Bruce A. Scheidt, Shareholder

Bruce represents private entities in commercial litigation, serves as general counsel for local businesses, and represents lending institutions in lender liability lawsuits, debt collection actions and bankruptcy proceedings. He also represents private and public sector clients in all areas of employment and labor law, including defending employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, disability accommodation and whistleblower lawsuits, negotiating executive employment agreements, and representing employers in collective bargaining. He is an accomplished litigator, representing private and public clients in federal and state courts at the trial and appellate levels and in arbitration proceedings.

Legal Experience

In practice since 1991, Bruce represents corporate and public agency clients in  business, commercial litigation and labor-and employment-related matters. His clients include regional banks, local manufacturing companies, retailers, Fortune 500 corporations, as well as, cities, counties and special districts throughout the State.

Bruce represents lending institutions, corporations and partnerships in a broad range of matters, including:

  • Banking law
  • Lender liability
  • Bankruptcy
  • Debt collection
  • Breach of fiduciary duty actions
  • Fraudulent conveyance actions
  • Business and commercial litigation
  • Corporate and partnership governance and counseling
  • Corporate and partnership dissolution

Bruce provides advice and litigation counsel to employers on all matters of labor and employment including:

  • Prevention of sex, race, and other unlawful harassment and discrimination claims through training and day-to-day advice
  • Advise employers on disciplinary actions
  • Negotiate executive employment contracts
  • Public and private sector labor relations, including collective bargaining negotiations, representation of employers before PERB and NLRB proceedings, and grievance processing.
  • Compliance with state and federal laws governing employment, including:
    • The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)
    • The California Family Rights Act (CFRA)
    • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
    • The Civil Rights Act of 1991 (Title VII)
    • The Pregnancy Disability Leave Act (PDL)
    • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
    • The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Severance and release agreements
  • Medical and personal leaves of absence, workers’ compensation, and disabilities in the workplace, including whether and how to reasonably accommodate employees
  • Hiring and firing employees and managing high-risk terminations
  • Privacy issues in the workplace, such as monitoring computer and internet use, drug testing, conducting workplace searches, background checks, and managing office romance
  • Non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements to protect proprietary information, trade secrets, inventions, and customers
  • Proper classification of employees for overtime and tax purposes
  • Investigation of workplace harassment and discrimination claims

Practice Examples

  • Bruce successfully represented a local manufacturing company in a joint venture and trade secret lawsuit, resulting in a $4 million award after a jury trial.
  • Bruce represented the State of California in a commercial lawsuit that resulted in more than $300 million in savings to electric ratepayers.
  • Bruce won a $2 million judgment for a lender in a commercial litigation dispute.
  • Bruce won a fraudulent conveyance judgment involving a transfer of real property by a judgment debtor who owed the bank client $2 million.
  • Bruce was the prevailing attorney in a fraud and legal malpractice lawsuit that resulted in a trial judgment award of compensatory and punitive damages.
  • Bruce won a million dollar post-foreclosure deficiency judgment for a bank in a state court lawsuit in which the borrower alleged a violation of the state’s anti- deficiency statute.
  • Bruce successfully represented a national retail chain in a contract reformation and fraud lawsuit against six Northern California union locals that resulted in a credit of nearly $2 million in the company’s health and welfare contributions.
  • Bruce successfully defended a city in a federal civil rights lawsuit of first impression in which the terminated police officer brought a class-based equal protection claim on behalf of similarly situated disciplined employees.
  • Bruce represented a school district in a lawsuit resulting from a budget-required layoff of teachers. The Court agreed with Mr. Scheidt’s interpretation of the Education Code as it related to the district’s layoff decisions.
  • Bruce reversed a trial court’s award of punitive damages on appeal of a whistleblower claim.

Professional Activities, Affiliations & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated Attorney
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2016, 2018
  • Northern California Super Lawyer (2004, 2008, 2010-2017, 2018)
  • Centennial Fellow, Sacramento County Bar Foundation
  • Top Lawyers, Sacramento Magazine (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Best of the Bar, Sacramento Business Journal, 2015
  • Member, Heart & Stroke Walk Executive Leadership Team (2014 Chair)
  • Board Member, Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Committee Member, Political Action Committee, Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors, Northern California World Trade Center
  • Member, Family Business Association
  • Appointed by Sacramento County Superior Court Presiding Judge Steve White to the Civil Courts Advisory Council (2010 – 2011)
  • Former Chair and 6-Year Member, City of Roseville’s Public Utilities Commission
  • Graduate of Roseville Leadership program, sponsored by Roseville Chamber of Commerce and the City of Roseville
  • Member, Roseville Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Rocklin Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Rotary Club of Roseville (former Board member)

Admitted to Practice

  • All California State Courts
  • United States District Courts, Eastern, Central and Northern Districts of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Academic Background

J.D. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1991

B.A. California State University, Fresno, 1976

    Speaking Engagements

    06.01.2017

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    Kronick Sponsorship

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    American Cancer Society 13th Annual Capital Invitational

    Date:

    Dinner - Thursday, June 1
    Tournament - Monday, June 5

    Location:

    Sacramento, CA

     

    Organizers:

    Presented By:

    American Cancer Society

    Program Overview:

    Kronick is pleased to sponsor the American Cancer Society's 13th Annual Capital Invitational. We are proud that Managing Shareholder Bruce Scheidt is a Cancer Survivor of the year. Please join us to support the mission of the American Cancer Society.

