Timothy G. Yeung – Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow

Timothy G. Yeung – Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow

Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow


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.


Timothy G. Yeung

TIMOTHY YEUNG is the managing partner of Sloan Sakai Yeung & Wong LLP, where his practice involves all areas of labor and employment law, with a particular emphasis on litigation. He has defended private and public sector employers in numerous lawsuits, and has experience at the trial and appellate level in both state and federal courts.

Yeung is also a recognized expert in public sector labor law. He has litigated a host of cases before the Public Employment Relations Board and handled numerous labor arbitrations. He also serves as a chief negotiator for employers in labor contract negotiations.

In 2004, Yeung was appointed by the Governor as a Legal Adviser to the Public Employment Relations Board, where he advised the Board in over 100 precedential decisions.

Yeung is a past chairperson of the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section and the Labor & Employment Law Section of the SCBA. He is also the past President of the Labor and Employment Relations Association of Northern California. Yeung is a frequent speaker at seminars throughout California and has authored several articles and publications on labor and employment law issues, including serving as editor for the MMBA Pocket Guide published by the California Public Employees Program and a chapter author for the California Public Sector Employment Law treatise published by Matthew Bender.  Yeung  is also the founder and author of the California PERB Blog, the first California legal blog focused on public sector labor relations. In addition to his professional work, Yeung was one of the inaugural volunteers at the Employment Law Clinic sponsored by the the Voluntary Legal Services Program and was a member of the City of Davis Personnel Board.

Yeung is a graduate of the UC Davis School of Law.   

Gary M. Messing – Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow

Gary M. Messing – Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow


Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow

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

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.

Bruce A. Scheidt – Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow

Bruce A. Scheidt – Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow

Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow


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.


Bruce A. Scheidt

Bruce A. Scheidt serves as the managing shareholder at Kronick, where he represents corporate and public agency clients in business, commercial litigation and labor and employment-related matters. In a career spanning nearly three decades, Scheidt’s practice extends from complex financial, regulatory, and debt collection disputes, to advising employers on the full gamut of labor and employment issues. His clients include regional banks, local manufacturing companies, retailers, Fortune 500 corporations, as well as cities, counties and special districts throughout the state.

His early career as a reporter fostered a connection with, and appreciation for, the public he continues to serve as an officer of the court. Kronick does the majority of its work for public agencies that provide vital community services and protections to the people that they serve. Scheidt’s leadership has leveraged the opportunities for all attorneys in his firm to participate in pro bono work for nonprofit organizations. As it relates to their practice and areas of expertise, Kronick attorneys are involved in more than 80 industry and trade organizations. As a firm, Kronick supports over 20 organizations and programs through a combination of financial contributions, donations of in-kind services, and volunteerism.

Some examples of Scheidt’s public service include chairing fundraisers for the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the Roseville Rotary. He is currently serving on the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Political Action Committee as Vice Chair and formerly served as a Director of the Chamber’s Board, the NorCal World Trade Center, and the Roseville Public Utilities Commission. In 2010, he was appointed by the then-presiding Judge Steve White of the Sacramento Superior Court to serve on the Civil Courts Advisory Council. He and his firm have supported SCBA and affiliate functions, both as a 100% firm and as participants in many sections.

Arthur G. Scotland – Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow

Arthur G. Scotland – Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow

Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow


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.


Arthur G. Scotland

Arthur G. Scotland is currently of counsel to Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP.  Scotland joined the firm in 2012 after nearly a quarter century on the bench.  He was first appointed to the Sacramento Superior Court by Gov. George Deukmejian in 1987, and then to the Court of Appeal, Third Appellare District, in 1989, where he served as Presiding Justice from 1998-2010.

Scotland has a lengthy record of service to the bench and bar.  He is a past President of the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court and an Honorary Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates.  His life has been marked by serving the less fortunate youth in the Sacramento community, through volunteer work with the Sacramento Children’s Home and the Center for Youth Citizenship.  He has been honored as the SCBA’s Humanitarian of the Year in 2002, Judge of the Year in 2004, and Attorney of the Year in 2014. 

Art Scotland has been known for his deep commitment to community service. He does not just “show up” to offer support  for a wide range of projects and endeavors, he rolls up his sleeves and gets involved.

Scotland is a graduate of the UC Davis and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Before his appointment to the bench, he served as Cabinet Secretary to Gov. Deukmejian, as California Deputy Attorney General, and as a Sacramento County deputy district attorney.

