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Elliot Silver

Criminal defense Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   62 reviews

also known as SILVER LAW FIRM


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About Elliot

Learn Elliot’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Criminal defense
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    Represent criminally accused people charged with criminal traffic offenses, misdemeanors and felonies at all stages of proceedings from investigation, arrest and indictment through trial and sentencing.

    28 years, 10,000 cases

After graduating from the University of Miami School of Law in 1994, I began my legal career as an Assistant Public Defender for Miami-Dade county where I represented people accused of all levels of crimes from misdemeanor to serious felonies.  

 

In the 20 years that I have been an attorney, I have tried over 50 jury trials to verdict and have won nearly all of them.

 

I have dedicated my career to protecting people from the power of the Government.  Without criminal defense attorneys to protect you from the often overreaching power of the police and district attorneys, your legal rights could be trampled on.

 

I am committed to my clients with a passion for justice.  I am here to help you navigate the dangerous waters of the court system and to help get you through your case.  I'm available 24/7, including weekends.  

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Licensed for 27 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 12/04/2022
State FL
Status Inactive
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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SILVER LAW FIRM
1211 Embarcadero
Suite 200
Oakland, CA, 94606

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Truly experienced amazing attorney
Elliot is a magician! I hired him on a personal issue. He is easy to work with, always available, and definitely respected in the courts. They represented me on a case and were by my side the entire process. These 2 are definitely experienced in what they do! Highly recommended. Elliot's email signature is signed as "Boss", definitely is..
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Posted by Shirelle | June 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney!!!
Elliot Silver is a awesome person with a great personality! Also a great attorney that is dedicated to his work and has an passion and a gift to help others. When you call he answers and most definitely gets back to you accordingly. I would strongly recommend him to anyone!!! If you want to be represented well he’s the guy for the job.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Perfect Consultation
Elliot is the most passionate and professional lawyer you will ever get. His advice was precise, and he was not judgemental for the entire time. If you ever find yourself in a problematic situation, do not hesitate but give him a call. He will definitely be on your side and use all of his resources to get you out of trouble!
Posted by Nena | September 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Silver Law Firm Highly recommended
I needed a Lawyer to help me with my case. Being my first time getting in trouble with the law i was confused and did not know what to do. I googled top lawyers in the area Oakland/Hayward/San Leandro etc. & Silver Law was one of the first ones that came up. Elliot responded within minutes after leaving him a VM message. That was a plus. I was going through a rough time and needed a lawyer asap. Long story short, Elliott who is the lawyer was very confident about the years of experience of being a well known top Bay Area lawyer-appearing before the judges in court to defend & represent your case. I was was very comfortable & confident about hiring his firm. He assured me he would work hard to get me a great outcome . Elliott was straight forward and very honest with me from beginning to end. He was kind and understanding to my financial needs during Pandemic. Very affordable , best rate received. I was very satisfied with his staff they were all very helpful in always answering my questions. Elliotts associate Marshall who was excellent in helping me even months after taking care of my case, by contacting me to help sign up for a class i had not yet completed. He helped me get it done as i had forgot to do myself. He was awesome on following up with me to make sure it was done. Thank you to Silver Law. Elliott the lawyer, Associate/paralegal Marshall and the ladies who answered all my calls and Questions every single time. My case was dismissed. Thank you so much for the extra mile you all went to help me out once again. I highly recommend Silver Law Firm.
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, outstanding lawyer
When a family member was faced with an untenable legal situation with a vexatious neighbor with mental health issues, our family turned to Mr. Silver. This issue was put to rest by Mr. Silver, enabling our relative to move away from the building and ongoing situation, in which the unstable neighbor had a history of harassing fellow tenants both physically and by abusing the power of the courts. Mr. Silver stopped what could have been a continuous nightmare. He followed up with reporting (above and beyond our contracted services) to ensure the likelihood of this happening to others in the future was diminished — his diligence helped us heal from the trauma knowing things could improve for others. His compassion and concern are only rivaled by his professionalism, and pragmatic deep understanding of the legal system.
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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Law Firm Ever
Hiring Elliot was the best decision I made. He helped me clear up an old case from the past and kept my family together. If you ever need someone that can get the job done, I highly recommend Silver Law firm you won’t regret it.
Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Lawyer!
Elliot was very patient and understanding when listening to my situation. He took time out of his day to give me a thorough consultation and gave me his opinion on the situation. Very straight shooter and much appreciated advice.
