Ruth L. Stallknecht
Ruth L. Stallknecht graduated magna cum laude from the University of
California, Los Angeles, where she earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts in psychology in
1977. She graduated from Hastings College of Law, University of
California, where she earned the degree of Juris Doctor in 1980.
Ms. Stallknecht has been a member of the California State Bar
since 1980 and has been admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Northern
In 1981 she began specializing in workers' compensation defense
with the Law Firm of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, Inc. She has
been a principal of Haworth, Bradshaw, Stallknecht & Barber, Inc. since January 1,
Ms. Stallknecht was a co-chairperson of the Workers’
Compensation Section in 1986 and 1987. She served on the Board of the
Workers' Compensation Section of the Sacramento County Bar from 1995-1998. She has also been Chairperson of the Education Committee of the Sacramento County Bar
Association from 1998-2000. She was the President of the CWCDAA in
2001-2002, as well as President of the NCWCDAA in 2006.
Clark Barber graduated from the University of California
at Santa Barbara in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and philosophy. He attended Lincoln University School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor
degree in 1979. He has been a certified specialist in workers'
compensation since 1985. He joined the Firm in 1990 as a
Mr. Barber is a certified specialist in workers'
compensation, is an appointed pro tempore judge, certified self-insurance administrator, and on the statewide
list of arbitrators for workers' compensation litigation.
Casey W. Norris
Casey W. Norris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1983, with honors, and a Master's degree in state politics and policy in 1984, both from the University of California at Davis. While at McGeorge School of Law, he received various scholastic awards and was on the Dean’s Honor List from 1986 through 1990. In 1990, he received his Juris Doctor degree with distinction, graduating in the top 13% of his class. He joined the Firm in 1990 and is a member of the California State Bar and the Traynor Honor Society. Before attending law school, he worked for the California State legislature and for the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. Norris is admitted to practice before all courts under the jurisdiction of California, the Eastern and Northern Districts of California, U.S. Federal Court, and is licensed to teach at the junior college level. Mr. Norris is a certified specialist in workers' compensation law, a principal of the Firm. He is listed among the 10 Best Workers’ Compensation Attorneys by the American Institute of Legal Counsel, and he is listed in the Northern California Super Lawyers publication from 2005 through 2016. Mr. Norris is also listed in Attorney and Practice Magazine as a recipient of their Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Law Award for demonstrating the highest degree of excellence in his area of law. Mr. Norris also served as a member of the fundraising committee for Kids’ Chance California.
Peter A Viano is a principal of the Firm and practices in the San Jose office. He graduated from San Jose State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree with Great Distinction. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1990. At Santa Clara, he was an Emory Law Scholar and a member of the Santa Clara Law Review. After graduating, he was a Deputy District Attorney for Santa Clara County, prosecuting a variety of criminal offenses. He joined the Firm in 1992 and practices subrogation, workers' compensation, and subrogation in state and federal courts. He is listed among the 10 Best Workers’ Compensation Attorneys by the American Institute of Legal Counsel and listed in various publications of Northern California Super Lawyers. Mr. Viano is also listed in Attorney and Practice Magazine as a recipient of their Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Law Award for demonstrating the highest degree of excellence in his area of law. Mr. Viano currently serves as the CFO of the Firm. Mr. Viano is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation, is an appointed pro tempore judge, and on the statewide list of arbitrators for workers’ compensation litigation.
Linda B. Williams
Linda B. Williams graduated from California Polytechnic
State University at San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and human
resources management. From 1991 through 1992, she served as a
full-time judicial extern for Magistrate Judge Patricia Trumbull in U. S. District Court, Northern District of
California. She graduated cum laude from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 1992 and began
working for the Firm in November 1992. She is a principal of the
Firm in its San Jose office and currently serves as the Firm’s President.
Gregory M. Pshide
Greg Pshide graduated from Whitman College in 1993 with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in politics.After graduation, he was employed
by Household Credit Services as a Senior Fraud Investigator in the credit card
division. He graduated from McGeorge School of Law, where he earned
the degree of Juris Doctor in 1998.Before joining the Firm in
1999, Mr. Pshide interned with the California Attorney General's office in
the Department of Writs and
Appeals. He is admitted to practice before all
courts under the jurisdiction of California and the Eastern District of California U.S. Federal
Court. Mr. Pshide is a principal of
the Firm and currently manages the Firm’s Sacramento
Darla L. Bava graduated on the dean’s list from Modesto Junior
College in 1992 with an Associate of Arts degree. She obtained a Juris Doctor degree in 1997 from
Humphrey’s School of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of California and is licensed to practice
before the Eastern District Court of California and Northern District Court of
Ms. Bava has practiced civil litigation and workers’
compensation since 1997. She joined the firm in 2003. Since then, she has worked closely with the
Monterey County Deputy District Attorney and its Investigation Unit to assist with criminal prosecutions and in
obtaining restitution orders and sentencing concerning workers’ compensation fraud. She has assisted
employers and insurance carriers in obtaining numerous workers’ compensation fraud convictions in Monterey
County, Merced County and Santa Clara County. Ms. Bava is a principal of the Firm in its Salinas office
and currently serves as the managing attorney for the Salinas office.
