Clarissa A. Kang

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Education

  • J. D., 1999
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • A.B., cum laude, 1995
    Harvard College

Professional Career

  • 2003 - Present
    Director (Associate Prior to 2009)
    Trucker Huss
    San Francisco, California
  • 2001 - 2003
    Associate
    Krieg, Keller, Sloan, Reilley & Roman LLP San Francisco, California
  • 1999 - 2001
    Associate
    McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP
    Honolulu, Hawaii

Professional Licenses
and Affiliations

  • Member, The State Bar of California
  • Member, Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Queen's Bench Bar Association of the San Francisco Bay Area (Board Member 2011-2016)
  • Management Liaison to the Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the ABA for the Labor and Employment Law Section's Employee Benefits Committee
  • Member, Western Pension & Benefits Council
  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
  • Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer on Northern California Super Lawyers List 2014 - 2017
  • Recognized as 2013 Rising Star on Northern California Super Lawyers List
  • Minority Bar Coalition 2015 Unity Award Recipient for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

Clarissa advocates zealously and effectively for employee benefit plans, plan administrators, plan sponsors, and other fiduciaries before federal and state courts and government regulatory agencies.

As a director in our nationally recognized ERISA litigation group (First Tier Nationally in US News and World Reports Best Lawyers), she has handled a broad spectrum of litigation, including cases involving benefit claims, fiduciary issues, plan administration, multiemployer plans, withdrawal liability, delinquent contributions, plan reimbursement and subrogation, non-ERISA benefit plans (such as governmental plans and church plans), and class action claims. In addition to serving as an advocate in active litigation, Clarissa advises and represents retirement plans, health and welfare plans, and plan fiduciaries in investigations and agency actions commenced by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Taking a practical and thoughtful approach, Clarissa provides advice and support to plan fiduciaries in their determination of benefit claims and appeals. With an eye for detail, she negotiates investment management and service provider agreements on behalf of plans and their fiduciaries.

Clarissa is a frequent presenter on ERISA litigation, plan administration, benefit claims administration, and fiduciary responsibility, including recent presentations on “Health Care Litigation Under ERISA and the ACA,” in June 2016 for the ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits and “Writing ERISA Out of the Plan: Litigation Avoidance Tactics,” in February 2017 at the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Employee Benefits Committee 2017 Midwinter Meeting.  For the past three years, she has been an instructor at the annual American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits ERISA Basics National Institute, speaking on spousal rights in the wake of U.S. v. Windsor, benefit claims administrative procedures, and ERISA ethical issues. Clarissa has also spoken on benefit claims administration under the Affordable Care Act and has authored several articles, including articles on judicial review of benefit claims, remedies after CIGNA Corp. v. Amara, the reasonableness of service provider arrangements, and qualified default investment alternatives.

Clarissa is admitted to practice before the state and federal district courts of California (Northern, Central, Eastern, Southern), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the state and federal district courts of Hawaii.

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