Saichek Law Firm, APC

decades of experience serving the complex needs of benefit plan fiduciaries

San Diego | Washington, D.C.

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Shana Saichek has become Of Counsel to The Wagner Law Group, and Linda Stuessi has become an associate attorney at The Wagner Law Group. You can reach them at or For more information, please see

The Saichek Law Firm no longer provides legal services.

Attorney Linda Stuessi

Attorney Linda Stuessi LINDA L. STUESSI, ESQ

Direct Line: (760) 331-7202


Attorney, Saichek Law Firm, APC
          January 2008 - present

  • Draft trust documents, including trust agreements, plans, amendments,  COBRA  notices, notices and communications to plan participants, and summary plan descriptions
  • Research legal issues in employee benefits law and tax law and draft legal research memorandums to Board of Trustees and/or trust advisors
  • Coordinate with other trust advisors on all trust issues involving legal questions
  • Attend Board of Trustee meetings to report legal developments and guide the trustees on legal issues
  • Trust clients include active medical plans, multiple employer plans, single employer plans, governmental plans, and retiree medical plans
  • Research and prepare requests to IRS for private letter ruling
  • Respond to legal questions from trust advisors and trustees between trust meetings
  • Review and negotiate contracts from trust service providers

Adjunct Faculty, Coastal Carolina Community College
        Jacksonville, North Carolina
        August 2003 - December 2007 

  • Teach traditional and online classes in Business Law and Employment Law
  • Employment law course includes employee benefits, ERISA, employer-employee relationships, Title VII, race, religious, and gender discrimination, regulation of employment, workers' compensation, and Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Business Law I course includes contracts, UCC, ethics, court systems, torts, criminal law, and negotiable instruments
  • Business Law II course includes UCC, intellectual property, real and personal property, landlord-tenant, trusts and estates, insurance contracts, bankruptcy, security interests, agency, employment law, partnerships, and corporations 

Attorney, Perkins Coie
         Seattle, Washington
         October 1995 – September 1996

Manage documents and supervise paralegals on securities class action lawsuit

  • Research legal issues, draft pleadings, and write legal briefs for litigation
  • Review and categorize documents during discovery process and in preparation for trial

Associate, King & Ballow
          San Diego, California
          September 1993 – June 1995

  • Civil litigation in employment, labor and first amendment law
  • Appearances in federal and state court on pretrial conferences, discovery conferences, motion hearings, and scheduling conferences
  • Draft motions for summary judgment, discovery motions, complaints, answers, arbitration briefs, and other various pleadings
  • Propound and respond to written discovery
  • Consult with clients, interview witnesses, and take depositions

Law Clerk, US District Court for Southern District of California
          San Diego, California
          September 1992 – September 1993

  • Settlement conferences and court docket management
  • Legal research and writing

Law Clerk, US Court of Appeal for the Seventh Circuit
          Madison, Wisconsin
          July 1991- September 1992

Legal research, analysis, and writing


State Bar of California (12/15/92)
US District Court, SD CA (1/19/93)
US Court of Appeal, 9th Circuit (4/18/94)