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Marcia Lynn Silver

Criminal defense Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   37 reviews

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About Marcia

Learn Marcia’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    70%
    Former Deputy District Attorney Specializing in All Areas of Criminal Defense 26 Years Experience As a Lawyer Aggressive Representation and Negotiation Excellent Results Reasonable Rates Free Initial Consultation See Client Reviews on Yelp (Marcia L. Silver Lawyer) All felonies, misdemeanors (including DUI's), probation violation and restraining order cases. Entire San Francisco Bay Area including Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties.

    35 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    Former Deputy District Attorney Specializing in Criminal Defense and DUI Cases 26 years Experience as a Lawyer Agressive Representation and Negotiation Excellent Results Reasonable Rates Free Initial Consultation See Client Reviews on Yelp (Marcia L. Silver Lawyer). Entire San Francisco Bay Area including Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties.

    35 years, 100 cases

  3. Expungement
    10%

I have been lawyer in San Francisco and the Bay Area since 1988.  I am a former Deputy District Attorney and have been practicing criminal law since 1990 and criminal defense since 1997.  I also have experience working at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, the California Supreme Court, Wilson, Sonsini and other civil firms.  I am a member of the California, New York and DC bars.  

 

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Licensed for 34 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/28/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2004
Updated 06/08/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 12/04/2022

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

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Attorney At Law
15 Boardman Pl
San Francisco, CA, 94103-4727

