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George M. Kraw

gkraw@kraw.com

  • Speciality

Employee Benefits, Business and Civil Litigation

  • Degrees
Law Degree,Masters Degree in History, B.A. in History and Russian Studies
  • Office

Silicon Valley Office

George M. Kraw is a founding member of the Kraw Law Group and specializes in the representation of Taft-Hartley benefit funds. He is a former union representative to the Advisory Committee of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. He belongs to the International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists and is a former chair of the CEBS Committee of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

He frequently writes on employee benefit and other law related matters, and has been a contributor to Bloomberg BNA, the National Law Journal, Benefits Magazine, American Lawyer, Los Angeles Daily Journal, and the San Francisco Recorder, among other media. He is a member of the Pacific Media Workers Guild.

Mr. Kraw is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia. He received his Juris Degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He also holds a Masters Degree in History from Berkeley as well as a B.A. in History and Russian Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Lisa Schwantz

lschwantz@kraw.com

  • Speciality

Employee Benefits

  • Degrees
Juris Doctor – McGeorge School of Law,Bachelor of Arts – University of Nevada, Reno
  • Office

Silicon Valley Office

Lisa Schwantz is the managing principal of the Kraw Law Group and specializes in the representation of multiemployer benefit funds. She counsels benefit plans on all aspects of law, including mergers, plan design, regulatory compliance and financial and legal issues relating to plan investments. Ms. Schwantz has special expertise in the representation of plans in Internal Revenue Service audits and Department of Labor investigations, and has represented numerous clients in such matters. She also has expertise in advising and assisting with changes in plan service providers, and addressing record keeping and documentation issues that result from such changes.

Ms. Schwantz is a member of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits’ Professionals Committee and was a presenter at the Foundation’s 60th Annual Benefits Conference in Boston. She graduated from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific and received her B.A. from University of Nevada, Reno.

Katherine McDonough

kmcdonough@kraw.com

  • Speciality

Employee Benefits

  • Degrees
Graduated Cum Laude from the Washington College of Law, American University
  • Office

Silicon Valley Office

Katherine McDonough is a principal of Kraw Law Group, and a member of its board of directors. She specializes in the representation of multiemployer benefit funds. Ms. McDonough counsels benefit plans on all aspects of law, including mergers, plan design, regulatory compliance, financial and legal issues relating to plan investments, and litigation matters. She has special expertise in complex withdrawal liability collection matters and representation of plans in Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor investigations, and has represented numerous clients in such matters. Ms. McDonough is a contributing author to the Withdrawal Liability chapter of the American Bar Association Employee Benefits Law treatise and has also authored articles in the National Law Journal and the New Jersey Law Journal. Ms. McDonough graduated Cum Laude from the Washington College of Law, American University. Prior to Joining the Kraw Law Group, Ms. McDonough practiced in Washington, where she represented international and local unions before boards of arbitration and federal district and appellate courts.

Michael J. Korda

mkorda@kraw.com

  • Speciality

ERISA Litigation, Business Litigation

  • Degrees
Juris Doctor – Santa Clara University School of Law,Bachelor of Arts – San Diego State University, Summa Cum Laude
  • Office

Silicon Valley Office

Mr. Korda is of counsel to the firm. His primary practice area is business litigation. He is admitted to practice in California, and has the following degrees:

  • Juris Doctor – Santa Clara University School of Law, 1979
  • Bachelor of Arts – San Diego State University, Summa Cum Laude, 1976

He is a member of the American Bar Association, Santa Clara County Bar Association and Judge Pro Tem, Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Raphael Shannon Kraw

rshannonkraw@kraw.com

  • Speciality
ERISA Litigation, Employee Benefits
  • Degrees

Hastings College of the Law

  • Office

Silicon Valley Office

Raphael Shannon Kraw has been representing Taft-Hartley benefit trusts and many other union–related organizations since 1978, with a focus on helping clients improve and protect benefits for working people. Her areas of expertise embrace all aspects of client entities’ structure and operations, and include; drafting trust and plan documents, ERISA qualified pension plans, withdrawal liability, and plan mergers and terminations, all federal and state law compliance issues for health and welfare plans, governmental agency investigations, audits, and litigation, benefit claims litigation, and fiduciary litigation both for plaintiffs and defendants. She has special expertise in dealing with the problems of financially troubled plans, and in addressing issues arising from the changes in plan providers.

Ms. Kraw spent her first 36 years of practice at McCarthy, Johnson & Miller Law Corp in San Francisco. She attended Hastings College of the Law where she was a Hastings Law Journal Editor, and a member of the Order of the Coif. She has been a regular contributing author and editor for the Bloomberg/BNA and ABA publications ERISA Litigation and Employee Benefits Law.

