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John-Paul Anthony Serrao

Criminal defense Attorney at Ontario, CA

5.0   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About John-Paul

Learn John-Paul’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Experienced in a wide range of criminal cases, from misdemeanors to felonies, whether DUI, drug, violence or sex related. Recent trial experience and excited to fight tough cases.

    20 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Personal injury
    45%
    Have represented injured victims throughout California from San Diego to San Francisco on a wide variety of claims including car accidents, slip and fall and dog bite cases. Started career representing several insurance companies but now focus solely on representing injured parties.

    22 years, 600 cases

  3. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    10%
    Successfully prepared thousands of Chapter 7 petitions and represented clients at 341 meeting of creditors.

    15 years, 2,000 cases

A graduate of York University in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Serrao earned his law degree at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California. He is admitted to practice before all California State and Federal courts, as well as the United States Supreme Court. He is an aggressive personal injury and criminal defense attorney who has been representing clients in the Inland Empire over the past decade.

Mr. Serrao's criminal practice focuses on defending individuals faced with misdemeanor or felony charges or who may be the subject of a criminal investigation. In order to best assist clients, he prefers to meet with clients face to face, whether in one of his offices or at their place of detention, and is willing to file necessary pretrial motions (i.e., to reduce bail and/or suppress illegally seized evidence) and is not afraid to take cases to trial where a successful disposition cannot be reached. He is an active member of the California DUI Lawyers Association, National College for DUI Defense, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

As a personal injury attorney, Mr. Serrao handled claims for companies such as Liberty Mutual early in his career but now focuses on recovering compensation for injured victims and families affected by serious automobile accidents, dog bites or wrongful death claims. He is an active member of numerous local bar associations, as well as organizations such as the National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and American Association for Justice.

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Main office location in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
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Location

Amicus Legal Group
800 N. Haven Avenue
Suite 205
Ontario, CA, 91764

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Determined Quality Service
John-Paul did an excellent job in my case. He is knowledgeable and professional. He is aggressive and determined to get results. I definitely recommend him for legal services.
Posted by brian | March 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DISM -FURTH. OF JUSTICE!
I had a self defence case involving pepper spray, and was charged with battery. I work for DoD, and have a high security clearance - a conviction for battery could have resulted in my clearance being pulled. JP Took my case and got the case dismissed.
Posted by Mike | November 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer and Great Man
The attorney John-Paul is excellent! He is very professional and knowledgeable. John-Paul really cares and will fight hard to get the best possible result. He and his team were great at responding quickly to my calls/texts. I trust him completely.
Posted by Caros | November 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I returned and will return if needed
John Paul helped me to settle two car collisions I was a victim in within a years time of each other. I just handed all my insurance info and police statement over to him and his paralegal, Colleen Coleman, to get everything in order and in a short couple of months with updates threwout my cases were taken care of with no headache to myself.
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Posted by Daniella | October 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best criminal defense attorney!
John has been my attorney on two different occasions and he went above and beyond, he got me good deals in my cases and he is very friendly and professional. He and his team were great at responding quickly to my calls/texts. If you need a criminal defense attorney he is the guy for the job!
Posted by Margaret vasquez | September 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney Out There!
The attorney John-Paul is amazing! He came up with a plan for me to get the best possible outcome on my case and has stuck by my side whenever I have a question or need to get put back on calendar for anything involving my case. I would highly recommend him and his paralegal Colleen for anyone who needs help with their legal issues.
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Posted by Lupe | July 11, 2016
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Traffic Accident
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 Attorney Serrao and he was able to get us a settlement above with the insurance company was willing to pay, the office staff is very friendly and also took our calls when we had any questions on our case. I would highly recommend Attorney Serrao.
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Posted by Dionne Levingston | May 4, 2016
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So thankful I found him!
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. I highly recommend him and have to others.
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Posted by Roy | September 15, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
not only a great lawyer but person as well
Mr.Serrano was appointed to me and was very informative on my case he helped me and saved me lots of time I recommend him very professional a respectful individual that will fight for his clients. I would like to thank you Mr.Serrao. I wouldn't hesitate twice to have you represent me if need be.
Posted by DJ | October 7, 2014
Quality Defense Attorney
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. In the end John-Paul got my charge reduced to a reckless driving which not only saved me money but saved me the terrible inconvenience of not having a drivers license for a long period of time. 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.
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Posted by Marjorie B. | January 9, 2014
Very Knowledgeable Attorney
I've worked with Mr. Serrao on several criminal cases. He is very knowledgeable about criminal law. Mr. Serrao will take the time to talk to his clients, counsel them on the best course of action for their case and has always demonstrated respect and empathy for his clients. Mr. Serrao is an excellent attorney and I would recommend him to anyone seeking a criminal defense or civil litigation attorney.
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Posted by Mike | October 13, 2013
Thanks for my expungement !!!!
Thank you for my freedom. I had a felony case and John Paul helped me get it reduced and expunged in San Bernardino court. I am so thankful I got my job back the next week and I have my freedom back. I can't thank him and his office enough for helping me. The very next month he helped me with my immigration case and I hired them to help me get that figured out. The entire office is so nice and honest and just helpful. I wish I knew they did bankruptcies a few years back when I got my done elsewhere. If I had known they definitely would have had my business. Socal legal group thanks for helping me fix my wrongs and earn my freedom back.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 260-260 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Amicus Legal Group
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Southern California Legal Group
  • 2007 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Ricks & Associates
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Feldsott & Lee
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Attorney
  • Younger & Associates
  • 2002 - 2004
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Education

