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About me

I have representing people accused of crimes for over thirty years.  I practice in the State and Federal Courts of California.  I have handled thousands of cases including both felonies and misdemeanors.  They include:  murder and vehicular manslaughter cases, assault, child abuse, controlled substances cases, DUI's, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency crimes, internet/computer/pornography crimes, sexual assault crimes, insurance fraud, theft cases, violation of probation and "Three Strike" cases.


Your case will be handled personally by me – not a team member or associate. I am committed to spending whatever time and effort is necessary to aggressively protect your rights and achieve a successful result.  





Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%



Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

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  • Richard Alan Wingerden

    I endorse this lawyer. I have had the opportunity to witness his work in the courtroom and have found him to be diligent and hardworking. He is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Christopher Duane Hirz

    I endorse this lawyer. Sam is my go to referral when my clients need representation in a criminal defense matter.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Sam J. Polverino

75 East Santa Clara Street
Suite 295
San Jose, CA, 95113


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer (2009 to present)Super Lawyers of Northern California2012
California State Bar Certified Specialist - 20 yearsState Bar of CaliforniaN/A
Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (10+ years)Martindale-HubbellN/A
Editorial Board (1986-1987)California Lawyer MagazineN/A
Unsung Hero Award (2005)Santa Clara County Bar Association Minority Access CommitteeN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalLaw Offices of Sam J. Polverino2001 - Present
PartnerDavila & Polverino1988 - 2001
AttorneySanta Clara County Public Defender's Office1981 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
Stanford University School of Law, Trial Skills ProgramInstructor1994 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationPresident1993 - 1993
University of San Francisco School of Law, Intensive Advocacy ProgramInstructor1992 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationPresident-Elect1992 - 1992
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationSecretary1991 - 1991
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMember1988 - Present
Barrister's Club of Santa Clara County BarPresident1987 - Present
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMember - Board of Trustees1987 - 1994
Santa Clara University School of LawInstructor: Trial Techniques1986 - 1991
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1981 - Present
CEB Skills WorkshopInstructor - Laying Evidentiary Foundation (1992, 1994, 1995)N/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Black's Law DictionaryPractitioner Contributer2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Santa Clara UniversityPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Sexual Assault Seminar - 1987-1990Sexual AssaultN/A