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Meet Our Attorneys

Attorney Zoya YarnykhZoya Yarnykh

Associate

Zoya Yarnykh joined Kantor & Kantor after spending several years working at a San Francisco-based nonprofit agency, where her work focused on advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities in Social Security benefits appeals. Throughout her career, Ms. Yarnykh has exclusively represented plaintiffs, first in toxic tort litigation involving serious illnesses related to asbestos exposure, and more recently, she practiced civil rights law in the context of education of children with disabilities, with a focus on abuse of special needs children in the school setting

In her spare time, Zoya enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and two dogs, reading crime fiction, traveling, and her SUP. Zoya is fluent in Russian.

Admissions:

  • State Bar of California, 2008
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California

Education:

  • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law in 2008
  • B.A., Psychology, San Francisco State University, 2005

Notable Decisions

  • Rangel v. Chino Valley Unified Sch. Dist., No. EDCV1501218DDPDTBX, 2016 WL 2732135 (C.D. Cal. May 9, 2016) (the court granted plaintiff’s petitions for relief from Gov’t Code § 945.4, finding that the petitions, claims, and applications complied with the requirements in the statutory scheme);
  • Rangel v. Chino Valley Unified Sch. Dist., No. EDCV151218DDPKKX, 2017 WL 2874468 (C.D. Cal. July 5, 2017) (the court granted plaintiffs’ motion to produce allegedly privileged documents identified by defendants in a privilege log, in part because document covered by FERPA were discoverable in the context of a civil action);
  • Hugunin v. Rocklin Unified Sch. Dist., No. 2:15-CV-00939-MCE-DB, 2017 WL 202536 (E.D. Cal. Jan. 17, 2017) (the court granted plaintiffs’ motion to amend, finding that the proposed pleading was not futile as alleged by defendants);
  • Garedakis v. Brentwood Union Sch. Dist., No. 14CV04799PJHDMR, 2016 WL 1133715 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 23, 2016) (the court limited the scope of defendants’ subpoena seeking psychological and employment records of one of the plaintiffs).

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Free Case Consultations Provided
  • 160+ Years' Collective Experience
  • Thousands Of Cases Successfully Handled
  • You Don't Pay Us Unless We Recover Your Claim
  • Selected For Inclusion In The List Of Super Lawyers®

Client Testimonials

  • You've helped to remove a great burden from our lives. It's nice to know there are decent people still in the world.

    “Thank you for your kind efforts. You've helped to remove a great burden from our lives. It's nice to know there are decent people still in the world.”

    B.

  • I've already mentioned your firm to my family and friends and how wonderful you have been treating me.

    “I've already mentioned your firm to my family and friends and how wonderful you have been treating me. Hopefully I will not ever have the need to refer someone to you because that would mean they would be in a similar situation as myself. But, if that were to ever happen, I would absolutely refer them to your company.”

    Linda P.

  • The arguments you made on our behalf at the mediation resulted in a more positive outcome for our case than we could have otherwise expected.

    “We appreciate that you found merit in our case, and that you were both willing and able to be present at the mediation. We believe that the arguments you made in our favor to the mediator were able to influence the outcome towards resolution that we could feel satisfied with. In the end, we believe that your counsel, your support, and the arguments you made on our behalf at the mediation resulted in a more positive outcome for our case than we could have otherwise expected. Throughout you were always professional, but direct and clearly firm on our position. We thank you for your efforts to resolve our dispute to our satisfaction, and wish you continued success.”

    Mara T.

  • Your compassion for me and my situation is very much appreciated.

    “My thanks to you for pursuing my case with vigor. I don't know much about how these legal things are handled, but I could tell by your communications with me, making sure I was always informed, that you were on top of it all. Also, you were ALWAYS available to me to answer questions, and your compassion for me and my situation is very much appreciated. I have had limited exposure to the legal system and attorneys, but I have never been able to just call and talk to them, as I could with you. I always had to speak with someone in the office that couldn't really answer my questions.”

    D.B.

  • Truly outstanding in every way!

    “Both Glenn Kantor and his associate attorney Brent Brehm are truly experts in the field of disability law. They handled a complex individual disability policy issue for me. Their knowledge of the law, coupled with their experience, resources, and tactical skills, helped me obtain results that exceeded my expectations. Truly outstanding in every way!”

    Anonymous