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J. Edward Kerley

Car accident Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   7 reviews

also known as John Edward Kerley, Edward Kerley

  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1995
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About J.

Learn J.’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    We specialize in helping victims who don't know where to turn. We make sure auto insurance companies don’t take advantage of you. We handle all kinds of cases: auto and motorcycle, trucks and commercial, ridesharing, driver negligence and more.

  2. Personal injury
    You deserve compassion and justice if you’ve been injured in any of the following: • Car & Motorcycle Accidents • Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents • Uber/Lyft Accidents • Commercial Trucking Accidents • Slip and Fall • Wrongful Death

  3. Insurance
    When your California home or commercial property insurance company refuses to make a fair claim payment, we can help. Lawyers who sit across from us know we win. - Homeowner Claims - Commercial Property - Underinsurance

Justice for victims and their families. We’re here when you need us most.

Personal Injury Accidents, Truck Accidents & Car Accidents, Bad Faith Insurance Claims and California Wildfire Damage.

Edward is a partner at Kerley Schaffer LLP. He 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.

Relentless. It’s our favorite word.

We’re a scrappy, dedicated team of lawyers in Oakland, California who specialize in personal injury and bad faith insurance claims. We represent ordinary people who need extraordinary help:

- Accident victims

- Customers ripped off by their insurance companies

- People who lost their homes to California wildfires

We succeed by digging deeper, working harder, and never letting go. Decades of trial and appellate experience, plus a tireless commitment to justice, add up to amazing results for our clients.

Why Kerley Schaffer?
Decades of experience representing clients in trial and appellate courts to level the field against big corporations.

Assistance in getting outstanding medical care for your injuries.

A dedicated case assistant assigned to your case from day one until you’ve recovered for your injuries.

Deep knowledge of how to handle insurance companies who cheat victims to increase profits.





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Christopher Carling. Attorney at Kerley Schaffer LLP
Dylan Schaffer. Partner at Kerley Schaffer LLP
The team at Kerley Schaffer LLP.


Kerley Schaffer LLP
1939 Harrison Street
Suite 500
Oakland, CA, 94612-4710

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Posted by Scott | October 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Review from a 2018 Camp Fire Victim
We lost our house in the 2018 Camp Fire and AAA wasn’t going to pay us a dime on a policy that we had with them for almost 20 years. I fought with AAA for four months to no avail and it is no exaggeration to say that they were the most stressful four months of my life. We lost everything and AAA just didn’t care. Once I retained Kerley Schaffer LLP, my stress melted away. They took care of everything and got results. Kerley Schaffer won a settlement for us that gave us our full policy amount, plus all attorney fees. Thanks to them, we had the money to purchase a brand-new home, fully furnish it, and still have almost a quarter of our settlement left over in savings for a rainy day. Kerley Schaffer LLP took us from having nothing to a place where we are more financially secure than we were before the fire. I cannot recommend them enough!
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Posted by William | October 21, 2020
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Above and beyond the call of duty!!
The experience and concern for others went far beyond what was expected. It’s nice to be treated like a real person and not a prospect. I am grateful to have been represented by Edward and his team. Thank You guys!!!
Posted by Ryan | April 16, 2020
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They REALLY fight for you
Involving car accident is always stressful from beginning to end. But Kerley Schaffer law office took care of everything and fought for the client against the insurance. They REALLY fight for you. One thing I liked the most about this law office was communication. I could get follow-up and update what's going on with my case and get best outcome. Now I have Go-to friend for car accident and personal injury case.
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Posted by Eunhei | April 15, 2020
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Best Choice By Far
Kerley Schaffer was the best choice by far. The case manager and the staffs really knew what they are doing and they were very professional and knowledgeable. From the very beginning, they explained all the necessary procedures, made it clear on what I would expect, and guided and helped me from getting treatments to settlement. I felt that they deeply cared about me, not just my case, and fought for my best interest. I would recommend them for any personal injury case.
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Posted by Luis | April 15, 2020
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Helpful & Informative
I was involved in a car accident and I didn’t know what to do, I reached out to the firm and Tae was the attorney that help me with my case. He was really helpful and informative, when I needed updates or information on the case, he was easy to get a hold of and would give me the information that I needed. If you or anyone you know ever needs legal support, I highly recommend you reach out to the Kerley Schaffer firm for help.
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Posted by Angelica | April 15, 2020
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Wouldn’t Hesitate to Recommend
I am so grateful that I was introduced to Kerley Schaffer Law Firm. I felt completely lost dealing with my own insurance company after I was in an accident and he took care of everything. I wouldn’t hesitate to call or recommend him to any friends or family that get injured in a car accident. I was kept current on my case and even when I moved out of the area, I still received the same great service and they helped me find treatment in my new area. If you are thinking of getting a lawyer, just call and I’m sure you will have a great experience just like I did.
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Posted by Alison | February 14, 2020
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They Took Care Of Everything!
As an international student, it was especially stressful and to deal with the aftermath of my car accident and not have it interfere with school. From the first phone call the case manager put me at ease. My case manager was always easy to reach via phone or email and was extremely flexible working around my school schedule throughout the process. They took care of everything for me, walking me through everything each step of the way. I confidently recommend Kerley Schaffer law firm, if I could give 10 stars, I would.
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AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Kerley Schaffer LLP
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Hereford Kerley LLP
  • 2009 - 2015
  • Partner
  • Doherty Georgeson Kerley LLP
  • 2005 - 2009


  • USC Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Claremont McKenna Coll
  • undergraduate
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Business Fire in Bay Area - Bad Faith Insurance
  • $2.1 Million
  • Lyft Driver Rear-Ended
  • $160,000
  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • $1.5 Million
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  • NAPIA - National Association of Public Asjusters
  • N/A
  • CAPIA - California Association of Public Adjusters
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016


  • Law and Practice of Insurance Coverage Litigation - American Bar Association
  • Experts In First-Party Coverage Litigation
  • 2000

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Endorse J.
Insurance Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"Edward is a tough, intelligent lawyer who genuinely cares about his clients."
Insurance Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I readily endorse this lawyer. Edward Kerley knows his stuff. He is extremely dedicated, determined and fearless in his advocacy."
Insurance Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've worked along side Edward Kerley for the better part of a decade. He's the most dedicated, unrelenting, and passionate lawyer I have ever known. I continue to learn from him every day. You will be well served by Edward and his firm."
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Oakland Car accident Lawyer J. Edward Kerley
J. Edward Kerley
Car accident Attorney
Oakland, CA
Licensed for 29 years
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