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | November 21, 2021
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She was responsive. She was excellent. She got exactly what I asked for to be done. She was knowledgeable. There is nothing I can complain about. I am truly thankful.
Posted by Zachary | June 4, 2021
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San Francisco's Finest
Marcia is compassionate, empathetic and by far, the most diligent lawyer I've had the fortune of meeting. I was facing a five-year minimum after federal agents burst through my door and raided my house. Marcia not only helped navigate me through the legal process.. but all three counts were dropped and she couldn't have handled it more gracefully. She's honest, knowledgeable and if you're in a bind, Marcia Silver is the best available solution.
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Posted by Henry | December 30, 2020
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Thorough, responsible, great communication
Marcia was recommended to my by a trusted friend for a complicated matter that I had gotten myself into. She took the time to hear the entire story, didn’t cut me off during the winded explanation which allowed me to see that she wants every single detail regardless of I find it necessary or not. She was thorough in every branch of the possible outcome and covering all bases. I felt like she was representing me as one of her kids, and we know that motherly protection is simply bar none! After the initial meeting, she was easy to reach, always willing to go over any questions I may have, and she respected the fact that I cared about her time as well so the level of communication was wonderful and concise! I would recommend anyone who thinks they’re in any situation to hire Marcia. She will not pretend as if she knows if she isn’t 10000% sure. Marcia will dig deep and do whatever it takes to get the information needed to endure a positive outcome of the situation. Her ability to succeed at what she does is a testament to her genuine care for you! I would recommend Marcia to anyone and everyone!
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Posted by Kurt | December 18, 2020
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Marcia is a great defense attorney
I had never had any dealings with a criminal attorney but have dealt with multiple attorneys in corporate matters.  Without any reservations, I would recommend Marcia to anyone who needs an attorney who is a complete professional, will give you their complete attention, do what needs to be done for your case, and will treat you fairly financially.  Never would I have believed that I had to deal with domestic violence criminal case and a restraining order case.  I immediately began my search for help reaching out to attorneys including a larger firm recommended to me by my EAP.  When I met Marcia I felt immediately that she was the best person to deal with my situation.  She listened to my story and immediately developed a strategy to try to get the cases dismissed. She recognized that I was wrongly accused and we were dealing with a vindictive individual.  She took my statement, including going through numerous text messages, getting an investigator to get information on the individual, and created a convincing package for the DA to review.  This was all done in such a professional manner that I could focus on my work and getting this behind me.   In the end, she got both the criminal case and the restraining order case thrown out.  I highly recommend Marcia Silver she’s knowledgeable and knows how to get things done.
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Posted by JW | October 21, 2020
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Honest, Compassionate, and a Clear Communicator
We came to Marcia to get help in sealing an arrest record. Marcia is honest, timely, a clear communicator, and will spend the time to explain things, even to someone who is not well-versed in legal speak at all. Her empathy for difficult and complicated situations also contributes to her professionalism, which was very impressive and appreciated.
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2020
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Great attorney to work with
I hired Marcia to seal an arrest record for me. She got me the results I wanted at the earliest date possible. Marcia is knowledgeable, caring, and honest. It was very important for me to deal with someone I can trust and feel comfortable with. I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Vanessa | February 14, 2020
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Awesome Lawyer
Marcia came highly recommended for me to retain as my lawyer and I'm so happy I went ahead and did. I had a very complicated case and was extremely nervous about the outcome, but Marcia fought hard and got my case dismissed! Not only does she fight for you, but she always makes sure you understand what is going on and what her strategy is so you won't feel left out wondering. She genuinely cares about your mental health and how you're feeling about the outcome of the case, along with always being accessible to you. She's down to earth and immediately makes you feel comfortable. I would highly recommend her services to anyone looking for an attentive, empathetic, hard fighting lawyer!
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Posted by CLW | December 31, 2019
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Marcia is an AWESOME lawyer!
Marcia is a life-changer, life saver. She is so amazing at her craft. I am eternally grateful to her for her professionalism, expertise and tenacity to resolve my issue.
Posted by Hillary | December 30, 2019
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I highly recommend Marcia Silver
Marcia Silver is an extremely talented and caring lawyer. Upon representing me she took the time to get to know myself and the case through and through. Not letting any detail go unnoticed and helping guide me to take all the actions needed to make a deal with the best possible outcome. I couldn't be happier to say, because of Marcia, we were able to resolve my case without ever going to trial and walking away with the best possible outcome. I cannot thank her enough and highly recommend her if you are looking for a lawyer in the Bay Area.
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Posted by andrew siri | December 30, 2019
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Auto Shop Owner
I found Marcia over fifteen years ago when I was dealing with a Felony assault case. She was very professional and understanding, she pretty much walked me thru the very difficult and intimidating procedures of dealing with a criminal case. She met with the DA and they worked out a fair deal that I was happy with. She even helped me reduce my felony to a misdemeanor. Then 11 years later I had to call her about a drinking and driving that I received. I can say shes highly skilled and professional, she knows the LAWS, and will fight for whats fair for you.
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Posted by Anna | May 7, 2019
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Our savior
My husband and I are new to the world of looking for a lawyer to represent us in our criminal case. We were so worried that we couldn't afford a lawyer plus not to mention that we were extremely skeptical of being ripped off. After calling several different lawyers offices on Yelp, I decided to meet with them. Most lawyers we met with were pushy, aggressive and promised too much to the point it wasn't credible. Plus, I can't even begin to mention it was an arm and leg to hire them! After meeting with Marcia, we had a sense of comfort and confidence that she knew what she was doing. She was able to work with our budget and was very fair. We did some research and found out she has been a lawyer for over 30 years and it really does show in the work she accomplished for us. The way that she spoke to us was respectful and she understood our complicated situation. Marcia is very familiar with the criminal court system and clearly has a lot of connections in SF. Marcia explained what our options were clearly so we understood as well. She was incredibly knowledgeable in using different tactics in fighting our case. She knew the people in the court very well from the judges, district attorneys and the lawyer she is up against. Being that my husband and I are new to the criminal world, at all times, Marcia answered all of our ridiculous questions and assured us that we always had options. The charges began as felony charges then Marcia was able to get the court to charge it as only misdemeanor. Soon after she was able convince the DA to transfer our case to neighborhood court! Neighborhood court basically is a program where you complete one or more requirements to have all charges dropped against you. It's the best option if you don't want a permanent record. At the time our case was in neighborhood court, the other party decided to go to neighborhood court and make new false claims to get us kicked out. Marcia refused to give up and fought to get us back in. In the end not only were we able to go to neighborhood court but she was able to seal our records in our last court appearance! So not only are our backgrounds clear but we didn't have to go through the normal year long process of sealing our records! We can't be more happy to know that we can finally say that we should of never been arrested, that we are innocent and we can finally continue with our normal lives. Initially we worried because I saw that these charges were pending and we could of lost our jobs. My husband and I are so thankful to have met Marcia. To top it off, she was also able to guide us through helping us with our restraining order and eviction cases. If she can help you in anyway possible she will. That's the type of person she is. She spent time calling her lawyer friends and connections to guide us as best as she can. She even convinced an eviction lawyer to take on our case pro bono and referred us to a bankruptcy lawyer as well. If she can help in any way she will. There isn't enough words to explain how much she changed our lives for the better. Thank you Marcia from the bottom of our hearts! Keep up the amazing work you do!
