Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Tax Court
Evelyn Haralampu oversees the employee benefits, executive compensation/ERISA practice at Burns & Levinson LLP. Ms. Haralampu has extensive experience advising businesses, non-profit entities and individuals in employee benefits, executive compensation, tax, employment and related areas of law such as HIPAA and PPACA. In particular, she counsels on employee benefit plans and their design, ERISA fiduciary requirements, executive compensation programs, equity-based compensation, health care privacy (HIPAA), the new federal health reform (“PPACA”) employment law, and related tax and international issues.
Ms. Haralampu has contributed to the continued professional education of Massachusetts lawyers in a number of capacities. She has chaired the Boston Bar Association ERISA/Employee Benefits Committee, and co-chaired the Tax Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association. She was invited to be a member of the Tax Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association Steering Committee on Professional Education. She is a contributing member of the Committee on Government Submissions of the American Bar Association and, in that capacity, has assisted the ABA in recommending regulatory policies under the federal tax law.
Ms. Haralampu speaks and writes extensively on various ERISA, employee benefits, executive compensation and related tax matters, both to professional and lay audiences. She authored Chapter 19, ERISA Liability, of the MCLE treatise, Massachusetts Employment Law, and has been a panelist and author for the Federal Tax Institute of New England. She is also published in the National Law Journal, Boston Business Journal, Mass High Tech and The Journal of Taxation and Investments.
Ms. Haralampu sits on the Board of Directors for a number of non-profit organizations, including the New England Pension Assistance Project of the Gerontology Institute at University of Massachusetts Boston and is active in assisting that organization in its pro bono work. Ms. Haralampu also assists the New Workplace Institute, an organization relating to the study of productive workplaces. She is currently on the Leadership Committee of the Board of Overseers of the New England Conservatory. Ms. Haralampu also served on the advisory committee to the Town of Belmont, Massachusetts.
- Member, ABA Committee on Government Submissions and member of the ERISA/ Employee Benefits Subcommittee of the Tax Section of the ABA
- Member, Boston Economic Club
- Chairman, College Student Affairs Committee, New England Conservatory
- Member, Board of Visitors, New England Conservatory (2009 - December, 2012 )
- Member, Board of Overseers, New England Conservatory (December, 2012 - 2013)
- Leadership Committee, Board of Overseers, New England Conservatory (April 2013 - present)
- Member, President’s Council for Entrepreneurial Musicianship of New England Conservatory (December, 2012 - present)
- UMass Boston Pension Project Gerontology Institute, Board member
- Belmont Center Planning Group for the Town of Belmont, Massachusetts, (past Committee member)
- Boston Bar Association, including past chair of ERISA/Employee Benefits Committee and past member of Steering Committee on Professional Education
- Massachusetts Bar Association, Tax Council, (past Board member)
- LL.M., Boston University School of Law
- J.D., Suffolk University Law School (Editor, Transnational Law Review)
- Honors graduate, Wellesley College
- Ms. Haralampu was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (2013-2014) in the field(s) of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law. Best Lawyers® is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 50,000 leading attorneys throughout the country cast almost 5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Inclusion in Best Lawyers® is considered a singular honor.
- Ms. Haralampu has an AV (highest) rating from Martindale.
- Ms. Haralampu was selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers® (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2006, 2005 and 2004). Super Lawyers and Rising Stars employ an annual jurisdictional selection process. Only five percent of lawyers in the state were selected to the Super Lawyers list and 2.5 percent to the Rising Stars list. The listing appears annually in the November issue of Boston magazine and in New England Super Lawyers.
12/8/2008, www.massnonprofit.org - Nonprofits Must Comply with New 403(b) Requirements by Jan. 1
Evelyn Haralampu discussed the recently issued IRS regulations that impose certain documentation requirements on the 403(b) retirement plans of tax-exempt entities.
1/8/2007, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - Fighting back against 'bullying' in the workplace
Evelyn Haralampu was quoted in this article by Noah Schaffer regarding bullying in the workplace.
5/14/2004, Washington Blade - "Massachusetts Weddings a Legal Pandora's Box"
Lisa Cukier and Evelyn Haralampu were quoted in this article.
11/7/2003, Boston Business Journal - "With Each Deadline, HIPAA Gets More Labor-Intensive"
Evelyn Haralampu was quoted in this article by Mark Hollmer.
