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Israel R. Silvas

Israel R. Silvas



  • Litigation

WSG Practice Industries


Texas, U.S.A.

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Israel R. Silvas is a litigation attorney at Dykema, focusing on the oil and gas industry. He advises clients on how to respond to, or avoid, complex problems, and develops strategies to address these issues when necessary.  His clients have relied on him to represent them in high stakes litigation, and he has experience at every stage of the legal process – from obtaining restraining orders through trial.  He has honed his skill in simplifying complicated subject matter and presenting it to judges and juries.

Mr. Silvas has experience in multiple facets in the oil & gas industry, including acquisition of mineral interests, litigation, and bankruptcy, and his clients include mineral buyers, operators, and service providers.  He also has extensive litigation experience representing clients (both plaintiffs and defendants) in Texas state courts, federal courts, multi-district litigation, and arbitration proceedings in various types of complex litigation, including environmental, energy, class action, antitrust, tortious interference, deceptive trade practices, unfair competition, qui tam, contract, probate, securities, and fraud. Mr. Silvas also has experience representing clients with business disputes in Mexico, and is a native Spanish speaker.

Reflecting the excellence of his practice, Mr. Silvas has been recognized by Texas Super Lawyers and Texas Rising Stars, honoring the top lawyers in Texas, and has been named to the National Diversity Council's list of the "Top 50 Multicultural Lawyers in Dallas". 

Mr. Silvas graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2001, and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Harvard Law School in 2004. Following his graduation from law school, he clerked for United States District Judge Philip R. Martinez in the Western District of Texas.

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Harvard Law School (J.D., June 2004)

University of Texas at El Paso (B.A., summa cum laude, May 2001)


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