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE MOST AWESOME ATTORNEY IN THE BAY AREA!
UNBELIEVABLE ! This man is magic. Some call it "Skilled", but just wait and watch how he makes things work out not only in his client's best interest, but above and beyond your expectations ! Elliott Silver is the ONLY attorney who will leave you with a feeling that you have been handled with not only consideration and kindness, but a boat load of the ability to turn any situation around to benefit his client's. HE'S ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL ! HAVE NO DOUBT! You're in GREAT HANDS with ELLIOT SILVER ! HE IS BRILLIANT, that's an understatement- HE delivers BEYOND YOUR WILDEST HOPES AND DREAMS! HIRE HIM ! HE"S GREAT ! THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES OVER !
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent defense work
I would like to commend the Silver Law Firm, especially attorneys Tom McMahon and Elliot Silver, for their excellent efforts in working to secure my release from pre-trial incarceration. I had been held for over five months without bail on a first offense of a criminal charge. I had previously hired another attorney from a different firm to represent me in my case, but he could do nothing to effect my release from jail. I finally contacted the Silver Law Firm and both Mr. McMahon and Mr. Silver worked assiduously to secure my release in an emergency bail hearing. I was finally released on a "supervised own recognizance program". I cannot thank Mr. McMahon and Mr. Silver enough for their belief in me and their persistence in ensuring that I received fairness in the judicial process. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their work!
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Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Case Dismissed!
I was in trouble and in need of a great defense attorney, after interviewing multiple firms, Elliot Silver of Silver Law Firm stood out as both experienced and professional. Most attorneys I interviewed wouldn't give me the time of day let alone return my calls. I now understand this is normal in the Bay Area. Elliot was different though. He answered the phone and was strait up honest with me about my situation and his rates. Once I decided to hire Elliot, he was there for me every step of the way. He told me what I needed to hear, not necessarily what I wanted to hear, and it helped immensely. Some people get uncomfortable when an attorney "says it like it is" using everyday language, personally I respect it. His advice, led to my case being dismissed. Without him, I likely would have dug myself further into a hole. Be ready for strait talk and some choice expletives when necessary. Don't worry, he doesn't do that in court. He is the epitome of calm, polite and professional in the courtroom. This guy knows his stuff. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Christine | June 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved my son
I called Elliot after 10pm 2 days before my son was due in court and he completely saved us. My son was on his way to jail, and Elliot was able to keep him out. I was in a complete panic until we met. He treated my son like his own kid! He was only 19 and never had a man in himself life to make him feel protected. Thank you Elliot!!!!
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Posted by Micheal | June 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me
Mr. Silver helped me with a legal issue. Assured me things would be ok and the timeline in the end everything worked out as he said it would. Cost was fair, he responds to calls, emails and gets results. What more do you need in an attorney? I highly recommend you call Elliot when you need help.
Posted by Nate | March 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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I had anxiety for a long time and was unsure about what was going on with my case and as soon as I hired Mr. Silver’s law firm he quickly informed me that he would be on my side and help me through my troubles he texted me on time and promptly to let me know what was going on in my case and at the end beat it
Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent DUI Attorney
I, like so many others before me, made the dumb mistake of driving after a night out with some friends. In my defense, I felt that I was completely sober and capable of driving, but I was very sleep deprived and tired at 5am in the morning. When there was bumper to bumper traffic in front of me, I dozed off for a couple of seconds and the inevitable happened... I got noticed by one of the cops at the accident and he pulled me over to the side. I felt that I passed all of the tests, but the breathalyzer got me exactly at 0.08% BAC and I was inevitably arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence. The next day after being released from the drunk tank, I contacted several of the top lawyers in Alameda County to see whom might be able to help me avoid the charges. I decided to retain Elliot because of his professionalism and honesty. Some of the other lawyers told me that they would for sure be able to get my case dropped because I had blown such a low BAC percentage, but Elliot said that he wasn't going to promise anything because if he did, it would be a lie. What he did promise me was good communication throughout the hearings, his best efforts to get the charges lowered as much as possible, and to represent me in the best possible way. This event in my life was big. I fell into the lowest point of my life and had no motivation to do anything other than to do whatever I could to escape reality. I missed days at work, isolated myself from friends and family, starved and lost almost 20 lbs, and really didn't know what more I had left in me. Elliot was by my side for the entire journey and was easy to reach, didn't miss any hearings or appointments, and always succeeded in giving me the most recent updates as they were made available. He was able to get my DMV hearing completely dismissed with the Helmandollar plea and got the DUI charges dropped to a dry reckless with a $240 traffic ticket, which I am very pleased with. He even went out of his way to pay for my $240 traffic ticket because I was out of the country on a business trip at the time that the ticket was due. If you need a DUI attorney, Elliot is your man.
