Schneider Kerr Law Offices
Chris has been a resident of Portland for nearly 20 years, and considers the Pacific Northwest his home. Chris received his bachelor’s degree in 2003 from the University of Alaska – Anchorage, focusing on business administration. In 2008, Chris received a masters degree in Communication Studies from Portland State University, where he also taught classes in public speaking and argumentation. In 2015 Chris graduated cum laude with his law degree from Willamette University, where he was an associate editor for the Willamette Law Review, and a member of the Moot Court Board. During law school, Chris clerked at the Oregon Department of Justice in the Financial Fraud/Consumer Protection section, and later at the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office. Chris was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2015. When not working, Chris enjoys international travel, recently going to Japan and Puerto Vallarta. .
Cory received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. While in school he received a concentration in business and transactional law, however, he discovered a passion for administrative law. Cory has a wide range of work experience, visited nearly every state in the country, and has lived in eight different states. He was admitted to the Oregon Bar in 2015 and spent a brief period working on his own prior to joining Schneider Kerr Law Offices.
Alana grew up in Portland, Oregon. She graduated cum laude from the University of Oregon with a double major in Political Science and International Studies in 2004, and from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2008. While in law school she completed internships with the Northern California Innocence Project, the Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender, and Fresh Lifelines for Youth. Upon graduation from law school, Alana worked for Fresh Lifelines for Youth in Santa Clara County, CA as well as the Positive Resource Center in San Francisco, CA. Alana was admitted into the State Bar of California in 2013.
Michael grew up in many places on the west coast, but has now settled down in Portland. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He received his Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law, where he participated in the Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution, Willamette Law Online, the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and the Bucerius Law School International Exchange Program. Prior to joining Schneider Kerr he practiced business law with his own firm. Michael was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2014.
Ian Royer is a French-American dual citizen. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in political science. Ian attended Vermont Law School for one year and then transferred to Lewis and Clark to finish up his degree. In school, he focused on Civil Rights Law. Ian is currently an appellate attorney at Schneider Kerr.
Joe Urbanski received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Oregon. He received his Juris Doctor from Willamette University of College Law, where he was an editor for the Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution, Willamette Sports Law Journal, and Willamette Law Online. Prior to joining Schneider Kerr he practiced law and clerked during law school at the Ghiorso Law firm, focusing on commercial litigation. Joe was admitted to the Oregon State in 2015
Sarah was born and raised in San Francisco. She graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and double-minors in History and International Relations. She graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was an Article Editor for the Lewis & Clark Law Review. While in law school, Sarah interned with the Oregon Justice Resource Center, the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, and Metropolitan Public Defenders in Portland. Sarah has always been committed to making legal services accessible to those in need and looks forward to furthering that commitment at Schneider Kerr.
Ms. Smith grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. She obtained her undergraduate degree in English, Professional Writing from Appalachian State University, in Boone, NC. After graduation, Ms. Smith remained in the North Carolina Mountains. She worked at Grandfather Home for Children, an agency that provides residential treatment to child survivors of abuse and neglect. Ms. Smith attend the Charleston School of Law’s evening program. She also volunteered as a Guardian ad litem, giving recommendations to family court judges in the best interest of children in abuse and neglect cases. She graduated from law school in December of 2011 and moved to Oregon the following year. She began working for Schneider Kerr in 2013, and is thankful for the opportunity to commit her practice to helping those in need.
Alyson Young received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2012. She was a member of the Lewis & Clark Law review and Managing Editor of the Student Bar Association newsletter, and also worked at the Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic. Alyson joined the firm after clerking in the Clackamas County Circuit Court and briefly working for the Oregon Department of Justice.
She went to Louisiana State University where she graduated with a double major in biology and journalism and a minor in photography. She received her Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of The Fine Print and served as the Vice-President of Student Programing on the Student Bar Association. She was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2013 and is a member of the Multnomah Bar Association.
Lindsey Craven is an Oregonian, born and raised. She graduated magna cum laude from Portland State University, where she studied political science and philosophy. She then moved to the east coast to attend William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. While in law school, she was an editor and published author of the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, clerked for the Maryland Court of Appeals, and worked for the local county attorney. She returned to Oregon after graduation. Lindsey now leads the Appellate Department at Schneider Kerr and paddles with her all-women-lawyers dragon boat team, The Dragonflies.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Truman State University and Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark College, where he was a member of the law review journal Environmental Law. Prior to joining Schneider Law Offices he practiced law and clerked during law school at Newcomb Sabin Schwartz and Landsverk, focusing on employment law and administrative law. Mr. Kerr was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2008 and the Washington State Bar in 2014. Mr. Kerr focuses his practice on Social Security Disability cases and is also accredited by the Veterans Administration to represent veterans on compensation and pension claims.
Merrill Schneider is the firm’s senior partner. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Oregon in 1977. He was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1977 and has practiced law full time for 38 years.Mr. Schneider’s entire legal career has been spent litigating cases. He has personally tried thousands of Social Security, Worker’s Compensation and Personal Injury cases and has managed and participated in the preparation of many thousands more.