THE STATE BAR OF CA
UPDATED APRIL 2, 2008
DAVID ANTHONY SILVA, atty
Member No. 149506
This is the attorney who conspired with Wilbert G. Swieso, in preparing fraudulent legal documents for my family’s properties, appointing Mr. Swieso “Successor Trustee” despite an Irrevocable Trust. Upon being caught, Mr. Silva claimed he did not remember why we met. Odd, since I was working next door to him at the time, for his associate, Mr. Swieso. These 2 gentlemen were actively attending Estate Planning meetings, soliciting elderly clients, sharing them back and forth for all their “estate planning needs.”
Reporting Mr. Silva to the CA State Bar became another nightmare – they had the audacity to repond by stating that it was an “accident, no harm done” because my family and I still owned our properties. In reality, we lost our properties and much worse as a result of the fraud and corruption. All very deliberate and intentional. Further reports to CA BAR were not even acknowledged. Instead of stopping these gentlemen and exposing their operation, they were allowed to continue. Coincidence or not, it was when I began to uncover the felony altering of the city’s sewer and water lines, which was behind the fraudulent legal documents (and much more), Mr. Silva abandoned his office and clients. From what I understand, he gave no notice to anyone, he simply packed up his office taking his clients’ money and files – never to be heard of or seen again.
For copy of David Silva’s disciplinary papers click on the link below:
Scroll to bottom of page – click on “description”
RECAP: I met Mr. Silva when I was re-hired by Wilbert G. Swieso. At that time, I was told that the reason for the attorneys in the office next door moving down the hallway was due to needing more room. Mr. Silva, they said, decided to maintain the office by himself. His name was then painted on the door and I became his victim, courtesy of Mr. Swieso, who convinced me that if I did not have certain legal papers drawn up, my siblings were going to leave me homeless. In reality, the Trust needed to end and assets distributed, however, due to the condition I was being kept in, Mr. Swieso had taken charge of all. He reminded me over and over how my siblings had not helped take care of family and were therefore not deserving of my life insurance policy, which he suggested I appoint him beneficary of. Again, I followed his instructions.
When I asked how and when Mr. Silva went from a bankruptcy attorney to an estate planning attorney I was told, “don’t worry about it.” Further instructed not to argue – just sign the papers, which appointed Mr. Swieso, “Successor Trustee” to my family’s estate properties, despite an Irrevocable Trust. (Same when I asked why Mr. Swieso lied on an insurance application – stating I worked for another company, out of town, appointing himself beneficiary – “just sign it!”) As my health and behavior began to worsen, I was being exploited as “crazy.” No one would question this man’s motives nor would they ever know of the fraud behind it. In short, I got away right before he finished what he started.
With suspicions of “missing persons” behind Mr. Swieso’s operation, I began to research and uncovered his associate’s (JCW) fraudulent and forged legal documents (verified by a handwriting expert.) Somehow thinking that Mr. Silva would come to his senses if I provided this information to him, I showed him what I uncovered. He said nothing.
I tried to locate Mr. Silva to pursue the issue of what he did to me. Upon contacting the office where the other attorneys had relocated, the person who answered the telephone had never heard of Mr. Silva. Upon sending an email to one of the attorneys at that office, his response also indicated no knowledge of Mr. Silva. (Perhaps another firm had moved into that office – I do not know.) Then I began to think back and wonder about this man. Such as how he ran a legal office without a notary. He nor his secretary were notaries - they did not even know there was a notary 4 doors down the hall! I wondered where he worked prior to when I met him. I looked in some old telephone directories for Mr. Silva’s listing … I found NONE. I looked online for reference to Mr. Silva’s legal occupation – I found only 1 – listed as a “bankruptcy” attorney, not an estate planning attorney:
I vaguely remember Mr. Swieso mentioning Mr. Silva’s involvement with a disability program due to a handicaped son? Would that have anything to do with Mr. Silva’s links to the organizations below? I do not know, as my search led to dead ends.
Now I am wondering how many other clients Swieso and Silva may have “serviced” together in the manner they did my family. Where is Silva – why can’t he be located? Is he still alive? Or did he follow the same pattern that appears to have been done to others.
Despite being angry over what Mr. Silva did to me, the man has family - concern over this man’s safety and welfare is an issue not being looked into. Due to the surrounding circumstances of this nightmare, that IS a concern. Something is horribly wrong with this picture. No one invests years of study and hard work to become an attorney, to end up like this.
As many times as I have attempted to provide this information (and more) to CA State BAR Assn., it does not appear that I am successful. You would be doing each of his victims named in the paperwork as well as countless others a great favor if you would kindly forward this information to CA State BAR Assn. Please.
Simply print a copy of this and send to:
The State Bar of California
Office of the Chief Trial Counsel, Intake Unit
1149 S. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015-2299