Meet The Team

Shareholders

Chief Financial Officer
Vice- President
Vice- President

Senior Counsel

Associates

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Hallmon has dedicated her legal career to advising Taft-Hartley employee benefit plans on compliance with federal and state laws for the benefit of thousands of unionized employees in California, Hawaii and Utah. She has over 17 years of experience advising health and welfare, pension plans, apprenticeship plans and LMCCs.

She counsels clients on various Federal and State laws applicable to health and welfare plans, such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), the Public Health Service Act, HIPAA, COBRA, Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAE), the Consolidated Appropriations Act, FMLA and Medicare.

Ms. Hallmon has a wide-ranging experience in tax qualified retirement plan design, compliance, and administration. She works with defined benefit, defined contribution, profit-sharing, money-purchase and cash balance plans. Ms. Hallmon advises on corrective measures, including the Internal Revenue Service Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System. She has successfully counseled clients with voluntary compliance programs and plan audits.

She assists clients with drafting plan and trust documents, amendments, and SPDs; analyzing employee-benefit issues relating to plan design and funding; analyzing plan administrative, fiduciary and tax-exempt status issues, including benefits claims and appeals, prohibited transactions, negotiating service provider agreements, and advising on investment-related matters within the context of ERISA fiduciary duties.

Ms. Hallmon also represents employee benefit plans in litigation brought by participants and providers. She successfully negotiated a multi-million settlement against a service provider for losses resulting from securities lending after the
2008 financial crisis.

Professional Affiliations/Community Engagement

  • Ms. Hallmon is a member of the State Bars of California and Hawaii. She is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern District of California, Eastern District of California, and Central District of California. She is also a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits.

Decisions/Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • “JATCs Are ERTSA Funds Too”: IFEBP Convention, 2015
  • Contributing Author, ERISA Litigation, 3rd Edition.

Education

  • Ms. Hallmon obtained her law degree from U.C. Davis of School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University.
President

Ms. Babu advises Taft-Hartley employee benefit plans on compliance with federal and state laws for the benefit of thousands of unionized employees in California, Hawaii and Utah. She counsels clients as to employee benefits, plan design, funding level, policies, procedures, fiduciary obligations, prohibited transactions, grandfathered status, QDROs, subrogation, and employment claims involving harassment and discrimination. She frequently negotiates settlements, JAA agreements, investment agreements, leases, and service provider agreements. Ms. Babu is experienced with investigations of ERISA trust funds by the Department of Labor and auditing enhancements. She has handled many suits, arbitrations, and mediations involving withdrawal liability and delinquent contributions.

  • In depth knowledge of complex provisions of ERISA as amended by MPPAA, MEPRA, ARPA, Consolidated Appropriations Act, SECURE Act 2.0; PBGC regulations and opinions; DOL regulations; Tax Code and Treasury Regulations; HIPPA/HITECH; ACA
  • Issues written opinions for Board of Trustees of various health, retirement, apprenticeship and vacation funds as well as labor-management cooperatives
  • Analyzes Schedule C to Form 5500, 408(b)(2) disclosures, financial records, control group, successor, alter ego, fraud, cybersecurity, insurance limits, risk management
  • Arranges investments for plans valued over $5 billion in accordance with ERISA and DOL rules


Professional Affiliations/Community Engagement

  • Arbitrator: American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • Professionals Committee 2024 Term: International Foundation of Employees Benefit Plans (IFEBP)
  • Super Lawyer 2015 – 2023  
  • Ms. Babu serves on the Advisory Board of Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO)  and is a former Co-President of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC).
  • As an immigrant from Suva, Fiji Islands Ms. Babu continues to champion diversity in the legal profession.


Decisions/Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • “Pension Fund Gatekeepers: Role of Outside  Counsel”: BLBG Forum 2023
  • “Recordkeeping in the Electronic Age”: Testimony to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, 2023
  • “Emerging Trades in Participant-Directed Contribution Investments,” moderator: IFEBP Convention 2022
  • “Protecting Shareholding Rights”: BLBG Forum 2019
  • “The Building Trades: Fighting Back Against Corporate Fraud”: NABTU Convention, 2018
  • “Legal & Regulatory Update”: IFEBP Convention, 2018
  • “DOL Anti-Discrimination Regulation: IFEBP Convention, 2017
  • “Preserving Plan Assets Through Securities Litigation”: NCCMP, 2017
  • “Legal & Regulatory Landscape”: IPS EPIC Conference, 2016
  • “JATCs Are ERTSA Funds Too”: IFEBP Convention, 2015
  • “Partial Withdrawal: Types of Withdrawals and Calculations”: IFEBP Convention, 2014


Education

  • Ms. Babu obtained her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and her
  • Bachelor of Arts from U.C. Davis.
Secretary

Mr. Minser performs collection and litigation work for Taft-Hartley employee benefit trust funds.