    05.31.2017

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    Kronick Sponsorship

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    Coffee Hour with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce & Northern California World Trade Center

    Date:

    Wednesday, May 31
    9:30-11:30am

    Location:

    Kronick - Sacramento Office

    Organizers:

    Presented By:

    Northern California World Trade Center 

    Program Overview:

    Kronick is pleased to host the Northern California World Trade Center and Christopher Wenk, Senior Director of International Policy with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for coffee and conversation. Located in Washington D.C., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Business leaders are invited to hear from Christopher on the latest developments in Washington D.C. and to convey their international policy needs. Christopher W. Wenk is senior director of international policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Wenk is responsible for promoting the Chamber’s international trade agenda, including bilateral free trade agreements, multilateral negotiations under the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) with the administration, on Capitol Hill, and in the business community.

    Registration:

    Please visit the event website for more information and to register.

    02.14.2013

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    Speaking Engagement

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    ERMA 2013 Annual Workshop: A Topical Look at Public Sector Labor & Employment Law

    Date:

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Location:

    Silverado Resort
    Napa, CA

    Organizers:

    Sponsored By:

    Employment Risk Management Authority (ERMA)
    Annual Workshop and Board of Directors Meeting (February 14-15, 2013)

    ERMA is a statewide joint powers authority providing employment practices liability (EPL) coverage to more than 160 public entities throughout the State of California

    KMTG Presenter:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Overview:

    Topic 1: Balancing FEHA liability against limited public agency budgets: Do employers have a legal duty to create a new position for the victim of sexual harassment when "taking all reasonable steps necessary to prevent harassment from occurring?"

    Topic 2: A new threat to the finality of a city's grievance process: The Ninth Circuit hears a novel case that would permit disciplined employees to bring a class-based civil rights lawsuit under an Equal Protection "whistleblower" theory.

    11.13.2012

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    Speaking Engagement

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    SAHRA Webinar: Electronic and Social Media in the Workplace

    Date:

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

    Time:

    9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

    Organizers:

    Sponsored By:

    Sacramento Area Human Resource Association (SAHRA)

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Registration:

    For more information and to register, please visit the SAHRA website.

    02.02.2011

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    Kronick Workshop

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    Employment Law Update: Legislative Changes for 2011 (Roseville)

    Date:

    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Registration:

    11:45 - 12:00 p.m.

    Presentation:

    12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
    (lunch provided)

    Location:

    Roseville Chamber of Commerce
    650 Douglas Blvd.
    Roseville, CA 95678

    MCLE Credit:

    1 hour

    PHR/SPHR Credit:

    1 hour

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Presentation Overview:

    Join KMTG Labor and Employment Law attorneys for an overview of legislative changes and how they will affect employers moving into 2011. Timely topics will include:

    • New 2010 Legislation, such as
      • SB 1304 – New leave law for organ and bone marrow donations
      • AB 1814 – Non-discrimination in retiree health benefits
      • Federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
      • California Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (SB 900, AB 1602)
    • Impact of Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 and ADA Amendments Act of 2008
    • New case law, such as
      • Quon v. City of Ontario: employee privacy rights with respect to employer-provided electronic devices
      • Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.: certification of nationwide class of 1.6 million women in gender discrimination class action
      • California Correctional Peace Officers Association v. State of California: public employer exemption from meal and rest period statutes and regulations
    • Legislative and case law developments on the horizon for 2011

    Who Should Attend:

    Executives and Senior Management, HR Professionals and In-house Legal Counsel

    Cost:

    $15 per person (includes lunch)
    Please pay in advance by mailing a check payable to:

    Kronick Moskovitz, et al.
    400 Capitol Mall, 27th Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Attn: Kristy Garza

    Registration:

    Seating is limited, please register on or before January 26, 2011
    Use our online registration form or notify Kristy Garza at 916.321.4547 or KGarza@kmtg.com

    03.02.2010

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Employee Handbooks and Notice Requirements: Keeping Your Handbooks and Notices Compliant With Federal and State Law[br]

    Date:

    Tuesday, March 2, 2010

    Time:

