We are trusted advisors to Central California’s public and private K-12 schools, colleges, universities and for-profit vocational institutions.

What Makes Us Different

Central Valley Roots

Our focus is to help our community thrive by supporting the local schools with our expertise.


Low overhead enables us to provide our clients with the same quality of work they expect at cost-effective rates.

Solution Focused

We’re here to be your Strategic Thinking Partner. We’ll help you weigh your options so that you can make the best, informed decision.

Education Law & Legal Services


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Client Testimonials

  • Emerzian Shankar Legal Inc. has been instrumental in helping our university understand the very challenging and ever changing landscape of Title IX. In doing so they have evaluated our existing Title IX program, including revising our policies and procedures to ensure compliance with the Department of Education as well as tailor it to our campus’s culture. Ashley and Inna have worked closely with us on numerous difficult Title IX complaints involving faculty, staff and students. They are always very responsive when we have needed them to work through complex investigations and adjudications. Even though Ashley and Inna always have the best answer ready for us, they have also listened well and responded accordingly to the specific needs of the university without compromising the process. I recommend them for investigation and legal support for Title IX matters.

    Title IX Coordinator
    Private University
  • Ashley and Inna are extremely knowledgeable about labor and employment issues impacting the education industry. From developing employment agreements for high level administrators, to leaves administration and investigations work, I rely on their well-rounded expertise in mitigating HR risks across the institution. They are great sounding boards, and I’m glad to consider them as part of my team.

    Human Resources Professional
  • I became familiar with Ashley’s expertise with CalSTRS matters some years back and consulted her regarding the employment contracts for school district administrators nearing retirement to review any potential challenges under the relatively new CalSTRS “creditable compensation” regulations. I’ve continued consulting with Ashley and her partner Inna on CalSTRS matters since they formed Emerzian Shankar Legal Inc. I first sought their assistance to review contract documents, perform a detailed analysis of the contract history for the administrator, and propose solutions for any potential retirement law compliance concerns. I have since consulted them on similar issues and plan to continue to do so. Their work is always timely and thorough.

    General Counsel
    K-12 Public School


We are Ashley Emerzian & Inna Shankar.

We are shareholders of ES Legal services and provide general counsel to many schools, businesses, and non-profits within the Central Valley.

Our goal is to help you solve issues BEFORE they become a Crisis.

Our approach is to come alongside you and equip you with the knowledge you need to make empowered and educated legal decisions. You can trust us to listen to you and understand your needs and concerns. We will help you understand all your legal options and help you weigh risks.

Unless we’re sure we can handle the problem, we won’t take it on. If we’re not the right fit for you, we will help you find someone we trust who is.