- J.D., UOP McGeorge School of Law 2014
- M.B.A., CSU Sacramento 2014
- Certificate, Mediation, UOP McGeorge School of Law 2013
- B.S., Business Finance and Risk Management & Insurance, CSU Sacramento 2009 (summa cum laude)
- Sacramento County Bar Association, Business Law Section
- Alameda County Bar Association
- Pacific McGeorge Alumni Association Board
Serena J. Kallas, J.D. | M.B.A.
Serena J. Kallas has over 10 years of experience in large corporate, small business, and nonprofit settings. She works with startups, seasoned entrepreneurs, franchisees, and businesses of all sizes with their legal matters.
Ms. Kallas has a distinct combination of skills including legal issue spotting and analysis, organizational and financial analysis, business processes redesign and implementation strategies, so that the entities she is involved in supporting are structured (or at times restructured) on a holistically solid legal and operational foundation to prevent business disputes or issues.
However, when her clients face business challenges, she uses her in-depth knowledge of business operations and corporate governance to find understanding at all levels, focusing entities on common goals, and building accountability at every stage in order to represent her client’s interests in solving issues whether by negotiation, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, or litigation.
Ms. Kallas began her career learning the fundamentals of organizations through her family’s businesses. She then worked for a national tire and wheel retailer where she led in process improvements for all office roles, safety program implementation, and staff development training. After several years, Ms. Kallas started working for an alternative dispute resolution firm that focused on partnering and mediation in the construction industry.
Throughout law school, Ms. Kallas clerked for different law firms and legal aid agencies and worked as well as a research assistant and teaching assistant to two different professors. During this time, she realized her passion and capacity to develop staff, leadership, and strategic direction, and her desire to help others form and understand the minute legal intricacies of corporations in domestic and international settings.
Ms. Kallas graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Sacramento with B.S. degrees in Business Finance and Risk Management and Insurance and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law with a J.D. concentrating on both business and tax law. To augment her legal knowledge and leadership skills, she also gained a Master of Business Administration.
In her free time, Ms. Kallas enjoys volunteering, spending time with family and friends, and keeping active.