Christopher Carling


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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Tae Kang Case Manager

Tae Kang

Case Manager

Tae Kang graduated Cum Laude from University of Rochester (2004) and is currently attending law school.

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Edward Kerley Attorney

Edward Kerley


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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Yasmeen Omidi


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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Sonia Parnoutsoukian

Legal Assistant

Sonia received her bachelor’s degrees in psychology and rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley (2017) and will pursue her Juris Doctorate in the near future. Upon retirement from law, Sonia hopes to fulfill her dreams of opening a bakery to spread true happiness and frosting.

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Nicholas Peterson


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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Dylan Schaffer Attorney

Dylan Schaffer


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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Sunny Yang

Legal Assistant

Sunny received her undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2018). She works with the Kerley Schaffer Personal Injury practice to provide assistance to injured individuals.

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