Ms. Catia G. Saraiva is a partner with the credentials of handling hundreds of complex cases to successful completion and obtaining multiple seven-figure results for her clients. She began her legal career working full time at this firm as a law clerk during the day, while attending McGeorge School of Law’s evening program.
In 2004, Ms. Saraiva graduated from McGeorge School of Law, ranking number two in her class and earning Order of the Coif membership, awarded to only the top 10 percent of students at recognized law schools. She was one of only two candidates selected as a 2004 Judicial Extern to a United States Federal District Court judge.
After emigrating from her native Portugal as a child, Ms. Saraiva grew up in a working class neighborhood of South Sacramento, attending Christian Brothers High School, where she competed in volleyball and softball. She is proud of her roots and remains fluent in Portuguese, as well as Spanish.
Ms. Saraiva has devoted her legal career to exclusively representing injured victims. Her mission is to work on behalf of the most vulnerable members of our society who often have no one to champion them. In 2010, Ms. Saraiva was nominated for Attorney of the Year through Consumer Attorneys of California for her work in the Linville v. PSI, Inc. case where she represented the heirs of a dependent adult patient that died days after her admission into a Sacramento acute-care hospital due to use of an unsafe restraint.
As a condition to settlement, the hospital had to change their policies and training practices in several key areas of patient neglect uncovered during the case. In 2011, Ms. Saraiva earned a second Attorney of the Year nomination and a Woman Trial Lawyer of the Year nomination for her work in the trial of Parken v. Smart-Vasquez, where she obtained a $3.6 million verdict in a rear-end collision case.
In 2013, Ms. Saraiva was selected as one of 14 inaugural class of professional leaders for the 2014 New Leaders Council – CAOC Legal Institute which worked to recruit and train CAOC young members for future leadership roles in the CAOC, their professional settings and communities. As part of the 2014 NLC class, Ms. Saraiva joined one of over 600 nationwide NLC Fellows who have gone on to become leaders and luminaries in their professions.
Ms. Saraiva is active in her community through various organizations and volunteer work to better our Sacramento community.
- California, 2004
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2004
- McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California, Juris Doctor – 2004
- California State University, Bachelor of Arts – 2000
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Sacramento Consumer Attorneys, Member
- Consumer Attorneys of California, Member
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
- Order of the Coif, Member
- Sacramento County Bar Association, Member
- State Bar of California, Member
- Luso-American Foundation, Member
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