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 2014-17 and selected "Top 100 Lawyers" by the American Society of Legal Advocates in 2014-17. Additionally, he was recognized as a "Premier" trial attorney in the State of Arizona by The National Academy of Jurisprudence, 2015, 2017, and was recognized as one of the top DUI attorneys in the State of Arizona by The National Advocacy for DUI Defense, 2015-16.
He has been practicing law since 1997. His courtroom experience is immense. He has represented clients in over 5000 cases, including over 2000 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