Jenny A. Silverstein - Associate

Jenny A. Silverstein is an Associate in Tyson & Mendes’ San Francisco office. Her practice focuses primarily on general liability, commercial litigation, and the defense of public entities. Ms. Silverstein represents individual, business, and public entity clients in courts across Northern California.

Ms. Silverstein has successfully resolved a variety of cases involving complex personal injury, insurance coverage, and construction defect disputes. Prior to joining Tyson & Mendes, she worked for in-house counsel of a large auto-insurance carrier where she resolved multiple personal injury and property damage matters. She briefed and won a Motion for Summary Judgment before a California Superior Court based on res ipsa loquitur in a case where her client’s property was destroyed in a fire.

Ms. Silverstein earned her J.D. in 2008 from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA where she funded her education by working full time during the day as a paralegal and attending law school in the evening. She earned her paralegal certificate in 2003 from St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, CA and her B.A. in Latin American Studies in 2001 from Scripps College in Claremont, CA. Ms. Silverstein is licensed to practice law in California.

In her free time, Ms. Silverstein enjoys spending time with her husband and their Boston Terrier. She is also an avid knitter and “foodie.”

Recent Posts

Water, Water Everywhere: Bad Faith Litigation and Motions for Summary Judgement in Arizona

Most of us, hopefully, have some form of insurance for our home, whether it be a single family home we own or an apartment we rent. We pay monthly premiums in the hope that, heaven forbid, an earthquake, flood, tornado, fire, or other catastrophic event occurs, the insurance company to whom we have been sending our monthly checks will make us whole again. It may be a long road, but it is our hope that we will be paid fairly for the property lost or damaged, we will have a place to stay temporarily, and there will be a friendly ear on the other side when the road seems too long and daunting.

Snap Decisions: The Dangers of Bad Faith Litigation in Colorado

When most people think of insurance, they think of the policies they use in their everyday life through an auto policy, homeowners/renters insurance or health insurance. More likely than not, they pay the premiums and do not read the fine print. Regardless, if the fine print is read, the policyholder feels the insurance provides peace of mind. It is the idea something bad may not happen now, but it will eventually. And when it does happen, I better be protected. To the “Average Joe”, the premium is a small price to pay for the idea of security.

Working Your Fingers Down to the Bone: Employee Workers’ Compensation Claims and the Employer Duty to Render Medical Assistance

Most workers in the United States would say they are overworked, underpaid, and are suffering from too much stress due to a variety of issues. In addition, the food we eat is overly processed and we drink sugar-loaded caffeinated drinks as if they were water. All of these things contribute to health problems most working adults endure including obesity, high blood pressure, insomnia, migraines, and stress-related illnesses.

State Your Choice Clearly: Florida Auto Insurance Polices And Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Prior to working at Tyson & Mendes, I worked as part of an in-house counsel team for a large auto insurance company in California. While I was able to relish in every attorney’s dream of not having to worry about billable hours, the relationship I had with the insurance company’s policyholder was a little different. I had to take into consideration why certain cases were settled for financial reasons instead of advocating for the policyholder’s desires to take a case to trial out of “principle.” My representation became not only about providing the best legal representation I could for the policyholder and my employer, but also to keep in mind what the “bottom line” was.

Arizona Case Law Update

A Recorded Affidavit Alleging CC&R Violations Does Not Mean An Encumbrance On a Person’s Real Property Is Created Unless The Affidavit Explicitly States Otherwise

Thomas M. Baumgartner and Julie B. Baumgartner, et al. v. Edward A. Tmmins, Jr., et al. (August 30, 2018, 2018 WL 4177840)

Better Call Saul: Attorney Misconduct and Penalties in Florida

Heard any good jokes lately? Or better yet, heard any stories about “honest” lawyers? The perception of lawyers in this country is they are dishonest, crooked and will do anything to make a quick buck. And, then there are movies and TV shows which lionize attorneys and make them look like modern day heroes (see “Law & Order” DA Jack McCoy and John Travolta in “A Civil Action”). The truth is lawyers are human like everyone else and do the best they can each day to uphold the vow they took when they became a member of their state’s bar association. However, humans do make mistakes and that includes lawyers.

I Fought the Law and the Law Won: SLAPP Lawsuits in Nevada

Contrary to the portrayal of the law on television and in film, not all of my cases are glamorous or interesting. Furthermore, not all of my cases have involved clients I have liked or with whom I have wanted to work. In fact, some of my clients have been downright aggravating and unsympathetic. When I defend an unsympathetic or difficult client, I have to remind myself that the beauty of a democracy is everyone is entitled to a defense.

The Final Bill: An Update on Awarding and Collecting Attorneys’ Fees and Costs in Colorado

What do you call 1,000 lawyers at the bottom of the sea? A good start.

The stereotype is all lawyers are greedy, heartless, and care more about money than justice. Lawyers are seen as causing problems rather than solving them. Lawyers are seen as people who like to meddle and make things more complicated than they need to be. Sure, the public likes shows about lawyers, but not the real people themselves.

Colorado Case Law Update
  1. An Insurance Policy’s Mandatory Arbitration Clause Can be Displaced In Favor of a Clause Which Allows Denied Claims to be Contested in Court Before a Jury

Kathryn D. Meardon v. Freedom Life Insurance Company of America and Robert J. Pavese (March 8, 2018, 2018 WL 1247429)

Background

Plaintiff-appellee was an insured patient who filed a civil action against her health insurance company, defendant-appellant Freedom Life Insurance Company of America, after it denied coverage for a surgery.

You Get What You Pay For: An Update on Bad Faith Litigation in Arizona

Even as a lawyer, I find insurance law to be a complicated subject. Insurance policies are complex contracts which can make even the most educated person’s head spin. However, if you ask the “Average Joe” what an insurance policy is, he or she will answer the policy is to provide peace of mind. Whether it be for a car or motorcycle, home, business, earthquake, malpractice or general umbrella coverage, the average person thinks when they pay their premiums, and a horrible event occurs, the insurance policy is supposed to provide coverage to eliminate worry about paying out of pocket for damages. When I speak to my clients and they wonder what they are going to do, this is when I gently remind them this is why they pay their premiums.

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