Judge Abbi Silver was raised in Boulder City, Nevada. She graduated from Clark High School in Las Vegas, Nevada and then University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1986).
She worked multiple jobs—waitress, Utah Jazz cheerleader, dancer—while earning her undergraduate degree and then her law degree from Southwestern University of Law, in Los Angeles (1989).
Justice Silver was a law clerk for Honorable Earle White, Jr., before joining the Clark County District Attorney’s Office. Her fourteen-year prosecutor career included being assigned as the Chief Deputy DA for the Special Victims Unit where she tried more than one hundred jury trials. She worked alongside or across the courtroom from an illustrious list of local attorneys such as Stewart Bell and Oscar Goodman. She calls Judge Nancy Oesterle her mentor.
Silver came to understand the harsh realities of victims of domestic violence and stalking. Her cases included that of the stalking of comedian Jerry Lewis, Senator Harry Reid and many others. Then in 2003, she was elected to the Las Vegas Municipal Court and in 2006, she served the Las Vegas Justice Court. In 2009 and 2014, she was elected to the Eighth Judicial District Court and in 2014 Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed her to the Court of Appeals, Department 3. In 2017, she was appointed to the Nevada Supreme Court.