Recent Articles and Publications:
2013 Employer Checklist for Benefits Planning: Post Windsor and Latest Health Reforms
Burns & Levinson Client Update, July 2013
Federal Health Care Reform and Massachusetts Family Businesses
Massachusetts Family Business Magazine (Page 6), Spring 2013
HIPAA Revises Business Associate Agreement Requirements
Burns & Levinson Client Update, May 2013
Correct the Timing of Employee Releases Before 12/31/12 to Avoid Section 409A Tax
Burns & Levinson Client Update, November 2012
Federal Health Care Reform: New Tax Regime for Employers
Focus [Page 2], Fall 2012
Revision of Guidance on Brokerage Accounts in Participant-Invested Retirement Plans
Burns & Levinson Client Update, August 2012
New Fee Disclosure Requirements Affecting Participant-Invested Retirement Plans
Burns & Levinson Client Update, June 2012
Employers’ Challenges Under Federal Health Reform
Focus (Page 1), Fall 2011
Federal Tax Relief for the Misclassification of Workers
Client Update, October 2011
Employers' New Payroll Tax and Benefits Requirements
Client Update, January 2011
Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act
Client Update, April 2010
U.S. Health Care Reform: What it Means for Employers and Individuals
Client Update, April 2010
TARP and the Transformation of Executive Compensation
Focus (Page 1) Fall 2009, Reprinted in the Massachusetts Bar Assn. Section Review, Vol. 12, No 1, 2010
Protecting the Privacy of Patient Information Under the Health Information Technology for Electronic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH Act)
Client Update, May 2009
§403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuities: 2009 Update for Non-Profit Organizations
Client Update, April 2009
COBRA Subsidies During the Economic Crisis
Client Update, March 2009
New Requirements for Employer Contributions under the Massachusetts Health Reform
Focus [Page 2], Winter 2009
Extension of Plan Document Requirement for 403(b) Plans Deferred to 2010
Client Update, December 2008
Massachusetts Tax Treatment of Partners' and Other Self-Employed Individuals' 401(k) Deferrals
Client Update, September 2008
Approaching Deadline for Tax Sheltered Annuities (403(b) Retirement Plans)
Client Update, September 2008
Last Chance to Avoid §409A Penalty Taxation on Deferred Compensation
Client Update, July 2008
Subprime Losses in 401(k) Plans
Toward a Working or Early Retirement: Changes in the Pension Law
Journal of Taxation of Investments, Winter 2008 edition
§409A: Update on Avoiding Penalty Taxation on Deferred Compensation
Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Client Update, October 2007
Massachusetts Healthcare Reform and the Section 125 Cafeteria Plan Requirements
Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Client Update, August 2007
§409A: How Can You Avoid Penalty Taxation on Executive Compensation?
Tax / Employment Update, July 2007
Pension Protection Act of 2006
Employment Solutions Update, September 2006
Year-End Planning for Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
Employment Solutions Update, September 2006
Massachusetts Healthcare Reform: Impact on Employers
Focus [Page 4], Fall 2006
Backdating Stock Options
Employment Solutions Update, July 2006
Roth 401(k) Contributions
Focus, Fall 2005
Reducing Health Care Costs: Health Savings Accounts
Focus, Winter 2005
Preventing the Health Privacy Rules from Jeopardizing Your Estate Planning
Employment Solutions Update, December 2004
Review Your Deferred Compensation Plans to Avoid Penalty and Taxation
Employment Solutions Update, November 2004
B Shares in Retirement Living: Getting An F on Fees
Employment Solutions Update, October 2004
Time to Update Your COBRA Notices
Employment Solutions Update, July 2004
Employer Quandries on Same-Sex Marriage
Employment Solutions Update, December 2003
Cost-Effective Benefits for Part-Time Workers
Focus, Fall 2003
Liability for Retirement Plan Investment Losses: How Exposed is Your Business?
Employment Solutions Update, July 2003
Selected Issues in Employment Litigation: ERISA Liability (Ch. 19)
Massachusetts Employment Law Manual, 2003
Privacy Act's Reach Extends to Clinical Researchers
Mass High Tech, Dec. 16-22, 2002
Nest Egg or Empty Nest? 401(k) Plans After Enron
Employment Solutions Update, February 2002
New Proposed Regulations for Minimum Distributions from Retirement Plans
Focus, June 2001
Required Retirement Plan Updates
Employment Solutions Update, April 2001
MCLE New England Webcast, 2.17.2012
Topic: Compliance with Section 409A & Section 280G--Understanding Compensation Plans
LitmanGerson Associates Event, 4.27.2011
Location: Hilton Hotel, Woburn, MA
Topic: Navigating Around Common Deficiencies in Employee Benefit Plans
MCLE Seminar, 6.16.2010
Location: West Publishers, Webcast
Role: Faculty Member
Topic: Executive Compensation for Estate Planners
Compensation Matters, 10.28.2009
Location: CPE Institute for Accountants
Speaker: Estate Planning Fundamentals Committee of the Boston Bar Associations, 1.18.2005
Evelyn Haralampu was a speaker on the topic of retirement plan distributions and estate planning issues at the meeting of Estate Planning Fundamentals Committee of the Boston Bar Associations on January 18, 2005.
Presenter: "HIPAA Privacy Rules", 5.9.2003
Evelyn Harlampu presented "HIPAA Privacy Rules" to a Consortium of Healthcare Providers at the Boston University Corporate Education Center in Tyngsboro, MA on May 9, 2003.
Speaker: "HIPAA Privacy Seminar", 4.8.2003
Evelyn Harlampu was a speaker on "HIPAA Privacy Seminar" at an event presented by Sapers & Wallack, Inc. and Burns & Levinson LLP on April 8, 2003.
Presenter: "Retirement Assets in Estate Planning", 1.14.2003
Evelyn Haralampu presented "Retirement Assets in Estate Planning" to the Boston Bar Association's Estate Planning Committee on January 14, 2003.
Speaker: "Women in Design: Transformation in the Design Workplace", 11.12.2002
Evelyn Haralampu was a speaker on "Women in Design: Transformation in the Design Workplace" at the World Trade Center in Boston on November 12, 2002.
Panelist: "Use of Life Insurance in Employee Benefits", 1.1.2002
Evelyn Haralampu was a panelist on the topic "Use of Life Insurance in Employee Benefits" for the Federal Tax Institute in 2002.