"We are deeply saddened by the news that Tom Kirschbaum, our friend and long-time partner, appears to have been lost in a tragic accident at sea this weekend.
Tom was a first-rate human being. He was widely recognized as one of California’s leading employee benefits attorneys and scholars. Tom was also a world-class sailor with a passion for solo sailing. In 2008, he successfully competed in the Singlehanded Transpac Race, a grueling 2,120-mile race from San Francisco to Hanalei Bay on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. Tom quipped at the time he was glad to show the world that lawyers “were not monomaniacs whose recreation consisted of memorizing the regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 409A.”"