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J. Thomas Cristy

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005

Perkins Coie LLP

Tom Cristy, a partner in the firm’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice, focuses on employee benefits, ERISA and executive compensation. Tom has more than 20 years of experience drafting and reviewing employee benefit plans and counseling clients with respect to employee benefits and executive compensation, including ERISA, qualified plans (pension, profit sharing, 401(k) and employee stock ownership plans), non-qualified deferred compensation, supplemental executive retirement plans, COBRA, health and other welfare benefit plans, cafeteria plans, fringe benefits and fiduciary compliance. He also counsels clients with respect to IRS and DOL audits and employee benefits litigation, as well as advises clients on employee benefits aspects of merger, acquisition, disposition and financing transactions.


  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Washington’s Super Lawyers,” 2010 - Present

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1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Phone: 206-359-8648
Firm Phone: 206-359-8000

Practice Areas

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (ERISA, ESOPS, Executive Compensation, Fiduciary Responsibility, Pension, Health and Welfare, Qualified Plans)


  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D.)
  • University of Wisconsin (BBA)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association — Member
  • Western Pension and Benefits Conference — member
  • Seattle Pension Roundtable — Member
  • Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants — Member