Chris is a strong advocate who emphasizes helping his clients solve problems.

Overview

Chris helps policyholders with questions or disputes about insurance coverage claims and employers with problems concerning their employee benefit plans and employment practices.

In the insurance context, he helps policyholders make claims and advocates for his clients with insurers, going to court if necessary. Chris also advises insurers on coverage issues in disputed claims, including potential allegations of bad faith. He has experience with general liability, pollution legal liability, executive liability and property/business interruption insurance policies. In the employer context, Chris defends employee benefit and pension plans and their sponsors from claims related to the administration of the plans and claims for benefits due under the plan. He also advises plan sponsors on the structure and management of their benefits plans.

Experience

Chris has prosecuted numerous lawsuits against insurers on behalf of policyholder clients, seeking payment on insurance claims when the insurer wrongfully refused coverage.

He sued property insurers that denied coverage for property/business interruption insurance claims by a refinery that had lost more than $100 million in losses after a catastrophic flood.

He filed suit against general liability insures that denied defense cost coverage for a putative class action seeking tens of millions of dollars that resulted in recovery of substantial defense costs for the policyholder.

He represents benefit plan sponsors and service providers in investigations by the Employee Benefits Security Administration.

He helps plan sponsors defend against claims for benefits due and for breach of fiduciary duty related to administration of 401(k) pension and welfare benefit plans.

He defended an IRA custodian from claims related to alleged mismanagement of assets under its control.

He defended several clients against claims related to alleged excessive fees and improper investment alternatives in 401(k) pension plans.

He has obtained appellate court reversal of several district court decisions on benefits due claims in welfare benefit plans.

He has assisted plan sponsor clients with disputes with their plan service providers.

In other employment law matters, Chris advocates for employers in cases under federal and state harassment and discrimination laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and state and federal wage and hour laws, including collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Kansas Bar Association

The Missouri Bar

Volunteer Attorney Project

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Admissions

  • Missouri, 1999
  • Kansas, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Education

Northwestern University, J.D., 1999

University of Kansas, B.A., 1996

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