John-Paul Serrao

Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer

Get to know John-Paul

You’ll be glad you did.  And with more free time now that you can get back to life and stop Googling lawyers.

Get to know John-Paul

You’ll be glad you did.  And with more free time now that you can get back to life and stop Googling lawyers.

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Education

  • York University
  • Southwestern University School of Law

Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • S. District Court, Central District of California
  • S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States Supreme Court

Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • National Trial Lawyers Association

About Me

We've all seen the ads. Billboards with the guy in the dark suit and red tie making a fist or pointing his finger. The lawyer promising to be "Aggressive." Or that he will "Fight for You." A "98% success rate."

Truth be told, no lawyer wins 98% of their cases. If a lawyer claims to, that lawyer never goes to court.  That lawyer always settles. And when you always settle, you settle for less and sell clients short in the process. The other side knows which lawyers go to court and fight for clients. And they also know which ones don't.

My name is John-Paul Serrao and I love being an attorney.  My approach to handling cases finds inspiration from a Texas pitmaster who once said, “you can do things one of two ways - you can do things quick or you can take your time and do things right.”  While his comments were about cooking the best barbeque, I feel it’s equally applicable to representing clients well.

“I enjoy being a lawyer who fights for the underdog. Whether it's recovery for an injured victim or helping someone avoid jail for something they didn’t commit, I smile on the way in to work because I love to fight for the little guy.”

As a trial lawyer, I don't mind the long hours that come with this job and I obsess over details that others might overlook. If you’re looking for flashy promises, look elsewhere.  But if you’ve got a case worth fighting and need a lawyer who isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and fight, I'm your guy.

When I have free time, I’m usually outside at the BBQ or out on the floor dancing a Foxtrot or Tango.  Growing up in Toronto, I’ve been a lifelong fan of the Maple Leafs and Buffalo Bills and try to catch a road game whenever they’re out this way.  With some good teams lately, hopes are high that the years of misery and championship droughts end soon.

For me this is more than a job

“Fighting for those who need it most is never far from my heart.”

Helping the less fortunate is rewarding and I enjoy giving back to the community through a variety of pro bono projects. Charitable organizations at the top of my list are the American Diabetes Association and Special Olympics.   Questions? Get in touch and let’s chat.

...all I can say is WOW

Not only did he keep me updated with the case but his knowledge of the process helped calm my nerves, which was very important to me. He showed care for me as a client and I can't thank him enough.

- Derrick J.

Being different means trying harder.

It means returning emails promptly and keeping clients informed each step of the way. If you’re ready for a client experience designed to knock your socks off, give us a call today to see how we can help.

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Client Testimonials

Five Star California Law Firm
John-Paul is a superb attorney. He was my mentor when I was in law school, and now as an attorney I still go to him for advice on complex cases. When my brother required representation I referred him to John-Paul. That is how highly I think of JP as an attorney. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs representation.
Kit Westbrook
John-Paul is well known in our community as a smart and effective criminal defense lawyer who is sensitive to his clients’ situations and responsive to their needs. I refer my clients to him with confidence when they need help with the criminal justice system.
Lawrence Brock
I had the pleasure of working a very large scale drug case with Mr. Serrao, representing co-defendants. Mr. Serrao was a pleasure to work with. Highly skilled and very aggressive in his advocacy on his client’s behalf. I highly recommend Mr. Serrao for anyone looking for a criminal defense attorney.
Babak Farahan
Mr. Serrao worked on my DUI charge earlier this year and all I can say is WOW! Not only did he keep me updated with the case but his knowledge of the process helped calm my nerves, which was very important to me. He showed care for me as a client and I can’t thank him enough. I would recommend him to anyone in need of a quality criminal defense attorney.
Derrick J.
Attorney John Paul-Serrao helped us to win our case against the insurance company after we were involved in a traffic accident where our car was rear ended, we tried to handle it ourselves with the insurance company and they did not want to cooperate with us, so we hired Mr. Serrao and he was able to get us a settlement above with the insurance company was willing to pay. I would highly recommend him.
Lupe G.
Occasionally you meet another attorney who is so impressive both personally and professionally that you want to be affiliated with them in any way you can both personally and professionally. That is how I feel about John-Paul. I not only consider him one of the finest attorneys I know, but I now proudly call him my friend. He is among the very best.
David Booth
John-Paul took my civil case when no one else would because other lawyers didn’t have confidence in my daughter who has special needs to testify, if needed. John-Paul won her case against the school district without a jury because he cared about my child, believed she was honest and deserved justice. He still doesn’t mind taking my calls whenever I have a question regarding her case.
Dionne L.
John-Paul is an extremely effective criminal defense attorney. The one thing that makes him stand out from other defense attorneys is that he talks to his clients to learn the circumstances surrounding their incident and then he makes a forceful and articulate argument in defense of his clients. I recommend my clients to John-Paul when they are in need of a criminal defense attorney because I know he will stand up for them.
Stephen Rinka
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