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Mr. Silvoso’s primary areas of practice are firearms law and criminal defense.


Mr. Silvoso has represented numerous individuals charged with criminal violations.  He has successfully defended clients in all manner of state charges ranging from infractions to multi-count felony indictments with sentencing enhancements.  Mr. Silvoso has appeared in courts throughout California while representing clients charged with driving under the influence, domestic violence, environmental crimes, local housing/health code violations, possession of controlled substances, possession of “assault weapons,” carrying firearms concealed/loaded, brandishing, possession of illegal weapons, possession of stolen property, prohibited person in possession of firearms, and many others.  While in law school, Mr. Silvoso worked with a prosecutor for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office in the Hardcore Gang Unit.


Mr. Silvoso is particularly well versed in both California and federal firearm laws.  He researched and drafted many of the legal memoranda that Michel & Associates, P.C. makes available relating to firearm issues.  He has counseled hundreds of individuals over the years concerning state and federal firearm laws, and has represented firearm dealers in proceedings with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the California Department of Justice. 


Joe has also lectured on, and taught, firearms law courses to the general public and to attorneys as part of a continuing legal education program.


Mr. Silvoso graduated from Whittier Law School in 2006 in the top third of his class with a specialization in criminal law. Before law school he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia majoring in English.


Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 35%
  2. Government: 20%
  3. Federal Regulation: 20%
  4. State & Local Law: 20%
  5. DUI & DWI: 5%



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180 E Ocean Blvd Ste 200
Long Beach, CA, 90802


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMichel & Associates, P.C.2007 - Present
Certified Law Clerk-Hardcore Gang UnitOrange County District Attorney's Office2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Public Defenders AssociationN/AN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
National Rifle AssociationN/AN/A
California Rifle and Pistol AssociationN/AN/A
Safari Club InternationalN/AN/A
Ducks UnlimitedN/AN/A
National Wild Turkey FederationN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. DominguezMisdemeanor Probation
People v. SolisDismissed
People v. CorwinDismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Paperback BookCalifornia Gun Laws (acknowledged contributor)2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of MissouriN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Women on TargetFirearms Law2012
Firearms For Attorneys CLEFirearms Laws2012
Firearms For Attorneys (CLE)Firearms Law2012
Firearms for Attorneys CLEFirearms Laws2011
Women of the Outdoors GatheringFirearms Law2010
Firearm Law ClassFirearms Law2010