Edward Kerley graduated from Claremont McKenna (1986) and USC law school (1994). His practice is focused on trial work in insurance matters and business disputes. He has tried state and federal cases involving insurance fraud, various commercial disputes, insurance bad-faith, and wrongful termination. Prior to founding the firm, he held positions with law firms both in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.
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Dylan Schaffer graduated from Cornell University (1986) and Magna Cum Laude from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco (1990). He clerked in the Ninth Circuit and then spent a year teaching at Stanford. Bored by the academic life, he went to work for Dennis Riordan, one of California’s leading appellate specialists. Dylan went out on his own in 2001, specializing in trial consulting and complex appeals, in both criminal and civil matters. He joined Edward Kerley’s practice in 2014.
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Yas Omidi received her undergraduate and law degrees from UC Berkeley. She has a broad background in civil litigation, with particular emphasis on insurance coverage, business disputes, and employment matters. Before joining the firm, Yas worked with two major firms representing clients in state and federal court. Although she grew up in several countries and along the California coast, Yas is proud to call Oakland her home.
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Chris Carling grew up in the SF Bay Area. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UC Santa Barbara (2000 and 2002) and his law degree from Willamette University College of Law in 2007. Prior to joining Kerley Schaffer in 2016, Chris was an attorney at Chapman & Intrieri L.L.P, where he represented homeowners’ associations in complex construction defect litigation and served as general counsel, advising associations on all aspects of management, operation, and dispute resolution.
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Nicholas Peterson is a native of Seattle, WA. He graduated Summa Cum Laude/Valedictorian from Northwest University in 2000. Nicholas also performed and recorded as a drummer, percussionist and singer with numerous bands, with one album achieving “Gold” status in the U.S., and both “Gold” and “Platinum” status in the U.K. in 2008. He then earned his JD from UC Hastings School of Law in 2012, where he was a Senior Editor with the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and graduated Cum Laude with a concentration in Civil Litigation. Prior to joining Kerley Schaffer in 2017, Nicholas was an attorney at Kornblum, Cochran, Erickson & Harbison, LLP, where he also represented policyholders in various insurance disputes.
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Tae Kang & Amir Guedoir
Tae Kang graduated Cum Laude from University of Rochester (2004) and is currently attending law school. Amir Guedoir graduated from University of California, Berkeley (2016), and will be attending law school in the near future. Tae and Amir work closely with Kerley Schaffer in its personal injury practice, assisting injured individuals to navigate the rocky water of insurance recovery.