Thursday, December 14, 2017

Attorney Profiles

Elliot Silver
The Ordway Building
1 Kaiser Plaza, Suite 2300
Oakland, California 94612


Communication Center
Phone: (510) 836-0100
E-mail: Email Me
Fax: (510) 832-3690
Web site:

Position Areas of Practice Education

Elliot Silver was born in London, England.  He attended the University of Miami for undergraduate where he received honors in Communication and History.  In 1994, Elliot graduated from the University of Miami, School of Law, where he was the mock trial finalist and editor of the school newspaper’s entertainment law section.  After law school, Elliot worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Miami-Dade, Florida for five years followed by private criminal defense practice.  Elliot has represented thousands of clients in all criminal matters from misdemeanors and DUIs to serious felonies that carry life sentences.  Elliot has also successfully litigated civil matters that often are attached to criminal cases, such as asset forfeitures, domestic violence restraining orders, defending civil tort claims based on criminal conduct, and gun rights. Elliot has tried over 50 jury trials.

We are lucky to have him here now, as he brings his affable demeanor, unapologetic tenacity, and focused courtroom skills to the Bay Area.  Elliot is always available for his clients and is dedicated to defending their rights. He is a diligent and caring advocate that you can trust.


Areas of Practice:
Criminal Law, Civil Litigation


Bar Admissions:
The Florida Bar 1995,
State of California Bar 2013,
USDC Northern District of CA 2014,
9th Circuit Court of Appeals 2014


University of Miami
University of Miami School of Law


Past Employment Positions:
Assistant Public Defender, Miami-Dade County, FL 1995-1999, Sole Practictioner 1999 – 2013



