Presented By

Join the Mailing List

Be A Guest

If you'd like to be a guest on the HR Power Hour, email David at

Upcoming Shows

Dec 7
Tom Ellis
The Jackson Laboratory
Successful Talent Management

Dec 14
Jason Maxwell
How the Sudden Death
of a Business Owner
Impacts Leadership and Family

Dec 21
Tom McKeown
Retaining Talent
Through the use of AI

Dec 28 – RERUN
Clara Porter
Prevention, Action, Change
Bystander Intervention

Jan 4 – RERUN
Nate Wilde
Live and Work in Maine
How Do We Bring
50,000 People
to Maine?

Jan 11
Jeana Stewart
SMRT Architects and Engineers
Contemporary Workplace Environments

Jan 18
Mark Gonska
Dise & Company
Avoiding Career Self-Sabotage

Jan 25
Marianne Naess
Nordic Aquafarms
Sustainable Salmon Farming



Employee Benefits for Small Employers – Replay

Saturday, November 30, 2019 @10am

Download the Show Audio Here


Christopher S. Lockman
Employee Benefits Attorney

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.

Public Service

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


New England Employee Benefits Council
Maine Employee Benefits Council


  • Duquesne University Law School (J.D., 2009), cum laude
  • Allegheny College (B.A., 2004), cum laude


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

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 2011
  • Pennsylvania, 2009

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2009
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 2012


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