as a court-appointed discovery referee/ special master and representing clients at the trial and appellate levels in a broad range of business disputes.  His clients include lenders and loan servicers of residential mortgages, real estate developers, and medical practices.  Roy also has expertise in employment law, including employment issues related to the trucking and transportation industry.

Prior to joining Theodora Oringher, Roy was a partner with Arent Fox in Los Angeles.


Representative Matters

  • Served as a discovery referee in the celebrated “Barbie-Bratz” litigation; over a three year period, Mr. Silva prepared more than 100 Discovery Master orders addressing virtually every type of discovery dispute and assisted the Court in multiple evidentiary hearings, in camera document reviews and trial-related tasks, including preparing a draft of the Court’s Order awarding nearly $200 million in attorneys’ fees to the prevailing party, MGA Entertainment
  • Obtained summary judgment for lender and loan servicer in a wrongful foreclosure lawsuit 
  • Currently serving as the Discovery Master in high-stakes, multi-party patent litigation pending in the Central District of California; responsibilities include assisting the Court in case management and issuing rulings on disputes involving all aspects of discovery, including depositions and written discovery
  • Won unanimous ruling by Court of Appeal dismissing a taxpayer lawsuit that challenged the validity of a $102 million settlement paid by a California County.  San Bernardino County v. Superior Court (2015) 239 Cal.App.4th 639.  The ruling was the first published decision to address key issues of California law involving taxpayers’ ability to challenge contracts by cities and counties 
  • Won arbitration (including an award of attorneys’ fees) in favor of auto body repair chain sued by its former Chief Financial Officer seeking equity stake in the business
  • Obtained dismissal of federal lawsuit against sitting president of foreign nation sued for alleged human rights abuses on the grounds of head of state immunity, Habyarimana v. Kagame, 821 F.Supp2d 1244 (W.D. Okla. 2011) and directed successful defense of appeal, resulting in a unanimous decision affirming the trial court's ruling. Habyarimana v. Kagame, 696 F3d 1029 (10th Cir. 2012)
  • Obtained dismissal of antitrust lawsuit filed against hospital and anesthesia group by physician whose staff privileges were terminated and then wrote successful appellate brief resulting in unanimous ruling that clarified key points of California anti-trust law.    Marsh v. Anesthesia Services Med. Group (2011) 200 Cal.App.4th 480
  • Prosecuted an appeal after the client (represented by prior counsel) suffered an adverse judgment in the trial court, which required the client to partition and sell real estate property which the client held with a partner; obtained a stay of the order requiring the sale of the property and then a reversal of the judgment by the Court of Appeal
  • Obtained summary judgment for a television studio sued by the alleged creator of a cable television series
  • Won defense ruling in arbitration filed by former managers of car dealership alleging wrongful termination and defamation
  • Obtained summary judgment for the founder and CEO of a leading computer components corporation who was personally sued in a partnership dispute