Ms. Silva had been in private practice since 2001 representing employees in employment discrimination cases, including discrimination and harassment based on: age; disability; family status; gender/ sex; marital status; national origin; pregnancy; race; religion; and sexual orientation. Ms. Silva also represented homeowners and tenants under the Fair Housing Act (FHA); customers and patrons in cases of discrimination in places of public accommodation; and students and employees in Title IX gender discrimination and retaliation cases.
Ms. Silva is licensed to practice in the United States Supreme Court; the State of Florida; the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals; the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida; the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida; and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Ms. Silva was on the executive board of the Florida Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association (Florida NELA) for seven years and served as the 2009-2010 President. Ms. Silva was the 2012-2013 President of the Thomas S. Biggs American Inn of Court (now Michael R. N. McDonnell American Inn of Court) and is currently serving on the Inn executive board.