Christopher A. Weals focuses his practice on complex employee benefits litigation. He represents employers and fiduciaries in class action and multiplaintiff suits involving breach of fiduciary duty, prohibited transactions, retiree medical benefits, and denial of benefits. In addition, Cris counsels employers on a range of employment law issues and handles individual employment discrimination cases in federal court, arbitration, and administrative proceedings.
In 2014, Cris helped secure US Supreme Court review of a retiree medical benefit case, Tackett v. M&G Polymers, challenging the “Yard-Man” presumption. In 2006, Cris successfully defended US Airways in the first post-Enron “stock drop” case to go to trial.
He also publishes articles on Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)–related issues, including retiree medical, and speaks to organizations such as the American Bar Association, ALI-ABA, and the Washington chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Denison University, 1982, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
Northwestern University School of Law, 1985, J.D., Cum Laude
District of Columbia
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Third, Fourth, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for Maryland
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Employment, Law360 (2017, 2019)
Winner, The National Law Journal’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2014)
Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Rated
Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Employee Benefits Committee
Member, District of Columbia Bar, Labor and Employment Section
Pro Bono Labor Counsel, District of Columbia Bar
Recommended, Labor and employment: ERISA litigation, The Legal 500 US (2018)