Thomas I. Kramer - Bullard Law

Thomas I. Kramer

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001

Tom enjoys the complexity of representing employers, benefit plan consultants, and insurance and banking institutions regarding employee benefit plans. Tom works with clients to help them avoid pitfalls and arrive at what they find to be reasonable solutions. With over 30 years’ experience, Tom has a deep understanding of benefit plans and related tax rules. His practice covers both tax-qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, including pension, profit sharing and other deferred compensation plans, as well as health and welfare benefits.  

Tom’s services include plan drafting, problem solving, and representing clients in disputes with regulators, such as the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Labor, Oregon Insurance Division, or Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. Issues that Tom deals with include preserving the tax-qualified status of retirement plans, which may require correction of qualification defects, designing and documenting deferred compensation provisions of employment agreements and helping employers navigate their way through the requirements of health care reform. 

When Tom’s not in the office, he’s probably running, reading non-fiction, or attending plays with his wife Catherine. Look for Tom at the Hood-to-Coast Relay or the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. 

Additional Information

Practice Areas — Employee Benefits 
Executive Compensation 
Flexible Benefit Plans 
Health and Welfare Benefits 
Tax-Qualified Retirement Plans
Claremont McKenna CollegeBA 1976Yale UniversityJ.D. 1980

Client Comments

"Tom is an expert in ERISA and very helpful in navigating the intricacy of employee benefit law, and has my strongest endorsement."

"Tom Kramer's knowledge and style are perfectly suited for the pace and difficulties found in the employer world. His ability to state and frame the issue so everyone understands it earns him repeat business."

-Roderick Cruickshank
President & CEO
The Partners Group, Ltd.

"Tom Kramer is a consummate professional. His keen intellect and expert benefits' knowledge have been very valuable to my company. I appreciated his ability to interpret complicated regulations and make them easily understood."

Office Location

200 Southwest Market Street, Suite 1900
Portland, OR 97201
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law of the Portland-OR Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law of the Portland-OR Metro Area
Thomas I. Kramer has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Thomas I. Kramer has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (Executive Compensation, Pension, Health and Welfare)

Other Information

Gender: Male