Warren H. Saltzman (1925 – 1988)
Richard C. Johnson (1942 – 2014)
Isaiah B. Roter (retired April, 2018)
Russell L. Richeda (President)
Mr. Richeda graduated from Stanford University with highest honors and from Harvard Law School. From 1975-1977 he served as a law clerk for the United States Tax Court. Between 1978 and 1989, Mr. Richeda specialized in labor law on behalf of private sector unions and public sector employee organizations. He joined Saltzman & Johnson Law Corporation in February 1989 and became a shareholder and secretary of the corporation in April 1992.
Mr. Richeda serves as lead counsel to all of the firm’s public sector retirement system clients as well as representing public sector health and welfare plans and legal defense funds. In a study of the disability retirement process issued in January 2007 by Towers Perrin, a nationwide actuarial and consulting firm, conducted for the Board of Administration of the City of San Jose Police and Fire Department Retirement Plan, Towers Perrin stated:
“The outside attorney for the City’s Retirement Board, Russ Richeda, is knowledgeable, responsive and well-respected throughout the state for his expertise. We came across his name many times during our review of other retirement systems.”
Mr. Richeda is the co-author of the chapter on public retirement systems in the California Public Sector Employment Law, published by the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar (Lexus-Nexus 2011).
Michele R. Stafford (Vice President / Treasurer)
Ms. Stafford graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1994 with a Juris Doctor (J.D.). After receiving her law degree, she practiced law for 2 years in San Francisco and Berkeley, primarily in general civil litigation. She then practiced law in San Mateo, focusing on construction and real estate litigation. Ms. Stafford joined Saltzman & Johnson Law Corporation in 2003 and became a shareholder and vice-president of the corporation in 2009. She specializes in the representation of joint union-management employee benefit trust clients in ERISA litigation matters, including collection of delinquent employer contributions and defense of benefit determinations before the United States District Court. She also has represented apprenticeship trusts in claims made before Fair Employment and Housing Agency (FEHA) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Reported decisions in Ms. Stafford’s cases include:
District Council 16 Northern California Health and Welfare Trust Fund v. Creteguard (Summary Judgment granted for $1,360,943.38), 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28769, 51 Employee Benefits Casw. (BNA) 1826;
District Council 16 Northern California Health and Welfare Trust Fund v. Pedro Gerardo Rosas Alvarado, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39133;
Bay Area Painters and Tapers Pension Trust Fund v. Ibarra Coatings, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139407,
Northern California Glaziers, Architectural Metal and Glass Workers v. Kenneth Michael Wolter, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46703.
Ms. Stafford was a featured speaker at the 61st Annual Employee Benefits Conference on the “Trust Funds Role in Collections” in 2015. Ms. Stafford also spoke at the Collection Procedures Institute on “Settlements and Post-Judgment Strategies” and at the 62nd Annual Employee Benefits Conference on “Lessons Learned in Collections” both in 2016. In 2017 she spoke at the Collection Procedures Institute on “Collections and Bankruptcy,” and in 2018 was a speaker at the 64th Annual Employee Benefits Conference on “Significant Collection Cases.”
Ms. Stafford is a member of the State Bar of California. She is also a member of the San Francisco Bar Association and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of California and the Central District of California.
Shaamini A. Babu (Vice President / Secretary)
Ms. Babu graduated from the University of California at Davis in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Sociology and Communications and from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2003 with a Juris Doctor (J.D.). Ms. Babu is a shareholder at Saltzman & Johnson Law Corporation where she represents employee benefit plans. Ms. Babu advises trustees of Taft-Hartley plans on compliance (i.e. ERISA, DOL, IRS, ACA, etc.), plan design, and benefit administration. She negotiates with employers, vendors, and pharmacy benefit managers on behalf of trustees for the benefit of 1000s of unionized employees. Her practice also involves overseeing complete and partial withdrawal liability matters on behalf of multi-employer pension plans.
Ms. Babu was a speaker on the JATCs Are ERISA Funds Too panel at the International Foundation for Employees Benefits 61st Annual Conference in 2015. Ms. Babu was a speaker on the Partial Withdrawal: Types of Withdrawals, Calculations, and Administration panel at the International Foundation for Employee Benefits 60th Annual Conference in 2014.
Ms. Babu has been selected as a Super Lawyer by California Super Lawyers. She served as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach and Co-Chair of NASABA’s South Asian Women Attorneys Network. Ms. Babu was a two-term Co-President of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC) from 2011-2013. She was a recipient of the Minority Bar Coalition Unity Award in 2013, SABA-NC’s Community Impact Award in 2011 and NASABA’s Program of the Year Award in 2008.
She previously handled construction defect, real estate and commercial litigation matters at Katzoff & Riggs LLP, and represented plaintiffs exposed to asbestos while she was an associate at Brayton Purcell LLP.
Reported Decisions in Ms. Babu’s cases include:
Pension Trust Fund for Operating Eng’rs v. Dalecon, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32280 (N.D. Cal. Mar. 12, 2014)
Operating Engineers’ Pension Trust Fund, et al., v. Western Power & Equipment, Inc., et al., 2011 US Dist LEXIS 67306 (N.D. Cal 2011)
Operating Engineers’ Pension Trust Fund, et al. v. Clark’s Welding & Machine, et al., 688 F. Supp. 2d 902 (N.D. Cal. 2010)
Ms. Babu is a member of the State Bar of California. She is also a member of the San Francisco Bar Association and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern District of California
Brandie M. Barrows (Vice President)
Ms. Barrows graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Political Science, and from Boalt School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, in 2004 with a Juris Doctor (J.D.). After receiving her law degree, she practiced law for 5 years in San Francisco at Baker & McKenzie advising a broad range of U.S. and foreign clients in matters related to pension and welfare benefits, as well as working on global equity and merger and acquisition matters.
In August 2009, Ms. Barrows joined Saltzman and Johnson where she specializes in the representation of public retirement and health plans and other governmental plans.
Ms. Barrows is a member of the State Bar of California. She is also a member of the San Francisco Bar Association and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.