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About Charlie Cochran
Partner, KCEH LLP

Primary Office: Santa Rosa
Telephone 707.544.9006

Charlie Cochran is a Civil Law Specialist, designated by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1995. An experienced Trial Attorney, he has tried over eighty jury trials, sat as Arbitrator or Mediator on over 300 cases and has been named a “Super Lawyer” by San Francisco Magazine. Charles D. Cochran, admitted to the bar, 1981, California


Western State University College of Law,
San Diego, CA J.D. –1980

Fresno State University B.A. – 1977

Santa Rosa Junior College A.A. – 1975

Also Attended:
University of San Diego
Oxford University, Oxford, England

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyer since 2006

The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers

In Honor of Excellence
Litigation Counsel of America

20th year recognition as a
Specialist in Civil Trial Advocacy

Lifetime Achievement Award
America’s Top 100 Attorneys

Professional Associations
and Memberships

Former, Board of Governors,
Consumer Attorneys of California

Sonoma County Bar Association

American Association for Justice

Judge Pro Tem, Sonoma County Superior Court

Sonoma County Panel of Arbitrators

American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators


Delta Theta Phi


Many of you visiting our site may be here because you’ve known me for decades as a friend. I may have been your teacher, or perhaps your Mayor or Councilperson. If you’ve lived in Sonoma County for years, the chances are we’ve met. This is my home, from birth. My Grandfather, “Pop Shand”, was the janitor for the old Courthouse.


It’s a special source of pride for me that the Santa Rosa office of KCEH is located today on Old Courthouse Square. Why should any of this matter? It matters because when your attorney walks through the door of a courtroom, he or she brings reputation, trust, relationships, wisdom and opportunity to the table. Each of these characteristics takes on more depth and more impact when the community you serve is the community you love.

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Do you clearly understand the methods and motivations the firm that represents you embodies? Let me share some specifics that we believe define the difference between some success and great success.


At KCEH every case is important, and every case receives what we’ve identified to be the single most important element of legal success – appropriate preparation. The opposition doesn’t take seriously an opponent they don’t believe is prepared to take the case to the courtroom. Our clients feel confidence in a case positioned to succeed.

We’ll provide evidence of our efforts in a multitude of client-oriented actions, such as flexible office hours, prompt response to your concerns, and keeping you informed and involved in the status of your case. Take advantage of our FREE consultation today and begin the process to a successful outcome. We look forward to representing you!

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About Rachael Erickson
Managing Partner, KCEH LLP

Primary Office: Santa Rosa
Telephone 707.544.9006

Rachael Erickson, Managing Attorney at KCEH, LLP, and an experienced trial attorney having achieved successful mediation and trial. Named a Super Lawyers’ Rising Star in the Bay Area Legal Community, her detail-oriented approach, client support, and quality results maintain high client satisfaction levels.
Rachael Erickson, admitted to bar, 2001, California


Empire College, Santa Rosa, California, J. D. – 2001

University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
B.A., (Major: Psychology)

Santa Rosa Junior College – 1990
Honors: Dean’s High Honor List

Honors and Awards

Super Lawyers-Rising Star

The National Trial Lawyers-Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Professional Associations and Memberships

Sonoma County Bar Association

Consumer Attorneys of California

Past President of the American Business Women’s Association, Wine Country Chapter

Past President and Vice-President of the Board of Directors, Healdsburg Farmer’s Market

Parent Adviser to CSF (California Scholarship Federation) for Healdsburg High School 

Thank you for visiting KCEH on the web. The fact is, you probably aren’t here because you’re having a great day. People call or investigate law firms when confronted with difficult and sometimes complicated issues, or when they’ve recognized those issues may be beyond their own ability to resolve. What you need is help. Help that comes in the form of a knowledgeable, professional, confident and experienced legal team that embodies competence and integrity. In every effort we make, we strive to provide the highest quality of legal services available.

As Managing Attorney of our firm, my goal is to help our lawyers and clients get resolution of their legal claim. In every service and legal need we fulfill, I direct that our services be efficient and friendly, and that we always consider you, as our client, and those things you need most. While every case is important, it’s equally important to remember that every case is as unique as you are.
We prepare your case with this in mind, and we do it well because we’ve taken the time to understand who you are and what makes your case different. Whether you’re an injured party or being sued for an alleged wrong, you’ll have our expertise and attention every step of the way.

