Criminal Law Legal Topics Profiles

Profile in Practice: J. Tony Serra

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile Tony Serra:

CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?

Tony: I am a criminal jury trial specialist.  I chose such a specialty because for me it is the most effective way of preserving civil and constitutional rights.

CEB: What CEB book or program have you found most helpful in your practice and why?

Tony:  My most used CEB book is California Criminal Law, Procedure and Practice.  It is succinct, accurate and well-indexed.

CEB: What do you like best and least about practicing law?

Tony: What I like best about criminal law is exposing police misconduct and the inequities of the system.  What I like least is LOSING – motions or trial!

CEB: What is the best legal tip you ever received?

Tony: “If the judge or jury is not listening, raise your voice; keep raising it until you get their attention.”

CEB: How do you think the practice of law will change in the next 15 years?

Tony: The era of the “fire and brimstone” courtroom lawyer/orator will close forever.

CEB: What are the most interesting books you have read recently?

Tony: The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther by Jeffrey Haas. It’s interesting because it made sure that I will not forget nor forgive police-sanctioned atrocity.

CEB: What is your contact information?

Tony: 506 Broadway, San Francisco CA 94133;;

 CEB: Thank you, Tony!

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