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Kurt E. Linsenmayer

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006

Perkins Coie LLP

Kurt Linsenmayer is a partner and vice-chair of the firm's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practice. For over 20 years his practice has focused on ERISA, federal tax and other rules applicable to pension plans, executive benefits and health and welfare programs, including as an in-house attorney of a Fortune 500 company. Kurt provides drafting and counseling advice to many public and private clients and routinely supports all benefits aspects of mergers and acquisitions, financings and other corporate transactions. His practice also extends to representing clients before the IRS, U.S. Department of Labor, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and in litigation in federal and state courts.

Kurt is a frequent writer and speaker for various legal seminars sponsored by employee benefits organizations, including Thomson/EBIA and the Western Pension and Benefits Conference. He is co-author of the industry leading 401(k) Plans manual published by Thomson/EBIA and he continues to contribute to it.


  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Washington's Super Lawyers", 2010 - present
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ranked in Washington (Band 1) for Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation in Chambers USA, 2010 - present

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1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Phone: 206-359-3458
Firm Phone: 206-359-8000

Practice Areas

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


  • University of Washington (BA) (1986)
  • Seattle University School of Law (J.D.) (1989)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association — Member
  • Western Pension and Benefits Conference — Member
  • Seattle Pension Roundtable — Member