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Donald Blake Serafano

also known as Don Serafano

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Attorney Donald Serafano exemplifies that unique balance between aggressive criminal defense attorney and prudent protector. With over 20 years of experience, Donald has learned exactly what it takes to help a client navigate the complex waters of their ciminal case to obtain the best possible outcome. His ability both in and out of the courtroom has earned him the mark of respect from his colleagues and peers. Donald never forgets that his first goal in any matter is to protect his client’s rights.

Donald has served in several prestigious law firms over the years. He has handled all levels of criminal defense matters from strike felonies to misdemeanors and even traffic tickets for friends and family.  He has been involved in all aspects of criminal defense from investigation through motions, hearings and jury trials.  He is equally comfortable in handling matters in negotiation or in front of a judge or jury.

Donald is the 'reasonable man."  He will be straight with you regarding likely outcomes including the best case and worst case scenarios.  He will keep you updated regarding your case, your choices and is personally avilable for his clients.  Contrast this with larger firms that may use fire and brimstone scare tactics to get your business.  Donald also keeps his costs low so that he can offer you excellent service for your fee. 

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California (1993), SBN 169270

  • State Bar of Arizona (1994), SBN 016013 (Inactive)

For legal advice or legal representation in a Criminal Defense Legal Matter in Orange County, Riverside, and Southern Los Angeles County, contact an experienced California Criminal Law Defense Attorney. Mr. Serafano provides his clients with expert legal counsel with the utmost in personal attention. Mr. Serafano represent clients throughout Southern California with the most effective and responsive legal representation available.

"In matters of style, swim with the current.  In matters of principle, stand like a rock." - Thomas Jefferson



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 65%
    13 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%
    13 years, 500 cases
  3. Bankruptcy: 10%
    6 years, 100 cases



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Attorney endorsements

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    I endorse this lawyer. Donald is a highly intelligent and hard working attorney that I have had the pleasure of working with on a serious case.


    James Kim Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • David Van Luu

    I had the opportunity to work with Donald and got to know him both on a professional and personal level. He is quite personable and truly cares about his clients and the work he does on their behalf. I endorse him without hesitation.


    David Van Luu Bankruptcy and debt Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Law Offices of Donald B Serafano PC

615 Civic Center Drive West
Suite 280
Santa Ana, CA, 92701


AZInactive 199403/29/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2016
ListedWho's Who Legal2016
Dean's ListClaremont McKenna College1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerLaw Offices of Donald B Serafano PC2010 - Present
Senior PartnerSerafano & Snyder LLP2010 - 2016
Associate AttorneyHollins Schechter2008 - 2010
ProfessorCalifornia Southern University2008 - 2014
Managing Attorney - California OfficeEltman, Eltman & Cooper PC2006 - 2008
Managing Attorney - California OfficeResurgence Financial LLP2005 - 2006
AttorneyDebt Consolidation and Bankruptcy Management LLP2003 - 2005
Senior Associate AttorneyLaw Offices of Charles B. Carey PC1998 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Trial Lawyers Association - Criminal DefenseN/A2016 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2016 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2016 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2015 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2014 - Present
North Orange County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Orange County Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Newport Harbor Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
West Orange County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1993 - Present
Claremont McKenna Alumni AssociationMember1990 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DUIProbation with fines and fees
Man with a GunTemporary Restraining Order Granted
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Claremont McKenna CollegeDouble-History & PPE (Philosophy, Political Science and Econ)BA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law School Class - Criminal ProcedureCriminal Procedure2015