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David Richard Silldorf

Criminal defense Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   37 reviews

also known as Law Offices of David R. Silldorf, APC

  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    25%
    Tough, experienced trial lawyers ready to fight back to protect our clients. David Silldorf has been trusted by thousands of people to help them successfully deal with their criminal cases over the past 14 years.

    17 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%

    17 years

  3. Domestic violence
    25%

    17 years

  4. Federal crime
    25%

    17 years

Mr. Silldorf focuses his practice in the areas of both federal and state criminal defense.  He has successfully defended serious federal cases throughout the country including California, South Carolina, Wyoming, and North Dakota, to name a few.

 

Mr. Silldorf has represented thousands of defendants charged with a variety of offenses in both federal and state courts and has tried several significant, high-stakes cases to verdict.  Mr. Silldorf has also represented clients before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals including at oral argument.  Additionally, Mr. Silldorf has been designated by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California as an experienced criminal practitioner qualified to handle appointments arising under the Criminal Justice Act.     

 

 

 

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Location

David Silldorf Law
402 W Broadway Suite 1300
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Reviews

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Posted by Sergio | August 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An exceptionally GREAT attorney
Mr Silldorf was my attorney when I was going through my legal proceedings recently. Throughout the whole ordeal, Mr Silldorf displayed nothing but the utmost professionalism and respect to not only myself but to my loved ones who faced this ordeal with me. At no time, was Mr Silldorf misleading with any information from the government or parties involved. He is very knowledgeable with what he does and also is the true definition of what an empathetic attorney who is truly for his client is all about. I definitely recommend him to anybody in need of a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by Jose | May 10, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Happy Client
I never do reviews but this time I will. When my wife, whom I have 2 kids with was arrested for a serious felony drug offense and looking at 5 to 10 years sentence and deportation my world became real grey. Thinking on my wife and kids future made me so nervous, and I had 6 hard nights while she was in jail. When my 8 year old son would call her cell number to see where she was and why she wasnt coming home that just destroyed me. I knew I had to get her the best attorney I could find. Iam so glad I chose David Silldorf. Since our first meeting and on all our meetings I met him in person and he always told us straight up everything with no false promises. So I new I had made the right choice, and Iam so happy to say that after a few months he worked out the best possible outcome of a misdemeanor with time served and dismissal of the serious charge. Thank you sooo much david!!! You gave me and my family so much happiness and it means the world to me to be able to see my family happy. I will for ever be gratefull to you and your team.
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Posted by Dror Chen Shoval | March 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
The best legal protection I have got in my whole life
MR Silldorf is a super thorough, profound and professional persona. In contrary to other criminal lawyers I have interacted with before, he is very straightforward, unequivocal and quick thinker which means that he finds sophisticated solutions for complicated situations. When I hired him, I was charging with a felony, then it dropped to misdemeanor and after a wise strategy initiated by him, my case is going to be totally dismissed within one year, that is means - clean record !! I'm super satisfied with the result and couldn't get something better than this outcome. Don't waste your time by going through a whole unnecessary research to find the right fit for you in the matter of criminal representation. MR Silldorf is the criminal attorney who actually perform acts in the field instead of offering baseless promises like many other attorneys do. Highly Recommended !!
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Posted by Isidro | February 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
David was professional, friendly, reliable, and went out of his way to meet at a time that worked for us. He was very honest from the start and his sense of humor really made us feel comfortable and at peace during a moment of extreme stress and commotion. He really worked with us even when we hired him at very short notice. We could not be happier with the outcome he helped us achieve. He is a true professional, we have nothing but great things to say about him. You will not regret your decision to work with him.
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Posted by Daniel G. | December 31, 2021
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Results Driven Attorney
In an attempt for my soon to be ex-wife to gain leverage in a custody dispute, she pressed domestic violence charges in which the DA pursued initially. I hired David after several highly positive recommendations. David aggressively attacked the charge, engaging with the DA directly and using his knowledge and expertise to convince the DA it was a bad charge. David got the DA to drop all charges and all dismissed. I HIGHLY recommend hiring David to defend you and your situation. He is professional, clearly communicates and persistent to gain the very best possible outcome for his client. I would go to him again in a heart beat so protect my rights and freedoms.
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Posted by Edith | November 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer!!!
I was put in a life changing situation, incarcerated, and assigned the worst public defender! I meet with a couple of lawyers, and after meeting with David I knew he was the lawyer to help prove my innocence! He was my right hand through this tough situation, and was able to have my case dismissed!! I thank God that I had David walk me through this tough time! If you’re in a tough situation David will help you!!!
