Employee Benefits and Business Law

SARAH KENYON KRAW

(1949-2001)

GEORGE M. KRAW

Gearge Kraw

Employee Benefits, Business and Civil Litigation - George M. Kraw is a founding member of the Kraw Law Group and specializes in the representation of Taft-Hartley benefit funds. He is a former union representative to the Advisory Committee of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. He belongs to the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists and is a former chair of the CEBS Committee of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

He frequently writes on employee benefit and other law related matters, and has been a contributor to Bloomberg BNA, the National Law Journal, Benefits Magazine, American Lawyer, Los Angeles Daily Journal, and the San Francisco Recorder, among other media. He is a member of the Pacific Media Workers Guild.

Mr. Kraw is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia. He received his law degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He also holds a Masters Degree in History from Berkeley as well as a B.A. in History and Russian Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

LISA SCHWANTZ

Lisa Schwantz

Employee Benefits - Ms. Schwantz is admitted to practice in California and has received the following degrees:

  • Juris Doctor - McGeorge School of Law, 1999
  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Nevada, Reno, 1995

She is a member of the American Bar Association and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

KATHERINE McDONOUGH

Kin McDonough

Employee Benefits and Civil Litigation - Ms. McDonough is admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia. She has received the following degrees:

  • Juris Doctor - Washington College of Law, American University, Cum Laude, 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts - American University, 1997

She is a member of the American Bar Association and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

MICHAEL J. KORDA

Michael J. Korda

ERISA Litigation and Business Litigation - Mr. Korda is of counsel to the firm. His primary practice area is business litigation. He is admitted to practice in California, and has the following degrees:

  • Juris Doctor - Santa Clara University School of Law, 1979
  • Bachelor of Arts - San Diego State University, Summa Cum Laude, 1976

He is a member of the American Bar Association, Santa Clara County Bar Association and Judge Pro Tem, Santa Clara County Superior Court.

DIANNE NITZSCHE

Dianne Nitzsche

Employee Benefits - Ms. Nitzsche is of counsel to the firm and has been in the employee benefits field since 1987 as a practicing attorney and as a legal consultant. She has diverse experience in plan compliance matters for qualified retirement plans (including multiemployer plans), health and welfare plans (including §125 plans), and nonqualified plans that includes plan and SPD drafting, regulatory filings, plan correction procedures, qualified domestic relations orders, plan design, fiduciary matters, COBRA and HIPPA, and benefits administration matters.

Ms. Nitzsche is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Michigan and has the following degrees:

  • Juris Doctor - Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1994
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Michigan State University,1986

She and is a member of various national and local bar associations and is also an active member of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference where she has spoken on benefit plan compliance matters.

DONNA L. KIRCHNER

Donna L. Kirchner

Business, IP and ERISA Litigation Ms. Kirchner is admitted to practice in California and before the United States Supreme Court. She has the following degrees:

  • Juris Doctor - Santa Clara University School of Law, 1988
  • Bachelor of Arts - University of Washington, 1981

She is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and was a Northern California Delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business.

DONALD E. DUNBAR JR.

Donald E. Dunbar, Jr.

ERISA Litigation Mr. Dunbar is of counsel to the firm. His primary practice areas are civil litigation and qualified domestic relations orders. He is admitted to practice in California and has received the following degrees:

  • Juris Doctor - Golden Gate University School of Law, 1978
  • Bachelor of Arts - University of California, Berkeley, 1971

KATIE NIZNIK

KKatie Niznik

Ms. Niznik is admitted to practice law in California. She has received the following degrees:

  • Juris Doctor - Whittier Law School, magna cum laude, 2012
  • Bachelor of Arts - University of California at Santa Cruz, 2009

CARTER MEADER

Gearge Kraw

Ms. Meader is admitted to practice law in California. She has received the following degrees:

  • Juris Doctor Washington College of Law, American University, Magna Cum Laude, 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts University of Virginia, 2007

Ms. Meader was a 2012 Peggy Browning fellow and a former participant in the AFL-CIO's Minority Outreach Program. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco.