Chad Silker joined Carmody MacDonald in 2012 and concentrates his practice in civil litigation. Chad has extensive experience representing individuals, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies in state and federal courts, including the handling of commercial disputes such as breach of contract and breach of warranty, real estate matters involving condemnation, quiet title, easement disputes, and trespass, tort cases involving negligence, professional liability, transportation and trucking, product liability, and premises liability, and employment matters, including issues arising from non-compete agreements. He also has represented clients in a wide range of insurance coverage issues, including claims of vexatious refusal, wrongful denial, bad faith, and misrepresentation. Chad has delivered efficient, effective results for his clients through dispositive motions, mediations, negotiation, and trial.
Chad is a 2005 graduate of Notre Dame Law School, where he served as a research assistant to Professor James Seckinger, a leading figure in the instruction of trial advocacy and deposition skills, and worked at the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic, gaining experience in the areas of landlord/tenant and social security benefits law. He was also Executive Articles Editor of Notre Dame Law School's Journal of Legislation.
Chad has regularly dedicated his time to pro bono activities, including two years of pro bono service prosecuting felony drug cases as a Special Assistant Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis. He also represented an immigrant family facing deportation pursuant to what was known as the "widow penalty" after the federal government refused to process the family's previously submitted immigration paperwork following the sudden and unexpected death of the family's U.S. citizen husband/stepfather.