Meet Attorney David Silldorf

San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyer

David Silldorf is a trial lawyer and partner at Silldorf Law, LLP. He has devoted his career to representing individuals charged with a wide variety of crimes as well as administrative and civil matters with fraud or criminal overtones. Over the years, he has successfully helped thousands of people charged with criminal offenses in both federal and state courts. David has been actively involved in all stages of the defense of these matters, from preliminary investigation, through grand jury proceedings, to trial. At Silldorf Law, LLP, Mr. Silldorf manages the criminal defense and civil rights departments as well.

About Attorney Silldorf's Approach

David institutes aggressive trial and appellate advocacy. His firm prides itself on original motions practice, achieved through individualized and focused attention on each and every one of his clients. His tireless trial preparation system has resulted in many acquittals and hung juries as well as reversals in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. David's fearless approach to his clients' matters has led to countless cases being dismissed before trial as well.

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A History of Success

David has been designated by the Federal U.S. District Court for the Southern of District of California as an experienced criminal practitioner qualified to handle appointments arising under the Criminal Justice Act. The firm's close proximity to the international border has a strong influence on David's caseload. He regularly represents individuals charged with drug and immigration-related offenses.

David Silldorf has an 10.0 Superb Rating by Avvo and is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated!


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He has also represented clients facing a wide variety of federal charges, including:

  • Bank robbery
  • Fraud
  • Counterfeiting
  • Pornography
  • Assault
  • RICO organized crime allegations
  • Firearms offenses

David's state court practice is equally significant. He has handled scores of crimes, including:

Complementing his trial court experience, David has also been selected to serve on the CJA Appellate Panel where he represents defendants before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. There are 31 criminal appellate lawyers who have been admitted to serve on this panel for the Southern District of California.

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Work Outside the Courtroom

In addition to his work in the courtroom, David regularly gives back to his community where he is actively involved in bar associations and trial attorney organizations. He has also served as an adjunct professor, mock trial team coach, and been invited to lecture to industry and legal groups. He is an elected board member for the San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association where he serves to advocate for local initiatives within the criminal justice system as well as providing his colleagues and fellow practitioners with continuing legal education opportunities. David is also a member and regular contributor to the San Diego Lawyers Club, the San Diego Federal Bar Association and the Inns of Court, Welsh Inn.

Education & More

David graduated from California Western School of Law with honors in criminal defense practice. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston University summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with an independent concentration in Philosophy, Law, and Ethics. From 2008-2012, he was an associate trial attorney with a local criminal defense firm before he brought his criminal defense practice and trial skills to Silldorf Law, LLP. Since joining Silldorf Law, LLP, David has expanded his practice to include complex litigation matters and police brutality and civil rights cases.

David trains and competes in Shaolin Fua Kempo as a black belt, runs, hikes, plays competitive chess, and has a black and tan Hovawart office dog named Hudson.

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