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Dannis Woliver Kelley Expands Statewide Education Law Practice: Adds 10 Experienced Lawyers and Two Offices to Start the New Year

  • February 10, 2016

February 10, 2016

San Francisco, CA—Dannis Woliver Kelley, California’s premier education law firm, is pleased to announce that it is opening offices in Sacramento and San Luis Obispo, staffed by ten lawyers joining the firm as of January.  Christian Keiner, Roman Muñoz, Marie Nakamura, William Schuetz, Marilyn Jacobs, Diana Halpenny, Sally Jensen Dutcher, and Sirenia Jimenez will practice in the Sacramento office.  The San Luis Obispo office will be staffed by Chelsea Olson Murphy and Daniel McElhinney.

DWK managing shareholder Mark Kelley said: “We are pleased and honored to be joined by these top-flight lawyers.  We are particularly excited to employ the combined energy of the expanded firm to grow our practice in the Central Valley and along the Central Coast of California.  Our current clients, and those that join us along with our new colleagues, will be the immediate beneficiaries of the synergy of these education lawyers as we continue to support K-12 and community college districts throughout the state.”

Christian Keiner, former education practice group manager with the Sacramento-based Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard law firm, stated: “Our clients will greatly benefit by the move to Dannis Woliver Kelley.  The firm’s expertise is well known throughout California, and we look forward to providing the highest quality legal services from these two new offices.”


Dannis Woliver Kelley is a diverse, women-owned law firm that has distinguished itself over a 35-year history as California’s leading education law firm. Representing school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education, DWK is recognized throughout California as a firm that applies creative, proactive, in-depth advice and strategies to achieve cost-effective results on behalf of its clients. The firm’s areas of practice include: Board Ethics, Transparency and Accountability (BETA); Business, Property and Finance; Construction; Charter Schools; Labor, Employment and Personnel (LEAP); Litigation; and Students and Special Education Issues.

  • Public Entities, Nonprofit Corporations and Independent Schools
  • Christian M. Keiner
  • Private: Diana D. Halpenny
  • Marie A. Nakamura
  • Sally Jensen Dutcher
  • William F. Schuetz, Jr.

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