  • Southwestern University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • York University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • FORGERY
  • CTS plea
  • ASSAULT WITH GBI
  • Dismissed
  • POSSESSION FOR SALE AND GANG
  • Not guilty
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Associations

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • California DUI Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2012
  • San Bernardino Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Western San Bernardino County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Honoree
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • 2018
  • Criminal Defense Award
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2017
  • Top 25 Criminal Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2016
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2014
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Publications

  • Self Published
  • Fighting Your Criminal Case - Tips for Individuals and Families of Those Arrested
  • 2011
  • Self Published
  • California Accident Guide - Tips for Injured Victims and Their Families
  • 2011

Speaking Engagements

  • Recent Developments in HOA
  • Trends in CC&R Enforcement
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (43)
Given (71)
Endorse John-Paul
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with JP for many years. He is excellent with the law and works very well with his clients. We did an attempted murder trial together. His approach with the jury and the witnesses was perfect for the trial. We ended with a successful result. I endorse Mr. Serrao."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is deeply committed to advocating for his clients and achieving the best possible outcome. I endorse this lawyer without reservation."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He is diligent and passionate about representing clients that have sustained personal injuries."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Serrao is an excellent lawyer and master in his field. What really impresses me about Attorney Serrao is his dedication to his clients. If anyone has a question about criminal law they should schedule a consultation with him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Serrao is an experienced and hard working attorney who is fiercely committed to protecting his clients' futures."
Unknown Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Serrao is bright and competent."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John Paul is a skilled attorney who puts his clients first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected, excellent advocate.. He knows everyone in the courts and gets excellent results."
Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Other
"I highly endorse this lawyer. This lawyer is a top of the field attorney and gets results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Serrao without reservation for the criminal defense field."
Business Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John-Paul is an excellent lawyer with high standards."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"He is an unbelievable criminal defense lawyer that thoroughly understands the law and fights vigorously for his clients. I do not hesitate in recommending John-Paul And give him the highest endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Serrao is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients"
Unknown Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Serrao has demonstrated that he is a force to be reckoned with. He is a tireless advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Serrao is a highly respected and skilled lawyer in criminal defense. I highly recommend his services to anyone in trouble throughout Mr. Serrao's community. Malcolm."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know many attorneys. Among the attorneys I know are some very good ones and some who are not very good. Occasionally you meet another attorney who is so impressive both personally and professionally that you wan 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. If you are reading this review and considering hiring an attorney just pick up the phone and call John-Paul. You will be glad you did. He is among the very best."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney John-Paul Serrao. Highly knowledgeable and experienced attorney. He is a great help for the criminal defense needs."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable and excellent reputation in the community."
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Ontario Criminal defense Lawyer John-Paul Anthony Serrao
John-Paul Anthony Serrao
Criminal defense Attorney
Ontario, CA
Licensed for 22 years
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