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Posted by Sabrina | February 4, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
A Lawyer you can trust
I had a crazy case where I was facing two felony charges. I didn't know what to do so I called Elliot and explained my story. He literally told me he will take my case and destroy the guy who was trying to ruin my life. I was so happy, someone was going to fight as hard as i needed. Long story short, He got my case dismissed at trial. No plea deal, nothing which was exactly what I wanted. So Highly recommend using Elliot as a lawyer. You will not be disappointed at all. As a Marine Corp Veteran, I trust Elliot to handle any future cases and I trust him with my life.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer With A Heart
I got into an issue recently and unfortunately luck was not in my favor. Being pretty stressed as this was the first time I had ever been in a situation like this, I quickly reached out to a few lawyers in the bay area. All were great in their jobs I am sure, but none were "human". When I called Elliot, he didn't jump to business, he first put me at ease. He listened. That's important, someone who listens and tries to understand your story. Then, he made me feel comfortable and get me to de-stress about the whole situation. Then, he discussed what the various and most likely options were, no lies, no games, just the truth. Elliot has a calming way of explaining ideas better than you can ever imagine. He told me my story better than I could to my mother. After all of this, he was super honest with the pricing and understood that I didn't have enough funds to pay at the moment, so he help me with that and told me if I could find a favorable price elsewhere, he would match. I didn't try anyone else after a call with him, the quality of his service and his ability to connect with me far surpassed others so there was no point for me to look any further. During the two months he was working on my case, he communicated on a regular basis, and always with a sense of comfort. Finally, on the day of the decision, it went my way. I really hope I never have to use his services again, but, if any of my friends ever ask me for an attorney, the only name I will ever recommend is Elliot, period. Thank you, Elliot. You've been of tremendous help to my family and I, all the best.
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Posted by Michelle | November 25, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Ever Attorney
From the consultation, I knew I was talking to the right Attorney for my husband. Comforting and proffessional he was to my husband and I ...also our 7 year old son. He is a straight shooter. He is so very knowledgable in so many areas. He is now our family attorney! Thank you Elliot. Your determination and motivation inspires us all. Your genuine kindness reminds us to be grateful. And your beat down is why we will always go to you again. Your our Forever Attorney. Love and Respect...Michelle, Michael and Benny..
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Posted by Lisa | November 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top notch brilliant strategist
We hired attorney Silver to deal with a legal matter involving a neighbor who is a vexatious person, and has brought numerous frivolous lawsuits against people. However, even though it was frivilous in nature, we were quite upset as in the slight chance the petitioner would prevail, it would have consequences. Unfortunately, almost anyone can sue anyone, and you never know when you need a lawyer. If you find yourself in a situation that requires legal counsel, I don’t think you could find anyone better than Silver. He is extremely knowledgeable, focused and talented. We prevailed in court, and along this weird unexpected journey, attorney Silver’s competence, kindness and wit made it so much less stressful. He is an impressive guy.
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Posted by Marilyn | November 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Elliot Silver is the lawyer you want
Elliot offered a free initial phone consultation, which was much appreciated. In it, he was detailed in explaining the steps he would take to win and with the best possible outcome. Elliot was consistently professional and confident in his abilities at a time when it was most desperately needed. Rest assured that he will be available around the clock and will reply to your call, text or email promptly day or night. Even better, Elliot has a heart of gold and truly cares about his clients. He is a wonderful wonderful person and despite the terrible awful circumstances in which we came to meet, I am eternally grateful that we did.
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Posted by Tracey | November 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Lawyer that answers his phone on his birthday on a weekend!
We have retained Elliot Silver for two separate matters and he nailed it both times. He is knowledgeable & makes himself available even after hours on his birthday. We trust Elliot to follow thru and he has even drove from Oakland to attend a hearing in Calaveras County for us. We maintained our 2nd ammendment rights because of his representation. If you want a lawyer that listens and truly cares about your interests hire Elliot! He will fight for you and is capable and experienced. I am grateful to have him on my side if needed & I highly recommend Elliott and will be a client for life!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Boss
  • Silver Law Firm
  • 2017 - Present
  • Contract Attorney
  • Law Offices of Julie Allison
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Specially Appointed Public Defender
  • State of Florida
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Elliot Silver, Esq.
  • 1999 - 2017
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Law Offices Of The Public Defender, Miami, Florida
  • 1994 - 1999
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Education