Mr. Minser’s practice involves counseling trust clients on collection and litigation policy and best practices. His practice also involves all hands-on aspects of ERISA collections including early evaluation of matters, negotiations, contested litigation, discovery, and dispositive motion practice. Mr. Minser also has extensive knowledge of the “tool box” of trust fund remedies including liens, stop notices, bond claims, and LC 218.7/218.8 actions in Superior Court (fully utilizing this new remedy passed by the California Legislature). Mr. Minser also specializes in post judgment collection including securing judgments, as well as locating and executing on assets. Mr. Minser also represents creditor trust funds before the United States Bankruptcy Courts.

Mr. Minser has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of multiemployer employee benefit trust fund clients. One such argument (including oral argument) resulted in a favorable withdrawal liability decision for the pension fund, upholding a judgment against a large multinational corporation.

Mr. Minser has also presented to professional groups regarding collections and audit policy, procedures, and best practices.

Mr. Minser is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California, as well as the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California. Mr. Minser is also a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. Mr. Minser has attended and completed the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans’ Collections Procedures Institute for the years 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2021.

Mr. Minser received his Bachelor of Arts from San Jose State University, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Psychology. Mr. Minser received his law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law where he also received a specialization certificate with distinction in family law.

Mr. Minser was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for the year 2023. Prior to joining Saltzman & Johnson in 2016, Mr. Minser worked for a small law office in San Jose performing ERISA collections and litigation work, estate planning, probate litigation, as well as family law.

Vice- President

Mr. Richeda has represented the firm’s public sector defined benefit retirement plan clients and the firm’s legal defense fund clients for over thirty years.

On behalf of his public sector defined benefit retirement plan clients, Mr. Richeda has interpreted various state statutes, including the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, and the Political Reform Act, provided AB 1234 training, has issued legal opinions on benefit issues and other plan operational issues, has reviewed disability retirement applications, has reviewed domestic relations orders allocating the marital community property interest in retirement benefits, has represented his plan clients with respect to mandate petitions and requests for orders in family law matters, and has otherwise provided a wide range of legal services to his retirement plan clients.

On behalf of his legal defense fund clients, Mr. Richeda has prepared legal opinions on a variety of ERISA issues, has reviewed numerous benefit appeals, has reviewed contracts, has prepared plan policies, has prepared amendments to plan documents and to trust agreements, has prepared Board policies, and has otherwise been responsive to the evolving legal needs of his LDF plan clients.

Mr. Richeda is a member of the State Bar of California, the California Association of Public Retirement Systems, and the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys.

Mr. Richeda is co-author of chapter 9, Pensions and Retirement, in California Public Sector Employment Law (LexisNexis 2017).

Mr. Richeda received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from Harvard Law School.

Vice- President

Mr. Do is an ERISA attorney who represents Taft-Hartley employee benefit plans in litigation matters involving delinquent contributions and withdrawal liability. He has prevailed in arbitration proceedings involving controlled group liability and successor liability. In appropriate situations, he negotiates settlements through alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He regularly conducts presentations to professional groups to educate and answer questions on collections of delinquent contributions and withdrawal liability.

Mr. Do is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California. He is also a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Prior to joining Saltzman and Johnson, Mr. Do practiced law as an attorney with national law firms where he represented institutional clients in ERISA life, health and disability matters, class actions and insurance coverage disputes.

Mr. Do obtained his law degree from U.C. Law San Francisco (formerly U.C. Hastings) and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California.

Senior Counsel

Ms. Mendoza specializes in the representation of union-management employee benefit trust clients in ERISA litigation matters. She has prevailed in contested summary judgment actions, obtaining substantial judgments for ERISA Trust Fund clients.

Ms. Mendoza is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and Central District of California. She is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the American Bar Association.

She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and from University of California Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings College of the Law) where she was an Editor with the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. During law school, Ms. Mendoza also served as an extern for US Magistrate Judge Kandis A. Westmore at the United States District Court in Oakland, California. Ms. Mendoza was also an intern at Centro Legal de la Raza during law school where, under the guidance of her supervising attorney, she represented clients in administrative proceedings before the City of Oakland Rent Adjustment Program and negotiated housing and employment cases.