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Posted by Jim | August 17, 2021
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No Charges
My son was involved in a non-injury related hit and run, however that was not known at the time as there was very little information provided by the police. Through advisement from a friend, we contracted David and he took care of everything from there. The first instruction was to have no direct contact with the police from anyone in our family and that is a take away that I would advise to anyone! David spoke with the police and turned what could have been a hit and run, into a collision report. David recognizes that these can be stressful times for families and does a fantastic job of communicating through each step of the process. What could have been more severe is now just an expensive lesson for my son. As I told David, I hope I never have to use him again but am definitely saving his number in the event that I do.
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Posted by Jessie | July 16, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer you will ever find!
I met with Mr. David Sildorf a little over a year ago, I was scared and facing some serious charges. We met and went over the case he charged me a very reasonable amount and proceeded to get to work on my case. He got me the best deal, we didn't even think was possible, and kept in contact with me throughout the whole time, he made me feel safe and secure and assured me I was making the right decisions. If your looking for a lawyer that actually cares and who will do everything in his power to get you the best deal there is call Mr.Sildorf, I promise you wont regret it!
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Posted by Thomas | May 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
No charges filed
I was being investigated for a hit and run involving several vehicles with alcohol being involved. Luckily I hired David Silldorf within days and he took charge of the problem. He made sure I did not incriminate myself by speaking with police, in fact I never had to talk to them at all. Within 10 days of the incident he worked with investigators to completely halt the investigation. No criminal charges were filed, and I was able to file it as a normal insurance claim. He saved my record and my career. Highly recommend, it could not have turned out better for me. Thanks David.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Defense
Thank you so much for defending my case.. definitely felt like family .. i was comfortable at what he had. Sad through the case
Posted by Dannia | April 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Federal Case
It was a pleasure working with attorney David Richard Silldorf. I was detained at Campo Station for Alien Smuggling with three individuals inside my car. Thanks to the help of David I was not convicted because he was able to dismiss my case from preventing it from being filed. I was in a really bad position and pictured I had no way out from serving jail time. It was a traumatic horrible experience that I committed with my partner. Working with David was a blessing due to his great communication skills, integrity and honesty throughout my case process. I have a lot of respect for David because he did not guarantee the best results, but ended with the best news. Forever thankful and 100% recommend to whoever comes across the same or similar issue as I did. 
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Posted by Rabbi Chalom Boudjnah | April 13, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Smart, professional and excellent lawyer
As the rabbi of a large congregation we have members who are in need of a criminal attorney. Life is not always simple and when one finds himself /herself in this situation it is imperative to have the very best attorney at your side. David is very intelligent, he is a fighter and he is compassionate. I have referred to him many clients over the years and all have been extremely happy with his services. I will continue to refer as many people as needed so that in those situations they can have the best lawyer one can ask for. Don't hesitate to contact him, you are making the right choice. And all the best.
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Posted by Simona | April 12, 2021
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5 stars are not enough!!!!!!
I can’t say enough good things about David Silldorf. If I could give more stars here I would. He isn’t the cheapest criminal defense lawyer, but you 100% get what you pay for. If you’re looking for the best, look no further. David is the real deal. You won’t be disappointed.
Posted by Hana | April 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Saved my life, literally!
David was a godsend to me and my family. I faced serious potential consequences in federal prison (10-year-minimum-mandatory exposure). He started fighting the minute we retained him, and didn’t stop until my case was dismissed. Thank you, David. From the bottom of my heart. I will never forget what you did for me. You saved my life.
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2021
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The best lawyer
The best lawyer, As soon as I met him I knew that I’m going to be OK the knowledge and experience that he have Help a lot to get me off the hook
Posted by Joe | April 11, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Problem solved
Legal problems can happen. From here it can go worse or get better. David’s ability to listen, analyze and solve tough legal issues is exceptional. Highly recommended.
Posted by Denise Merienne | April 10, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Salvo mi vida
El abogado David Silldorf simplemente salvo mi vida yo tuve un caso de felonía en Mayo del 2018 y me esperaban no menos de 6 años, me toco un juez que es considerado de los mas difíciles, sin embargo, David me llevo por buen camino y supo manejar mi caso a la perfección, es una persona muy responsable y atenta, gracias a Dios y al trabajo de David al momento de llegar a mi juicio me dieron tiempo servido (Salí el mismo año ). Hoy en día me siento muy agradecida con David ya que pude retomar mi vida. Me encuentro estudiando y a la mitad de mi carrera y todo gracias al apoyo que me brindo en mi caso.
