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Scott C. Silva is an AV "Preeminent" ® Peer Rated Attorney (highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards) by Martindale-Hubbell. He was selected as one of the TOP FIVE criminal defense attorneys in Maricopa County by North Valley Magazine and East Valley Magazine in 2013.  He was awarded the "Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers in 2014 and selected "Top 100 Lawyers"  by the American Society of Legal Advocates, 2015, 2014. Additionally, he was recognized as a "Premier" trial attorney in the State of Arizona by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2015 and was recognized as one of the top DUI attorneys in the State of Arizona by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, 2015.

He has been practicing law since 1997.  His courtroom experience is immense.  He has represented clients in over 4000 cases, including over 1500 DUI cases, and has been counsel of record in over 500 bench and jury trials (this number includes cases that went to verdict or were completely dismissed by the judge during--or immediately prior--to the start of the trial).  

He has appeared in courthouses throughout Maricopa County and is well-known by judges, prosecutors, and fellow lawyers.   

Mr. Silva has extensive experience handling serious felony cases and high-profile criminal cases covered by the national news.  He was defense counsel in the "Wal-Mart Murder" trial in July, 2000, and was defense counsel in the first-degree murder case of "State v. Barraza" in 2001, which was featured on the ABC television show "State V."

Mr. Silva also has an immense amount of experience in handling all types of DUI cases and is a Member of the National College for DUI Defense.  He has conducted jury trials and received Not Guilty verdicts in every type of DUI case, and has developed cutting-edge defense techniques using modern science to fight DUI charges.  He teaches DUI law every year to other defense attorneys and has been defending DUI cases since 1997.

Mr. Silva has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law. 

"My philosophy is that every client deserves extremely professional, intelligent, caring, and successful representation at an affordable rate.  As a sole practitioner, I personally represent all of my clients, and I will never hand your case over to another lawyer or associate.  When you hire me, you get me.  If I am too busy to take your case, I will tell you so and I will refer you to other attorneys.  But if I do take your case, you will know that I will be there with you every step of the way, to answer your questions, to go with you to court, to advise you on the law, and to advocate on your behalf."  - Scott C. Silva 


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 45%
    18 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 45%
    18 years, 2.25 thousand cases
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    14 years



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Contact info

Silva Law Firm, P.C. (MAIN OFFICE)

90 S Kyrene Rd.
Suite 1
Chandler, AZ, 85226

Scott C. Silva, Attorney at Law

300 W. Washington
Fourth Floor
Phoenix, AZ, 85003



AZActive 199705/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2016
Top DUI AttorneyNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2015
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Superb Attorney RatingAVVO2015
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Recognized as Primier Trial AttorneyAmerican Academy of Trial Attorneys2015
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Superb Attorney RatingAVVO2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
AV Preeminent Client RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top Arizona DUI AttorneysNAFDD2014
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
TOP FIVE Criminal Defense LawyersEast Valley Magazine2013
TOP FIVE Criminal Defense LawyersNorth Valley Magazine2013
AV Preeminent Client Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Superb Attorney RatingAVVO2013
Superb Attorney RatingAVVO2012
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2012
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingMatindale-Hubbell2012
Dedicated Service AwardPhoenix CAA Criminal Defense Office2005
"Exceptional Attorney" RatingMaricopa County Public Defender1999
"Exceptional Attorney" RatingMaricopa County Public Defender1998
Volunteer Service AwardUnited States Department of Justice1996
Dean's ListUniversity of Arizona College of Law1996
Outstanding Advocate AwardO'Connor Cavanagh1995
Dean's Achievement AwardUniversity of Arizona College of Law1994
Dean's ListDuke University1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerSilva Law Firm, PC2001 - Present
PartnerShell, Nermyr, Silva, LLC2001 - 2004
AssociateLaw Offices Of David Michael Cantor1999 - 2001
Deputy Public DefenderMaricopa County Public Defender's Office1997 - 1999
Law ClerkUnited States Attorney's Office1996 - 1996
Law ClerkArizona State Attorney General's Office1995 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
National College for DUI DefenseMember2015 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2012 - Present
Arizona Attorneys LinkedIn GroupN/A2011 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers LinkedIn GroupN/A2011 - Present
DUI Law LinkedIn GroupN/A2011 - Present
United States District CourtAdmitted to Practice2000 - Present
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal JusticeN/A2000 - 2000
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A1998 - 1998
State Bar of ArizonaAdmitted to Practice1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Criminal DamageNot Guilty Verdict (Complete)
Criminal TrespassCompletely Dismissed
AssaultCompletely Dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
APDA Statewide Legal ConferenceLawN/A2015
APDA Statewide Legal ConferenceLawN/A2014
DUI & Blood Testing IssuesLawN/A2014
Admitting Medical & Prescription RecordsLawN/A2014
APDA Statewide Legal ConferenceLawN/A2013
Criminal Law Practice Strategies & ResourcesLawN/A2013
APDA Statewide Legal ConferenceLawN/A2012
AACJ Criminal Law EthicsLawCertificate2012
City of Phoenix: Alcohol Treatment OptionsLawCertificate2012
City of Phoenix: Daubert, The New Arizona Rules of Evidence & 2012 DUI LawsLawCertificate2012
City of Phoenix: Resources for the Native American ClientLawCertificate2012
Foundations of ForeclosuresLawCertificate2011
Annual Worker's Compensation ProgramLawCertificate2011
New Driving on Supended License LawLawCertificate2011
Daubert and Retrograde Outside of Two HoursLawCertificate2010
Ethical Trends TodayLawCertificate2010
DUI Law UpdateLawCertificate2010
Discovery and Investigation of Computer CrimesLawCertificate2010
Immigration LawLawCertificate2010
City of Phoenix: Blood Analysis Control SheetsLawCertificate2009
Personal Injury LawLawCertificate2009
Sex Offense ProsecutionsLawCertificate2009
DUI LawLawCertificate2009
Jury Trials, Rule 11s & AppealsLawCertificate2009
City of Phoenix: Electronic Disclosure RulesLawCertificate2009
Criminal AppealsLawCertificate2008
DUI LawLawCertificate2008
Representing Criminal AliensLawCertificate2008
Juvenile Case InformationLawCertificate2008
DUI and Other Traffic OffensesLawCertificate2007
SBA: Pretrial MotionsLawCertificate2007
City of Phoenix: DUI Case ProcessingLawCertificate2006
SBA: Legal EthicsLawCertificate2006
City of Phoenix: Expert WitnessesLawCertificate2004
University of Arizona College of LawN/ALaw Degree1996
Duke UniversityPublic Policy StudiesBachelor1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
APDA Statewide Legal ConferenceIdentifying Issues in a DUI Case2015
APDA Statewide Legal ConferenceReviewing a DUI Police Report2014
APDA Statewide Legal ConferenceIdentifying Issues in a DUI Case2013
APDA Statewide Legal ConferenceDefending Drug DUI Cases2012
School District RoundtableWhat Is A Disorderly Conduct Offense?2011
Career OpportunitiesCriminal Defense Lawyers: Myth & Reality1999