Kerrie E. McNally

Ms. McNally is a founding member of Adams Silva & McNally LLP. Ms. McNally represents and advises school districts in the areas of labor and employment, governance, litigation, student discipline, Ed Tech, and special education. Ms. McNally’s legal practice crosses the typical boundaries of practice groups. Ms. McNally has experience working with school districts on employee discipline and student matters arising from improper use of technology. Ms. McNally has successfully represented school districts in teacher dismissal hearings, certificated layoff hearings, classified termination hearings, grievance arbitrations and special education due process hearings. Ms. McNally has also successfully defended school district employment and special education actions in state and federal court. She also has extensive experience representing school districts before the California Department of Education, the Office for Civil Rights, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. McNally has lectured on the role of general education teachers within the special education matrix at the University of La Verne’s College of Education and Organizational Leadership.

Prior to practicing law, Ms. McNally taught middle school science, math, Spanish and physical education. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law, cum laude, and is a member of the Order of the Coif. Ms. McNally was a law clerk for the University of San Diego’s Children’s Advocacy Institute and the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. She was also a member of the University of San Diego Appellate Moot Court Board. While in school, she worked as a law clerk for the San Diego District Attorney’s Office in the Family Protection Division.

Ms. McNally received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her California Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Chapman University.


  • University of San Diego (Juris Doctor)
  • University of California, Los Angeles (Bachelor of Arts, Political Science)


  • California State Bar
  • United States Supreme Court
  • ​Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California


  • California Council of School Attorneys