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Alyssa Silvaggi zealously defends the firm’s clients against a wide variety of criminal charges. Her experience at the firm ranges from serious state cases, such as armed robbery and child sexual battery to complex white-collar federal cases. Alyssa is a passionate advocate throughout all phases of the litigation process, from initial case management and trial preparation to litigating in court. Dependable, hard-working and always prepared, Alyssa is an advocate who is not only genuine, but also relatable and persuasive.
Inquisitive by nature, Alyssa is driven to find the critical details of a case and to ask the right questions in order to advance her client’s defense. Alyssa joined the firm’s Criminal Division after working for several years in the Broward County Public Defender’s Office. Working as a public defender gave Alyssa effective advocacy and early-on strategy development skills, as well as the hands-on training she needed to serve the firm’s clients well.
During her time at the Broward County Public Defender’s Office, Alyssa tried numerous cases, ranging from capital sexual battery, armed burglary and manslaughter to possession of cannabis. Alyssa successfully argued many pretrial motions that resulted in the dismissal of serious felony cases, including a Stand Your Ground motion, which resulted in the dismissal of an aggravated battery. During a bond hearing, Alyssa convinced a circuit court judge that a Florida statute mandating pretrial detention was unconstitutional and her client was able to remain out of custody. Alyssa is also experienced in defending juveniles from delinquency cases.
Prior to joining the Broward County Public Defender’s Office, Alyssa volunteered as a research assistant for Innocence Canada and interned at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office.
Alyssa handles the firm’s fraudulent product diversion cases, including diversion of medical and consumer goods:
- Represented the owner of multiple foreign corporations who pled guilty in an international diversion scheme in which the government claimed losses in excess of $84 million; drafted and argued a motion for downward variance based on alleged losses overstating the seriousness of the offense, which the court granted, resulting in a sentence 50% below the bottom-end of the advisory sentencing guideline range.
- Currently representing the CEO of a wholesale pharmaceutical distributor in a federal criminal prosecution for diversion of prescription pharmaceuticals.
Alyssa represented a client charged with armed robbery, facing life in prison and minimum mandatory prison sentences under Florida’s 10-20-Life statute. Through mitigation, Alyssa was able to convince the prosecutor to file the charge as the lesser offense of Improper Exhibition of a Firearm. Once this new charge was filed, Alyssa filed a motion to declare the Improper Exhibition statute unconstitutional and the state dismissed the case entirely.
Awards and Recognition
- "Up and Comers," Legal Elite, Florida Trend, 2020
- "Rising Stars," Florida Super Lawyers, 2019-20
- “Double Hat Trick Award” for six consecutive not guilty verdicts, Broward Association of Criminal Lawyers (BACDL), 2016
- Book Award, Trial Practice, 2013
- Book Award, Death Penalty in the U.S., 2013
- Florida, 2014
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2018
- Broward Association of Criminal Lawyers (BACDL)
- Association of Professional Businesswomen (APB) of Weston