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Marc's C.V.

Marc's C.V.


  • Mr. Zilversmit received his J.D. in 1987 from Stanford Law School where he served as an Editor of the Stanford Law Review.
  • Mr. Zilversmit received his B.A. in 1983 from Haverford College


Since 2000, Mr. Zilversmit has been the principal attorney at the Law Office Of Marc J. Zilversmit in San Francisco, CA. He has handled complex appeals in murder, tax fraud and patent fraud cases, state and federal gang cases, sexual misconduct cases, as well as drug, gun, domestic violence and driving under the influence cases. Mr. Zilversmit has appeared as an expert in ineffective assistance of counsel cases.

From 1993-2000, Mr. Zilversmit was an Associate and Of Counsel to Riordan & Rosenthal in San Francisco, CA where he worked on appeals and trials with famed California appellate attorney Dennis Riordan and noted California trial attorney Harold Rosenthal, as well as handling his own trials.

From 1988-1993, Mr. Zilversmit worked as a Deputy Public Defender at the Los Angeles County Public Defenders Office in Los Angeles, CA. While training at the Public Defenders Office, Mr. Zilversmit tried dozens of felony and misdemeanor jury trials, hundreds of juvenile trials, dozens of juvenile transfer hearings, and hundreds of preliminary hearings.

From 1987-1988, Mr. Zilversmit was selected for a prestigious clerkship working for Chief Judge Alfred T. Goodwin of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles, CA. While there, Mr. Zilversmit was mentored by Judge Goodwin and wrote bench memoranda and preliminary drafts of opinions. He gained invaluable insight into the inner workings of appellate courts.

While in law school, Mr. Zilversmit was a summer associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York, NY and a summer law clerk at the Federal Defender Program, Chicago, IL

Commitees and Service

  • 2012-Present Judge Pro Tem, San Francisco Superior Court, Juvenile Division
  • 2012-Present Member California State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts
  • 2008-2011 Member California State Bar Appellate Law Advisory Commission


  • Obama's Iran-Contra: The president is spending money that Congress has explicitly told him he can't spend Slate (April 28, 2016). Link.
  • Creative Plea Bargaining in the Land of No Parole CACJ Forum Vol. 24, No. 3 (1997)
  • United States v. Shabani: Conspiracy Law Expands Again To Fight the Latest War — The War On Drugs 27 U.W.L.A. L. Rev. 229 (1996)
  • Note: Granting Prosecution Requests For Continuances Of Detention Hearings, 39 Stan. L. Rev. 761 (1987) Link. (Winner of the Irving Hellman, Jr. Award for the best Note published in the Stanford Law Review).

Lectures and Training Seminars

  • The Art of the Criminal Appeal, California State Bar Annual Meeting, October 2013
  • Voir Dire, Motion & Closing Argument Workshops, Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, 1999 to 2006
  • Annual Case Law Update, Placer County Bar Association Annual Training Seminar, April 1998
  • Litigating Welf. & Inst. Code § 601 Truancy Cases, Los Angeles Public Defender's Office Annual Juvenile Seminar, April 1989