Ian Silvers - California Employment Class Action Lawyer
Ian Silvers has a substantial background in employment law and is fervent about protecting and fighting for the rights of employees. He represents employees in an array of cases including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wage and hour matters. Silvers is a member of Bisnar Chase’s Class Action Litigation Department that handles wage and hour class actions. He also tackles non-class action matters addressing sexual harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination.
Silvers has successfully briefed, argued, certified, and gained court settlement approval in class actions as well as settlement approval in Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) actions.
A Passion for Helping Employees
Silvers graduated from the University of California, San Diego, in June 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. He obtained his law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in May 2006. Silvers was a member of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honors Fraternity.
When in law school, he interned at the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center advising low-income employees under the supervision of other attorneys on employment matters including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, unemployment and wage and hour.
It was here, Silvers says, that he got a taste of what it's like to help "those who were truly not able to help themselves."
"I could see that in employment law matters, there were so many employees who did not fully know their rights and as a result they were being taken advantage of by their employers," he said. "However these employees are not always able to take action against the employers, often for financial reasons."
Employment Lawsuits and Class Actions
Silvers has also represented employees before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement on wage and hour matters and obtained favorable decisions for his clients. He became a member of the California State Bar in December 2006 and is licensed to practice in California state courts and before the United States District Courts for both the Central and Eastern Districts of California.
Silvers perseveres in his efforts to assist those who cannot afford legal representation by volunteering advisory services. He received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Service in 2009.
Before joining Bisnar Chase, Silvers worked at a Long Beach employment law firm where he regularly dealt with wage and hour matters, including class actions and Private Attorneys General Act matters. He has been able to reach significant settlements, including multiple seven-figure class action settlements for both, small and large classes of employees.
Associations Mr. Silvers Belongs to
- OCJBA (Orange County Jewish Bar Association)
- CAOC (Consumer Attorneys of California)
- CAALA (Consumer Attorneys Association LA)
- CELA (California Employment Lawyers Association)
- OCBA (Orange County Bar Association)
- AAJ (American Association for Justice)
Some of Mr. Silver's Recoveries
- $950,000.00 (PAGA only case)
- $965,000.00 Wage & Hour
- $1,750,000.00 Wage & Hour
- $1,700,000.00 Wage & Hour
What Ian Values Most
Silvers says that his case successes for the employees whom he has helped over the years count among his greatest accomplishments.
"It's not just about helping them stand up for themselves against their employers, but also to help them understand how they can move on and get some sort of closure," he said. "These cases are not just about money. Often times, employees get fixated on what happened to them and it not only affects their future employment, but also their relationships with others."
When he represents these individuals whose lives have been deeply impacted, Silvers says that he makes a point of looking to the future on their behalf and helping them figure out how to get past the situation. He gets tremendous satisfaction when he sees the difference he has made for an individual employee.
"Employers may win, lose or settle a lawsuit and it will not really change their business or how they conduct themselves," Silvers said. "However, each time I receive appreciation from an employee who sees that I believed in him or her and fought on his or her behalf to help right injustice and wrongdoing, I'm reminded about why I love this area of law.
Pride in Being a Bisnar Chase Team Member
Silvers says he has been impressed with Bisnar Chase's commitment to helping and giving back to the community – calling that a rare quality.
"Many law firms pay attention to only their cases and the business, but Bisnar Chase regularly focuses on what it can do to help the community – whether it is donating some essentials such as backpacks, knitting items, etc., or contributing to a variety of charities not only financially but also with their time," he said.
Silvers grew up in the Los Angeles area. He lives in Orange County with his wife, Jennifer, a kindergarten teacher in Anaheim and their two children, Lucas and Makenna. When Silvers is not fighting for employees' rights, he enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, especially football and basketball, and traveling.