Firm Bio

ADAMS ESQ – Meet Our Office Team

Making a difference…one child at a time.

Jean Murrell Adams, Senior Managing Attorney

Jean Murrell Adams opened the law firm of ADAMS ESQ in October of 2002.  Ms. Adams’ experiences in advocating for a child with exceptional needs compelled her to establish a special education law practice.  Over the past decade, ADAMS ESQ has represented hundreds of special needs children and has expanded to include locations throughout California and Nevada.

Prior to founding ADAMS ESQ, Ms. Adams formed the litigation department at DreamWorks where she managed all litigation matters world-wide.  She also served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Sony Pictures Entertainment.  Ms Adams received her B.A. in 1983 from Princeton University and her J.D. in 1986 from the University of Southern California Law Center.  She is admitted to practice law in the State of California and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Adams is a frequent writer and lecturer and has authored numerous articles, presentations and publications in the area of special education.  She also participated in the landmark publication of the American Bar Association – The Road to Independence: 101 Women’s Journeys to Starting Their Own Law Firms.  Ms. Adams was recently honored by KQED public radio in San Francisco and Wells Fargo Bank as a Women’s History Month Unsung Hero for her service on behalf of low-income children with special education needs.


Wendy Lee Kraal, Law Firm Manager

Wendy manages all operations of ADAMS ESQ, including oversight of accounting, document management, information technology, human resources, benefits and marketing.  She was instrumental in locating new office space for ADAMS ESQ and managing the entire move.  Wendy holds a Paralegal certificate and has an extensive background in office management.

Prior to working for ADAMS ESQ, Wendy was the Office Manager for Cholakian & Associates where she was in charge of Accounting, Human Resource and Management on a daily basis. She has her Real Estate License and has managed a Real Estate Office in the Bay Area.  Wendy enjoys working with people and assisting them with her organizational skills. She is a problem-solver and is able to achieve any goal that is set before her.

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Alba Ojeda, Paralegal

Alba Ojeda is the lead paralegal for ADAMS ESQ.  She has a B.A. in Legal Studies with a minor in Education from the University of California at Berkeley.  Alba was born and raised in San Francisco and enjoys traveling with her family to Central and South America every year.  She is fluent in English and Spanish.

Prior to joining ADAMS ESQ, Alba was a Paralegal with the firm of Triay Law Offices in Oakland from 2003 through 2006, concentrating in estate planning and probate litigation matters.  In addition to handling all intake meetings, and overseeing the management of ADAMS ESQ’s dependency and juvenile justice special education matters, Alba prepares all attorneys fee bills for final review and is the firm’s primary Spanish/English translator.

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Karla Rosales Cardona, Legal Assistant

Since joining ADAMS ESQ in 2009, Karla has become the heartbeat of the law firm.  As top legal assistant, her duties include communicating with opposing counsel and the Office of Administrative Hearings, overseeing the day-to-day office operations, calendaring, client relations, filing and serving all legal documents and handling oral and written translations (Spanish/English).

Prior to joining ADAMS ESQ, Karla had 7 years of experience as a bilingual legal assistant/office manager for a personal injury and class action attorney.

 

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Rebecca Urbina, Paralegal/Legal Assistant

Rebecca Urbina joined ADAMS ESQ as our Discovery Paralegal in 2016. She is in charge of all records and discovery. She also files and serves documents in court and helps with translations. She is fluent in English and Spanish. She holds her paralegal certificate and has an AA in Criminal Justice from JFK University.

Prior to working for Adams ESQ, Rebecca worked as paralegal/legal assistant for family law and criminal law firms in the Bay Area.

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Jennifer Sanchez, Collections Department

For over five years, Jennifer Sanchez has managed the Collections Department of ADAMS ESQ from our Riverside, California location.  She is responsible for all billing and collections on behalf of the firm and the issuance of W-9 forms.

Due to her pleasant but tenacious style, Jennifer has developed professional relationships with school district accounting departments throughout California and Nevada, ensuring the prompt payment of attorneys’ fees and parent reimbursements.

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Michelle Jones 2012Michelle M. Jones, Esq., Resident Attorney, Nevada

Michelle M. Jones has served Of Counsel with ADAMS ESQ since September of 2012 and is the firm’s Resident Attorney for the State of Nevada.

Ms. Jones received her B.A. from The Ohio State University in 1996 and J.D. from the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2003.  Upon graduation, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert Lane, Fifth Judicial District Court of Nevada.

Ms. Jones served several years with the Nye County District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney in the Civil Division before entering private practice.  She is admitted to practice law in the State of Nevada.  Ms. Jones is located in ADAMS ESQ’s Las Vegas office.
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