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2019
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Motivated and personable
Marcia helped me with a situation I was involved with. I contacted several lawyers but decided to go with Marcia due to her responsiveness and her genuine interest in understanding what needs to be done. I would highly recommend Marcia.
Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2019
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The best lawyer
Imagine your life takes a chaotic turn into a place you have zero knowledge/experience with and you have no one else to help you deal with it. Marcia is literally the exact person you want by your side. She knows the ins and outs of the legal system like the back of her hand, she is super smart, well-respected by her peers, trust-worthy, calm, non-judgemental, readily available by text/phone, and still manages to bring a sense of humor even in the face of the absolute joke/nightmare that is our country's legal system. Most importantly, she gets the best results possible. When I first called her I was hopeless, clueless, and didn't see a way out. She completely turned that all around within one year. Thank you Marcia!
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Posted by anonymous | July 3, 2018
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Very Professional, Helpful, and Understanding!!!
I reached out to Marcia seeking for help in dealing with a website that was publishing false and misleading information. I really appreciate the fact that Marcia went above and beyond to find out the best possible course of action. She really cares for her clients!
Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2018
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Best Bay Area Criminal Defense Attorney
In the rare event that you find yourself wrongfully accused of a horrendous crime, with all of the odds stacked against you, you will need skilled & competent representation to defend your freedom. Marcia is that individual. Before I retained Marcia, I interviewed and evaluated over a dozen of the bay area's top criminal defense lawyers in both education and experience(as you should to achieve the best possible outcome). I believe that Ms. Silver has the right combination of professional experience working as a DA in San Mateo, at a large law firm, and years in private practice criminal defense. Marcia is also licensed in the 2 most difficult states to pass the BAR in both CA & NY. From my personal experience, when a serious false allegation is leveled against you it's one of the most stressful and potential life altering moments of your life. Marcia guided me through every step like the mother I didn't have growing up, from the initial interaction with law enforcement to the successful disposition of the case. If I ever had a question about the process I typically had a response within minutes to hours. Without her I might not have my freedom today to type this review. If you or a loved one is accused of a serious crime without any reservation I suggest you call Marcia. She is honest and if she can't help you she will refer you elsewhere.
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Posted by Kristi | May 29, 2018
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Marcia is
Marcia is a phenomenal lawyer! Her legal mastery and acumen are evident as she is willing to go the extra mile and research options, make contacts and explore multiple strategies. This was so important to our case and a real game changer. Marcia worked closely with our family and had a sincere interest in making sure that she reviewed every angle of my son’s case. She was personally vested to work with him every step of the way, including prep before court, coaching him on the different scenarios that might happen and even recommending what he should wear in court. She gave advice on steps he needed to take to put himself in the best position for a more positive outcome of his case (i.e. get a job, go to school, etc.). I felt she truly cared about his well-being and wanted the best in life for him. She was resourceful, relentlessly tracking down whatever information she could that might help our case. She reached out to her colleagues for their perspective on the different players since this case took place outside of San Francisco. She researched every angle, from the court calendar, DA, PD, and judge for options. I learned a lot personally from watching her approach. It’s not just about the rule of law but negotiating with those related to the case - building relationships, gathering information and using all of that for tactical advantage. I really felt that our son’s case was in good hands with Marcia. She was calm and confident and that inspired confidence in us and our son. She kept us up to date via phone, texts, email, and face to face meetings so we always knew where we stood with the progress of the case. All of her hard work and strategic planning resulted in an outcome of my son's case which was BEYOND all of our expectations! This would not have happened without Marcia’s commitment, dedication, tenacity, moxie and just being an amazing lawyer. We are incredibly grateful to her and lucky that we picked such an awesome lawyer to represent our son.
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Posted by Derek | April 6, 2018
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Marcia is the best
If I could give Marcia more then five stars, I would. I know plenty of attorneys. I know plenty of other professionals in businesses where client service, professionalism and decency are what really makes an impact in people's lives. Marcia is all of those things and more. From calling me back on a Sunday night, to rearranging her Monday, to being thorough and leaving no question unanswered she was amazing for me. She knows her craft and, more then that, knows people. With Marcia I feel confident in saying you will have an ally and someone who has your back - not just a lawyer.
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Posted by Jessie | March 7, 2018
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Life Saver
Marcia is LITERALLY a life saver. Not only did she work immediately to help me, but she explained every detail along the way. I was looking at two very serious charges and she stayed on my case diligently until they were dismissed. She is very experienced/knowledgeable and sincerely cares about her clients. She kept me updated on what she was doing and advised me on exactly what i needed to do as well. I was lucky to have found her! Myself and my family are beyond grateful for her services.
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Posted by anonymous | December 25, 2017
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Highly recommended
Its been a positive experience working with Marcia , she have been very helpful working on my case and explained everything to me. She is very professional and very knowledgeable of the law.. Please don't hesitate to contact her if you need assistance.
Posted by Julie | December 23, 2017
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She knows how to defend you!
Marcia is knowledgeable about the sustem because she used to be a DA. I hired her to defend my son from a first offense. She made it disappear quickly and painlessly.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Marcia L. Silver
  • 1993 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • San Mateo County District Attorney's Office
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Extern
  • California Supreme Court
  • 1987 - 1987
  • Associate
  • Pillsbury Madison & Sutro
  • 1987 - 1990
  • Summer Associate
  • Pillsbury Madison & Sutro
  • 1986 - 1986
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Education

