Jeff Chang


Tel: (916) 329-3685


At a Glance

Jeff has worked in the employee benefits legal field for about 40 years.
More than 100 public agencies rely on Jeff for his guidance on benefits and retirement plans.
Jeff has earned accolades from his peers for his practice.

With four decades of experience, Best Best & Krieger LLP Partner Jeff Chang skillfully evaluates benefit and retirement plans for compliance and maximum outcomes for clients. A member of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice group, Jeff represents government agencies, nonprofits, businesses, tax-exempt, non-ERISA and church clients. One of the most experienced employee benefits attorneys in California, he works closely with his clients on every aspect of retirement plan design, compliance and correction, as well as fiduciary compliance and executive compensation.
More than 100 public agencies have put their trust in Jeff’s practiced evaluation of their opportunities and obligations under the California Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013. He focuses on special employee benefits legal considerations that apply to public employers and local government agencies in California. He ensures that public employers’ plans are sustainable, in compliance and designed to best serve the client and its employees. Jeff participated in practitioner meetings with the Little Hoover Commission during its study and analysis of the California public pension crisis.
Previously a shareholder at Chang Ruthenberg & Long, which he founded in 1989, Jeff is a leading authority in the field. Jeff’s roots in the legal and academic communities run deep. He has taught qualified retirement plans and deferred compensation courses in the Masters of Taxation program at McGeorge School of Law and is a charter fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, which has recognized Jeff for his significant contributions to the employee benefits field. He has been regularly included on the Best Lawyers in America and Northern California Super Lawyers lists for his contributions and successes in the field.
Jeff served as chairman of the IRS subcommittee of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries Administration Relations Committee, as co-chair of the ASPPA Government Affairs Committee and on its board of directors. He previously served on the Executive Committee of the California State Bar Taxation Section and is the founder of the Section’s Employee Benefits Committee.
He founded and regularly writes posts for "Focus on Public Benefits," a blog for California's public employers and employees about sustainable employee benefit plans.

  • University of California, Davis School of Law, J.D.
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.A.


  • California


  • California Lawyers Association Public Law, Labor and Employment and Taxation sections


  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 1995-2017, 2019-2021
  • Sacramento Magazine Top Lawyers, Employee Benefits Law, 2017-2018
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2004, 2006-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rated
  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Charter fellow
PublicCEO: CARES Act Establishes Rules for Coronavirus-Related Distributions from 457(b) Plans
Authored Articles & Publications Apr 08, 2020

PublicCEO: CARES Act Establishes Rules for Coronavirus-Related Distributions from 457(b) Plans

Public Employers Can Amend Plans to Allow Coronavirus-Related Distributions

Best in Law: Employee Benefits in a Company Sale
Authored Articles & Publications May 29, 2019

Best in Law: Employee Benefits in a Company Sale

BB&K’s Jeff Chang Writes About this Critical Part of a Company’s Transition in SCNG

The Anticipated Demise of the Vested-Rights Doctrine
Authored Articles & Publications Jul 11, 2018

The Anticipated Demise of the Vested-Rights Doctrine

Cases Before State’s High Court Could Mean Big Changes for Retirement Benefits Writes Jeffrey Chang in PublicCEO

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