Kristina M. Zinnen


Telephone: (510) 337-1001

University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, CA
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Kristina Zinnen joined Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld in 2006.  She received her Juris Doctor and Certificate in International and Comparative Law from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and her undergraduate degree in German Studies and Women’s Studies from Northwestern University. She has studied abroad in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland.

Ms. Zinnen’s practice focuses primarily on pension, health care, and apprenticeship and training issues in the private sector. She serves as general counsel to several multiemployer trust funds in the Western States, and has extensive ERISA litigation experience. She has developed expertise in pension withdrawal liability and pension funding issues, health care reform, apprenticeship and training programs, ERISA and Internal Revenue Code compliance, applications for tax-exempt status, collective bargaining and labor-management relations, trust collection and payroll audits, qualified domestic relations orders, fiduciary duties, and legal issues related to trust fund administration.

Ms. Zinnen was first educated in the labor movement as a rank-and-file member organizer with Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and then went to work for the San Francisco Labor Council. Prior to joining the Firm, she was a Peggy Browning Fund Fellow with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (UNITE-HERE) Local 2, a court mediator with the Small Claims Division of the San Francisco Superior Court, and a law clerk for Leonard Carder, LLP.  She also advocated on behalf of migrant workers at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York and Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.

Practice Areas:
Labor Arbitrations and Collective Bargaining Negotiations
Employee Benefit Plans and Union-Related Trust Funds
Apprenticeship Programs
Nonprofit Organizations and Political Action Committees
Enforcing Labor Standards on Public Works Projects
Competitive Bidding