Steven L. Simas – Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow

Steven L. Simas – Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow

Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow


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.


Steven L. Simas

Steven L. Simas is the founder of Simas & Associates, Ltd., where he specializes in administrative, regulatory, employment, and health care law. Simas graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, and from the UC Davis School of Law with his law degree. During law school, he served as the law clerk for the Legal Affairs Secretary in the office of Gov. George Deukmejian, where he developed his interest in government law.

Upon graduation from law school, Simas joined the law firm of Turner & Sullivan in Sacramento. Richard K. Turner and Robert J. Sullivan founded the firm in the 1970s as one of the only firms to specialize in this area. Turner created the SCBA’s Administrative Law Section in 1980, which he, Sullivan, and attorneys with that firm continued to support as leaders and frequent speakers at luncheons and seminars.

When Simas launched his own firm in 2002, he became the Vice Chair of the Administrative Law Section, and went on to serve three separate terms as Chair – in 2005, 2006, and 2014. Simas & Associates, Ltd. has carried on in the Section tradition, supporting officers and chairs in the years from 2002 through today.

“For 28 years, the SCBA has provided me the chance to learn from great mentors, to work with outstanding colleagues and friends, and to serve and educate others in our unique specialty of administrative law. Thank you SCBA for this great opportunity and honor to be a Centennial Fellow.”

Shortly after Turner & Sullivan closed in the early 1990s, Simas served in the public sector before opening his own firm. He practiced administrative and employment law as a deputy attorney general in the Sacramento office of the Attorney General and served as the Chief Consultant to the Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment in the California Legislature. In 1997, he received a gubernatorial appointment as counsel to the Public Employment Relations Board where he served for two years. Simas has also presided as a temporary judge for the Sacramento Superior Court, Small Claims and Traffic Divisions, and serves as a hearing officer in matters involving civil service matters, code and zoning enforcement, and is certified as a peer review hearing officer by the California Society of Health Care Attorneys.

Simas has three published appellate opinions in the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and served as General Counsel for the former Golden State Gaming Association. He presently serves as counsel to the California Physical Therapy Association and the California Registered Veterinary Technicians Association.

Over the last three decades, Simas has built extensive expertise representing both public and private sector clients. Since establishing his own firm, Simas focuses on representing and counseling physicians, physical therapists, nurses, veterinarians, engineers, real estate brokers, contractors, attorneys, and most other professionals who are regulated and licensed by the State of California.

He and his firm have supported SCBA and affiliate functions, as both a 100% firm and as participants in the Solo/Small Practice Division. He has contributed articles to SCBA’s magazine, Sacramento Lawyer, regarding Administrative Law and Writ Practice, and he presents seminars in these areas throughout the state.    

Timothy M. Taylor – Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow

Timothy M. Taylor – Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow

Sacramento County Bar Foundation Centennial Fellow


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.


Timothy M. Taylor

Timothy M. Taylor is a distinguished attorney in the Sacramento office of Stoel Rives. His practice focuses on development, permitting, and environmental review for a range of projects, including renewable energy, commercial, residential, and general industrial. Taylor also represents public agency clients on planning, zoning, and development issues. He has served as special land use counsel to cities, counties, and special purpose districts throughout the state. Taylor has over 30 years of legal experience and has tried dozens of Superior Court and appellate cases. Taylor has also dealt extensively with a wide range of federal environmental laws.

Taylor served as the managing partner for the firm’s four California offices from 2009 to 2014 and was a member of the Executive Committee and Compensation Committee, as well as other firm leadership committees for much of that time. He currently chairs the firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He was selected as the Sacramento Land Use & Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year in 2013 and as Sacramento Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year in 2012 and 2015 by Best Lawyers®.

Tim was a founding board member of Sacramento’s homegrown Nehemiah Corporation of America.  In 2014, Tim completed two terms as an elected Trustee for the Davis Joint Unified School District.

Taylor has taught a course focused on land use and environmental law at the UC Davis School of Law for the past 25 years. Taylor was a founding board member of Sacramento’s homegrown Nehemiah Corporation of America.  In 2014, Taylor completed two terms as an elected Trustee for the Davis Joint Unified School District.  He currently serves on the board of the California Law and Policy Center, and in various other community roles. He and his wife, Kelli, who is an Assistant United States Attorney, have four children, the oldest two of whom have graduated from law school and now work as litigators in San Francisco.  Outside of work, Taylor is passionate about international travel, fishing, and Major League baseball.

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