Phone: 831.373.4131


Practice Areas

Land Use and Water Law »

Real Estate »


State of California


B.S., University of California, Davis, Environmental Toxicology, 1990

B.A., University of California, Davis, English, 1990

J.D., Monterey College of Law, Highest Honors, first in class, 2004

LL.M., Golden Gate University School of Law, Environmental Law, with Honors, 2012

Ms. Silkwood’s practice emphasizes land use planning and permitting; real estate development; and environmental, water and land use compliance and litigation for a wide range of private and public projects.  She has experience in navigating all aspects of the zoning and land use process within state laws and local regulations governing matters such as general plans, zoning, development permits, environmental impact reports, and development exactions and conditions. She works with developers, businesses, agricultural industries, and homeowners to analyze applicable development requirements, prepare all necessary applications, and advocate their projects in meetings and public hearings.

Ms. Silkwood’s environmental law practice is supported by her prior experience as an environmental, health, and safety consultant in the San Francisco Bay area and in Hawaii and her educational background in environmental toxicology, which provide her with superior expertise in many of the areas addressed by environmental law.  She provides diverse practical and legal knowledge on regulatory compliance and environmental investigations and remediation.

Ms. Silkwood teaches the only Environmental Law course offered at Monterey College of Law.  The course curriculum covers a wide range of federal and state environmental laws and regulations including CEQA, NEPA, CERCLA, RCRA, Clean Water Act, Porter-Cologne Act, Endangered Species Act and Wilderness Act.


Instructor, Monterey College of Law, Environmental Law (2005-present)


The State Bar of California

Monterey County Bar Association

Monterey County Women Lawyers’ Association

Spector Dance Board (2008-2010)

Monterey High PTSA