  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Legal Cases

  • Obtained Expungement for Client
  • The court ordered the conviction expunged.
  • Obtained Expungement for Client
  • Court ordered convictions expunged.
  • Won Appeal on Restraining Order Case
  • Won appeal.
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Associations

  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2005
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - 2005
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Criminal Conflicts Attorney - Misdemeanors
  • 1999 - 2005
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Criminal Conflicts Attorney - Felonies
  • 1999 - 2005
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Notable
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Client Choice Award 2017
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Client Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Dean's List
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 1987
  • Dean's List
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 1986
  • Dean's List
  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 1985
  • Cum Laude
  • University of California at Santa Barbara
  • 1983
  • Dean's List
  • University of California at Santa Barbara
  • 1983
  • Dean's List
  • University of California at Santa Barbara
  • 1982
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Speaking Engagements

  • TV Correspondant
  • Murder Trial
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (3)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Marcia Silver on several criminal cases, and I can say without reservation that she is not only very knowledgeable and hardworking, but she is passionate about defending her clients, with a seemingly tireless desires to fight for their rights. I wholeheartedly endorse Marcia."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Marcia professionally for 20 years and have worked with her and consulted with her on many cases. All clients I send to her are very happy with the result and appreciate working with her. For clients, Marcia calms the anxiety from the extremely stressful situation of an arrest / criminal charges. She is very organized and efficient, often negotiating impressive results based on her intelligence and strong relationships with D.A.s in various counties. As a veteran trial attorney, Marcia effectively defends cases in court. She is exemplary in all phases of representing clients in criminal cases, DUIs, expungements, etc. and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with consulting attorneys. I highly recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Marcia is a very good and skilled criminal defense and trial attorney. I have consulted with her several cases in the past and each time I have been impressed with her knowledge and expertise. It has been an honor to know her and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marcia is a asset to the community. She is ethical and forthright and yet she is pragmatic. I have known her for eight years and during that time I have grown to respect her and admire her work ethic."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Other
"I practice out of state and had the need to consult with a criminal attorney for a client who had a criminal issue arise in CA. Marcia was very knowledgable on the issues and was able to ease my client's fears about the process. I would have no hestitation to refer other criminal matters to Marcia in the future."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Marcia probably 20 years ago when she was a DA and I was a defense attorney. I know her work as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. She is an excellent lawyer. She is very dedicated to her clients and gets amazing results. I would wholeheartedly recommend her to any potential defendant looking for a criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Marcia Silver is is a great lawyer. She is intelligent. She knows the law and she really cares about her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Marcia is a fantastic lawyer who understands how to fight all out for her clients. I've had the pleasure of talking strategy with Marcia on numerous DUI cases. She knows how to get the best results and knows what it takes to win a Jury Trial. I highly recommend consulting with Marcia before making a decision on which criminal attorney to hire."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Marcia Silver without reservation. She does excellent work, and works very, very hard to defend her clients. I have seen her handle many cases, and she gets great results. One reason for that is that she never, ever gives up. She really listens to her clients and finds out what they need. Then she goes after the prosecution and finds a way to win, often by getting them to drop charges! She's great!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Highly experienced criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Marcia for over 15 years. I refer anyone who contacts me seeking criminal defense. She has handled a range of cases for these people, from DUI to sexual assault. She is attentive and responsive, and has gotten them excellent results."
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San Francisco Criminal defense Lawyer Marcia Lynn Silver
Marcia Lynn Silver
Criminal defense Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 34 years
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