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Posted by Gigi | April 2, 2021
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I got back my freedom..
After long legal battle , Lawyer Silldorf win my case. He was wiser, kind do care for us and very attentive... are awesome lawyer. My case was very serious, was 1 to 5 years of prison time but my Lawyer Silldorf gave a great defense and I GOT MY FREEDOM BACK . Thank you Thank you. Thank you God and Thank you David I am so glad , God send him to us. My family and I will always greatful. I got my life back , my freedom... BEST DEFENDER LAWYER EVER.
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Posted by Jonathan | March 26, 2021
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My feedback
I contacted 12 lawyers when I was on my hunt for attorneys David being one of them. When I met him i automatically knew he was serious I just had this intuition he was different then the other lawyers I had previously met with he was dressed casual, not trying to hard you can say which is what stood out to me. I decided to hire him the very next day. I was looking at 10 years possibly with a drug charge. He got me down to a cash bulk smuggling charge then a false start charge, I pleaded guilty to the false statement charge and he got me time served I had only done about a month and 3 months on house arrest. If I were to recommend any federal lawyer he is the one. He’s definitely not lazy and get things done the day of if not the next day, he will be on you and tell you what you need to do like a good lawyer should be. He knows what he’s doing and is very well known in the court, I wouldn’t have hired any other lawyer if I can go back. Definitely got my money’s worth!
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Posted by Gavin | January 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Superior Criminal Defense!
All I can say is wow and thank God for Criminal Defense Attorney David Silldorf! Once I met with David, I could tell right off the bat, that he could & would do everything needed to put me at ease and resolve my case, with the most positive outcome for me. He is very thorough in his communication and delivers this information with clarity, concern and empathy for your well being and absolute best case resolution! He is genuine, empathetic, sympathetic, and an absolutely professional Lawyer of the highest integrity, who can deliver, the hands down, best possible resolution in your case. He kept me informed when needed and handles your case with care, expertise and dedication. I would recommend him to ANY & ALL needing the absolute best in a criminal defense attorney! He’ll fight for your freedom to get the results you deserve and need. He earns and deserves every hard earned dollar he charges. If you’re seeking the best possible outcome in your case, he is your man! Considering I started out with an Assault w/a deadly weapon charge, and in tears in his office, he was not only able to get my charges reduced, he calmed my nerves and reduced my stress level to a 3.5 from a 10.5! I never had needed a Lawyer, however I’m beyond grateful David Silldorf was there for me in my desperate time of need! He took care of everything and his knowledge, experience and expertise will serve you well! You get what you pay for & I guarantee you are getting the very best if you retain David as a member of your Criminal Defense legal team! Your freedom should not to be taken lightly and he’ll fight for your freedom! Thank you, thank you, Thank You, David, for handling my case and getting me a result I never thought was possible! God Bless you and your family David! Stay safe. Sincerely, Gavin M
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 90 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of David R. Silldorf, APC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Silldorf & Levine, LLP
  • 2013 - 2018
  • Adjunct Professor
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Trial Attorney
  • Law Offices of Timothy A. Scott, APC
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Associate Attorney
  • Silldorf & Levine, LLP
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • San Diego Public Defender's Office
  • 2005 - 2005
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Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Boston University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003
  • Trinity College, Oxford University
  • N/A
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • United States v. an Individual
  • Dismissed
  • United States v. Individual
  • Dismissed pre-indictment
  • People v. an Individual
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • San Diego Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association (San Diego chapter)
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2017
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2017
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Best Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyer: Criminal Law
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2017
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • San Diego Magazine
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Advance Trial Practice
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2007
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Arbitration Advocacy
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2006
  • American Jurisprudence Award - ADR
  • California Western School of Law
  • 2006
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Boston University
  • 2003
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Boston University
  • 2003
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Exploring Careers in Criminal Law
  • Thinking About Going to Law School?
  • 2012
  • Criminal Law Panel
  • Exploring Options in Criminal Law
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Recommended with complete confidence."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. I highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly skilled and incredibly passionate, hire him today."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
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San Diego Criminal defense Lawyer David Richard Silldorf
David Richard Silldorf
Criminal defense Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 16 years
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