Firm Overview

Main Office

Kerley Schaffer LLP
1939 Harrison Street
Suite 500
Oakland CA 94612


(510) 379-5801


(510) 228-0350


Office Information

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 9 am - 6 pm PST

Edward Kerley

Kerley Schaffer LLP

Edward graduated from Claremont McKenna (1986) and USC Law School (1994). His practice is focused on trial work. 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 Middle East.


Claremont McKenna College
Undergraduate, 1987

USC Law School
JD - Juris Doctor, 1994

Dylan Schaffer

Kerley Schaffer LLP

Dylan graduated from Cornell University (1986) and magna cum laude from UC Hastings College of the Law (1990). He clerked in the Ninth Circuit and then spent a year teaching at Stanford. Bored with 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.

Arcolina Panto

Kerley Schaffer LLP

Arcolina was a Trustee Scholar at New York University prior to attending UC Hastings College of the Law. Having run a solo practice for several years, Arcolina is happiest litigating with a winning trial team. In her spare time, Arcolina enjoys rock climbing and martial arts.

Christopher Carling

Kerley Schaffer LLP

Chris grew up in the SF Bay Area. He received his 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 LLP, 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.

Yasmeen Omidi

Kerley Schaffer LLP

Yas received her undergraduate and law degrees from UC Berkeley. She has a broad background in civil litigation, with 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.

Nicholas Peterson

Kerley Schaffer LLP

Nicholas 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 College of the 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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