Prior to joining Saltzman and Johnson, Ms. Mendoza was an attorney at national law firms where she defended clients in employment, personal injury, and construction defect matters. Ms. Mendoza was also a Deputy City Attorney for the Oakland City Attorney’s Office in the General & Complex Litigation Division (Defense) where she represented the City of Oakland in a wide range of cases including lawsuits involving personal injury claims, employment matters, use of force, and civil rights matters.

Senior Counsel

Mr. Thornburg advises Taft-Hartley employee benefit trust, labor management cooperation committee, and legal defense fund clients on the administration and compliant operation of benefit plans. He is experienced with employment, labor, privacy, and tax laws and regulations, and assists his clients to understand and meet their fiduciary obligations; drafts trust and plan documents, amendments, employee handbooks, and policies; files for tax exempt status as appropriate; and analyzes benefit claims, appeals, QDROs, and other determinations. Further, Mr. Thornburg has extensive experience drafting and negotiating agreements, including service provider arrangements, leases, and business associate arrangements.

Prior to joining Saltzman and Johnson, Mr. Thornburg worked for the U.S. Department of Labor in the Employee Benefits Security Administration where he conducted complex civil  and criminal investigations involving violations of ERISA and related laws such as COBRA, HIPAA, mental health parity, and pension reform, providing him valuable insight into conducting and responding to investigations and navigating DOL and IRS compliance programs.

Mr. Thornburg is admitted to practice law in California and registered as a Patent Attorney with the USPTO. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Mr. Thornburg received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Gonzaga University, Master of Science in Physical Chemistry from the University of California at Davis, and Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco.

Senior Counsel

Mr. Jhans specializes in performing collection, withdrawal liability, and litigation work for Taft-Hartley employee benefit trust funds. Mr. Jhans is also an experienced employment law attorney that represents both employers and employees in all aspects of employment law, including compliance, advice, negotiations, and litigation.

Mr. Jhans is admitted to practice law in the states of California and New York. He is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the American Bar Association.

He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Economics and International Relations, cum laude, and from Santa Clara University School of Law with a Juris Doctor (J.D.). During law school, Mr. Jhans was selected to represent his law school in the Burton Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court and the Dean Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Court. He received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Wills & Trusts and was President of the South Asian Law Students Association.

Prior to joining Saltzman and Johnson, Mr. Jhans was an owner of a small law practice where he represented employees in all aspects of employment matters, including discrimination/harassment, wage/hour, and whistleblower litigation. Mr. Jhans has also worked as a Public Defender with the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office where he represented indigent criminal defendants in serious criminal offenses through all proceedings, and has first-chaired a jury trial where he won a verdict of ‘not guilty’ on all counts for a client.

Associate

Mr. Sha specializes in the representation of joint union-management trusts in all aspects of their employee benefit plans, including health and welfare plans, qualified retirement plans, and apprenticeship funds. He researches, analyzes and issues concise legal opinions for trustees and administrators. Mr. Sha is experienced with HIPAA/HITECH, MHPAEA, QDROs, claims and appeals, and subrogation. His ability to promptly gain in depth knowledge allows him to advise plans in a practical manner on mental health parity, cybersecurity, electronic disclosures and novel issues.

Mr. Sha is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern District of California, Central District of California, and Southern District of California. He is also a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

Mr. Sha graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Law and Society. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings), with a concentration in Environmental Law. During law school Mr. Sha served as editors for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly and Hastings West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy and as President of Hastings Prisoner Outreach.

Associate

Ms. Putri is an associate attorney with Saltzman & Johnson.

Ms. Putri has experience working in the banking industry in Indonesia as well as employment law and family law in California. Prior to joining Saltzman & Johnson, Ms. Putri had experience working in an employment law firm, where she represented employees in class action, mass arbitration, wage and hour, PAGA, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination cases.

Ms. Putri graduated cum laude from the University of Indonesia, the country’s top law school. Ms. Putri has earned her Master of Laws and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Southern California (USC) with certificates in transnational, business, technology, and entrepreneurship laws. During law school, Ms. Putri was a Senior Submissions Editor of the Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice and a co-founder & co-director of the Association for International Students of Law. Ms. Putri was also a student attorney at the USC Immigration Clinic and the USC International Human Rights Clinic. During summers, Ms. Putri externed as a certified law clerk at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Family Domestic Violence Division, and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Appeals Unit.

Ms. Putri is currently the Director of Alumni Relations & Mentorship Program of the National Womxn of Color Collective (NWOCC). Ms. Putri is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County. Ms. Putri is admitted to practice law in all California State Courts and the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of California.

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