Blanchard, Krasner & French, APC is pleased to announce Steven M. Silva and Cortney E. Young have joined the firm’s Nevada office.

Steve’s practice focuses on eminent domain, real estate litigation, land use matters, as well as contested probate actions and ancillary bankruptcy proceedings. He brings experience in appellate litigation that will be beneficial in expanding the firm’s appellate practice. 

Steve crafted his practice at Chapman Law Firm, a Nevada eminent domain boutique, and worked at a large Am Law 200 law firm. He previously served as a staff attorney for the Nevada Supreme Court and was a law clerk for the Hon. Patrick Flanagan of the Second Judicial District Court, Washoe County. Steve received his Juris Doctor cum laude from California Western School of Law and is licensed to practice in Nevada and California.  He is a pro tem judge with the Reno Municipal Court.  His experience at large firms and boutique practice informs his client-oriented problem-solving practice style.  His background working in various levels of the judicial branch provides a unique perspective in advising clients in all phases of dispute resolution.

Steve is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.  He has been recognized as a Legal Elite, Northern Nevada and honored as Top Up and Coming Attorneys by Nevada Business Magazine.  He has also been awarded Rising Star, Mountain West States.   Steve gives back to the community including acting as Vice President of Nevada Dispute Resolution Coalition and serving as the Instructor for Property Law and Civil Procedure at Truckee Meadows Community College Paralegal Program.  He is the author of numerous chapters in practice guides and articles in legal publications.

 “I am very excited to join the team at Blanchard, Krasner & French.  The firm’s principles of cutting-edge, creative problem solving and strong client service are a perfect fit for my practice style.  I am personally very glad to be working with my Nevada Supreme Court Staff Attorney colleague Liz Basset and with my colleague Cortney Young, who is an outstanding dispute resolution professional.”

Cortney joins the firm as a Mediator whose approach to dispute resolution combines years of litigation experience with a pragmatic problem-solving style. Her mediation practice is focused on the resolution of disputes, including, but not limited to, asset valuation, securities, probate and trust disputes, breach of contract, homeowner association disputes, foreclosure and super-priority mediation, boundary disputes, landlord-tenant, and complex civil litigation. Cortney brings over a decade of litigation and trial team experience where she participated in the resolution of millions of dollars annually in eminent domain and other real property claims as part of Chapman Law Firm.

Cortney received the Reno-Tahoe Young Professionals Network’s Twenty Under 40 award in 2017, and is heavily involved in the community.  She is currently President of the Nevada Dispute Resolution Coalition, a Member of the Reno Human Rights Commission, and Founder of the Children’s Cancer Classic, which is a charity basketball game played by the District Attorneys and Public Defenders.

 “Dispute Resolution is a rapidly growing area in business and in the legal field.  It is very gratifying to work with a team that has the vision and entrepreneurial mindset to explore emerging opportunities in dispute resolution. I look forward to utilizing my skills and experience as a non-attorney mediator to help businesses and individuals resolve their conflicts.”

Steve Silva and Cortney Young have recently co-authored along with Honorable Peter Buchsbaum, (Ret.) the article “Alternate Dispute Resolution in Condemnation Cases: An Eminently Agreeable Solution”.  This article will be featured in ALI CLE’s The Practical Real Estate Lawyer’s July issue.  

From its inception in La Jolla, California, Blanchard, Krasner & French has grown from 3 named partners to a full-service law firm with 17 highly-experienced attorneys with decades of corporate, real estate, litigation, family law, intellectual property, tax and estate planning experience. In addition to providing superior legal expertise, the firm is actively involved in the community.


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