SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, today announced that Christopher Walker, Esq. has joined the firm as Director of Healthcare Compliance and Associate General Counsel, Employee Benefits. Walker will be based in EPIC's San Francisco headquarters and will report to Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Dan Crawford.
In his new position, Walker will become a key member of EPIC's national Employer Services Platform (ESP). ESP provides sophisticated, leading-edge employee benefits consulting services to EPIC's largest, most complex clients and serves as a best practices resource and service delivery platform for local EPIC employee benefits teams across the country.
With more than 12 years in the healthcare and employee benefits field Walker has developed a specialty in the rapid implementation of state and federal laws in a highly regulated environment. His areas of focus include federal employee benefits and healthcare laws such as the ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA nondiscrimination and portability, wellness programs, woman's health and maternity law, the Affordable Care Act, Medicare Secondary Payer, cafeteria plans and marriage laws. Walker also has experience managing Department of Labor inquiries and investigations.
"Chris is extremely intuitive and easily builds trust, while striking the right balance between counselor and business partner," said Crawford. "He focuses on creating strategic touch points and confidence through regular status calls, updates, proactive training and sound legal advice. EPIC clients will benefit significantly from his experience and expertise."
Prior to joining EPIC, Walker spent nearly nine years with WellPoint – Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, where he was Senior Legal Counsel and WellPoint's subject matter expert on federal employee benefits and healthcare laws.
Previously, Walker was senior associate counsel at Great-West Healthcare, where he served as lead attorney, advising healthcare business units on COBRA, Cal-COBRA, HIPAA, ERISA, prompt pay, MEWAs, Coordination of Benefits and Medicare Secondary Payer claims.
Walker holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He earned his Doctor of Law (J.D.) from the University of Denver – Strum College of Law.
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Headquartered in San Francisco, EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has nationwide presence with a depth of industry expertise across key lines of insurance including commercial property and casualty, employee benefits, unique specialty program insurance, and private client services. Since its founding in 2007 EPIC has driven revenue growth from $5 million to $150 million through both organic growth and strategic acquisitions, and remains a fixture on the insurance industry's "Best Places to Work" lists.
Its strategic partners include private equity firms The Carlyle Group and Stone Point Capital. To learn more, visit http://www.epicbrokers.com/ .
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