Based in Silicon Valley and serving clients throughout California, Schaar & Silva LLP gets results for individuals and families who’ve been harmed by someone else’s negligence. We’re personal injury law specialists, because we believe that when you’re hurt by someone else’s wrongdoing, you deserve to be compensated. Our personalized client-centric approach means that when you hire us, you get us—not someone who’s never heard of your case. We’re committed to handling every case with our trademark professionalism, confidentiality, and emphasis on you. Once we take your case, we work relentlessly to secure the justice that you deserve. Our commitment to you includes:
- Reviewing your case for free, with no obligation to you
- Understanding the impact that this case has had on you and your family
- Charging you nothing unless we win the case
- Bringing all of our expertise to bear, in order the secure the justice you deserve
Dan C. Schaar
Dan has called the Bay Area home for over 20 years. After earning his undergraduate degree in Political Science from San Jose State, Dan earned his JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, where he served as President of the Student Bar Association. During his final year of law school, he was one of ten students selected to the school’s Trial Team, which paved the way for his internship with the Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender. Dan immediately rose to the challenge of representing real-life clients in a real-life courtroom, and he’s been committed to trial law ever since.
With nearly a decade of experience in the courtroom, Dan’s results speak for themselves. His case outcomes include a multitude of six and seven-figure verdicts and settlements, including one of California’s largest slip/fall verdicts–$2.8 million—in 2016. Dan’s clients have commented on his personalized, empathetic approach to their cases; he learns every client’s story firsthand, so that he can tell the story of their losses in court, and achieve full and complete justice for them.
Dan loves a challenge. After graduating from Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming, he has since become an instructor for the Trojan Horse Method, teaching other trial attorneys how to secure the verdicts their clients deserve. Dan is frequently asked to consult on personal injury cases across the country, and is known for achieving successful results on cases previously labeled “unwinnable.”
Dan is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the Capital City Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the Western Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. In 2016, Dan and his partner, Eva Silva were nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association.
When not at work, Dan enjoys spending time in California’s great outdoors with his wife and daughter. His past training as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) gives him a unique perspective on the medical aspects of his clients’ cases.
Bay Area native Eva Silva brings over 11 years of legal experience to her role at Schaar & Silva LLP. After earning her undergraduate degree from California State University, Hayward (now California State University, East Bay), Eva earned her JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she was an active participant in the school’s Moot Court and Law Review. During a summer clerkship at the personal injury law firm of Van Der Walde & Associates (now Caputo & Van Der Walde), Eva discovered her passion for personal injury law. Contrary to the negative stereotypes that many people have about personal injury practices, Eva was moved by her clients’ stories of their lives having changed—sometimes forever—in a second, due to someone else’s negligence. Feeling a strong desire to help people who had been harmed, Eva committed to practicing personal injury law, and she still feels that same drive and commitment today.
After graduating from law school, Eva stayed with Caputo & Van Der Walde for 13 years, before co-founding Schaar & Silva LLP with fellow attorney Dan Schaar in 2017. In her role as Managing Attorney, Eva combines her experience second-chairing cases, coordinating a legal research and writing department, and opposing countless Motions for Summary Judgment. Eva is a member of Consumer Attorneys of California, the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, and the Santa Clara County Bar Association. For the past several years, she has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star – an honor reserved for 2.5% of attorneys who are under 40 or who have been in practice for less than 10 years. In 2016, Eva and her partner Dan Schaar were nominated for the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers’ Association’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award.
When not at the office or in court, Eva enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters. Her interests include snowboarding and hiking, and she enjoys getting to know every one of Schaar & Silva’s clients as a person with a unique story.
ParalegalJillian brings over five years of experience to her role as Schaar & Silva’s paralegal. After earning her undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Corporate Finance from San Francisco State University, Jillian took on roles of increasing responsibility in the legal sector. She has extensive experience preparing legal documents, preparing files for court appearances, updating and maintaining client and case information, and summarizing depositions. Before joining Schaar & Silva, Jillian worked as a legal assistant and paralegal for several Bay Area law firms, and for the City of Palo Alto. Jillian’s commitment to meticulous work and outstanding customer service keep Schaar and Silva’s cases running smoothly.