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Law Office of J. Tony Serra

J. Tony Serra

Graduate Stanford University, Philosophy
Graduate Boalt Hall, Law Review
Has practiced criminal defense for over forty years,
specializing in jury trials.

Tony Serra has spent his life defending society's outcasts. He began his practice in the 1960's, an era he calls the golden age of law. Perceiving himself in the role of a warrior, Mr. Serra has continued to battle for more freedom for more people through law. His role in the Chol Soo Lee case was depicted in the film True Believer. Tony Serra has always known how to express the poetry of the law, while fighting in the ditches and dark alleys of legal practice. He has gained national prominence for his closing argument techniques.

Over the past 30 years Mr. Serra has spoken to hundreds of professional organizations on various legal issues in multiple forums in 14 different states

CBS Web Extra: Battle of the Wits

Books by or About Tony

Tony Serra ’s Walking the Circle: Prison Chronicles, is a wonder, as is the author. Not since Clarence Darrow has a trial lawyer attracted such envious attention in court. Not since Byron has there been a more poetic, passionate defender of liberty. Tony ’s book almost makes you want to spend time in jail. ”
~John Keker, Esq.~

J. Tony Serra


Runner-up, “Best Lawyer in America,” American Lawyer Magazine, 1982

Drug Policy Foundation Achievement in the Field of Law, 1992

Boalt Hall “Alumnus of the Year”, approx. 1993

Charles Garry Award, 1994

ACLU Benjamin Dreyfus Civil Liberties Award, 1997

Lifetime Achievement Award, 2003

McFetridge-American Inn of Court Co-Awardee, “2003 Trial Lawyer of the Year”

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Certificate of Honor, December 1, 2005

Board of Supervisors City & County of San Francisco Lawyer of the Year, 2005

Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California 2005 Gideon Equal Justice Award

San Francisco Public Defender’s Office and the SF Private Defense Bar

2008 NORML “Lester Grinspoon Award” for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Marijuana Law Reform.

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