Humes, Christopher M.

United States Army National Guard

A litigator focused on ERISA governance, Chris Humes pursues employers that do not pay required employee benefit contributions. Multiemployer trust funds also rely on Chris to help ensure their employee benefits and health care plans comply with federal guidance from Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL).

Working primarily with Taft-Hartley trusts, Chris frequently drafts summary plan descriptions to be used as employee benefit handbooks. He keeps his clients up to date on federal and state regulations including the Affordable Care Act and the Pension Protection Act.

During and prior to law school, Chris served as a teacher in the Clark County School District for students with visual impairments.

Previous Experience

United States Army National Guard

Representative Matters
  • Obtained judgment against employer that failed to pay required employee benefit contributions. When the delinquent employer repeatedly changed its name and continued its operations, we successfully obtained judgments against each ERISA alter ego entity, the most recent for over $1M.

  • Successfully obtained a $19.5 million interest arbitration ruling for the Clark County Association of School Administrators and Professional-Technical Employees (CCASA) against the Clark County School District, the fifth largest school district in the nation. After an arbitration hearing, the arbitrator determined that the District had the ability to pay CCASA’s offer and the administrators were historically and comparatively underpaid while work requirements were increasing.

  • Successfully defended employee benefit fund against a hospital’s $750,000 ERISA benefit claim. We prevailed on a motion for summary judgment by demonstrating that the underlying patient was not eligible for benefits at the time of treatment.

  • Successfully represented Board of Trustees of the Glazing Health & Welfare Trust in obtaining declaratory judgment against Nevada Labor Commissioner that the state statute purporting to regulate trusts was preempted by ERISA.

  • Successfully defended labor organization against a former member in a federal action alleging multiple discrimination claims and, simultaneously, in a proceeding in front of the Nevada Local Government Employee-Management Relations Board (“EMRB”). We prevailed in the EMRB Proceeding after participating in an administrative hearing and in the federal action by obtaining summary judgment. The labor organization was awarded attorneys’ fees in the federal proceeding as a prevailing defendant in a civil rights action.

  • Successfully navigated employer through a decertification campaign by workers who ultimately voted to de-certify the union, ending with no charges filed against employer.

  • Counsel to Trustees of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 525 Joint Trust Fund in obtaining judgment against a bond company for ERISA employer’s debt to multiemployer benefit trust funds and for attorneys’ fees in excess of bond limit.

News & Events
Community

Families for Effective Autism Treatment, Board Member

Publications & Presentations
Education
  • J.D., 2012, magna cum laude, UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
  • M.S., 2010, Portland State University
  • B.A., 2004, Western Oregon University
Admissions
  • Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, Nevada
Recognition

Army Achievement Medal, two-time recipient
Legal Elite, Nevada Business Magazine, 2017

 

Membership

State Bar of Nevada

Clark County Bar Association

Howard D. Mckibben American Inn of Court

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