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Christine A. Williams

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Senior Counsel

Christine A. Williams has practiced in the area of employee benefits since 1987, both in private practice and in-house for a Fortune 100 company.  Her work focuses on health plans, healthcare reform (Affordable Care Act), and privacy and security requirements under HIPAA, including HIPAA and cloud computing, and the HITECH Act.  She is one of the few attorneys who are familiar with the intersection of employee benefits, healthcare, data privacy, and cloud computing.  She represents health plans, health insurers, healthcare providers, academic medical institutions, HIPAA business associates, healthcare software and application developers, and cloud computing service providers.
 
Christine also has experience with defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans, cafeteria plans, domestic partner and same-sex spouse benefits, ERISA, COBRA, and other federal and state benefit plan mandates.  She handles compliance advice; fiduciary counseling; plan drafting; litigation and appellate advice; benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions; and representation of clients under audit or investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, the IRS, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  She frequently drafts HIPAA documents, including business associate agreements and policies and procedures, assists with risk assessments and development of risk management plans, and provides HIPAA privacy and security training.
 
Christine speaks and writes frequently on benefits and privacy issues.  She was the editor and a contributing author of HIPAA Portability, Privacy & Security for several years, and has been a contributing author of manuals on ERISA, healthcare reform, and self-insured health plans, all published by Employee Benefits Institute of America (Thomson/Reuters).  She regularly presents web seminars and live programs on benefits issues, and recently presented at the International Association of Privacy Professionals Privacy Academy on HIPAA privacy issues in cloud computing.

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section Standing Committee on Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Member, 2001 - present 
  • American Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section Employee Benefits Committee, Member, 1999 - present
  • American Bar Foundation, Member, 2005 - present
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member, 2008 - present
  • Maryland Judicial Institute, Lecturer

Related Employment

  • Northrop Grumman Corporation, Los Angeles, CA, Senior Counsel, 2007 - 2011
  • Employee Benefits Institute of America, Inc., Seattle, WA, Senior Editor & Director of Education, 2004 - 2007
  • Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, LLC, Baltimore, MD, Partner, 1999 - 2004
  • Feder & Semo, P.C., Washington, D.C., Benefits Counsel, 1997 - 1999
  • Abato, Rubenstein, Abato, P.A., Baltimore, MD, Benefits Partner, 1987 - 1997
  • New England School of Law, Boston, MA, Visiting Associate Professor, 1985 - 1987
  • University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD, Assistant Professor, 1979 - 1985
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., Trial Attorney, 1976 - 1979

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1976
    Notes Editor, Kentucky Law Journal
  • The State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., 1970

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit