Clarissa A. Kang

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  • 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
    Krieg, Keller, Sloan, Reilley & Roman LLP,
    San Francisco, California
  • 1999 - 2001
    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; 2021) and Centennial Committee (Co-Chair 2011-present)
  • Vice-Chair (Programming) for the Employee Benefits Committee of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • Co-Chair, Diversity in the Legal Profession Committee of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section's Employee Benefits Committee
  • Member, Western Pension & Benefits Council
  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
  • Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

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 Report 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 actions. 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.  Clarissa has authored several articles, including articles on judicial review of benefit claims, remedies after CIGNA Corp. v. Amara, and arbitration provisions in plans.

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

She has been listed as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” in the area of employee benefits law since 2014 and received the Minority Bar Coalition 2015 Unity Award for promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Clarissa has also been selected by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in America in 2020 in the practice area of ERISA Litigation.