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Sam J. Polverino

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in San Jose, CA

Law Offices of Sam J. Polverino
1565 The Alameda, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408-295-3330
Fax: 408-971-0478
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1979
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense
Attorney Profile

Attorney Sam J. Polverino co-founded the San Jose law firm that would become the Law Offices of Sam J. Polverino in 1988. In 2001, his partner in the firm left private practice after a judicial appointment. Mr. Polverino has continued the firm's tradition of providing high-quality criminal defense services as a sole proprietor for the past 15 years. Today, he has a reputation as one of Northern California's leading criminal defense lawyers, and accused individuals from throughout the region seek his assistance for defense in the following practice areas:

• Murder/Vehicular Manslaughter
• Sex Crimes
• Fraud and Computer Crimes
• Dometic Violence
• Assault/Burglary
• Drug Crimes
• Driving Under the Influence

Mr. Polverino began his legal career in 1979 after earning his law degree from University of San Francisco School of Law and his admission to The State Bar of California. The California Board of Legal Specialization has recognized him as a board-certified criminal law specialist for more than 20 years.  A designation awarded to only a small percentage of Criminal Defense lawyers. 

Thanks to Mr. Polverino's decades of experience and long record of success, he has earned the respect of both his clients and his peers. He has a "Superb" rating from Avvo, and he has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, he was the 2005 recipient of the Unsung Heroes' Award, presented by the Santa Clara County Bar Association's Minority Access Committee.

Attorney Polverino is an active member of the legal community on local, state and national levels. He is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the California DUI Lawyers Association. In addition, he is a past president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Criminal Defense
Focus Areas

Drug & Alcohol Violations, Sex Offenses, Criminal Domestic Violence


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2022

About Sam J. Polverino

First Admitted: 1979, California

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Educational Background

  • Santa Clara University

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • 1986-1987, California Lawyer Magazine, Editorial Board
  • Instructor, Stanford University School of Law, Trial Skills Program, 1994 to present
  • Instructor, University of San Francisco School of Law, Intensive Advocacy Program, 1992 to present
  • Instructor, Trial Techniques Santa Clara University School of Law, 1986-1991
  • 1992, 1994, 1995, Instructor, Laying Evidentiary Foundation, CEB Skills Workshop
  • Practitioner Contributor - Black's Law Dictionary, Tenth Edition, 2014

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • California State Bar Certified Specialist, State Bar of California Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (10+ years) from Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Barrister's Club of Santa Clara County Bar, President, 1987
  • President-Elect, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 1992
  • California State Bar
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Former President
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Member, 1988 to present
  • Board of Trustees Santa Clara County Bar Association, Member, 1987-1994
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, President, 1993
  • Federal District Court United States Court of Appeal - 9th Circuit
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 2007 to present
  • California Public Defenders Association, Member, 1981 to present
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Secretary, 1991
  • United State Supreme Court
  • California DUI Lawyers Association, Member, 2014


  • Unsung Hero Award, Santa Clara County Bar Association Minority Access Committee, 2005
  • 2009 to present, Super Lawyers of Northern California, Super Lawyer
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Office Location for Sam J. Polverino

1565 The Alameda
Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95126

Phone: 408-295-3330

Fax: 408-971-0478

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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