Gavin M. Parr


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Phone:       206-398-1500
Fax:             206-398-1501

Areas of Practice

  • ERISA and Tax Code Compliance
  • Employee Benefits Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 2016


  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. – 2000
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Law Review: Washington Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor, 1998 – 2000
  • University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington
    • B.A. cum laude – 1997
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Published Works

  • What is a Meretricious Relationship? An Analysis of Cohabitant Property Rights under Connell v. Francisco, 74 Wash. L. Rev. 1243, October, 1999
  • 401(k) Plans in the Multiemployer Environment, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 2006


  • Final USERRA Regulations: Issues for Retirement and Health Plans 401(k)
  • Cafeteria Plan Automatic Enrollment: Requirements and Legal Issues

Honors and Awards

  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine “Rising Star”
  • Hon. Gerry L. Alexander, Chief Justice, Washington State Supreme Court, Judicial Law Clerk, 2000 – 2001

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • Western Pension and Benefits Conference, Seattle Chapter

Gavin’s practice focuses on all aspects of employee benefits law, with an emphasis on advising qualified and nonqualified retirement and health and welfare plans regarding plan design, tax compliance, and administration; drafting plan documents and amendments, and representing plans in governmental submissions and correction programs. His experience includes counseling plans on ERISA fiduciary compliance and prohibited transaction exemptions, withdrawal liability and funding issues, plan terminations, and employee benefits litigation.