Our caring and hardworking team of attorneys, paralegals, law clerks, legal assistants, and business development staff are integral in ensuring the successful outcome of your case. Our partners have worked together for over 20 years! Most of our amazing support staff have been with us for over a decade. We are more than a firm, we are a family. We extend our network and culture of support to all our clients, no matter the size of their case.
Lisa Anderson, Legal Assistant
Lisa has been with our firm for 16 years. She is invaluable as the legal assistant to the partners. Lisa handles word processing, dictation, and typing for drafting correspondence, motions and pleadings, filing with California Courts, MDL Courts, and serving documents. She maintains the client database for mass tort cases, organizes meetings, depositions, and arbitration for cases, and is responsible for calendaring, filing and ordering medical records for products liability cases.
Kelci Bradwell, Firm Administrator
Kelci Bradwell began consulting for Kershaw Cook & Talley, PC in 2015. She joined the team full-time in 2017. Between financial and profit analysis reporting, marketing management, and day to day firm operations, Kelci is continually striving to find new and innovative ways to successfully operate and grow the firm. Kelci is a Portland State University alum and sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of Legal Administrators Sacramento Chapter.
Darren Dickman, Senior Paralegal
Darren has worked with Bill Kershaw for 20 years. He has worked almost exclusively on class and other complex ligation, and served as the firm’s lead paralegal on countless class action cases. Darren provides extensive support to the attorneys at every stage of the case from the pre-filing investigation, discovery, class certification and other important briefing, all the way through resolution (settlements and trials) and any subsequent appeals.
Chelsea-Mari Kennedy, Legal Support Staff
Chelsea-Mari has been with the firm since 2018. She supports the firm’s Mass Tort and Class Action departments. Chelsea-Mari manages Plaintiff Fact Sheets, conducts new client interviews, reviews documents, and manages client relations. Chelsea-Mari is a graduate of Liberty University and is an aspiring law student. In the short time Chelsea-Mari has been with us she has proven herself to be an integral part of the team and a joy to work with.
Janet Kershaw, Senior Mass Tort Coordinator
<p>Janet has been with our firm for nine years and has more than 30 years of civil litigation experience. She provides extensive support to the attorneys in our mass tort cases against defective medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Janet thoroughly enjoys working with our clients from the initial stages through the resolution of their case. She’s passionate and vigilant about helping our injured clients.</p>
Eve Knight, Legal Assistant
Eve began working with our firm in 2019. She possesses 23 years of experience in personal injury litigation and case management handling. She is the primary support to the personal injury department; handling cases in all levels of litigation and pre-litigation, such cases involve automobile accidents, slip and falls, elder abuse, general negligence, medical malpractice, and dog bites, just to name a few. She is passionate about helping the Hispanic community while handling legal cases and she is often brought in to assist with Spanish interpreting and translation. Eve has a Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology, and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is also an aspiring law student with and one year of law school completed at Lincoln Law School, in Sacramento.
Kim J. Martin, Mass Tort Support
<p>Kim has been with our firm since 2018. She supports the firm’s Mass Tort cases, with a primary focus on wildfire cases. She is a primary point of contact for clients and assists with all facets of client communications. She manages an internal database of sensitive client information, keeps the case tracker up to date and accurate, and implements procedures to maximize efficiency within the office. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor’s Degree in Photography and has been photographing weddings for over 10 years. Her experience with client management and business organization paired with her passion for the law has made her a welcome addition to our office.</p>
Natalie Obeid, Business Development Coordinator
Natalie has been with our firm since 2014. She supports the firm with mass tort cases. She handles client communication and case management, assists with trial preparation, and medical records research and analysis. Natalie is a graduate of University of California, Davis and Board Member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento Young Professionals.
Samantha Semaan, Legal Receptionist & Intake Coordinator
Samantha is the first point of contact for potential clients. As our Intake Coordinator, she conducts new client interviews, schedules consultations, and manages attorney referrals. Samantha graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Psychology. She has participated in choir since she was 10 years old and music is a big part of her life. Samantha intends to pursue a career as a paralegal.
William J. Lee, Graduate Law Clerk
William Lee is a Graduate Law Clerk at Kershaw Cook & Talley where he supports class action and mass tort litigation. William received his J.D. with Honors and Certificate in Transactional Law from Emory University School of Law. At Emory, William specialized in intellectual property transactions and venture capital and participated in the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court, Lamar Inn of Court, Emory Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Program, and Emory Global Health Institute Student Advisory Committee. As part of ELSSCAP, William co-wrote an amicus brief for WesternGeco LLC v. ION Geophysical Corp., a case in the United States Supreme Court concerning the extraterritorial application of patent damages. While in law school, William worked at Kershaw, Cook & Talley and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At CDC, William assessed federal and state laws for expanded access to experimental pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Prior to law school, William worked at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and VA National Center for Patient Safety. At NCPS, William analyzed root causes of iatrogenic and nosocomial adverse events and published a national study on an inpatient nursing intervention. William also received his M.S. in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale University and B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Duke University.
Douglas Shao, Law Clerk
Douglas is a new Law Clerk at Kershaw Cook & Talley working to support mass tort litigation. Douglas is currently taking a gap year from his studies at Yale University, where he studies Political Science and Data Science. At Yale, he coordinates community engagement programs and conducts research on public health messaging. Prior to joining the firm, he specifically worked as a Research Assistant on projects relating to government communications during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also has worked as an intern for the Yale Law Journal, contributing as administrative and publishing support for various projects across the institution. Douglas eventually hopes to go to law school and use his degree to support underrepresented communities as they navigate an often complicated justice system.
Jared Orr, Extern
Jared is currently an extern from Emory Law School, where he is enrolled in the Transactional Certificate Program. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Political Science and with minor degrees in United States History and Philosophy. He is a classically trained percussionist and pianist and received All-State distinctions in 2012 and 2013.
Lindsay Sapienza, Law Clerk
Lindsay Sapienza joined Kershaw Cook & Talley in the summer of 2020 as a Law Clerk where she focuses on Wildfire and TDF HIV Litigation. Lindsay joined the Firm after graduating from Duke University. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Journalism and Media Studies. While at Duke University, she was the captain of the Division 1 women’s fencing team and partnered with the Duke Cancer Institute to found, ‘Fence for the Fight’, raising over $30,000 in its inaugural year for Breast Cancer research.