Kala Schmidt earned her Juris Doctorate at Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law) in St. Paul, Minnesota. During her time in law school, she was a scholarship recipient, a member of the Dean's Honor Roll, and winner of the CALI Award in a variety of legal disciplines including Negotiation and Restorative Justice.
Ms. Schmidt is also certified in Alternative Dispute Resolution, having graduated from Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute, ranked in the top 5 dispute resolution programs in the nation for the 18th consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report.
After graduating from law school and the Dispute Resolution Institute, Ms. Schmidt went on to become the first female partner at an established Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law firm, before starting The Oaks Law Group with Deliza Wert.
Ms. Schmidt is a proud to be a Board Certified Legal Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law and continues to immerse herself in the evolving world of Workers’ Compensation defense to stay current with industry trends and employer needs.
Kristen Earned her Juris Doctorate at Western State University in Fullerton, California after obtaining a Bachelors from California State University Fullerton in Business and Finance.
Ms. Zierhut brings a wealth of legal knowledge to the firm with experience in both civil litigation and administrative litigation in Workers' Compensation, Employment and Labor Law matters. Ms. Zierhut has been a zealous advocate for her clients over the years handling all aspects of civil and administrative claims, including catastrophic injuries, serious and willful misconduct allegations, 132(a) discrimination claims and Labor Board disputes.
Easton earned his Juris Doctorate at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. He graduated with a Pro Bono Honors award by volunteering several hours with the Legal Aid Society in the greater San Diego area.
His experience in the insurance industry began early when he worked as a law clerk with a prestigious San Diego civil litigation firm. While working as a law clerk, Mr. Turner was responsible for handling all aspects of complex personal injury claims. Mr. Turner has significant experience in preparing and appearing for dispositive motions, taking and defending depositions and all aspects of trial preparation in state court.
Christopher B. Russell II
Mr. Russell graduated with a BA from University of California Santa Barbara and thereafter with a JD from Whittier Law School. He then began his legal career practicing civil litigation but has been focused on Workers' Compensation defense exclusively in recent years. Mr. Russell has experience representing billion-dollar multinational food and beverage companies, airlines, and hotel groups. Outside of work, he enjoys playing soccer, basketball, tennis and hiking in his spare time.
Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College and thereafter obtained her Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law. She has experience in counseling insurance clients and defending their claims in all aspects from case inception through settlement or trial preparation. She also has vast experience in representing employers in state and federal court in a wide variety of matters, including wage and hour class-action lawsuits, and against allegations of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
No business is too large or small for The Oaks Law Group. In addition to serving a wide variety of third party administrators and insurance carriers, attorneys at The Oaks Law Group have represented a diverse group of employer clientele including school districts, public transportation providers, the private security industry, national retail and service businesses, as well as independent, franchise and small business owners.