Professional Biography

Kurt E. Linsenmayer Partner

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.3458

    F +1.206.359.4458


    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




Kurt Linsenmayer counsels clients on ERISA, federal tax and other rules applicable to 401(k) plans, qualified and nonqualified pension plans, other executive benefits and health and welfare programs. Kurt is committed to providing highly effective and responsive legal services, including through leveraging technology. His more than 25 years of legal practice experience includes serving as an in-house attorney of a Fortune 50 company, drafting and counseling advice to many public and private clients, and supporting all benefits related negotiation, diligence and integration aspects of mergers and acquisitions, financings and other corporate transactions. Kurt also guides clients in responding to benefits claims and represents them before the IRS, U.S. Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

Kurt is a frequent writer and speaker for various legal seminars sponsored by employee benefits organizations. He is a co-author of the industry-leading 401(k) Plans manual published by Thomson Reuters.

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Ranked by Chambers USA 12 Years in a Row

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Professional Recognition

  • Selected by Best Lawyers in America as ERISA Law Lawyer of the Year, Seattle, 2019
  • Ranked in Washington (Band 1) for Labor & Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation in Chambers USA, 2010 - 2021
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, “Washington's Super Lawyers," 2010 - 2021
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2006 - 2022: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent ™ in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • American Bar Association, Tax Section Member
  • Western Pension and Benefits Conference, Member

Related Employment

  • Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Attorney
  • Judicial Extern for the Hon. Carolyn R. Dimmick, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington