Biography

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.

Services/Industries

Education

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

Public Service

  • Board of Directors, Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine (formerly the Maine Health Management Coalition)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine
  • Pennsylvania

Memberships

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

Honors

  • Gerald K. Gibson Memorial Award
  • Susan H. Wilkie Professional Responsibility and Ethics Award
  • 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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Clerkships

  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Western District of Pennsylvania, Honorable Jeffery A. Deller

Court and Other Admissions

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

Firm Highlights

Blog

Plan Sponsors: You Should Have a Model QDRO

ERISA Section 206(d)(3)(G)(ii) requires sponsors of qualified retirement plans to maintain written procedures for the administration of qualified domestic relations orders ("QDROs"), and the plan administrator has an obligation to ensure that a domestic...

Blog

Who is a Highly Compensated Employee?

Identifying an employer's highly compensated employees is crucial to the administration of qualified retirement plans, as well as 403(b) plans that provide employer contributions. This post provides an overview of the rules for determining...

Blog

UPDATED: Summer Break - Massachusetts Employers Get Extension on Paid Family and Medical Leave Implementation

UPDATE: The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave announced that along with the start of contributions being delayed from July 1, 2019 to October 1, 2019, the following aspects of the program are...

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Recap of Change to Retirement Plan Rollover Rules for Plan Loan Offsets

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 ("2017 Tax Act") includes a provision that changed the rollover rules for certain plan loan offset distributions and that may not be well known to retirement...

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DOL Proposes New Electronic Disclosure Rules for Retirement Plans

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Revenue Procedure 2019-19: Enhancements to EPCRS are Great News for Plan Sponsors

Newly published Revenue Procedure 2019-19 modifies and supersedes prior IRS guidance regarding the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS) to allow plan sponsors to self-correct an expanded number of problems that may affect retirement...

Publication/Podcast

2019 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

On Thursday, January 31, members from Verrill Dana's Labor and Employment group, as well as some from the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation group, conducted a full-day seminar full of employment law related topics...

Publication/Podcast

December 2018 Client Advisory

Click here to view as a PDF . This Client Advisory highlights important developments in the law governing employee benefit plans and executive compensation over the past year. It offers insight into what these...

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403(b) Plans Must Comply with the “Once In, Always In” Rule This Year

Tax-exempt employers whose 403(b) plans have failed to comply with the "once in, always in" eligibility rule in the past should be well on their way to compliance by now. IRS Notice 2018-95 granted...

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Handling Missing Participants under Code Section 409A

Deferred compensation payments are due to one of your former executives, but the former executive is nowhere to be found. You know that the IRS has strict timing rules for payments subject to Code...