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Christopher S. Lockman

Christopher S. Lockman

Partner

Expertise

  • Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Food & Beverage

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

WSG Leadership

WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group
Member

Verrill
Maine, U.S.A.

Profile

Chris pursued a career in the law because he enjoys solving problems. Although Chris is an employee benefits and executive compensation "generalist" capable of advising clients on a range of pension and welfare benefit plan issues, he has significant experience correcting retirement plan administrative errors, defending IRS audits and DOL investigations, and winding down plans administered by bankrupt entities. Chris also defends fiduciary breach claims and claims for benefits under both pension and welfare benefit plans.

Chris also advises plan fiduciaries, sponsors, and service providers regarding general ERISA compliance, fiduciary advice, and plan design matters. Specific to welfare benefit plans, Chris regularly assists clients with health care reform compliance, wellness programs, and consumer-driven health care arrangements such as health savings accounts (HSAs), flexible spending accounts (FSAs), and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs).

Chris understands the importance of developing and implementing efficient solutions to business problems. While his practice is focused exclusively on employee benefits and executive compensation, Chris's clients benefit from his background in bankruptcy law and business. Prior to joining Verrill, Chris served as a law clerk in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and, while in law school, worked at a multinational securities brokerage firm. These experiences helped shape the business perspective Chris brings to his practice and to his clients.

A Maine native, Chris enjoys nature and the outdoors. He is Co-chair of the firm's Sustainability Committee and during his time away from the office can be found exploring the wilds of Maine, hiking, canoeing, and paddle-boarding with his family and friends.

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Education

  • Duquesne University Law School  (J.D., cum laude)
  • Allegheny College  (B.A., cum laude)
Areas of Practice

Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights | Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | ERISA Litigation | Food & Beverage

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • New England Employee Benefits Council
  • Maine Employee Benefits Council
  • American Bar Association, Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (JCEB)



Professional Activities and Experience

Accolades
  • Gerald K. Gibson Memorial Award
  • Susan H. Wilkie Professional Responsibility and Ethics Award
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for pro bono efforts (2016)
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Employee Benefits

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Articles

High-Deductible Health Plans can Cover Coronavirus Costs
Verrill, March 2020

Recognizing the need to eliminate potential administrative and financial barriers to testing for and treatment of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), in Notice 2020-15, posted today on IRS.gov, the IRS advised that high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) can pay for COVID-19-related testing and treatment, without jeopardizing their status. This also means that an individual with an HDHP that covers these costs may continue to contribute to a health savings account (HSA)...

Leave Sharing Programs: A Critical Bridge for Employees Affected by COVID-19
Verrill, March 2020

  The federal government may soon be providing paid leave assistance to employees affected by COVID-19. In the meantime, however, employers that maintain leave sharing programs can leverage those programs to help soften the financial impact on employees forced to miss work because of COVID-19. Leave sharing programs allow employees to donate their accrued paid time off for use by other employees affected by a medical emergency or major disaster...

Additional Articles

Makalíduñg’s Post: How Stern v. Marshall is Shaking Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction to its Core


Blogs

Benefits Law Update
Verrill 

Welcome to the Verrill Dana Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group blog. Members of the Group use this space to provide timely updates and commentary on developments in law affecting employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. We intend this blog to serve as a...

Lawyers on Tap
Verrill 

The attorneys of Verrill Dana’s Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries Group are here to help your business navigate the complex world of craft beverage production. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to tackle the legal issues and allow you and your company to focus on doing what it does best,...

Taking Care of HR Business
Verrill 

In the words of Bob Dylan: "the times they are a-changin." For anyone who deals with labor and employment issues in the workplace, Dylan's words are particularly true. Human resource professionals, supervisors, and company executives face a constantly changing and evolving legal landscape. ...

You Might Be a Winner
Verrill 

Promotion marketing law covers many different topics, such as sweepstakes, contests, games, giveaways and coupons. It also includes cause marketing, an area that has proliferated in recent years, which includes commercial co-ventures, flat donations and sponsorships designed to raise money for...

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