Christopher M. Aguiar is a Health Benefits, Third Party Liability, and ERISA attorney who started his career as a Claims Recovery Specialist with The Phia Group in 2005. He spent the first couple years honing his subrogation, third party recovery, and negotiation skills while also learning about the incredibly complex field of benefit plan and health law. Chris quickly became a valuable asset to the recovery department as a trainer and mentor to new employees, while providing a wealth of information to and assisting the recovery team.
Throughout his career, Chris has managed thousands of cases all over the country and spearheaded negotiations between plan participants, plaintiffs’ counsel, third party liability lawyers, and plan administrators regarding matters of state and federal law, third party liability, third party recovery, as well as ERISA preemption. He has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of benefit plans across virtually every state and federal jurisdiction. Most of this occurred before Chris attended Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA (while continuing to work full-time), from which he earned his Juris Doctor in 2014; later that year he became licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Now, Chris is considered one of the nation’s top TPL, health benefits, and ERISA lawyers. He oversees the training and education of staff and spends a significant amount of time planning The Phia Group’s recovery strategies and resolving the most complicated issues between benefit plans, their stop loss partners, care providers, and benefit plan participants.
Chris also advises clients with respect to benefit plan administration issues, Subrogation and Third-Party Recovery, issues regarding HIPAA, COBRA, as well as stop loss contracts and relationships. Chris has been invited to speak at several industry events. Perhaps most notably, for over a decade he has been invited to present at the annual National Association of Subrogation Professionals (“NASP”) National Conference where he has discussed key issues such as the Supreme Court’s decisions in Sereboff v. Mid Atlantic Medical Services, Inc. and Montanile v. Board Of Trustees, healthcare reform, and other legislative activity and its impact on the employer health benefits industry. He was also selected as a member of NASP’s Legislative Affairs Committee in 2021.
Chris is a regular contributor to The Phia Group’s Free Monthly Webinars and its quarterly newsletters as well as the Self-Insurance Institute of America’s monthly publication, The Self-Insurer.