About Us

At Krankemann Petersen LLP we are committed to excellence, operate with the highest standards of ethics, and above all are passionate about helping people.  We are proud to be a client-driven firm and strongly believe that our first responsibility is to the client.

To best serve our clients Krankemann Petersen LLP has offices in Sonoma County, Mendocino County and the East Bay Area.  With years of legal experience, our attorneys demonstrate insightful litigation tactics, provide expert legal advice, and have the ability to accurately identify the strengths and weaknesses of any client's case.

Team Members

Chris Krankemann

W. Christian Krankemann is the managing partner of Krankemann Petersen LLP, a boutique law firm with offices in the heart of Sonoma County, Mendocino County and the East Bay area. While the firm is based in these areas, Mr. Krankemann and the firm represent clients in all aspects of litigation and trial throughout California in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, insurance bad faith, workers compensation, medical malpractice, employment law, breach of contract, and construction law...

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Erik Petersen

Erik R. Petersen is a partner of Krankemann Petersen LLP, a full service law firm with offices in Sonoma County, Mendocino County and the East Bay area.  Mr. Petersen and the firm represent clients in all aspects of litigation and trial throughout California in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, insurance bad-faith, Worker’s Compensation, medical malpractice, employment law and construction litigation.

Mr. Petersen began his legal career with the Sacramento County District...

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Martin Reilley

Martin Reilley is an attorney with Krankemann Petersen LLP and has been a trial lawyer his entire professional life, trying more than 50 jury trials to conclusion. For the first 18 years of his practice, Mr. Reilley was a defense attorney representing individuals and companies being sued in cases involving personal injury, professional malpractice (medical doctors and hospitals, architects, real estate agents and brokers), product liability, wrongful termination, and construction defects. ...

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Pano Stephens

With more than 45 years of legal experience in handling difficult and demanding personal injury and wrongful death claims, Pano Stephens’ exclusive devotion to personal injury law ensures that his clients receive the knowledgeable support and assistance they require. Commitment to his practice and clients has resulted in the recovery of millions on behalf of personal injury victims. His repertoire includes claims for spinal injuries, brain injuries, paralysis, broken bones, electrocution,...

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Mike Li

After completing Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science at the University of California Los Angeles, Michael Li attended law school at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. As law clerk to the Honorable Lance A. Ito, Mr. Li was honored to contribute to the research, fact finding and preparation of legal briefs in the famous 1995 case of People vs. O.J. Simpson. The experience influenced his decision to pursue a career dedicated to being a top trial attorney...

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Sarah M Lewers

Ms. Lewers joined Krankemann Petersen LLP in August 2016. Prior to joining the firm, she was an associate and trial attorney with the Law Offices of Peter Goldstone and Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz, LLP working on a variety of civil litigation matters including boundary line disputes, habitability cases, mortgage misconduct, insurance defense, construction defect, and easement disputes. Ms. Lewers recently secured a $682,130 judgment for her client.

During law...

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Matthew Chavez

Mr. Chavez has been practicing law for 24 years, and currently focuses on transactional and business law, general civil litigation, trust and estates, and legal and regulatory compliance review and consultation.

Before moving to the Bay Area, Mr. Chavez practiced law in Washington D.C. from 1994 until 2002 with the law firms Wiley Rein & Fielding and Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.  In 2002, Mr. Chavez relocated to the Bay Area and was Of Counsel with Latham &...

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Robert C. Petersen

Robert C. Petersen was the managing partner and owner of Petersen Law Offices, a Mendocino County based law firm specializing in personal injury, civil litigation, real estate, and Worker’s Compensation.   Prior to Petersen Law Offices, Mr. Petersen was managing partner in the firm of Petersen, Larson, and Lonengan.  Over his long spanning legal career, Mr. Petersen has practiced a wide variety of law including personal injury, wrongful death and real property.   Mr. Petersen has taken...

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