Donald E. Dunbar Jr.

dunbarlaw@kraw.com

  • Speciality

ERISA Litigation

  • Degrees
Juris Doctor – Golden Gate University School of Law,Bachelor of Arts – University of California, Berkeley
  • Office

Orange County Office

Mr. Dunbar is of counsel to the firm. His primary practice areas are civil litigation and qualified domestic relations orders. He is admitted to practice in California and has received the following degrees:

  • Juris Doctor – Golden Gate University School of Law, 1978
  • Bachelor of Arts – University of California, Berkeley, 1971

Lori A. Nord

lnord@kraw.com

  • Speciality

Employee Benefits

  • Degrees
Bachelor of Laws – New College of California School of Law, and Undergraduate study at University of California, Berkeley
  • Office

Silicon Valley Office

Since 1980, Lori’s specialty has been Taft-Hartley trust fund collections. She serves as collection counsel for numerous trust funds and uses a wide variety of non-litigation enforcement mechanisms as well as litigation. In addition, she provides comprehensive general counsel services for pension and health and welfare plans, advising trustees on the full scope of plan legal issues.

She is a member of the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section, the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the AFL-CIO’s Lawyers Coordinating Committee.

Before becoming of counsel to the firm, Lori was a share holder of McCarthy, Johnson & Miller and served as Assistant House Counsel for the Carpenters Trust Funds of Northern California. Lori graduated from New College of California School of Law after attending the University of California, Berkeley. 

Stephanie Sorenson

ssorenson@kraw.com

  • Speciality

Multiemployer Benefit Funds

  • Degrees
Juris Doctor – University of San Francisco School of Law, cum laude from Santa Clara University
  • Office

Silicon Valley Office

Mrs. Sorenson is an associate at Kraw Law Group and focuses on the representation of multiemployer benefit funds. She counsels pension and health and welfare plans on all aspects of law, including plan design, regulatory compliance, legal issues relating to plan investments, and litigation matters.

She received her J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law and graduated cum laude from Santa Clara University.

Jessica Melgar

jmelgar@kraw.com

  • Speciality

Multiemployer Benefit Funds

  • Degrees
J.D. with distinction – McGeorge School of Law B.A. in Political Science and English, with a Minor in History – U.C. Davis
  • Office

Silicon Valley Office

Ms. Melgar is an associate at Kraw Law Group and focuses on the representation of multiemployer benefit funds. She counsels pension and health and welfare plans on all aspects of law, including plan design, regulatory compliance, legal issues relating to plan investments, and litigation matters. Prior to joining Kraw Law Group, she practiced traditional labor law for a California state agency, where she investigated and litigated allegations of unfair labor practices under the Agricultural Labor Relations Act.

Ms. Melgar received her J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Davis. She is admitted to practice in California.

Jamie Q. Baldwin

jbaldwin@kraw.com

  • Speciality

Employee Benefits

  • Degrees
JD – Northeastern University School of Law in Boston Bachelor of Science – University of Iowa
  • Office

San Diego County Office

Jamie Q. Baldwin is lead counsel to multiple national and regional Taft-Hartley benefit funds, advising them on all aspects of plan regulatory compliance and operations. She is a member of the Kraw Law Group board of directors and manages the firm’s San Diego office. Ms. Baldwin is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts (2003). She received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Iowa in 1998. Ms. Baldwin was admitted to the bar of the State of Massachusetts in 2003, and is currently admitted to practice before the courts of the State of California; the United States District Court, Southern and Central Districts of California; and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Valentina Mindirgasova

vmindirgasova@kraw.com

  • Speciality

Employee Benefits

  • Degrees
JD – California Western School of Law Bachelor of Arts – University of California
  • Office

San Diego County Office

Valentina Mindirgasova represents Taft-Hartley funds in withdrawal liability matters and other litigation nationwide, and also advises benefit plans on compliance matters. She is a graduate of California Western School of Law (2010). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007. Ms. Mindirgasova is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of California; the United States District Court, Central District of California; and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Kerry K. Fennelly

kfennelly@kraw.com

  • Speciality

Multiemployer Benefit Funds

  • Degrees
JD – University of San Francisco School of Law Bachelor of Arts – University of California
  • Office

San Diego County Office

Kerry K. Fennelly is an experienced employee benefits litigator who also advises benefit plans on regulatory compliance and operational matters. Ms. Fennelly is a member of the Kraw Law Group board of directors. She is a 2004 graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is admitted to practice before the courts of the State of California; the United States District Court, Southern, Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts of California; and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Katherine Roselin

kroselin@kraw.com

  • Speciality

Multiemployer Benefit Funds

  • Degrees
J.D. – Whitter Law School, magna cum laude B.A. – University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Office

Silicon Valley Office

Ms. Roselin is an associate at Kraw Law Group and focuses on representation of multiemployer benefit funds. She counsels pension and health plans on all aspects of law, including plan design, operational matters, regulatory compliance, and legal issues related to plan investments.

She received her J.D. from Whittier Law School, magna cum laude and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Santa Cruz. She is admitted to practice in California.