Kirsten Stewart
Kirsten Stewart


Phone: 303.299.8272

Fax: 303.298.0940

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Legal Secretary

Twila Groen

Areas of Emphasis

Employee Benefits

Executive Compensation



  • Juris Doctor, cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Indiana University, 1992

Kirsten Stewart is a Member of Sherman & Howard’s Employee Benefits group. Kirsten provides day-to-day advice to all sizes and types of employers on all aspects of employee benefits including qualified plans, welfare benefits (including compliance with ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, and the Affordable Care Act), and executive compensation. She is named in Best Lawyers in America for Employee Benefits law and was named “Lawyer of the Year” for the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America for Employee Benefits, Denver, CO.

Representative Matters
  • Provides day-to-day advice to employers, including publicly-traded entities, government employers and non-profit entities regarding employee benefits, including qualified plans, non-qualified plans, and welfare benefit plans.
  •  Assists clients with the design and implementation of employee benefit plans.
  • Advises clients maintaining welfare benefit plans regarding compliance with the Affordable Care Act, ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, the Internal Revenue Code (including nondiscrimination requirements, cafeteria plan rules, and coordination among health reimbursement accounts, health savings accounts, and medical flexible spending accounts) and Medicare Secondary Payer rules.
  • Advises clients regarding qualification issues in qualified plans and applications to obtain IRS approval of correction of errors.
  • Advises clients regarding participation in multiemployer pension plans (including withdrawal liability, delinquent contributions, and audits).
  • Advises clients regarding employee benefit matters in connection with mergers and acquisitions.
  • Advises clients regarding deferred compensation arrangements subject to Internal Revenue Code Section 409A.
  • Performs fiduciary compliance audits and administrative audits and reviews of employee benefit plans.
Professional Activities
  • Member, Western Pension & Benefits Conference
    • Former Member, Board of Directors
  • Member, Colorado Bar Association
  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association (inactive)
Honors and Awards
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America – Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law (2009 – 2019)
  • Honored as Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year – Denver, CO” for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2014
Publications and Presentations

Recent Media

  • Another Year, Another 401(k) Suit
    Law Week Colorado
    February 15, 2018
  • Without Clarity, Wellness Incentive Goes up in Smoke
    Employee Benefit Advisor
    September 11, 2017


Recent Presentations

  • Health and Welfare Plan Update
    Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference
    May 2018
  • Health and Welfare Plan Update for Employers
    Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Law Conference
    May 2017
  • ACA Update
    Sherman & Howard Annual Colorado Labor & Employment Conference
    April 2015