KCEH maintains deep ties to the communities we serve, personally and professionally. From individuals providing community service, to our firm providing select pro bono services, each of our attorneys is involved in one or more local organizations serving to improve the community.
Please take advantage of our FREE consultation. If you’re more comfortable doing so, fill out our online. Thank you for considering KCEH. We look forward to showing you the depth of our commitment!
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About Guy O. Kornblum
Partner, KCEH LLP

Primary Office: San Francisco
Telephone 415.440.7800

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California, 1966

State Bar of Indiana, 1966

U.S. Supreme Court, 1971

U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1966

U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1966

U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1966

U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1966

U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1966

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1966

Certified Legal Specialties

Civil Trial Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Civil Pre-Trial Practice Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Charter Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys


University of California, Hastings College of the Law,
San Francisco, California
, J.D. – 1966
Honors: Phi Delta Phil Legal Fraternity (Graduate of the Year 1966 for Hastings); Order of the Coif; Thurston Honor Society; Editorial Board, Hastings Law Journal

Indiana University, B.A. – 1961
Honors: Phi Eta Sigma, Scholastic Blue Key Honor Society
Honors: Alpha Tau Omega Social Fraternity (50 Year Award)


Mr. Kornblum has presented over 400 seminars to various state and national trial lawyer groups in 38 states and several foreign countries since 1970. Additionally he has appeared as a speaker at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association 20 times and was Featured Speaker to the Association of British Insurers (1987) and EuroForum (1994) in London.
“Mediation and Settlement Strategies,” Primerus Annual Fall Conference, Silverado Resort, April 2016
Stafford Seminars
“Using Experts in Bad Faith and Coverage Cases,” August 5, 2015
Consumer Attorneys of California
“Bad Faith in Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Cases,” 2014 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 15, 2014
Marin County Bar Association
“What You Need to Know to Litigate Insurance Bad Faith Claims in 2013,” Corte Madera, May 21, 2013
San Francisco Bar Association
“Using Experts in Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Cases,” January 3, 2016

“Bad Faith Cases Arising Out of Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims,” March 25, 2015
“How to be an Effective Advocate in Mediation,” February 17, 2015
Sonoma County Bar Association“Litigating Insurance Bad Faith Claims,” co-panelist with Charlie Cochran, January 11, 2014
Thomson West Publishing CompanySeries of Webinars (6 sessions) on “Mediation Strategies,” September – November, 2014

Honors and Awards

Named “Top Attorneys of North America,” 2016-17
Named, “Lawyer of Distinction”, Civil Litigation, 2017
Listed in Global Who’s Who Best Lawyer, 2017
Named, National Trial Lawyers, “Top 100 Trial Lawyers,” 2014, 2015, 2016
Excellence in Law column, Time Magazine, Person of the Year Issue, December 23, 2013
Fellow, American College of Board Certified Attorneys
Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyer Honorary
Northern California Super Lawyer, annually since 2006; recognized for 10 years continuous listing
Platinum Member, The Verdict Club, recognizing lawyers with outstanding results for clients
Life Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum; Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Silver Member, Elite Lawyers of America
Named as a “Top 100 Attorney,” Personal Injury, National Academy of Jurisprudence
Named “Best Lawyer in the Bay Area,” in a poll conducted by the Nob Hill Gazette, a prominent San Francisco Magazine, 2010
Listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers , Martindale-Hubbell, 19th Ed. (Personal Injury and Insurance Law)
Top rating, currently 5.0 out of 5.0, by Martindale-Hubbell, the preeminent lawyer rating service (
a.v. received in first year of eligibility, 1971)
Rating of “10” (“Superb”) by AVVO
25 Years of Continuous Listing in Marquis Who’s Who
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Featured Law Firm, 2004
Law Firm of the Year, AIDS Legal Referral Panel (pro bono), 2004
Nominated for California State Bar Pro-Bono Service Award, 2004
Recipient, Award of Excellence, Senior Lawyers Division, American Bar Association, 1996
Named “An Outstanding Insurance Trial Lawyer,” National Law Journal, 1991

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, Member

California and Indiana State Bar Association, Member

American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), Member

Consumer Attorneys of California, Member

San Francisco Bar Association, Member

San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Member

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For over 40 years, Guy O. Kornblum has specialized as a trial and appellate lawyer in a wide range of civil litigation, including serious injury and wrongful death, financial and physical elder abuse, and all aspects of insurance including “bad faith” claims. Mr. Kornblum has handled over 4000 litigated matters to conclusion, and has several million dollar plus cases to his credit. Having represented hundreds of clients, small businesses, individuals, and large Fortune 500 corporations, he is highly regarded for his courtroom and appellate skills, as well as mediations, where he has a strong track record of successful settlements.

