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Matthew Vernon Silva

also known as Matt Silva

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.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Romanian

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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 30%
    9 years, 7 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    9 years, 1.8 thousand cases
  3. Speeding Ticket: 20%
    9 years, 10 thousand cases
  4. Real Estate: 20%
    4 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • James Karl Jordan IV

    I endorse this lawyer. It is my understanding that having worked in the district attorney's office is highly beneficial to any criminal defense attorney. I endorse this lawyer for his skill and thoughtfulness to clients.


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  • Mark V. Clay

    I highly endorse Mr. Silva. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who produces great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact him first.


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Contact info

Silva, Kiernan & Associates, PLLC

2416 Commerce Road
Jacksonville, NC, 28546


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2016
Top 10 Under 40National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
10 Best in North CarolinaAmerican Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys2015
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
Managing PartnerSweet-Silva Investments, LLC2012 - Present
PartnerSilva & Sweet, PLLC2012 - 2013
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
North Carolina State BarMember2007 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Onslow County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Sigma Chi Alumni AssociationMember2000 - Present
Deppe Pines Memorial ParkPresident2012 - 2014
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
Coastal Carolina Paralegal StudiesLaw Practice Management2016
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