With over 30 years of experience as an attorney, elected District Attorney, law enforcement officer and a military veteran. We have a wealth of knowledge to draw from for your legal issues and questions. Serving Alpine, Amador & Calaveras Counties

Firm Overview

Family Law - including Dissolutions, Marital Agreements and Domestic Partnerships

Criminal Defense- including citations, arrests or court proceedings

Driving Under the Influence cases whether involving prescription medications or alcohol

Estate Planning- including Advanced Health Care Directives (Living Wills), Durable Powers of Attorney, Wills, and Trusts
Main Office
Main Office
601 Court Street, Suite 206
Jackson  CA  95642
  • 209-223-5550 or 209-754-9732
  • 209-223-5552

Office Information

Office Hours
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment
Office Manager
Anna Olsen
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
English and Spanish

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

As a law enforcement officer and as a District Attorney I saw the need for attorneys with diverse experience to help people with divorces. Upon my retirement from law enforcement I opened my firm and have handled hundreds of family law cases.

That same experience has also aided in criminal law cases as well as estate planning issues.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

The diversity of experience of all of our staff members is helpful in assisting clients with their legal needs.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We are a very 'up front' firm. We don't lead clients in directions that will not be advantageous to their case. If a client's position is untenable we will tell the client because ultimately they will save attorney's costs and court fees by taking a more realistic and practical approach.

Steve Cilenti

Steve was raised as a child in Calaveras County, California and later lived in Redding when the family moved in 1961. After high school Steve attended and graduated from Shasta College in 1967 and entered the military.

Steve is a veteran of the United States Army, first as an enlisted man and then commissioned as an officer. Steve went to Vietnam in 1969 at the age of 21 and was a a part of a 5 man Mobile Advisory Team (MAT) living with various Vietnamese units with the MAT team. Steve spent the following year with MAT III-97 in Tay Ninh Province as an Advisor to the Regional Forces units in the area. MAT 97 also work with various 3/22nd units of the 25th Division on combined operations. During Steve's tour of duty was award the Bronze Star and Army Commendation medal for valor and was also cited for bravery by the Vietnamese and awarded the Cross of Gallantry. As a Vietnam veteran, Steve is a member of the Vietnam Veteran Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars and The American Legion.

After the military, Steve joined the Redding Police Department where he would advance to the Investigations Division and handle various major and complex crimes. Steve was also a team leader on a SWAT team. While an officer, Steve attended and graduated from Chico State and with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration. Steve also joined the Army Reserves 91st Division and was promoted to Captain where he was a Company Commander and served on the Battalion Staff.

In 1983 Steve, left Redding to go to law school in Sacramento. in 1988 he graduated from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento with a Juris Doctor Degree.

While attending law school, Steve was a Criminal Investigator for the Sacramento District Attorney's Office and later became a Deputy District Attorney until 1990.

In 1994 Steve was elected as the Amador County District Attorney and retired 1999 after over 20 years in public service.

Steve now uses his law enforcement and prosecution experience to enhance his private practice in the foothills counties of the gold country.
  • Bar Number: 133575
    California , 1988

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