Chris Bao Joins Barney & Barney in Orange County

Firm Continues To Expand To Meet Growing Demand From Clients

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Barney & Barney, one of the nation’s largest independent insurance brokerages, today announced that Christopher Bao has been named Compliance Manager in the firm’s Orange County Office.

Bao, who has seven years of legal and compliance experience, works with Barney & Barney clients in California to ensure compliance with increasingly complex state and federal regulations governing employee benefit programs. Bao is part of the firm’s compliance team, headed by Lisa Nelson, Director of Compliance & Regulatory Affairs. Serving as an in-house value-added resource for clients, the team offers personalized compliance audits and has developed a Health Care Reform modeling tool to forecast individual employer health care spending through 2018.

“Chris Bao is a terrific addition to our growing team of risk management and insurance professionals in Orange County,” said Travis Trask, Principal and Managing Director of the firm’s office in Aliso Viejo. “Chris’ expertise in employee benefits law and regulation and his commitment to outstanding service will help Barney & Barney continue to meet the expanding needs of clients in Orange County and Los Angeles.”

Barney & Barney’s Orange County office has experienced rapid growth over the past 6 years. Revenue in the firm’s Orange County office has increased over 60 % in the last two years. The firm’s Orange County office provides a comprehensive suite of services, with special focus on technology, life sciences, apparel and food service industries in Orange County and Los Angeles.

Bao joined Barney & Barney from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona as a staff attorney. Prior to that, he was an attorney at the law firm of Owens & Perkins in Scottsdale. Earlier in his career, he was an attorney at the law firm of Donaldson Stewart in Chandler. Bao earned a Bachelor of Science degree in American Political Studies from the Northern Arizona University and a juris doctorate from Arizona State University.

About Barney & Barney

Founded 100 years ago, Barney & Barney LLC is a risk management and insurance brokerage providing solutions, services and products in commercial property and casualty insurance, employee benefits, workers’ compensation, compensation consulting, executive liability, personal lines and surety. An independent, partner-owned firm, Barney & Barney also offers value-added services in alternative risk financing, business continuity and loss control. Barney & Barney is headquartered in San Diego, with offices in San Francisco and Orange County. For more information, visit, or call 800.321.4696. For information about the Barney & Barney Foundation, visit

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