Legal Affairs Staff
The Legal Affairs Department, through the team’s active involvement on the front lines of California’s legal and labor law compliance scene, is the first to know when and how changes in law affect employers. The California Chamber of Commerce expanded the Legal Affairs Department in 2011 to strengthen its ability to represent the business perspective in court battles.
Heather Wallace – Associate General Counsel
Joining the CalChamber in November 2011 as associate general counsel was Heather Wallace, a seasoned litigator with experience on employment law, health care, intellectual property and more.
Wallace came to the CalChamber from the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB), where she was senior staff counsel, providing legal advice on the Healthy Families Program, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan and the Major Risk Medical Insurance Program.
Matthew J. Roberts – Employment Law Counsel/Subject Matter Expert
Matthew J. Roberts joined the CalChamber in July 2019 as an employment law counsel/subject matter expert.
He explains California and federal labor and employment laws to CalChamber members and customers, including serving as an HR adviser on the Labor Law Helpline.
Bianca N. Saad – Employment Law Counsel/Subject Matter Expert
Bianca N. Saad has been a member of the CalChamber legal affairs team since April 2018.
She oversees CalChamber coverage of the ever-expanding area of labor-related local ordinances and serves as a co-presenter for CalChamber compliance seminars and webinars.
James W. Ward -Employment Law Subject Matter Expert/Legal Writer and Editor
James W. Ward joined the CalChamber in June 2019 as an employment law subject matter expert/legal writer and editor.
In that position, he will enhance the ongoing efforts of the CalChamber legal affairs team to explain for nonlawyers how statutes, regulations and court cases affect California businesses and employers.