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Seasoned criminal defense attorney James E. Silverstein has been a Los Angeles-based Criminal Defense Attorney his entire career. His practice is geared solely towards the representation of people who are being investigated for, or charged with crimes, whether in State or Federal Court. Attorney Silverstein’s calendar is among the busiest in Los Angeles County. On any given day, he and his staff travel throughout the county appearing in a dozen or more courthouses. He also appears in neighboring counties and states. Attorney Silverstein is very passionate about protecting his clients and their rights.

James E. Silverstein has spent his career representing people from all walks of life, both high-profile and low-profile. Mr. Silverstein has represented numerous police officers and their family members, medical doctors, and even fellow attorneys who have been accused of crimes. Mr. Silverstein has also represented several celebrities, and is a regular celebrity legal analyst for various media outlets, including the HollywoodLife.com website.

Attorney James E. Silverstein was born in Beverly Hills, California, and has lived in the Los Angeles area for almost 40 years. His mission is to help people in need; those who feel oppressed and powerless because of the powerful and long reach of the government. Mr. Silverstein has a particular affinity for helping juveniles and young adults turn their lives around.

Attorney Silverstein was raised by his mother Susan, who taught him the importance of strong work ethics and the passionate pursuit of his goals, whether professional or otherwise. James E. Silverstein has dedicated the success he achieves in his career to the memory of his cherished mother, whose life was cut short by cancer some years ago. For every hard-fought victory he earns for a client, Mr. Silverstein firmly believes that the spirit and wisdom of his mother guided him towards that end.

James E. Silverstein was a Dean’s List student at California State University, Northridge, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and a Minor in Political Science. James E. Silverstein took every relevant legal course available in college to gear him up for the battle of practicing law. James E. Silverstein also served as the Vice President of the CSUN Pre-law Society.

James E. Silverstein excelled in his legal studies in Law School. He graduated at the top of his class, and earned a Juris Doctorate cum laude from Glendale University College of Law. While in Law School, James E. Silverstein won numerous American Jurisprudence Awards. American Jurisprudence Awards are given to the student who earns the highest grade in a particular course. Mr. Silverstein earned awards in Criminal Law, Agency & Partnership, Community Property, Constitutional Law, Ethics, Legal Writing, Remedies, Sales, Torts, and Trusts. James E. Silverstein also served as an editor for his school’s Law Review, and he authored an article, which was published nationally.

While in Law School, James E. Silverstein was a Judicial Law Clerk for a respected Judge in the Los Angeles Superior Court in Van Nuys. During this time, Mr. Silverstein gained years of valuable insight about how to be successful in the courtroom; he observed “the good, the bad, and the ugly” of legal representation. This insight has served him well in representing his own clients.




Following James E. Silverstein’s Clerkship with the Superior Court, he received extensive training in criminal prosecution as a Certified Law Clerk with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Offices, in the Bureau of Fraud and Corruption, where he worked on complex white-collar crime cases. Mr. Silverstein helped prosecute complex forgery, embezzlement, and multiple-defendant insurance fraud cases. Because Mr. Silverstein has worked on both the prosecution and defense sides of the criminal law table, he is uniquely able and qualified to evaluate a case’s strengths and weaknesses.

Today, James E. Silverstein represents clients at all stages of State and Federal criminal proceedings, including trials, preliminary hearings, contested motions, post-conviction relief, and appeals. Mr. Silverstein oversees all legal research and motion preparation. His attention to detail and ability to communicate well with others aids him in achieving positive results for his clients.
James E. Silverstein is active in the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.