Margarita Silva

Margarita Silva

MARGARITA SILVA is a an attorney focusing in the areas of immigration (deportation defense and family immigration) and criminal defense (federal, state, municipal courts). Ms. Silva is in involved in various professional and community service organizations, serving as member of the Arizona State Bar delegation to the ABA House of Delegates, 2008 – Current; Board of Directors, Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, 2011 – Current (2016 Vice President); St. Joseph’s Hospital Community Board 2012 – Current (Chair, Medical Staff Relations Committee); Board of Directors, Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association (14 years, President 2006); Criminal Justice Act Panel Review Committee (2010-2016); American Immigration Lawyer’s Association, the National Immigration Project, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the State Bar Immigration Section. Ms. Silva serves as a judge pro tempore in the Guadalupe Municipal Court and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She is frequently invited to present on the topic of immigration to attorneys, professional organizations and community groups. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Silva was an assistant public defender in Maricopa County, Arizona.


Former member: City of Phoenix Judicial Selection Advisory Board, 2007 – 2014 (Chair 2010, 2014); Federal Magistrate Appointment/Re-Appointment Committee, District of Arizona (2006, 2009); Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary (2001-2011); the Badger Foundation 2005-2008; SBA Criminal Justice Executive Council; SBA Immigration Section Executive Council and; SBA CLE Committee.

Education: Juris Doctor, 1995, ASU College of Law; B.S. in Public Administration, 1992, University of Arizona

Admitted: State Bar of Arizona, 1995; U.S. District Court for Arizona, 1996; 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014

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