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George F Cicotte

Employee benefits Attorney at Kennewick, WA

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    Washington - WA 21 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 23 years
    Colorado - CO 27 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2000
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1996
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About George

Learn George’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employee benefits
    Advise management in the design, operation and compliance of all employee benefit plans and compensation arrangements including health coverage, retirement benefits and executive compensation arrangements. Focus exclusively on federal tax law, ERISA, other federal laws affective benefits including the FMLA, ADA & FLSA, and related state laws.

    32 years, 500 cases

  2. Employment and labor

    27 years, 200 cases

  3. Tax

    29 years, 100 cases

George F. Cicotte, is a prominent speaker andauthor who is rated AV® by other attorneys and judges.  The AV rating indicates that he has achievedthe highest standards of legal ability and ethical conduct.  Mr. Cicotte maintains a broad employee benefitspractice and has spoken throughout the country for groups such as the NationalInstitute of Pension Administrators, the Institute for Applied Management andLaw, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Western Pension andBenefits Conference.  He has authored andco-written several articles and publications including the employee benefitschapter of The Contingent Workforce,published by Law Journal Press.  Beforehe established the Firm, Mr. Cicotte practiced in Washington, D.C.with Covington & Burling, consistently ranked as one of the most selectivelaw firms in the nation.

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The Cicotte Law Firm, PLLC
2803 Sarah Court
Kennewick, WA, 99338


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Posted by Dave | January 22, 2015
Affordable Care Act and ERISA Concerns
George is and always been very helpful to me on questions I have regarding employee benefit plans. It is challenging working through all of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. I feel confident in the research and opinions that he has provided me on various scenarios with ACA. He is always very responsive and I will continue to use his firm as a primary resource for my employee benefit legal questions. I happily recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2008
Scott Thomas, SVP Legal and General Counsel, DigitalBridge
I have known George since the early 1990s. He is one of the most honest, conscientious, and extraordinarly competent attorneys I have ever known. George's wealth of experience over the years has provided him with the depth of knowledge he now so skillfully utilizes at the law firm he founded a few years ago nearer his roots in the West. As General Counsel of DigitalBridge, I enlisted George and his firm to prepare the company's Stock Options plan. George did a fantastic job, completing the work on time and at a fraction of the cost of a big firm. George and his law firm are very knowledgeable and thorough yet efficient and reasonably priced. I'll continue to call on him for employee benefits issues over the years to come.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 425-525 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Cicotte Law Firm, LLC
  • 2002 - Present
  • Associate
  • Covington & Burling
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Littler Mendelson, P.C.
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Manager
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • 1995 - 1997
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  • Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2002 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • 2000 - Present
  • Colorado Bar
  • Attorney
  • 1996 - Present
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Chair, Columbia River Chapter
  • 2007 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003


  • The Contingent Workforce - Business and Legal strategies
  • Employee Benefits chapter
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • The Prudent Plan Review
  • ERISA Fiduciary Responsibility
  • 2009
  • ERISA Fiduciary Responsibility
  • Fiduciary Responsibility
  • 2009
  • Cafeteria Plans
  • Cafeteria Plan Law
  • 2009
  • 2009 Employment Law Changes
  • 2009 Update of Legislative and Regulatory Changes
  • 2009
  • The Certificate in Employee Benefits Law
  • Employee Benefits Law
  • 2008
  • Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues
  • Wellness Plans
  • 2008
  • The Certificate in Employee Benefits Law
  • Employee Benefits Law
  • 2007
  • Columbia Basin SHRM
  • Employee Benefits Update
  • 2007
  • Business in the Morning
  • Employee Handbooks
  • 2007
  • The Certificate in Employee Benefits Law
  • Employee Benefits Law
  • 2006
  • The Certificate in Employee Benefits Law
  • Employee Benefits Law
  • 2005
  • Cafeteria Plan Seminar
  • Cafeteria Plan Legal Update
  • 2004
  • Zero Alpha Group Conference
  • Defined Benefit Plans
  • 2003
  • The National Employer
  • ERISA Litigation
  • 1997
  • Deloitte Benefits Update
  • Retirement Plans for Not-for-Profit Entities
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
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Employee benefits Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"George is an excellent attorney specializing in the complex area of employee benefits. He is smart, persuasive, and honest."
Employee benefits Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"George is a terrific lawyer of the utmost integrity. Not only do I use him as a technical resource whenever I need one, I have referred him to both clients and friends; and he always comes through!"
Employee benefits Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"George is an outstanding employee benefits attorney; one of the tops in the country. Wholeheartedly recommended for benefits issues from simple to complex."
Employee benefits Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with George for over 10 years. I take all my employee benefit questions and issues to him. His expertise is invaluable to my legal practice. I recommend him without any reservation."