Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellows are attorneys at the pinnacle of achievement who, through distinguished professional accomplishment, substantial civic involvement and philanthropy, have earned a legacy as pillars of the Sacramento legal community. As part of the Sacramento County Bar Association’s 100-year anniversary celebration, the Foundation has worked diligently to identify candidates to be recognized as Centennial Fellows. The following are attorneys suitable to be recognized as preeminent leaders in the community. All of these Fellows are members of the Sacramento County Bar Association.
Gary M. Messing is a founding partner of Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP, where his practice focuses on representing public sector employee organizations and their members. In a prolific four-decade career, Messing has been at the forefront of public sector labor law, and he served as lead counsel in Shoemaker v. Myers (1990) 52 Cal.3d 1 and White v. Davis (2003) 30 Cal.4th 528, two landmark California Supreme Court cases affecting the rights of public employees. He was also lead counsel in Parr v. State of California (1992) 811 F.Supp. 507, a case in the Eastern District of California that successfully challenged the issuance of IOUs to state employees during a budget impasse.
Messing has served the legal community in a variety of capacities. He is a past chairperson of the SCBA Labor & Employment Law Section, and served as the national union co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on State and Local Bargaining within the Labor and Employment Law Section. In 2014, Messing was elected as a Fellow of the prestigious College of Labor and Employment Lawyers; he has been named to Best Lawyers in America and for many years as a Northern California Super Lawyer. He is a frequent panelist and commentator on labor and employment issues, with significant expertise in issues relating to public safety officers.
“When I first came to Sacramento, I was impressed not just by the quality of lawyering, but by the respect attorneys accorded one another and the collegiality that still exists. It has been a privilege to represent public safety and other public sector employees and unions who are the heartbeat of Sacramento and of my practice.”
Messing earned his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his law degree from Columbia University School of Law. Before founding Messing Adam & Jasmine, Messing worked for Carroll Burdick & McDonough LLP, where he opened and managed the firm’s Sacramento office.