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Matthew Vernon Silva

Matthew Vernon Silva

also known as Matt Silva

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Real Estate, Speeding & Traffic Ticket, Estate Planning… more 

About Me

Mr. Silva is a former Superior Court Prosecutor for Onslow and Jones counties. Having spent several years with the District Attorney's office, Mr. Silva gained tremendous trial experience in all areas of criminal law. In the final three years of Mr. Silva's time as Prosecutor, he completed more jury trials and maintained the highest conviction rate in all of District Four (Onslow, Jones, Duplin and Sampson counties).


Mr. Silva is thorough, yet efficient, when evaluating each case. He has a strong ability to evaluate complex factual scenarios. Mr. Silva is committed to achieving optimal results for his clients through an aggressive litigation strategy.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. DUI & DWI: 25%
    8 years, 7 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    8 years, 1.8 thousand cases
  3. Speeding & Traffic Ticket: 20%
    8 years, 10 thousand cases
  4. Real Estate: 20%
    3 years
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

43 total 

  • Brian Chiles Tevis

    I have known Matt Silva for 8 years. He has a strong work ethic and gets right to the point. As a former prosecutor, he gained invaluable experience and insight into the local criminal law system. Now that he's finally come over to fight with the good guys, he can put his experience and determination to work for you. I would definitely recommend Matt Silva if you are facing criminal charges. After all, who is better equipped to help you when you're facing prosecution than a former prosecutor?


    Brian Tevis Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Nathan Edward Sweet

    It does not get better than Matthew Silva. This attorney is trustworthy, knowledgeable and honest in his dealings. In both civil and criminal work he has excelled at everything he has put his mind to. Mr. Silva is one of the smartest people you will meet, period. This can be seen in his education, first as a chemist and later at Wake Forest School of Law. It can also be seen in the way he has practiced law, both for the State of North Carolina and now for the clients he represents. He has gained the experience of an attorney that has been practicing 20 years in only five. He will use this experience to assist you in whatever legal need you have. If you think this recommendation is too lofty, I recommend that you speak with him yourself and I am confident you will go away the same opinion.


    Nathan Sweet Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Silva, Kiernan & Associates, PLLC

2416 Commerce Road
Jacksonville, NC, 28546


NCAuthorized to practice law200704/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 10 Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2015
Top 40 Under 40American Society of Legal Advocates2015
Judicial Edition AV Preeminent AttorneyMartindale-Hubbell2015
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers in North CarolinaAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top 10 Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top 100 DWI attorneys in North CarolinaThe National Advocacy for DUI Defense, LLC2014
National Dean's ListNational Dean's List1998
Who's Who Among Students In American Universities & CollegesWho's Who1998

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Chairman of Attorney StandardsOnslow County Bar2015 - Present
Managing PartnerSilva, Kiernan & Associates, PLLC2014 - Present
PartnerSilva & Sweet, PLLC2012 - 2013
Managing PartnerSweet-Silva Investments, LLC2012 - Present
Chief Legal OfficerB2G Holding Company, Inc2012 - 2013
Chief Legal OfficerDawg Food, Inc.2012 - 2013
PartnerSilva, Sweet & Kiernan, PLLC2012 - 2013
Chief Executive OfficerDeppe Pines Memorial Park, LLC2012 - 2014
Managing PartnerSilva and Sweet, PLC2012 - 2013
Superior Court ProsecutorDistrict Attorney's Office2008 - 2012
Chief of District Court for the 4th DistrictDistrict Attorney's Office2008 - 2009
District Court ProsecutorDistrict Attorney's Office2007 - 2008
Chief DWI Court ProsecutorProsecutor's Office - 4th District2007 - 2009
Assistant District AttorneyDistrict Attorney's Office, 4th Prosecutorial District2007 - 2012
Summer AssociateTerry N. Grimes, PC2006 - 2006
Student AttorneyElder Law Clinic, Wake Forest University School of Law2005 - 2005
Assistant Manager & Formulation ChemistZeco, Inc.2003 - 2004
Quality Control ChemistTeva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (formerly Barr Laboratories)2001 - 2002
Research TechnicianUniversity of New Mexico Cancer Research Facility1996 - 2001

Association NamePosition NameDuration
4th Circuit Court of AppealsMember2013 - Present
United States District CourtMember2013 - Present
Deppe Pines Memorial ParkPresident2012 - 2014
North Carolina State BarMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Onslow County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Sigma Chi Alumni AssociationMember2000 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. DobbsWe prevailed on every issue addressed by the Court of Appeals.
State of North Carolina v. Kenis Ray JohnsonWe won on every issue addressed by the Court of Appeals.
State of North Carolina v. Jyree Dominic NoelWe prevailed on every issue presented to the Court of Appeals. This case also changed the law on evidence and indictments in North Carolina.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Journal of Peptide ResearchNovel Cyclic Peptide Inhibits Intercellular Adhesion Molecule-1-mediated Cell Aggregation.2001
Abstract. Blood. 94 (Supplement): 429aDevelopment of Cyclic Peptide Inhibitor of LFA-1 Binding to ICAM-11999

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
NC Bar AssociationJury Voir DireCLE2014
Consumer Financial Protection BureauWhat Does CFPB Stand For? What the CFPB Will Not Stand ForCLE2013
NC State BarEthics: Claims Issues and Unauthorized Practice of LawCLE2012
NC State BarFormalities MatterCLE2012
State Bureau of Investigation, Office of Attorney General & Secretary of StateTrademark EnforcementCLE2011
NC Conference of District AttorneysPractical Skills for New ProsecutorsCLE2008
Wake Forest University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawEnvironmental LawCertificate2005
University of New MexicoChemistry and MathematicsBS - Bachelor of Science2000

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Consigliere NightCriminal Defense, Family Law, & Corporations2014
BLET Mock TrialsBLET Mock Trials2013
North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement TrainingCourtroom Skills: Proving Your Case2012
BLET FinalsBLET Mock Trials2012