    8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

    Location:

    University of Phoenix
    2860 Gateway Oaks Drive
    Sacramento, CA

    Credit:

    Approved for 2.0 California recertification credit hours

    Sponsored By:

    Sacramento Area Human Resource Association (SAHRA)
    HR Fundamentals Seminar Series

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Also presenting are William A. Munoz and Kerri L. Ruzicka

    Seminar Overview:

    Maintaining a properly drafted employee handbook and providing proper notice to employees is key to reducing the likelihood of future litigation. Both state and federal laws require employers to provide notice of employee rights and responsibilities including wage and hour laws, leaves of absence and safety requirements. Compliance with Cal-OSHA is also paramount to preventing future litigation and or state fines for non-compliance. Come and hear a panel of experienced attorneys who will provide you with the fundamental practices to ensure full compliance with statutory and regulatory notice requirements and to maintain a proper employee handbook.

    At this seminar, you will learn:

    • Which notices are required, what they must contain, and how they must be communicated to comply with the legal notice requirements;
    • Best practices for complying with Cal-OSHA notice requirements;
    • Essential components of an employee handbook; and
    • Best practices for auditing and revising an employee handbook.

      Registration:

      For more information and to register, please visit SAHRA

    09.30.2009

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    Speaking Engagement

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    An Ounce of Prevention: Human Resources Role In Wage & Hour Claims

    Date:

    Wednesday, September 30, 2009

    Time:

    Breakout Session #3
    2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

    Location:

    Sacramento Convention Center
    1400 J Street

    Sponsored By:

    Sacramento Area Human Resource Association (SAHRA)
    2009 HR Conference – "Making a Difference" (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Agenda for Breakout Session #3:

    The numbers of wage and hour claims are still rising in California. Yet, they can be avoided. In this session you will join experts from four local employment law firms for this interactive session that demonstrates what can go wrong for Human Resources professionals during the litigation process. You will get a bird’s eye view of a wage and hour lawsuit showing the mistakes made leading to the litigation and proceeding through written discovery, deposition, and mediation. During this session, you will learn:

    • The role of Human Resources in preventing litigation.
    • Common mistakes leading to wage and hour disputes.
    • How to maintain your integrity when faced with conflicting interests.
    • How to effectively persuade management.
    • The Role of the Labor Commissioner in Wage & Hour Disputes.
    • How to efficiently work with legal counsel.

    Registration:

    For more information and to register please visit SAHRA online at:
    http://www.sahra.org/confinfo.htm

    09.16.2009

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    Kronick Workshop

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    Privacy and the E-Workplace: Practical advice for every employer on how to properly prepare for and respond to employee privacy issues

    Date:

    Wed., September 16, 2009

    Registration & Coffee

    8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

    Presentation:

    9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
    (lunch included)

    Location:

    The Radisson Hotel
    500 Leisure Lane
    Sacramento, CA 95815

    MCLE Credit:

    3 hours

    Co-Sponsored By:

    California Employers Assocation (CEA)

    CEA helps member companies maximize the performance of their employees and organizations through talent, tools and training. Founded in 1937, CEA is a not-for–profit employers association that today serves over 700 employers throughout the state of California. CEA’s HR and business professionals provide expertise in the areas of compliance, recruitment, retention, surveys, safety and training and organizational development.

    Seminar Overview:

    Timely topics include:

    • Federal and state laws governing employee background checks
    • Employee drug testing
    • Workplace searches
    • Safeguarding employee medical, personal and personnel information
    • Monitoring employee use of e-mail, internet and other electronic media
    • Document retention policies and preserving electronic communications

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Cost:

    $25 per person (includes lunch and all printed materials)
    You may pay at the door or in advance by mailing a check payable to:

    Kronick Moskovitz, et al
    400 Capitol Mall, 27th Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Attn: Kristy Garza

    Registration:

    Please register on or before September 4, 2009
    Use our online registration form or notify Kristy Garza at 916.321.4547 or KGarza@kmtg.com

    04.29.2009

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    Kronick Workshop

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    2009 Wage and Hour Compliance Seminar

    Date:

    Wed., April 29, 2009

    Registration & Coffee

    8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

    Presentation:

    9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
    (lunch included)

    Location:

    The Radisson Hotel
    500 Leisure Lane
    Sacramento, CA 95815

    MCLE Credit:

    3 hours

    Seminar Overview:

    What every employer needs to know about federal and state wage and hour laws, including:

    • Calculation of regular pay
    • Overtime liability
    • Compensable activities
    • Compensatory time-off
    • Alternative workweeks & other overtime avoidance mechanisms
    • Exempt vs. non-exempt classifications
    • Wage & hour litigation, including class action update

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Cost:

    $25 per person (includes lunch and all printed materials)
    You may pay at the door or in advance by mailing a check payable to:

    Kronick Moskovitz, et al
    400 Capitol Mall, 27th Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Attn: Elizabeth Hardin

    Registration:

    Please register on or before April 15, 2009
    Use our online registration form or notify Elizabeth Hardin at 916.321.4547 or EHardin@kmtg.com to reserve your spot.

