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Ian Silvers of Bisnar Chase

Ian Silvers

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 the Central, Northern, 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.

Since joining Bisnar Chase, Ian has become a key part of the firm’s class action litigation and employment law department. He handles a wide range of claims, including wage and hour, and takes pride in protecting employees.

In July 2020, Ian settled a wage-and-hour class action against a defendant employer for $8,750,000 in California superior court and subsequently obtained final approval from the court. The employment class action involved claims for unpaid minimum wages, unpaid overtime, meal-and-rest break violations, and derivative claims for inaccurate wage statements and penalties for the late payment of wages due, and subsequently obtained final approval from the court.

In July 2021, Ian settled a wage-and-hour class and PAGA action against a defendant employer for $4,880,000 in California superior court. The certified employment class action involved claims for unpaid minimum wages,  meal-and-rest break violations, and derivative claims for inaccurate wage statements and penalties for the late payment of wages due. The court overseeing the matter has preliminarily approved the class settlement and appointed Ian co-lead class counsel.

Ian Silvers Case Results

Award Amount Type of Case
$117,500,000.00 Consumer Class Action
$8,750,000.00 Wage and Hour Class Action
$4,880,000.00 Wage and Hour Class Action and PAGA Representative Matter
$1,750,000.00 Wage and Hour Class Action
$1,750,000.00 Wage and Hour Class Action
$1,700,000.00 Wage and Hour Class Action
$1,700,000.00 Wage and Hour Class Action
$965,000.00 PAGA only case
$950,000.00 Wage and Hour Class Action
$850,000.00 Wage and Hour Class Action
$812,377.78 Class Action
$595,000.00 Small Class Wage and Hour & PAGA
$570,000.00 Small Class Wage and Hour & PAGA

Published Appellate Success

Ian recently won an appellate victory when he affirmed a trial court’s denial of a motion to dismiss or stay an employment case. The employer sought to enforce a forum selection clause and have the case heard in Ohio instead of California. Ian opposed it based on California Labor Code Section 925, which makes certain forum selection clauses voidable (those in a contract entered into, modified or extended on or after January 1, 2017).

This was the first Appellate Court decision to address what modified means in terms of Section 925. In a published opinion, the Appellate Court upheld the trial court’s decision, affirmed that modification means any modification to the contract (not just a modification to a forum selection clause) and rejected claims that such a holding would make the statute unlawfully retroactive and would violate the Contracts Clause in the U.S. and California Constitutions. See Midwest Motor Supply Co. v. Superior Court of Contra Costa Cty., No. A160096, 2020 WL 6305492, at *1 (Cal. Ct. App. Oct. 28, 2020). The Appellate Court also affirmed the intent of the statute to provide California employees with a forum in California to litigate employment-related claims if the terms of his or her employment changed after Jan. 1, 2017. Ian is hopeful that this will help ensure that such forum selection clauses in California go by the wayside, as was intended by the statute.

Associations Mr. Silvers Belongs to

  1. OCJBA (Orange County Jewish Bar Association)
  2. CAOC (Consumer Attorneys of California)
  3. CAALA (Consumer Attorneys Association LA)
  4. CELA (California Employment Lawyers Association)
  5. OCBA (Orange County Bar Association)
  6. AAJ (American Association for Justice)

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.

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Awards and Honors

  • Published appellate opinion: Midwest Motor Supply Co. v. Super. Ct., (2020) 56 Cal. App. 5th 702
  • California wage and hour class actions and PAGA matters, FLSA collective actions in California and other states
  • Consumer class actions
  • Individual employment matters
  • Received the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Service
  • Member of CAOC, OCJBA, CAALA, OCBA, AAJ, CELA, OCTLA

Client Reviews

Bisnar Chase Google Review

Great people in this office, everyone was really helpful explaining everything. I was referred by my aunt for my car accident in October and the case went pretty fast. No problems and very professional. I was kept in the loop thru the whole process and was able to get a better settlement than my insurance company said I would. I can’t really compare them to other law firms because it was the first time I had to use an attorney, but my bad experience with the car accident was handled as well as I could have hoped.

P. Montgomery
Bisnar Chase Google Review

It was a pleasure working with such an amazing team. You will definitely feel welcomed and kept in the loop throughout the entire process. They do a great job making you feel like you are a part of their team which is how one should feel. The superb customer experience from finish to end. You can trust they will do all possible to promptly and efficiently handle your case.
Yes! I recommend this team…

Queen V
Bisnar Chase Google Review - Lena

I wasn’t sure if I needed a personal injury attorney because I’d never been in a car accident before. I assumed I’d just go straight through the other driver’s insurance but that quickly became a nightmare. I spent months fighting over the simplest of issues about my case, which was 100% the other driver’s fault. I hired Bisnar Chase to see if they could just take it over for me. I was really impressed with how much they communicated everything to me! I suddenly started getting calls from the insurance company, imagine that. My final settlement was 6 times what I asked for to begin with. Everyone I dealt with was really involved in what was best for me, not the insurance.

Lena Murillo
Bisnar Chase Google Review

I had an attorney for my truck accident who wanted almost 60% of what my case was worth. Worse than that, he was willing to settle for $5,000.00 with the insurance company even though I was still treating for whiplash and back pain. I contacted Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys because a friend recommended them. My case was handled exceptionally well! I was being kept notified throughout the whole process and only when I was comfortable with the settlement figure, did my attorney Gavin Long, accept it. I felt like we were working together and I felt listened to. I would refer Bisnar Chase to anyone who wants quality over quantity!

Lauren B

Case Results

  • 1

    $117,500,000

    Consumer Class Action

  • 2

    $38,650,000

    Motor Vehicle Accident

  • 3

    $32,698,073

    Auto Defect – Seat Manufacturers, Johnson Controls

  • 4

    $30,000,000

    Motorcycle Accident

  • 5

    $24,744,764

    Defective Seatback

  • 6

    $16,444,904

    Bicycle Accident