  • College of Marin
  • A.A.
  • 2011
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Miami
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • People v. MW
  • NOT GUILTY!!
  • People v. RS
  • NOT GUILTY
  • People v. Paisano
  • 3 counts attempted homicide dismissed at preliminary hearing
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Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild (Bay Area chapter)
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 10 Best Law Firms
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Ten Best Attorneys - Exceptional & Outstanding Client Service
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2021
  • Ten Best Attorneys - Exceptional & Outstanding Client Service
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Mock Trial Finalist
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (25)
Endorse Elliot
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elliot Silver is top-flight. He knows the law, knows his way around the courtroom, works tirelessly for his clients, and delivers serious results. He has a wealth of experience and is a lawyer of the highest character. I couldn't recommend him more strongly."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Elliot is very experienced and hard working. He knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and he is calm, cool and collected. I recommend him to anyone looking for criminal defense work in the San Francisco Bay Area."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elliot is a great lawyer! I have seen him in court over and over again. He knows exactly what to do in order to get the best outcome for his client and isn't afraid of the fight to get that outcome."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elliot is a true advocate in every sense of the world. He is a fighter and doesn't back down in the face of government overreach. Anyone would be lucky to have him by their side."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Silver is a passionate and devoted advocate for his clients, and is 100% professional, prepared and on top of his game in court. Elliot is the real deal: a lawyer with the potent mix of skill and tenacity that gets results. I wholeheartedly endorse Elliot!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elliot is a hard working attorney and an overall great guy to have in your corner. He is insightful, thoughtful, and skilled - an excellent combination for an advocate. I regularly recommend him to others. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is very clear from many years of experience, contributions and reviews that Mr. Silver is extremely knowledgeable and highly competent."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elliot is a great lawyer and a great guy too. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I was introduced to Elliot from a lawyer in my office. Over the years I have come to know Elliot and even traveled to watch him trial a big felony case in Haywood. He was extremely prepared for the case, having spent weeks getting it ready for trial. Aside from his English accent, Elliot did a great job with the case especially with the hand of cards he was dealt. I would recommend Elliot to you without hesitation because he will leave no stone unturned."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Elliot. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elliot is what you call a heavy hitter, meaning that he takes on serious cases and gets serious results. I don't have any hesitation referring him all kinds of criminal defense matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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