    09.17.2008

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    Kronick Workshop

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    Managing Employee Leaves of Absence

    Date:

    Wed., Sept. 17, 2008

    Registration & Coffee

    8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

    Presentation:

    9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
    (lunch included)

    Location:

    The Vizcaya Pavilion
    2019 21st Street
    Sacramento, CA

    Complimentary valet parking is available for your convenience. Please pull up in front of the Vizcaya on 21st Street and an attendant will assist you.

    MCLE Credit:

    3 hours

    Seminar Overview:

    Learn how the U.S. Department of Labor’s new FMLA regulations affect you as an employer. This seminar will highlight the impact of the new DOL regulations and its significant changes, including:

    • New definition of "serious health condition"
    • New notification requirements for employers
    • New notification requirements for employees
    • Revised criteria for employee eligibility
    • Clarification of requirements for medical certification

    This seminar will also provide you with tips on how to navigate the complicated maze of FMLA, CFRA, PDL, ADA, PFl and workers’ compensation leave. You will also learn more about your legal rights and obligations regarding other kinds of leaves provided by state and federal law.

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Cost:

    $20 per person (includes lunch and all printed materials)
    You may pay at the door or in advance by mailing a check payable to:

    Kronick Moskovitz, et al
    400 Capitol Mall, 27th Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Attn: Melissa Strand

    Registration:

    Deadline to register is Sept. 3, 2008
    Use our online registration form or notify Melissa Strand at 916.321.4222 or mstrand@kmtg.com to reserve your spot.

    09.12.2007

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    Kronick Workshop

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    Workplace Investigation Seminar

    Date:

    Wednesday
    September 12, 2007

    Registration & Coffee

    8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

    Program:

    9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
    (lunch included)

    Location:

    The Sterling Hotel
    1300 H Street
    Sacramento, CA

    Public parking garages are
    located near the hotel at
    13th & I St. and 14th & H St.

    Cost:

    $20 per person
    You may pay at the door or in advance by mailing a check payable to:

    Kronick Moskovitz, et al
    400 Capitol Mall, 27th Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Attn: Accounts Receivable

    MCLE Credit:

    3 hours

    Agenda Overview:

    Keep workplace wrinkles from becoming complex legal problems. Learn the proper way to conduct a workplace investigation.

    • Legal Bases and Concepts Regarding Workplace Investigations
    • Planning the Investigation
    • Principles of Effective Witness Interviews / Mock Witness Interviews
    • Documenting the Investigation / Preparation of Final Report
    • Taking Effective and Appropriate Disciplinary Action
    • Keynote Address by Greg Fisher / DFEH Enforcement Policies and Actions

    KMTG Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Keynote Speaker:

    Greg Fisher, Senior Staff Counsel
    Department of Fair Employment and Housing

    Registration:

    Deadline to register is Aug. 30, 2007
    Use our online registration form or notify Melissa Strand at 916.321.4525 or mstrand@kmtg.com to reserve your spot.

    12.07.2006

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    Kronick Breakfast Seminar

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    What’s New for 2007: Recent Developments in Employment and Labor Law

    Date:

    Thursday, December 7, 2006

    Registration & Breakfast:

    7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

    Program:

    8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

    Location:

    Embassy Suites
    100 Capitol Mall
    Sacramento, CA

    Cost:

    $60 per person
    Includes breakfast and printed materials

    Parking:

    Parking is available in the city lot directly across from the Embassy Suites. Four hours of complimentary parking available to all attendees. Parking coupons will be distributed at the seminar

    Seminar Agenda:

    • New Court Decisions Affecting Your Workplace
    • New Laws for Employers

    Presenters:

    [SPEAKERS]

    Who Should Attend:

    Private and public sector employers, including human resources managers, senior executives and other administrative personnel responsible for making personnel-related decisions should attend this seminar.

    Registration:

    Use our online registration form or call our KBK registration line at 916.321.4216. You may pay at the door or in advance by mailing a check payable to:

    Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard
    400 Capitol Mall, 27th Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    ATTN: Alma Ablog

    11.16.2006

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    Speaking Engagement

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    Evidence Program

    Date:

    Thursday, November 16, 2006

    Time:

    6:00 p.m.

    Location:

    Radisson Hotel Sacramento
    500 Leisure Lane
    Sacramento, CA

    Organizers:

    Sponsored By:

    Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum

    Presenter:

    [SPEAKERS]