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Samira Amato

Litigation Attorney at San Jose, CA

4.2   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Samira

Learn Samira’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    Business Litigation

    11 years

  2. Employment and labor

  3. Family

    11 years


Samira Amato is first and foremost an excellent litigation attorney. Amato has many years of experience in the courtroom and is trained in the highest standards of trial advocacy. She brings that tradition of excellence to the private practice of law. Amato entered the legal practice to obtain favorable results for her clients. Amato has litigated cases in Federal Court, State Court and the Appellate Court.

After graduating with honors from University of California at Berkeley, Ms. Amato joined the Peace Corps. Thereafter earned her JD from Santa Clara University School of Law with a specialization in intellectual property. She subsequently clerked for Judge Katherine Lucero of the Superior Court of California County of Santa Clara. Amato has been practicing law since 2003 and is a member of the State Bar of California in good standing.

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Law Office of Samira Amato
2033 Gateway Pl.
5th floor
San Jose, CA, 95110


4.2 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
Posted by Lisa | April 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SAMIRA is my Legal Counsel, representing me during my divorce. Without her dedication and expert handling of all matters, I would have walked away with nothing. She is a very compassionate and competent attorney.
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Worked with me through COVID-19 Crisis/Changes
As a small business I was lost as to all the changes. I wanted to focus on making ends meet and did not have the bandwidth to deal with the legal requirements/changes for my business. Ms. Amato spend good quality time with me during this time and is pulling me through this crisis.
Posted by Ravi | November 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was referred to her and thankful for that
After spending over 70k on a previous attorney who accomplished next to nothing, I was happy to find Samira who assisted me through my case, and FINISHED it for me.
Posted by Sean | September 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No joke
I retained Ms. Amato as my attorney for a contract dispute. She was very pleasant but when we got to Court, she was no Joke. Her command and sternness in courtroom was a definite two thumps up
Posted by Jim | June 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring and Competent
I've used Law Office of Samira Amato for my legal issues a few times. Ms. Amato was the attorney on my cases. First was for my business dispute with my partner and second was my dissolution/nullity action. I was very happy each time. She was very professional, caring, and fair; I was completely satisfied and pleased with the results of my cases. If I need further legal representation I will for sure use Ms. Amato the future.
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Posted by anonymous | August 6, 2014
My vote of approval
I really enjoyed working with her. She was very familiar with my case, the details of it and her way around the Court process. One thing I liked about her is that she really cared.
Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2014
kept things under control
I used Ms. Amato for my family law matter, she was very helpful in setting up my expectations by knowing her way around the court system and the law. She did not go through my retainer like my last attorney. She was thoughtful of my financial situation and worked with me to keep cost under control.
Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2014
One of the few good attorneys I have met
I have and worked with other Attorneys prior to hiring Ms. Amato. So I am very familiar with the legal process, attorneys personality and know how. While I anticipated a stressful process, my expectations were exceeded by her knowledge, ability and control over the case, the other attorney and the Court. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2013
won my case
I really liked her. She was very good. She fought for what I wanted. It's not too often you meet attorneys who know the law, can fight and are real people too. So it is nice so meet someone who is a real person and knows the real issues.
Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2013
A fighter.....
Very aggressive in court, no none sense attorney
Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2012
Made an unpleasant case better
prior to obtaining Ms. Amato I contacted several firms in the area who I met with and they gave me high retainer and a true sales pitch. However, when I went to Samira she was honest, straight forward and properly prepared me for the road ahead. I got the results that i wanted and was happy to work with her. She is very pleasant and personable.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2012
Good Attorney
I had a great experience with Samira Amato. She is a great attorney.She is knowledgeable and strategic, and argues her own cases. She answered and listened carefully to all my questions and concerns and provided really valuable advice.
Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2012
Trustworthy and competent
Samira handled our litigation matter very competently and zealously. She was very prompt and responsive. She cared genuinely for us and did not over charge us. Needless to say we were very happy with the results and I recommend her all the time to friends and colleagues
Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2012
good DV and divorce lawyer
For divorce and DV cases I would highly recommend this attorney. She knows what she is doing, and is experienced in family law and Domestic Violence cases. As a former client, I was quite happy with not only the outcome of the case, but her level of understanding why I needed things done a certain way in my case. She understood opposing counsel well, which made things easier. I have hired other attorneys just before hiring her, but they just weren't getting it. She is trustworthy, and clear about what can and cannot be done. her predictability in outcome is pretty accurate.
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Posted by john | July 17, 2015
Ok attorney but had communication problems
Samira helped me in a very difficult case involving a lot of money and multiple residential properties. I felt that she did not really know the legal issues, but helped me negotiate out of court a satisfactory agreement which I was very happy with. I feel I was over-billed. And now when I try to get documents pertaining to the case my requests by email and phone calls are ignored. For my next legal issue I went to someone else.
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Response from Samira Amato August 26, 2015
John, We are sorry about your experience. Feel free to contact the office anytime for a copy of your documents. We work hard to respond to our client's request in order to ensure they receive their documents in a timely manner. Also, if you have any billing issues do not hesitate to contact us in this regards.
Posted by anonymous | December 22, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Poor service, communication and integrity
I contacted Samira regarding an employment law matter, and she did not respond to any of my emails for more than 8+ months. Even though I sent her multiple follow ups via email from April 2022 through November 2022. She offers no customer service, or satisfaction. She has no integrity per my one phone call with her. During our consultation call, she stated she was going to take one action, but within the hour I received a disappointing email from her. She does not read emails or replies to emails or texts. Do not waste your time with this attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | July 10, 2012
family law
Samira was incompetant.She had stated she was skilled. She did not do the simple things required to help our case to a satisfactory conclusion. We are worse off than if we had not used her help. She befriended opposing counsel and allowed him to control the case. She was seen laughing and giggling with opposing counsel when she was suppose to be negotiating on our behalf. She did not represent us in a satisfactory manner. If she is the best Sagaria law has to offer I would go else where.
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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2009
a complete waste of time, energy and money, and she did not do ANYTHING I ordered her to do.
Hmmmm, let me see. Never once did what I told her to do, even when put in writing, convinced me to mediate an issue with people she KNEW were biased, and then refused to have the orders I paid so much for put into writing or enforced. I had to fire her for nonfeasance. She might care, but what that gives you after you pay her is a whole lot of nothing. I would not use her again, nor would I recommend her to anyone who cares about the future of their family. This is as poor an advocate as you can get.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 375-425 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Office Of Samira Amato
  • 2003 - Present
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Superior Court of California
  • 2002 - 2002


  • Santa Clara Univ SOL
  • law
  • 2002
  • Univ of California Berkeley
  • undergraduate
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • The Court reversed the judgment because plaintiff failed to prevail on any requisite cause of action to support the award.


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member in Good Standing
  • 2003 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Farsi
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Honors
  • Graduated with Honors from UC Berkeley
  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • Family law and Domesitc Violence Seminar
  • Legal issues dealing surrounding Family law
  • 2014
  • Divorce Care and Recovery
  • Helping families through Divorce
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (13)
Endorse Samira
Litigation Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse and highly recommend this lawyer based on her thorough and knowledgeable answers on Avvo."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Samira as an experienced and aggessive lawyer and litigator in divorces, custody matters and related family law matters."
Family Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have the pleasure working against her in few cases. She is firm, compassion and very professional."
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Samira. Highly respected in the legal community with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Business Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the privilege of working with Ms. Amato on several occasions. I think she is quite capable, and shows genuine concern for her clients. She works hard for her clients and is result oriented."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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San Jose Litigation Lawyer Samira Amato
Samira Amato
Litigation Attorney
San Jose, CA
Licensed for 19 years