Jessica Silver

Of Counsel
Area of Focus: Litigation
With experience as both a commercial litigator and transactional attorney, Jessica represents lenders and special servicers of CMBS loans in the prosecution of commercial mortgage foreclosures and guaranty claims. 

Jessica also represents developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers in the preparation and negotiation of construction contracts utilizing traditional and non-traditional delivery systems (Design-Build, CM, CM at risk, Stipulated Sum and Cost Plus GMP).  Jessica's involvement typically starts at the early stages of a client's development process, drafting construction contracts and agreements and identifying potential risk scenarios.
Q & A
What differentiates you from other attorneys?
Litigation experience allows you to understand different risk scenarios, which is a valuable skill set I bring to the table in a transactional setting. When I am drafting a construction contract, I am coming into negotiations with an understanding of what can potentially go wrong. It is not typical for an attorney to have experience both drafting contracts and litigating disputes that arise out of contracts. 
Which prior experiences have shaped your career?
I am a competitive chess player, and chess is all strategy. Playing chess has taught me to identify how to piece everything together, so that I am covering short-term goals while keeping an eye on the long-term bigger picture. Law isn’t straight and narrow. The challenge is being able to look at unique fact patterns where there isn’t necessarily a designated approach and piece together strategies to reach your client's best possible outcome.
Representation of Goodwill Industries of South Florida in negotiating a construction contract for the $13 million expansion of Goodwill's headquarters. The parties involved included the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the architect, the surety and the contractor. Representation also i...

Representation of Goodwill Industries of South Florida as lead counsel in its $15 million healthcare laundry facility, including real estate acquisition, negotiation of service contract with the University of Miami Health, drafting of RFP, and participating in selection of general contractor and ...

  • University of Miami, LL.M., Real Property Development, School of Law, 2010
    University of Miami, J.D., School of Law, 2009
    University of Miami, B.A., 2005
  • American Bar Association
    Young Lawyers Division
    Dade County Bar Association
    The Florida Bar
    Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
    Lawyers for Children America
  • Florida
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