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Serita Young

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Serita represents public agencies in a wide range of governmental law issues including the Brown Act, ethics laws, the Public Records Act, public works law, planning and subdivision law, and contract drafting.  With more than sixteen years of experience, Serita has established herself as one of the state’s leading local government law experts.

Work for Clients

Serita serves as City Attorney for the City of Banning, Assistant City Attorney for the Cities of Covina, Rancho Cucamonga, and Westlake Village, and has previously served as the City Attorney for the City of Artesia. She also serves as General Counsel for First 5 Los Angeles, and as Special Counsel for Inland Behavioral Health Services.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Serita participated in externships with the Attorney General’s Office of the United States Department of Justice and the Attorney General’s Office of the California Department of Justice.

Honors & Awards

Lawyers of Color Hot List (2013)

Senior Articles Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review

Past Vice President, Loyola Black Law Students Association

Professional and Community Affiliations

American Bar Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Women Lawyer’s Association of Los Angeles



  • Event // Online AB1234 Ethics Trainings
    L.A. Care, 5-6 per year
  • Event // Conflicts of Interest and Advanced Ethics Training
    City of Sunnyvale, in partnership with the Institute for Local Governments, 02.02.2017
  • Event // Records Retention and Management
    California Special Districts Association, Board Secretary/Clerk Conference, 10.20.2015


  • The California Legislature Enacts Senate Bill 1137 to Address Maintenance Problems Posed by Foreclosed Properties
    Fall 2008
    RW&G Advisor
  • New Legislation Amending the Ralph M. Brown Act - Senate Bill No. 334
    Winter 2008
    RW&G AdvisorĀ 


J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

B.S., Georgetown University

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