Mr. Kornblum is certified in Civil Trial Law and Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the prestigious National Board of Trial Advocacy. He was selected as the San Francisco Bay Area’s 2010 Best Lawyer in a poll conducted by the Nob Hill Gazette, a prominent San Francisco magazine.

Mr. Kornblum is the author of “Negotiating and Settling Tort Cases: Reaching the Settlement,” published by the Thomson West Publishing Company and American Association for Justice, Third Edition, 2015-2016 and co-author of two books on insurance law. He also regularly teaches continuing legal education courses for various bar organizations, including the Bar Association of San Francisco, and bar course providers.

Mr. Kornblum served as a lieutenant and counterintelligence officer in the U.S. Army before entering Hastings College of the Law. At Hastings he received the highest academic honor as a Member, Order of the Coif, and the Thurston Honor Society, and served on the Editorial Board of the Hastings Law Journal.

He is devoted to physical fitness as a member of San Francisco’s Olympic Club, where he was a member of the club’s four wall handball team for many years, and now where he is an avid spinner. He serves as Chancellor of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church and is a lifelong Episcopalian, as is his wife, Victoria. They have two adult children and a daughter-in- law who live in the Bay Area. Additionally, Mr. Kornblum has served on the Board of the Hastings Foundation.
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About Joseph Harbison
Partner, KCEH LLP

Primary Office: Santa Rosa
Telephone 707.544.9006

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California, 1978

U.S. Supreme Court, 1983

U.S. Court of Appeals 3d Circuit, 1983

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court Northern District of California

U.S. District Court Southern District of California

U.S. District Court Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court Central District of California


McGeorge School of Law,
University of the Pacific,
Sacramento, California
, J.D. – 1978
Honors: Dean’s Honor Roll

Villanova University,
Villanova, Pennsylvania
B.A. – 1971

Honors and Awards

American Jurisprudence



Joseph Harbison has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Martindale-Hubbell identifies Mr. Harbison as an AV rated and Preeminent attorney.


Mr. Harbison has appeared before the United States Supreme Court, the 3rd, 5th and 9th Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal as well as all of California’s Federal District Courts.

After graduating from Villanova Mr. Harbison became a commissioned officer in the Navy and an intelligence officer for the Sixth Fleet. After leaving the Navy, Joe enrolled in law school specializing in victim advocacy near the University of California, Davis.

Joseph Harbison has been Chairman of the Board of the Make a Wish foundation for both Sacramento and the 22 Counties of Northeast California and has underwritten his own Harbison Family Foundation.

He has chaired the Winter Wine and Food Fest generating over one million dollars. Additionally, Mr. Harbison produces renown wines from his vineyard in Napa, CA, Harbison Estate.

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About Kelly Thistle
Santa Rosa Office Administrator, Paralegal KCEH LLP

Primary Office: Santa Rosa
Telephone 707.544.9006
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Kelly is a Sonoma County native, graduated from Piner High School and obtained her AA degree and legal secretarial certificate from Santa Rosa Junior College. She has worked in a law office since high school, beginning as a file clerk.

While attending junior college, she worked her way up to legal secretarial duties. In 1999, she returned to school where she obtained her paralegal certificate from Sonoma State University School of Extended Education in 2002.

Kelly has been a member of the KCEH team since 2005, first as a paralegal and then shortly after as the office administrator. Now, her time is split between assisting our attorneys and clients through the different aspects of their cases and taking care of general office management tasks. With more than 25 years of experience working in a legal office, Kelly is well equipped to help you get answers to your questions.
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About Emilee Saltzer
Paralegal, Santa Rosa, KCEH LLP

Primary Office: Santa Rosa
Telephone 707.544.9006
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Emilee was born and raised in Sonoma County. She is a graduate of Rancho Cotate High School and has twice graduated from Empire College – once with a legal secretary certificate and again with a specialized associates degree in paralegal studies.

Emilee began her career at KCEH in 2012 and enjoys helping our clients successfully resolve their cases. In addition to opening new files and performing client intakes, Emilee can be found preparing a demand package, gathering medical records, preparing discovery documents or preparing a case for trial. She also takes great pride in our community and is an active member of Sonoma County Women In Law, Redwood Empire Association of Paralegals, and the Sonoma County Bar Association.