Chris Christie is Chair of Bradley Arant’s Insurance Litigation Group, is a member of its Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation, Healthcare, and Litigation Practice Groups, and is Co-Chair of its Pro Bono Committee. He was selected to be a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.
Chris represents employers, plans, HMOs and insurers in ERISA and insurance litigation. Chris also advises clients on matters related to ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA and other similar laws.
Chris has handled numerous class actions, multi-district litigation cases, and other complex litigation. He has tried many cases to favorable verdicts in state and federal courts and has obtained numerous favorable arbitration awards. His experience includes life, health and disability benefits litigation, breach of fiduciary duty litigation, as well as health care provider reimbursement claims, physician de-selection claims, and health care fraud claims. Many of the ERISA breach of fiduciary duty claims have involved business or stock valuations and ESOPs or other retirement plans.
Recent specific matters include the following:
• An $18,900,000 settlement representing a class of state employees participating in a 457 plan, working with the Alabama State Personnel Board, where an insurance company allegedly had provided about $13,000,000 in undisclosed payments to the state employees union in exchange for being selected as the plan’s exclusive investment and administrative services provider.
• A defense verdict in a JAMS arbitration arising from the sale of an insurance company, including a discretionary award of $200,000 as attorneys’ fees in favor of the firm’s client and against the insurance company purchaser, where the purchaser alleged the former shareholders had manipulated reserves to inflate the sales price.
• A defense verdict following a trial involving a dispute as to the value of stock purchased by a retirement plan, which included testimony from 27 witnesses and 12 expert witnesses.
• A plaintiff’s verdict for $294,000, including $50,000 in punitive damages, against the other physicians in the group practice and in favor of the physician who was squeezed out of the practice.
• A defense judgment following a TRO hearing, a preliminary injunction hearing, and an administrative hearing contesting a hospital CEO's termination for fraud and abuse compliance violations.
• A $30 million settlement following a creative alternative dispute resolution process in which the federal government had calculated compensatory damages, without statutory penalties, as ranging between $150 million to $170 million.
• A new trial for a death row inmate who had spent 24 years on death row.