Justice Adam Silvera has been announced as the new NYCAL Coordinating Judge, replacing Justice Manuel Mendez who was recently appointed to the Appellate Division.
Judge Silvera obtained his undergraduate degree in 1994 from the City University of New York and received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 2001. Prior to become a Judge, he worked for Paul B. Weitz & Associates, a high profile plaintiff’s personal injury firm, known for high verdicts in labor law, negligence and medical malpractice cases. Justice Silvera was elected to the Civil Court in 2013 and elected to the Supreme Court in 2017. Since serving on the bench, he has handled Family Court matters, matrimonial and automobile accident cases. Although he doesn’t have prior experience with asbestos matters, Justice Silvera underwent asbestos training last year in anticipation of handling asbestos trials.
During his years as NYCAL Coordinating Judge, Justice Mendez instituted a new system for trial assignments in NYCAL in an effort to eliminate backlog and promote efficiency in resolving cases. Initially, we anticipate Justice Silvera will maintain the NYCAL procedures instituted by Judge Mendez. Once trials commence in NYCAL, Justice Silvera will likely assign living mesothelioma and lung cancer cases from the ‘in extremis’ trial list very quick trial dates.
Justice Silvera undoubtedly faces immediate challenges given the increased backlog resulting from the ongoing pandemic. He has already indicated his intention to “roll up” his sleeves and get to work immediately. We look forward to working with Justice Silvera to continue building a system that is fair and predictable to all litigants.