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About Me

I have been lawyer in San Francisco and the Bay Area since 1988.  I am a former Deputy District Attorney and have been practicing criminal law since 1990 and criminal defense since 1997.  I also have experience working at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, the California Supreme Court, Wilson, Sonsini and other civil firms.  I am a member of the California, New York and DC bars.  



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Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    27 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    27 years, 100 cases
  3. Expungement: 10%



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Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Aaron Reuben Bortel

    Marcia is a fantastic lawyer who understands how to fight all out for her clients. I've had the pleasure of talking strategy with Marcia on numerous DUI cases. She knows how to get the best results and knows what it takes to win a Jury Trial. I highly recommend consulting with Marcia before making a decision on which criminal attorney to hire.


    Aaron Bortel DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    I recommend Marcia Silver without reservation. She does excellent work, and works very, very hard to defend her clients. I have seen her handle many cases, and she gets great results. One reason for that is that she never, ever gives up. She really listens to her clients and finds out what they need. Then she goes after the prosecution and finds a way to win, often by getting them to drop charges! She's great!


    Kenneth Quigley Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Attorney At Law

15 Boardman Pl
San Francisco, CA, 94103-4727


NYCurrently registered 200503/13/2015
DCInactive 200405/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2014
Dean's ListSanta Clara University School of Law1987
Dean's ListSanta Clara University School of Law1986
Dean's ListSanta Clara University School of Law1985
Cum LaudeUniversity of California at Santa Barbara1983
Dean's ListUniversity of California at Santa Barbara1983
Dean's ListUniversity of California at Santa Barbara1982
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Marcia L. Silver1993 - Present
AttorneyWilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati1992 - 1993
Deputy District AttorneySan Mateo County District Attorney's Office1990 - 1991
ExternCalifornia Supreme Court1987 - 1987
AssociatePillsbury Madison & Sutro1987 - 1990
Summer AssociatePillsbury Madison & Sutro1986 - 1986
Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Francisco Bar AssociationMember1999 - 2005
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1999 - 2005
San Francisco Bar AssociationCriminal Conflicts Attorney - Misdemeanors1999 - 2005
San Francisco Bar AssociationCriminal Conflicts Attorney - Felonies1999 - 2005
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
DUI Trial ResultJury 11 to 1 and 9 to 3 in our favor.
Restraining Ordered Case DismissedDismissed
Won Appeal on Motion to SuppressTest result ordered inadmissible
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
University of California - Santa BarbaraBusiness EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
University of California - Santa BarbaraSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
TV CorrespondantMurder Trial2004