Serena Patel is an Associate Attorney at FPLG. Ms. Patel is originally from Los Angeles, California and earned her B.A. in Human Development with a minor in Education Studies, magna cum laude, from the University of California San Diego (UCSD). She earned her J.D. from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law.
While in law school, Ms. Patel participated in Moot Court and volunteered for the International Justice Project, Innocence Project, and Mobile Clinic. She also explored her interests in international human rights as Co-Chair of the International Human Rights Law Association and Chief Comments Editor and Symposium Coordinator for the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs at UCLA.
During law school, Ms. Patel interned for the Children’s Law Center as well as a civil rights law firm helping her client gain asylum through UCLA’s Asylum Clinic with Public Counsel’s Immigrant’s Rights Project.
After graduating law school and prior to joining FPLG, Ms. Patel practiced at a plaintiff-side employment litigation firm for two years in Manhattan Beach, California before moving to Houston, Texas. While in Houston, she worked as an Attorney Consultant and Director, providing consulting services regarding employment related matters to government and private clients for two years.
After studying abroad in Ghana during college, Ms. Patel developed a passion for traveling and experiencing different cultures. Over the past few years, she has traveled to Iceland, Belize, Southern Africa (Zambia, Botswana and South Africa), Thailand, and Cambodia. In her spare time, Ms. Patel also enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, and crossing things off her bucket list, such as skydiving and bungee jumping.
- California Bar
- Texas Bar
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- California Supreme Court
- Cultural Competency Training: Preparing Law Students for Practice in Our Multicultural World, 62 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 140, 149–156 (2014)
- Gender Respect Education: A Proposal to Combat Commercial Sexual Exploitation American University Journal of Gender Social Policy and Law, 23, no. 3 (2015): 393-411.