Gia K. Schneider
Gia K. Schneider received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993 and her Juris Doctor Degree from Boston University School of Law. She was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the State of California, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1999 and has practiced exclusively in the specialty area of workers’ compensation defense since that time. Before attending law school, Ms. Schneider worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor in Northern and Southern California.
Ms. Schneider is a member of the State Bar of California and has served as the Defense Co-Chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Division. Ms. Schneider currently serves on the Sponsorship Committee and the Advisory Council for Kids Chance California. She is a principal of the Firm and currently serves as the Corporate Secretary of the firm. She also serves as the managing attorney of the San Jose office.
Chris Martin graduated
from California State University, Sacramento, in 1994, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational
communications. He also graduated from Lincoln Law School of
Sacramento where he earned the degree of Juris Doctor in 1999. Prior
to joining the firm, he was employed by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office and James International
Law, Inc. He has also served as a Deputy District Attorney in the
Amador County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted workers’ compensation and insurance fraud
In 2008, he retired
from the United States Air Force Reserves where he served in Operation Desert Shield and in the Persian Gulf
is a member of the State Bar of California and is licensed to practice before the United States District Court
for the Eastern District of California. Mr. Martin is a certified
specialist in workers’ compensation law. He is a principal of the
Firm. You can find Mr. Martin listed in the 2009 publication of Northern California Super
Nathan D. Shelub
Nathan D. Shelub graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2004, with college honors, where he earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts in biology and psychology. He attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2007. Mr. Shelub is a principal of the Firm in its Salinas office.
Pearce Tucker received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Pre-Law Thematic from the University of Arizona in 2006 and his Juris Doctor Degree from California Western School of Law in 2011. Mr. Tucker was admitted to practice law in the State of California in 2011. Mr. Tucker previously worked for a firm in San Diego specializing in business, real estate, employment and civil litigation. Before graduating from law school, Mr. Tucker gained experience working for the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, the California Department of Corporations Enforcement Division and several law firms. Mr. Tucker is an associate in our San Jose office.
Melissa L. Dempsey
Melissa Dempsey graduated from the University of California, Merced in 2011, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a minor in Political Science. Ms. Dempsey then graduated magna cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego in 2014. During law school, Ms. Dempsey completed several internships with both civil and criminal firms. She also served as an Editor on the Thomas Jefferson Law Review while also acting as a research assistant to various professors. Before joining the firm, Ms. Dempsey served as a law clerk to the Honorable Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Superior Court. Ms. Dempsey joined the firm in 2017 and is an associate in our Salinas office.
Vito S. Catanzaro
Vito S. Catanzaro graduated from San Diego State University in 2011, where he earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts in History. Mr. Catanzaro attended Monterey College of Law and graduated in 2016 with a Juris Doctor degree. During his time in law school, he served as a Law Clerk with the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted over 75 traffic infractions. Eventually, he became a permanent employee of the District Attorney’s Office, which lasted through the duration of law school. After graduating from Monterey College of Law, Mr. Catanzaro served as the Director of Legal Services for the YWCA Monterey County. Additionally, he has served on the City of Monterey Architectural Review Committee since 2017. Mr. Catanzaro joined our firm in 2017 and is an Associate in our Salinas office.
Brett Hartmann received his law degree from Monterey College of Law in May 2017 and was admitted to the California State Bar in June 2017. Prior to law school, Brett graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California, San Diego in 2010. While in law school, he was a finalist for the Heisler Moot Court and was a Teaching Fellow for the Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure classes. Brett began working full time as a Paralegal in a workers’ compensation defense law firm during his second semester of law school in January 2014. Since graduating law school and passing the Bar exam, he has continued to work as an attorney exclusively in the field of workers’ compensation defense, including representing employers, insurance carriers and adjusting agencies on cases from inception to closure and representing defendants with Labor Code Section 132a, Serious and Willful and subrogation claims. Mr. Hartmann joined our Firm in 2018 and is an Associate in our Salinas office.