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Michael J Silveira

also known as Silveira Law

About me

In court, Michael Silveira  has one objective: to win your case!  He believes that everyone accused of a crime  deserves the highest  quality legal representation. 


Michael has handled hundreds of driving under the influence and criminal cases, many of which have resulted in dismissals or reduced charges for the accused.  Michael has also handled literally thousands of traffic cases throughout the entire Bay Area, with the vast majority resulting in dismissals or reductions to no-point violations.


An expert traffic ticket defense attorney, Michael is considered by many to be  one of the few top Traffic Lawyers in Northern California.  Few traffic lawyers can match his proven track record of experience and positive case results.


Michael was born and raised in San Francisco.  While in law school, he focused his studies on Trial Advocacy, the art of persuasion in the courtroom.  He graduated with Honors in the top %8 of his class of over 250 students, and was on the Honor Roll nearly every semester.  He also wrote and edited for the Law Review, a prestigious law journal whose membership is reserved for students in the top    %10 of their class.  After graduation, Michael passed the California Bar Exam on his first attempt.


As a former Judicial Assistant at the San Mateo Superior Court, Michael worked in a courtroom each and every day.  From the unique perspective of a Judge's Assistant, he observed the litigation of thousands of criminal cases and traffic cases.  Michael would constantly evaluate and record which legal approaches were successful in court.  He also had the extremely rare opportunity to directly ask judges what worked and why!


Before his position with the Superior Court, Michael was a bar-certified law clerk with the San Francisco Public Defender's Office.  He directly participated in and co-chaired 7 jury trials, most of which resulted in "hung" juries or not guilty verdicts.


Respected for his tenacity, legal knowledge and advocacy by Judges, Commissioners, Court Staff and even Law Enforcement, Michael is the lawyer you need on your side.


Call 1 415 724 1037 for a free consultation, any day of the week, from 9AM to 10PM.






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Practice areas


  1. Speeding Ticket: 50%
    8 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 50%
    8 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • John Patrick Mccurley

    Anybody who knows Bay Area traffic courts knows that Mike is one of the best traffic and DUI lawyers in the Bay Area. He has worked hard to earn this reputation and has handled literally thousands of traffic cases. He is the person other lawyers call when they have a question about red light camera issues, radar/lidar, reckless driving, excessive speed (100mph+), driver's license suspensions, and traffic appeals. He is the person lawyers hire when they or their friends or family get a speeding ticket.


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  • Nadine Marie Jett

    I endorse this lawyer. His willingness to contribute to the AVVO community along with the substance of those contributions displays an attorney that is ready, willing and able to zealously advocate for his clients. I wouldn't think twice about referring a potential client to Mr. Silveira.


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Contact info

Silveira Law

1686 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103

Silveira Law

184 13th Street
Suite 2
Oakland, CA

Silveira Law

303 Twin Dolphins Dr.
Suite 600
Redwood City, CA, 94065

Silveira Law

Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top ContributorAVVO2013
Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2013
Certificate of ParticipationSecond Annual Traffic Ticket Defense Seminar2012
Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2012
Top ContributorAVVO2012
Juris Doctorate with HonorsGolden Gate University School of Law2007
Top 8th Percentile of Graduating ClassGGU School of Law2006
Bernard Witkin Award for Highest Class Grade in EvidenceBernard E. WItkin Foundation2006
Certificate of Specialization with Distinction in LitigationGGU School of Law2005
CALI Award for Excellence, Real PropertyCALI2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal AttorneySilveira Law2012 - Present
Independent Contract AttorneyVarious DUI and Traffic Law Firms2009 - 2012
Judicial AssistantSuperior Court Of California, County Of San Mateo2008 - 2009
Law ClerkThe Epstein Group2007 - 2008
Bar Certified Law ClerkSan Francisco Public Defender's Office2005 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
California DUI Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
Trial Lawyer's College GroupMember2012 - Present
Silveira LawPresident2012 - Present
Bay Area Traffic Ticket Defense AttorneysMember2011 - Present
San Mateo County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember2009 - Present
The State Bar of CaliforniaMember2009 - Present
San Francisco Bar AssociationSecretary2013 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. Anthony V.All Charges Dismissed
People v. David B.Case reduced to reckless driving
People v. Jeffrey T.Felony charges reduced to one misdemeanor - eligible for special marijuana criminal record destruction. Client spent no time in jail.
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVOHow to FIght a Ticket in San Mateo2012
Golden Gate University Law ReviewDirty Laundry: The Draconian Conspiracy to Launder Money LawsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
GGU School of LawLawTop 8th Percentile of Graduating Class of 2502007
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TrialsSpeedy Trial Motions2014
Mock Trial JudgeTrial Advocacy2014
Mock Appellate Oral ArgumentsJudge at GGU SOL Mock Appellate Oral Arguments2014
Appellate PracticeCriminal Law2013
Second Annual Traffic Ticket Defense SeminarTraffic Tickets: Writs and the Disqualification of Biased Judicial Officers2012
Bay Area Traffic Ticket Defense Attorneys Monthly MeetingCCP 170.6 Disqualification of Biased Judicial Officers2012