SERENA M. WARNER

Serena M. Warner, Partner

LO_RES_FIN_MG_7670swarner@akk-law.com

T (916) 564-6100 ext. 235
F (916) 564-6263

Assistant: Julie A. Kraus – Ext. 210
jkraus@akk-law.com

Practice Areas
Significant Cases
Articles
Admitted to Practice
Awards
Experience
Education
Professional Memberships
Lectures and Presentations
Community Involvement

Since joining Angelo, Kilday & Kilduff, LLP in early 2010, Ms. Warner has managed a diverse case load involving defamation, excessive force, and personal injury allegations, nuisance regulations, SLAPP suits, appeals, and a number of employment cases where age, religious, and/or disability discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, was alleged.  Ms. Warner had developed an emphasis in employment litigation, and defense against DFEH complaints and wage and hour claims.  Ms. Warner and Ms. Kilduff successfully tried a ten-week age discrimination trial in Sacramento Superior Court in 2014 and Ms. Warner second-chaired an eight-week wrongful termination trial in Solano Superior Court in 2016.  Ms. Warner was recognized as a Rising Star among Northern California attorneys by Super Lawyers.com in 2016-2018.

In 2019, Ms. Warner graduated from the TIPS/ABOTA National Trial Academy. Held annually at the National Judicial College, the Trial Academy allows practicing attorneys to hone their trial skills by competing against other attorneys from around the country.

Ms. Warner is a California-native, raised locally in Elk Grove, CA. She received her bachelor of arts with high honors from the University of California Santa Barbara and graduated law school, cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  She is the Vice President of the Sacramento Filipino American Lawyers Association (Sac-FALA), and a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.  Ms. Warner volunteers her time coaching the Mira Loma High School Moot Court Team for the annual Sacramento County Gordon D. Schaber Moot Court Competition and developing programing for the Sacramento County Bar Association Kids Law Day.  Ms. Warner is also the proud mom of a strong-willed, sweet-spirited three-year old.  Although mom-life has monopolized the majority of her time outside of work recently, she is just starting to find time to get on the bike, go to yoga, crochet, and start brewing beer again.

Practice Areas

Public Entity Defense; Employment Litigation; Constitutional Cases; Police Practices Defense, Wage & Hour Defense and General Torts.

Significant Cases


Articles


Admitted to Practice

  • All California State courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California


Awards

  • Award #1
  • Award #2


Experience

      • 2010 – Present
      • Angelo, Kilday & Kilduff –Partner March 2018-Present; Associate April 2010-March 2018
      • Areas of emphasis: Public Entity Defense; Employment Litigation; Constitutional Cases; Police Practices Defense; Wage & Hour Defense, and General Torts.
      • 2009 – 2010
      • Health Law Consortium – Legal Research Fellow
      • Summer 2008
      • Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner, LLP – Summer Associate
      • Summer 2007
      • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit – Extern for the Honorable John Noonan


Education

      • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., cum laude (2009)
        • Hastings Public Interest Honoree
        • Best Moot Court Oral Argument Award Recipient
        • Moot Court Team Competitor & Brief Editor
        • Race and Poverty Law Journal Outreach Editor & Senior Articles Editor
        • “Pilipino” American Law Society, President, Historian and Social Chair
        • Independent Scholar for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
        • Legal Research and Writing and Moot Court Teacher’s Assistant
      • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A. with high honors (2004)


Professional Memberships

      • Sacramento Filipino American Lawyers Association – Vice President
      • National Filipino American Lawyers Association
      • National Asian Pacific Bar Association
      • Sacramento County Bar Association
      • Federal Bar Association

Presentations

      • “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up: How to Assess Lawsuit Allegations, Defend the Case, and Live to Tell About It” for the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (Aug. 2018)
      • “Wrongful Termination: When Termination Is Just the Beginning” for the California Association of Recreation and Parks Districts (May 2018)
      • AB 1234 Public Service Ethics Training for the California Joint Powers Risk Management Authority Conference (May 2018)
      • “Avoiding Stumbles Along the Interactive Process Path” for UC Davis Health Services (May 2017)
      • Effects of the Ban the Box Movement on CA Parks & Rec Districts for the California Association for Parks & Recreation Indemnity (Aug. 2014)
      • Co-Presenter on the issue of police liability for the California Joint Powers Risk Management Authority Conference (May 2012)


Community Involvement

    • Participant, Sacramento County Bar Association Kids Law Day (Feb. 2018)
    • Coach, Mira Loma HS, Sacramento County Office of Education, Gordon D. Schaber Moot Court Competition (2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17); Drafted fact pattern for competition 2015-16, 2016-17.
    • Participant, Run to Feed the Hungry (Nov. 2014)
    • Volunteer Judge, UC Davis Fall Intraschool Moot Court Competition (Nov. 2014)
    • Participant, 2nd Annual Officer Kevin Tonn Memorial 5K Fun Run (July 2014)
    • Volunteer Judge, National Ethics Trial Competition (2013-2014)
    • Volunteer Judge, Sacramento County Office of Education, Gordon D. Schaber Moot Court Competition (2011-2013)
    • REI Volunteer, Indigenous Habitat Restoration, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (2012)
    • Volunteer Judge, New York Bar Association and American College of Trial Attorneys’ National Moot Court Competition (Nov. 2012)
    • REI Volunteer, Indigenous Habitat Restoration, Dry Creek Conservancy (2011)
    • Volunteer Judge, UC Davis Law School Intra-school Moot Court Competition (Oct. 2011)
    • Volunteer Judge, National Moot Court Competition (2010)