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.
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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.
Mr. Williams graduated cum laude from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History. He earned his Juris Doctor from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, where he was an editor for the Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law. Before moving to Oregon, Mr. Williams was a judicial clerk for the Arizona Court of Appeals for over two years. He was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2003.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. After completing her undergraduate degree, Alexandra moved to Oregon and spent several years working for various state agencies and non-profit organizations, directly assisting low-income individuals in obtaining access to healthcare, education, shelter, and food. Inspired by her professional experiences, Alexandra enrolled at the University of Oregon School of Law, where she earned the opportunity to work for both state and federal judges. Upon graduation, Alexandra joined Schneider Law Offices as an associate attorney with the firm. She became a partner with the firm in 2014.
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.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Portland State University. She received her Juris Doctor and Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Willamette University, where she was an editor for the Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution and Willamette Law Online.
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.
Kara Cogswell earned her Juris Doctor from the Willamette University College of Law in 2011. While in law school, Ms. Cogswell was a member of the Editorial Board for the Willamette Law Review, and she worked as a law clerk for the Oregon Department of Justice. Ms. Cogswell completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2011 and the District Court of Oregon in 2013.
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.
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 & Gibney in 2013, and is thankful for the opportunity to commit her practice to helping those in need.
JennyRae Foreman attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Society. Ms. Foreman then went on to receive her Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School. While a student, Ms. Foreman prosecuted misdemeanor cases for the city of Beaverton and clerked for a local law firm that practiced plaintiff’s side employment law. Prior to joining Schneider Kerr & Gibney, she worked as a Senior Investigator for the Bureau of Labor & Industries investigating civil rights complaints in the areas of employment, housing, and public accommodations. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering as a counselor for high school mock trial competitions. She became a member of the Oregon State Bar in 2014.
Caitlin moved to Oregon after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. She found a job providing in-home care to adults with developmental disabilities. She fell in love with the work, and became passionate about helping people with disabilities. Thereafter, she pursued a law degree at the University of Oregon School of Law. Upon
graduation, she volunteered with Disability Rights Oregon, where she helped individuals protect their rights under the ADA. After passing the bar, Caitlin joined Schneider Kerr & Gibney as an associate attorney.
In her early career, Alisha was a Spanish Linguist for the United States Army. Upon departing from the military, she graduated magna cum laude from Washington State University where she majored in political science. She then attended Willamette University College of Law where she worked as a law clerk for the Oregon Department of Justice. Alisha Firestone was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2014. Ms. Firestone is also accredited by the Veterans Administration and is licensed to practice before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims representing veterans with claims and appeals. Alisha is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Military and Veterans Law Section of the Oregon State Bar.
Ian received a bachelor’s degree from Centenary College of Louisiana with a degree in history. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he worked at a bankruptcy law firm in Shreveport, Louisiana. After undergraduate, Ian attended University of Oregon School of Law and worked for the City of Bend City Attorney’s Office. He became a member of the Oregon State Bar in 2014.