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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 was 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 is a principal of the firm and currently serves as the firm’s President.
Peter A. Viano is a principal of the firm. 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 workers’ compensation as well as 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 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. Ms. Williams is a principal of the firm and currently serves as the managing attorney for the San Jose office.
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. He received the American Institute of Legal Counsel 10 Best Attorneys Award in 2019 and 2021. He is an avid woodworker who enjoys spending time with his family and playing with his two pit bulls. Mr. Pshide is a principal of the Firm and currently manages the Firm’s Sacramento office.
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. Ms. Schneider also serves as the managing attorney of the Salinas 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 cases.
In 2008, he retired from the United States Air Force Reserves where he served in Operation Desert Shield and in the Persian Gulf War. He 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 Lawyers.
Caroline A. Rietz received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University in 2015 and her Juris Doctor Degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2018. Ms. Rietz has been a member of the State Bar of California since 2019. She has experience in civil law, including, transactional and litigation based employment disputes.
Susan J. Ford received her Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degrees from California State University Northridge and her Juris Doctor Degree from University of La Verne, College of Law in 1992. She is admitted to practice law in California and the U.S. Federal Court. While attending law school, she interned for then Presiding Judge, Mark Kahn, in southern California and graduated with honors in negotiation and arbitration skills. She has practiced exclusively in the specialty area of workers’ compensation law. She started her own law firm in 2000 and currently is working “Of Counsel” with Haworth, Bradshaw, Stallknecht & Barber.