SELENA’S Education & Experience.
I received my undergraduate degree in art history, with honors, from UCLA in 1995. Immediately thereafter, I attended the UCLA School of Law, receiving a juris doctor degree in 1998. During law school, I found my passion in bankruptcy law. As a judicial extern to the Honorable Kathleen Thompson Lax, I was exposed to a variety of bankruptcy issues and was able to learn about the practical and legal implications of bankruptcy laws. Immediately after graduating from UCLA Law and passing the California bar exam, I served a one-year term as law clerk to the Honorable Thomas B. Donovan. Prior to starting my firm, I passed the New York and New Jersey state bar exams, worked in private practice as an associate attorney and in-house counsel, alongside the best lawyers in the nation.
SELENA’S Accomplishments & Accreditations.
I am licensed to practice law in California, New York and New Jersey. I am admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court; the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Central and Northern Districts of California); the California Supreme Court; State of New York, Supreme Court, Appellate Division Second Judicial District; and State of New Jersey Superior Court.
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I am a first generation American, born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Los Angeles, California. As the first in my family to graduate from college and receive a graduate degree, I appreciate the importance of hard work and perseverance. When my family immigrated to the United States, we sought refuge after two generations of religious persecution (from two different countries!). My parents and grandparents left their possessions and belongings behind but gained freedom and opportunity. I watched my parents and others in my community rebuild their lives from scratch, not only to survive but to thrive and flourish. I am passionate about my community, fashion, and art. I believe that we were born to make a difference in the world, and the best time is now!
SELENA believes in giving back to the community.
My passion for helping others goes well beyond the walls of my law firm. I am a regular volunteer for The Friendship Circle Los Angeles, which provides Jewish children who have special needs, with meaningful social, recreational, educational and Judaic experiences. As often as possible, I offer pro bono services through the Los Angeles Public Counsel and volunteer to help those who may not be able to afford a lawyer. I regularly offer life and career coaching, and love to mentor law students to help them find their passion in the law and become confident and successful lawyers. I love to create, teach, inspire, motivate and, most of all, get the Problem Solved.