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 nearly 1000 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 tens of 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 San Mateo Superior Court, Michael was a volunteer with the San Francisco Public Defender's Office. He directly participated in and co-chaired over 10 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 1 415 795 13890 for a free consultation.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Clients' Choice Award||AVVO||2013|
|Certificate of Participation||Second Annual Traffic Ticket Defense Seminar||2012|
|Clients' Choice Award||AVVO||2012|
|Juris Doctorate with Honors||Golden Gate University School of Law||2007|
|Bernard Witkin Award for Highest Class Grade in Evidence||Bernard E. WItkin Foundation||2006|
|Top 8th Percentile of Graduating Class||GGU School of Law||2006|
|CALI Award for Excellence, Real Property||CALI||2005|
|Certificate of Specialization with Distinction in Litigation||GGU School of Law||2005|
|Principal Attorney||Silveira Law||2012 - Present|
|Independent Contract Attorney||Various DUI and Traffic Law Firms||2009 - 2012|
|Judicial Assistant||Superior Court Of California, County Of San Mateo||2008 - 2009|
|Law Clerk||The Epstein Group||2007 - 2008|
|Volunteer Public Defender||San Francisco Public Defender's Office||2005 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Member||2012 - Present|
|Trial Lawyer's College Group||Member||2012 - Present|
|Silveira Law||President||2012 - Present|
|Bay Area Traffic Ticket Defense Attorneys||Member||2011 - Present|
|San Mateo County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Bar Association of San Francisco||Member||2009 - Present|
|The State Bar of California||Member||2009 - Present|
|San Francisco Bar Association||Secretary||2013 - 2014|
|AVVO||How to FIght a Ticket in San Mateo||2012|
|Golden Gate University Law Review||Dirty Laundry: The Draconian Conspiracy to Launder Money Laws||N/A|
|GGU School of Law||Top 8th Percentile of Graduating Class of 250||2007|
|Golden Gate University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor, With Honors||2007|
|Trials||Speedy Trial Motions||2014|
|Mock Trial Judge||Trial Advocacy||2014|
|Mock Appellate Oral Arguments||Judge at GGU SOL Mock Appellate Oral Arguments||2014|
|Appellate Practice||Criminal Law||2013|
|Second Annual Traffic Ticket Defense Seminar||Traffic Tickets: Writs and the Disqualification of Biased Judicial Officers||2012|
|Bay Area Traffic Ticket Defense Attorneys Monthly Meeting||CCP 170.6 Disqualification of Biased Judicial Officers||2012|
|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.|
|People v. Jason S.||All originally filed charges dismissed, client pled to one infraction violation of VC 23140, no jail time, probation or alcohol classes imposed|
|People v. Sulinder P.||Case Dismissed|
|People v. Nancy G.||Not guilty, client's record is clear and avoided one year license suspension|
|People v. Cody B.||Not Guilty, client avoided 2 points on DMV record|
|People v. Janet B.||Case Dismissed|
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