Schneider, Kerr & Robichaux
Derek Swanson was born and raised in Portland, OR. After graduating from Grant High School, he went on to attend college at American University in Washington, DC. After graduation he spent time working at law firms in DC, before deciding to move home and attend Lewis and Clark Law School. During his time in law school, he gained valuable experience learning to advocate on behalf of clients in multiple areas of the law, including clerkships at the Public Defender’s office, a non-profit worker’s rights firm and a Worker’s Compensation firm. He truly enjoys getting to know his clients and helping them through the Social Security process. He spends his free time outdoors enjoying as much of the Pacific Northwest as he can.
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 & Robichaux he practiced business law with his own firm. Michael was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2014.
Rebecca Miller was born and raised in Virginia. She graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech, where she received a Bachelors of Arts in English and a second Bachelors of Science in Neuropsychology. She then attended William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia and George Mason School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. While in law school, she was on the general executive board of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society, worked on Capitol Hill as an animal rights advocate for the Humane Society of the United States Federal Regulatory Affairs Division, and worked at the City Attorneys’ Office. She practiced business law and family law in Colorado before moving to Oregon to accept a position with the Oregon Department of Human Services. Rebecca was admitted to the Colorado Bar in 2015 and is a member of the Colorado Bar Association.
Geoff Kiernan is native of the Pacific Northwest who grew up outside Seattle. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and History from the University of Portland. He then graduated cum laude from Seattle University School of Law. While in Law School he worked for several organizations dedicated to fighting for workers rights and labor unions. After Law School he went to work for a law firm specializing in public sector labor law and employment law. He is licensed to practice in the State of Washington. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, playing soccer, and riding his bike.
Elena Zoniadis attended Villanova University, where she studied philosophy and psychology. She received her Juris Doctor from the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law in 2013 where she focused her studies on mental health and disability law. She completed additional coursework in mental disability law at New York Law School. While living in New York, Elena was on the Mental Health Law Committee for the New York City Bar Association. Before moving to Portland, Elena worked as an Assistant Deputy Public Advocate for the New Jersey Public Defender - Division of Mental Health Advocacy, where she represented psychiatric patients in civil commitment hearings and represented defendants in not guilty by reason of insanity review hearings. When she came to Portland, Elena performed a year of pro bono work for the National Crime Victim Law Institute of Lewis and Clark Law School. Elena is fluent in Greek and Spanish. She is a licensed attorney in Oregon, New York, and New Jersey. In her spare time, she likes to paint, write, and go exploring.
R. Brady Williams received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, where he majored in Political Science and International studies. He then went on to study business law at Temple Law School in Philadelphia, where he was the president of the International Law Society and a member of the Student Public Interest Network. During law school he clerked at a boutique plaintiff medical malpractice law firm, where he gained experience working with unique medical conditions and issues. He was admitted to the Oregon Bar in 2016.
Amanda Bruen obtained a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Southern California before moving to Oregon to obtain her Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School. During law school Amanda was on the board of the Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance and volunteered as a Rape Victim Advocate for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Victim Assistance Program. In May 2017 Amanda received the Multnomah Bar Association’s Michael E. Haglund Pro Bono Award for her work with Legal Aid Services of Oregon’s Domestic Violence Project. Amanda is a member of the Oregon and Washington State Bar Associations.
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 & Robichaux he practiced law and clerked during law school at the Ghiorso Law firm, focusing on commercial litigation. Joe was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2015.
Sara 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 attended 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 & Robichaux 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.
Amanda Robichaux attended 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 Programming 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 & Robichaux and paddles with her all-women-lawyers dragon boat team, The Dragonflies.
Kevin Kerr 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.