Joseph A. Silvoso, III


Mr. Silvoso’s primary areas of practice are firearms regulatory compliance and criminal defense.

Mr. Silvoso is well versed in both California and federal firearms law. He has and continues to counsel numerous firearm manufacturers regarding the ins-and-outs of California firearm law. Mr. Silvoso is a co-author with C.D. Michel of California Gun Law 3rd Edition and was a major contributor on all previous versions of the book. He frequently lectures on state and federal firearm law to attorneys (for continuing legal educational class credit) and to members of the firearm community. Mr. Silvoso frequently appears on the radio and television to discuss matters of California firearm law.  He testified before the statue legislature on firearm issues and often provides analysis of pending firearms laws to lobbyists in Sacramento. Over the last ten years, Mr. Silvoso counseled thousands of individuals concerning state and federal firearm issues and has represented firearm dealers in proceedings with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the California Department of Justice.

Mr. Silvoso also represents individuals charged with California and federal criminal violations.  Over the years, he successfully defended clients in all manner of state charges ranging from infractions to multi-count felony indictments.  He has successfully drafted and argued motions at all stages of criminal proceedings. Mr. Silvoso frequently appears in courts throughout California while representing clients charged with a wide range of criminal charges.  In law school, Mr. Silvoso worked with a prosecutor for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office in the Hardcore Gang Unit.

Mr. Silvoso graduated from Whittier Law School in 2006 in the top third of his class with a specialization in criminal law. Before law school he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia majoring in English.