Alameda County Bar Association

5/5 September 29th, 2015
Elliot represented me in a recent firearms related case, and we couldn`t have asked for a better outcome. His professionalism and behind the scenes work are truly second to none!
S. S.
5/5 June 15th, 2015
I needed a lawyer to get my felony reduced to a misdemeanor. I hired Elliot because out of all the lawyers he went the extra mile in finding out how it could be done and followed up with me even before hiring him. He is knowledgeable and attentive to you and will always stay in touch with you. He knows all the District Attorneys as well as the Judges so that is a bonus. Made me feel at ease and told me everything straight. Got my reduction when I honestly thought it would take more years. I am extremely happy with him and he has helped me clear up the mistakes I have made. He has helped me get a second chance and I am very grateful. I would recommend hiring him and only advice I can give is to trust him. He knows what he's doing. All in all a very good experience hiring a lawyer for the first time. Will go to him again if need anything else.
mr wang
5/5 February 20th, 2015
Having Elliot as my Defense Attorney a year ago for my DV case is the best decision i made. Elliot was very straight forward with me, did not sweet talk or say something that "I" wanted to hear, he did not make any promises, he did, however explained very thoroughly on what to expect at various stages of the case and given different options on going forward. Long story short, Elliot was able to work out a plea deal with the DA's office in a very short time. I was very happy with the outcome. Look no further, Elliot is the lawyer you want, he's your friend, a smart lawyer with a sense of humor can't go wrong.
5/5 January 17th, 2015
Elliot handled my DUI case like a pro! I was freaking out about the unknowns and a possible jail term and when I called him for the first time (on a Saturday) he set up a time for us to meet on Sunday just to calm me down 🙂 He was very clear and straight forward about what's probable & most likely and what's not possible. His professionalism gave me confidence and his friendly nature made me feel comfortable and be able to move on with my life feeling that Elliot will take care of this case. I had to move to a different place half way through the case and he kept me in the loop when ever there was an update, no matter how minor, and was always available to answer my questions, both over the phone, via email and many time over text messaging at odd times. Highly recommended. Just have a chat with him, you'll know.
Big D
5/5 September 9th, 2014
I have only had to hire an attorney on one other occasion in my life. That experience didn't go that well so my expectations were not that high the second time around. However, Elliot treated me as if I was family. Elliot always returned my phone calls and emails very promptly. Without giving many details I didn't expect to win my case however, Elliot knew exactly what I needed to do in order for the judge to rule in my favor. I followed his directions and we walked away a winner. Elliot is honest, trustworthy, and truly enjoys being an attorney. You will not find a better defense in the Bay Area.
5/5 July 15th, 2014
Elliot persistently negotiated with the DA's office until they finally capitulated and offered me a plea bargain which was drastically reduced from the initial charge. Elliot was super supportive during a really hard time in my life and he kept his promise to keep fighting for me and my case until he got the offer that would work for me. He remained available and explained every step of the legal process so that I never felt unsure of what was happening. You're the best Elliot, thank you so much!!!
a Criminal Defense client
5/5 July 13th, 2014
Anyone who finds themselves in need of a criminal lawyer should post haste call on Elliot Silver, of Beles and Beles law firm in Oakland, Ca. I was frantic when my barely nineteen year old daughter was arrested. After I arranged bail, Elliot helped to facilitate her release. He was compassionate to us both, yet effectively got the information from her he needed to represent her. He was there for me when I called him repeatedly during the period of time before the court date, helping to relieve my stress. He always presented the options honestly, giving me best and worst case scenarios. He was able to reduce my daughter's felonies and misdemeanors to all misdemeanors, resulting in a sentence of ankle bracelet and probation with no jail time. This result was far better than my daughter could have expected. As I drove her to get her ankle bracelet the sheriff's office arrested her for breaking probation due to being in contact with me, as I had neglected to go to court to remove a previous "Stay Away" order. Elliot went to court with me the very next day, got the order removed, then went to the Sheriff's office, and effectively arranged for my daughter's release the very next day. Elliot Silver treats everyone with gentleness and kindness, yet he is so very effective. He is such a MENSCH! I recommend him most highly.
5/5 April 5th, 2014
Elliot Silver gets it done! In my case I was falsely accused of DV on my son and mother of my child, after a chance meeting with Mr. Silver he not only got her to drop all the charges but also advised me on what route to follow afterwards in family court. It wasn't just about winning the case but he also educated me on my rights as a father and what direction I need to take. This man is very patient and extremely sharp on the law. He kept constant communication with me and walked me through the entire process when I had pretty much given up all hope. Also his mediation skills are kick ass, he has a way of reaching people without being a jerk or vindictive. Yes, if you are in need of a lawyer call him now, he is the best lawyer in the SF Bay area and a really good guy that im proud too call a friend. Thanks for helping my family bro!
a Criminal Defense client
5/5 March 30th, 2014
Our teenage son got into some trouble with drugs and alcohol. Worried he would be looking at jail time and a felony on his record we sought out the help of an attorney. Elliot has been phenomenal. He has been there for us all along the way. He was able to get one charge dismissed and diversion on the second charge. He was in constant contact with us and directly with our son. We cannot say enough about how great he is. We would highly recommend him.
5/5 March 6th, 2014
Attorney Elliot Silver did an outstanding job helping me 2 charges. Needless to say, my family and I were devastated and worried sick about what to do and how to do it. But Attorney Silver calmed us down by rapidly accessing the situations. He patiently explained the lengthy court processes and rapidly brought each to a swift conclusion with better than expected results. He spent two hours with my family during his precious Friday family dinner time. He went beyond the call of duty by taking a sincere interest in his immediate and long term well being. He is a dedicated professional who serve me and my family as client's counselor which goes much beyond his working territory. He advocated us with courage, devotion and integrity. He guided me about family value. His humanity and dedicated of different cultural understanding filled our family with love and unity. He even voluntarily calls my family member to communicate. He was always In-Touch while first making himself available on a Saturday Night and continuing with pertinent updates as each case progressed. He had contacted me lots of time to let me know the progress of the case. He responds my email during Saturday and Sunday which surprise me a lot first. He had tried all his best and he had never promised anything before he gave me an astonished call and telling the case is dismissed. When I heard the word "Dismissed", I burst in cry immediately. And realize that how great his ability to negotiate with district attorney judge and how hard he had tried and how sincere he had spent his weekend time to help me. Without all of his sincere heart, no lawyer could do this beyond so far. He SAVED MY LIFE not only because of the case is dismissed but because he did a "wake up call" to let me to realize how much home works I should commit to correct my behavior in order to bring my family to the normal track. Knowing the criminal laws fields, he maneuvered our hurdles and brought home the magic surprise result that we had never expected! With his help, all is well now and I recommend him mighty. Attorney Silver is the BEST lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area!
State Certified Specialists
Robert Beles - State Certified Criminal Law Specialist
Anne Beles - State Certified Criminal Law Specialist
Paul McCarthy - State Certified Appellate Law Specialist

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Office Locations

Oakland Office
The Ordway Building
1 Kaiser Plaza - Suite 2300
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 836-0100
Fax: 510-832-3690

Hayward Office
22320 Foothill Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94541
Phone: (510) 889-1030

Fremont Office
39560 Stevenson Place - Suite 217
Fremont, CA 94536
Phone: (510) 745-7755

Pleasanton Office
4900 Hopyard Rd. - Suite 100
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone: (925) 460-5400

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1390 Willow Pass Road - Suite 340
Concord, CA 94520
Phone: (925) 460-5400

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