B.A., University of California Los Angeles ; J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law; LL.M., McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law. Serrao is a Member of the State Bar of California and is a certified private pilot. Serrao teaches U.S. Aviation Law and International Aviation Law, and serves as the Executive Editor of the Journal of Space Law and as an Associate Editor of the American Bar Association, The Air & Space Lawyer. She is frequently asked to speak around the world on issues relating to aerospace law, aviation environmental law, and space law.
Serrao also assists foreign governments and airlines in aviation law issues and legislative drafting, and has served as the Aviation Law and Regulatory Advisor to the Governments of Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi), and Kosovo, where she has drafted their civil aviation laws, regulations, and/or policies. Previously, Serrao was an associate at the California law firm Chevalier, Allen & Lichman, LLP, where she counseled public and private entities, including airports and airlines, in aviation, environmental, land use, regulatory law, international law, commercial transaction law, and appellate level litigation. Serrao also was an International Aviation Operations Specialist at the Office of International Aviation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where she was responsible for creating and analyzing policies related to the FAA’s international program, with particular emphasis on the International Aviation Safety Assessment Program (IASA). In that capacity, she assisted in the review of foreign civil aviation governments’ laws and regulations during in-country IASA technical review visits, and wrote and formulated U.S. Policy arguments for the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral international aviation agreements between the U.S. government and members of the Andean Republics. Before her term at the FAA, Serrao was an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Law at the University of North Dakota, Center for Aerospace Sciences, where she taught Aerospace Law, and Airline/Airport Economics and Management.