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With over 24 years of legal experience as both a paralegal and then attorney, Certified Family Law Specialist Raquel M. Silva provides legal services to individuals and families throughout Northern California. She practices in all areas of family lawguardianships, adoptions and probate in Yolo County. Estate planning and trust administration services are offered to families throughout Northern California, including Solano and Sacramento Counties.

Ms. Silva operates as a sole practitioner with her office in Davis, CA. As such, she is able to provide that “personal touch” on all of her cases. She is supported by her Paralegal, Julie Barrow, and her Legal Assistant, Diane Brown, both of whom have more than 50 years of combined legal experience.

Before becoming a lawyer, Raquel M. Silva, CFLS*, spent 16 years working as a paralegal on many cases covering areas of the law including: real estate title litigation, business litigation, and corporate law. This breadth of experience allows Ms. Silva and her legal team to provide her clients a level of service that is not found in other law offices. The legal team at the Law Office of Raquel M. Silva, CFLS* is able to approach cases from a multitude of angles — ensuring that clients are provided a detailed picture of their specific situation and the options that are available to them.

Ms. Silva attended UC Davis School of Law, King Hall and graduated with honors in May 2005. During her second year of law school, Ms. Silva became a Certified Law Student for the King Hall Family Protection Clinic. Clinic work enabled her to obtain two years of court and trial experience prior to graduating law school.

In 2012, Ms. Silva became a Certified Family Law Specialist which requires extensive continuing legal education classes in all areas of family law, in addition to the standard California State Bar continuing education requirements. Ms. Silva stays fully informed and up to date in all areas of her practice by attending continuing legal education conferences throughout the year, participating in the continuing education programs offered by theYolo County Bar and Yolo County Family Bar Associations, as well as consulting regularly with financial/tax specialists, divorce coaches, child custody counselors, child custody evaluators, and therapists working with divorcing families.

After passing the California State Bar in November 2005, Ms. Silva opened her law office in her hometown of Davis, CA, where she is actively involved with the community through the Davis Waldorf School, Let It Flow (a water charity founded by the professional skateboarder and Davis native, Nyjah Huston), and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar – Certified Family Law Specialist in 2012

  • California State Bar in 2005

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California in 2006



Practice areas


  1. Family: 75%
    11 years
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
    11 years
  3. Probate: 5%
    11 years


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Contact info

Law Office of Raquel M. Silva

1667 Oak Avenue
Davis, CA, 95616


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist - Family LawState Bar of California2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Paralegal and Office ManagerLaw Office of Yasmin C. Spiegel2000 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sacramento Collaborative Practice GroupMember2013 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2012 - Present
Davis Waldorf SchoolBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Yolo County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Let It FlowBoard of DirectorsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of California - DavisPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A