- J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law
- Master of Accountancy, University of South Carolina
- B.S., University of South Carolina
- Certified Public Accountant
Bar & Court Admissions
- District of Columbia
Christy Tinnes is a Principal at Groom Law Group in Washington, DC, where she is involved in all aspects of health and welfare plans, including the Affordable Care Act, ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, and the ADA. She represents large employers designing health plans as well as insurers designing new products. She regularly writes and speaks on health and welfare plan issues for the Employee Benefit Institute of America (EBIA) and is a contributing author of the EBIA “Health Care Reform” compliance manual. She frequently advises both employers and services providers on the legal requirements for wellness programs, including HIPAA, the ADA, and GINA. Ms. Tinnes also has significant experience working with the HIPAA privacy and security rules, from helping covered entities and business associates create the documents needed for compliance or audit preparation to sophisticated data mining issues related to using protected health information for marketing purposes.
Ms. Tinnes joined Groom in 1998 after graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law. During law school, she wrote for the South Carolina Law Review and clerked for the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee, working primarily with regulatory and business bills. Prior to entering law school, she worked in the litigation consulting division of Arthur Andersen in Washington, D.C. and first began her DC career as a US Senate Page.
Honors & Distinctions
- Listed, The Legal 500 US, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (2012-2014)
- Listed, The Legal 500 US, Healthcare (2012,2014)
- Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Healthcare (2009-2010)
- Health Care Reform Editorial Contributor, "Second Opinions," Plan Sponsor Newsletter and Magazine
- Contributing Author, Health Care Reform for Employers and Advisors, EBIA/Thomson Reuters
- American Benefits Council
- American Health Lawyers Association