Alyssa Silvaggi has been consistently recognized as among the top up-and-coming trial attorneys in South Florida. In 2016, Alyssa received the “Double Hat Trick” award from the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (BACDL) for her impressive trial record of six consecutive not guilty jury verdicts. Alyssa has also been recognized by Florida Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star,” and named an “Up and Comer” by Florida Trend’s Legal Elite.
Alyssa began her legal career at the Broward County Public Defender’s Office where she handled thousands of criminal cases that ranged from simple assaults to homicides. As an Assistant Public Defender, Alyssa tried dozens of cases to verdict and gained invaluable trial experience.
Alyssa plays an important role in the Firm’s criminal division, handling both state and federal cases. Alyssa’s practice focuses on defending the Firm’s clients against complex white-collar criminal prosecutions that often involve charges related to healthcare fraud and international product diversion. Recently, Alyssa was a member of the defense team for a multi-platinum musical artist who received a presidential pardon after being prosecuted on a federal gun possession charge.
Black Srebnick Experience
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.
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 convinced 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.
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 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.
- Florida, 2014
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2018
Awards & Recognition
- “Up and Comers,” Legal Elite, Florida Trend, 2020-22
- “Florida Legal Elite,” Florida Trend, 2022
- “Florida Rising Stars,” Florida Super Lawyers,” 2019-2022
- “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
- Broward Association of Criminal Lawyers (BACDL)
- Association of Professional Businesswomen (APB) of Weston