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Kiran Griffith Counsel

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.3272

    F +1.206.359.9000

    Seattle

    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099

    +1.206.359.3272

    KGriffith@perkinscoie.com

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Overview

Kiran Griffith advises clients on employee benefits matters, including plan design and drafting, benefits strategy and innovation and regulatory compliance. Kiran’s clients include public and private sector employers, associations and boards of trustees, as well as service providers in the health and wellness space. Her practice focuses on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, the Internal Revenue Code and other federal and state laws that affect benefits design and administration under employer-sponsored employee welfare benefit plans. 

Kiran counsels clients in connection with self-funded health plans, high-deductible health plans, cafeteria plans, health savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, flexible spending accounts, wellness programs, and employee assistance programs. Kiran also advises on ERISA and trustee fiduciary matters relating to health and welfare plans, as well as HIPAA privacy and security matters for health plan benefits.

Kiran regularly speaks and writes about a variety of health care topics, including the ACA, HIPAA, wellness programs, and association health plans. Kiran is on the Campaign for Equal Justice Board (with the Legal Foundation of Washington), which works to raise civil legal aid funds for people and families in Washington state, and she also serves on the Seattle Arts & Lectures Board of Directors.  

Prior to attending Seattle University School of Law, Kiran served as a senior compliance manager of a business learning consultancy firm, where she worked with in-house counsel on compliance and business concerns.

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Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2021
  • Perkins Coie Diversity Champions Award, 2018

Professional Leadership

  • Campaign for Equal Justice, Board member

  • Perkins Coie Well-Being Committee Member

  • Associates Campaign for Equal Justice Committee Member

  • South Asian Bar Association of Washington, Former Board Member

  • Washington State Bar Association, Member

  • King County Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Seattle Arts & Lectures, Board member

  • ArtsFund Visionaries Program Volunteer, 2018

  • ArtsFund Associates Program Volunteer, 2016 - 2017

Related Employment

  • Stoel Rives LLP, Summer Associate, 2011, 2012; Associate, 2013 - 2016
  • Gerson Lehrman Group, Senior Compliance Manager, 2006 - 2010

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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2013
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Government, 2003