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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 are the light in the darkness for all of us.

    “Lisa- You are the light in the darkness for all of us in the eating disorder community. I believe that you were born to take on these challenges.”

    Pam S.

  • Thank God for Kantor & Kantor.

    “Thank God for Kantor & Kantor and Denise Anderson. I appreciate everything you do!”

    Stephen Schaffer

  • With you in my corner, I felt enabled and no longer alone.

    “Seemingly at the end of my rope with nowhere to turn, a friend suggested I call the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, who referred me to you. From our first contact I began to feel hope where there had been none. You took over all communication with the insurance company. You kept me posted as things progressed and advised me as to each necessary action. What a relief you were! With you in my corner, I felt enabled and no longer alone. Some big insurance companies feel emboldened to take arbitrary action against those who do not have the resources to defend what is rightfully theirs. Thank goodness for people like you who advocate for folks in need. In closing, please know how very much our association has meant. You have restored my faith in the goodness of people and renewed my confidence in the future. I am forever grateful.”

    Shirley G.

  • 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.

  • Thank you for being lawyers with a heart.

    “Thank you for being lawyers with a heart.”

    Miriam T.