Christopher S. Lockman

Christopher S. Lockman: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Associate at Verrill Dana LLP
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • Prior to joining Verrill Dana, Chris served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jeffery A. Deller of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Chris received his J.D. cum laude from Duquesne University School of Law in 2009. During law school, Chris was a member of the Jessup Moot Court Team and was the recipient of both the Gerald K. Gibson Memorial Award for excellence in bankruptcy and the Susan H. Wilkie Professional Responsibility and Ethics Award.
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Biography

Chris pursued a career in the law because he enjoys solving problems. Chris is an employee benefits and executive compensation “generalist” capable of advising clients on a range of legal issues affecting both the pension plans and welfare benefit plans. Chris has significant experience correcting retirement plan administrative errors, defending IRS audits and DOL investigations, and maintaining and terminating pension plans administered by bankrupt entities. As a member of the Firm’s ERISA Litigation practice group, Chris also defends fiduciary breach claims and claims for benefits under both pension and welfare benefit plans.

Problems and solutions come in many forms, and Chris assists plan fiduciaries, sponsors, and service providers with general ERISA compliance, fiduciary advice, and plan design. 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), a 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 Dana, Chris served as a law clerk in 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 to 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.

Clerkships

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

Honors

Gerald K. Gibson Memorial Award
Susan H. Wilkie Professional Responsibility and Ethics Award
Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for Pro Bono efforts (2016)

Public Service

Board of Directors, Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine (formerly the Maine Health Management Coalition)
Executive Board, Pine Tree Council (Boy Scouts of America)

Highlights

BENEFITS BLOG
Keep up with changes and trends in benefits and compensation.

Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars .

Events

September 12, 2018

WEBINAR - Arbitration Agreements in Employment Contracts After the Epic Decision
Hosted Events

January 25, 2018

2018 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Benjamin E. Ford, Gregory S. Fryer, Sara E. Hirshon, Christopher S. Lockman, Maryann McGinn, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, Elizabeth Connellan Smith, Douglas R. Steinmetz, Mathew J. Todaro, Patricia D. Weitzman, Calvin K. Woo

January 26, 2017

2017 Annual Employment Law Update
Hosted Events
Tawny L. Alvarez, Joanna S. Bowers, Robert C. Brooks, Douglas P. Currier, Benjamin E. Ford, Christopher S. Lockman, Suzanne E. Meeker, Richard G. Moon, Elizabeth Connellan Smith, Douglas R. Steinmetz, Patricia D. Weitzman

December 6, 2016

Keeping Your Employee Wellness Programs in Compliance
Speaking Engagements
Christopher S. Lockman

May 25, 2016

The Financial Benefit & Legal Guidelines of a Successful Wellness Program
Speaking Engagements
Christopher S. Lockman

November 20, 2014

How Healthy is Your Wellness Program?: Current Litigation and Legal Compliance
Hosted Events
Christopher S. Lockman, Richard G. Moon

September 16, 2014

Navigating Recent Guidance on FSA, HRA and HSA Eligibility
Speaking Engagements
Christopher S. Lockman

News

November 8, 2016

Verrill Dana Attorneys Honored for Pro Bono Service
Press Releases
Tawny L. Alvarez, Heidi A. Bean, Seth S. Coburn, Jonathan M. Dunitz, James G. Goggin, Nora R. Healy, Rita S. Heimes, Christopher S. Lockman, Marie J. Mueller, Stephen B. Segal, Spencer R. Thibodeau, Mathew J. Todaro, John W. Van Lonkhuyzen

November 7, 2014

Verrill Dana Attorneys Honored for Pro Bono Service
Press Releases
Tawny L. Alvarez, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Seth S. Coburn, Michael J. Donlan, Jonathan M. Dunitz, Katie M. Gray, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

March 10, 2014

Verrill Dana Announced as Winner of the 6th Annual International M&A Advisor Award
Press Releases
Mark K. Googins, James C. Palmer, Eric D. Altholz, Robert C. Brooks, Gregory S. Fryer, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Misti D. Munster, Christopher R. Smith

January 2, 2014

Verrill Dana Part of Deal Team Announced as Winner of 12th Annual M&A Advisor Award
Press Releases
Mark K. Googins, James C. Palmer, Eric D. Altholz, Robert C. Brooks, Gregory S. Fryer, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Misti D. Munster, Christopher R. Smith

September 18, 2012

Verrill Dana Welcomes Christopher S. Lockman to its Bankruptcy Group
Press Releases
Christopher S. Lockman

Publications

July 18, 2018

New Disability Claims Procedures Affect Retirement Plans and Deferred Compensation Plans Too
Alerts and Newsletters
Eric Altholz, Lisa Boehm, and Suzanne Meeker

February 8, 2018

2018 Annual Employment Law Update Materials
Seminar Materials
Tawny Alvarez, Joanna Bowers, Robert Brooks, Douglas Currier, Benjamin Ford, Gregory Fryer, Sara Hirshon, Christopher Lockman, Maryann McGinn, Suzanne Meeker, Richard Moon, Elizabeth Smith, Douglas Steinmetz, Mathew Todaro, Patricia Weitzman, and Calvin Woo

April 28, 2017

PODCAST - Ins & Outs of Socially Responsible Investing for Retirement Plans
Published Works
Eric Altholz and Christopher Lockman

April 6, 2017

PODCAST - Assessing and Improving Practices Regarding Investment of Retirement Plan Assets
Published Works
Eric Altholz and Christopher Lockman

January 27, 2017

2017 Annual Employment Law Update Materials
Seminar Materials
Tawny Alvarez, Joanna Bowers, Robert Brooks, Douglas Currier, Christopher Lockman, Suzanne Meeker, Richard Moon, Elizabeth Smith, Douglas Steinmetz, and Patricia Weitzman

October 2015

Alternate Fuels: Recharacterization After Supreme Court's Law v. Siegel
Published Works
Nathaniel Hull and Christopher Lockman

July 1, 2014

An Emerging Split: More Uncertainty for Trustees Under 704(a)(11)
Published Works
Nathaniel Hull and Christopher Lockman

August 30, 2013

IRS Guidance on DOMA Decision
Alerts and Newsletters

Winter 2012

Makalidung’s Post: How Stern v. Marshall is Shaking Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction to its Core
Published Works
Christopher Lockman

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • ERISA Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4712  Phone
(207) 253-4713  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/clockman
University Attended:
Allegheny College, B.A., cum laude, 2004
Law School Attended:
Duquesne University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2009
Year of First admission:
2009
Admission:
2012, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; 2009, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; 2011, Maine; 2009, Pennsylvania
Memberships:

Memberships

New England Employee Benefits Council
Maine Employee Benefits Council

ISLN:
921920722

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