Craig A. Day

Counsel to the Firm | Seattle | 206.654.7819 |

Craig Day focuses his practice on ERISA-related matters, employee benefits issues and executive compensation. He has extensive experience in ERISA issues related to qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, including advising on plan design, plan mergers and terminations, mergers and acquisitions, and due diligence; nondiscrimination requirements and compensation issues under Code Section 415; QDROs; IRS and DOL audits; IRS correction program; governmental and multi-employer plans and tax-exempt entities; compliance with Section 409A; and FICA taxation of deferred compensation plans. Craig advises on company-sponsored and acquired-company cash balance pension plans; defined benefit plans; 401(k) plans; ESOPs; fringe benefit plans; severance plans; health and welfare plans; employee stock purchase plans; executive compensation plans; and benefits and matters related to mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing and off-shoring.

Professional Experience

  • Mercer, Principal (2008-2012)
  • Washington Mutual Bank, First Vice President and Senior Counsel (2001-2008)
  • The Boeing Company, Counsel (2000-2001)
  • Deloitte & Touche, Manager, Employee Benefits Group (1995-2000)
  • Karr Tuttle Campbell, Attorney (1991-1995)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington


  • University of Washington (J.D., with honors, 1992; B.A., 1985)
    • Washington Law Review, Technical Editor (1991-1992)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Business
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Life, Health, Disability and ERISA
  • Long Term Care and Seniors Housing Client Service Team
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Taxation


  • “Same-Sex Couples Ruling Calls for Review of Benefits,” Puget Sound Business Journal, Quoted (November 1, 2013)
  • “Wellness Programs Can Reduce Health Care Costs, But Can Your Bank Afford the Legal Risks?” Issues and Answers magazine, Washington Bankers Association, Co-author (March/April 2013)
  • “Health Care Reform Update — What Employers Should be Doing Now,” Seattle Business magazine (March 2013)
  • “Health Care Reform: What the Decision Means to Companies,” Puget Sound Business Journal Best Practices for Best Employers™: How to Become a Best Workplace Starting Today Special Insert (September 7, 2012)

Speaking Engagements

  • “The Affordable Care Act — What You Need to Know,” National Business Institute’s “Advanced Employment Law: Working Through Common Problems” Seminar (December 17, 2014)
  • “Health Care Reform and the Long Term Care Industry,” Oregon Health Care Association’s 2014 Annual Convention and Trade Show, Co-presenter (September 23, 2014)
  • “How to Handle Mental Disabilities in the Workplace Without Losing Your Mind,” Lane Powell’s 32nd Annual Labor and Employment Seminar, Seattle, Co-presenter (September 9, 2014)
  • “How Healthcare Reform Impacts Your Employee Benefits,” Washington Health Care Association Webinar (April 10, 2014)
  • “Health Care Reform: Employer Compliance Under the Affordable Care Act,” Lane Powell’s 31st Annual Labor and Employment Seminar (April 3, 2014)
  • “IRS Form 1099 Reporting: What You Need to Know,” Lorman Education Services Tax Seminar (December 6, 2013)
  • “Modern Family Meets Grey’s Anatomy: What You Absolutely Need to Know About Same-Sex Marriage and the Affordable Care Act,” Lane Powell Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Co-presenter, Seattle (December 5, 2013)
  • “Can Employers Legally Discriminate Against Obese, Sick and Lazy People?” Northwest Human Resource Management Association’s 2013 Conference and Tradeshow (October 10, 2013)
  • “Healthcare Reform Impact on Community Banks,” Western Independent Bankers’ 2013 Education Summit and Expo, Co-presenter (September 23, 2013)
  • “Benefits Update: HIPAA Replaced, DOMA Shaved and ‘Pay or Play’ Delayed,” Lane Powell’s 31st Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Seattle (September 19, 2013)
  • “Healthcare Reform Breaking News: What the Supreme Court Decisions Means for Employers,” Lane Powell’s 30th Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar, Seattle, Co-presenter (September 20, 2012)