Evelyn A. Haralampu

Partner

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3351
Overview
Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

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

Education

LL.M., Boston University School of Law

J.D., Suffolk University Law School

Editor, Suffolk Transnational Law Review

Honors graduate, Wellesley College

Employee benefits and executive compensation plans are instrumental in motivating employees and executives, positively affecting workplace morale, and meeting organizational and individual goals. Evelyn Haralampu assists businesses, executives and non-profit and governmental organizations in designing employee benefits programs and executive compensation to help clients meet their objectives, while saving and deferring costs through tax efficiencies. Evelyn provides organizations, executives and individuals thoughtful and experienced counsel in all aspects of employee benefits and executive compensation.

Evelyn counsels businesses in the sales and acquisitions of businesses by vetting and structuring the transition of employee benefits and compensation plans. She develops compensation programs to aid in the succession of business ownership, and in the transitioning of new and retiring executives.  Evelyn provides fiduciary counsel in the operation of employee benefit programs and the management of plan assets. She represents clients before the IRS and the US Department of Labor and helps individuals in controversies involving benefits. Evelyn counsels clients on state and federal healthcare requirements and the privacy of medical information. She also serves as counsel to estates and individuals with complex tax and fiduciary issues.

Evelyn speaks and writes extensively on various executive compensation, employee benefits, health care, privacy and related matters, both to professional and lay audiences. Included in her publications are “Supreme Court’s Evolution in Defining Equitable Remedies Under ERISA,” which was featured in Bloomberg’s BNA Benefits Practitioners’ Strategy Guide, and “ERISA Liability” in the MCLE treatise, Massachusetts Employment Law.

Evelyn has served on the ABA’s Subcommittee on Government Submissions, recommending regulatory policies to the IRS, and is a member of the Tax Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association, which influences the development of tax legislation in the Commonwealth.

Experience

Experience

  • Routinely counsel corporations in M&A transactions and corporate reorganizations by assessing the tax, financial and legal risk of benefits arrangements, and structuring and transitioning severance, equity compensation, retirement, health and executive compensation.
  • Assist employers in designing employment agreements, executive compensation arrangements, equity programs and retirement plans to meet business, management succession and tax objectives.
  • Counsel employers, private equity funds, and financial organizations on fiduciary obligations related to retirement plans.
  • Counsel employers on legal issues related to the design and operation of their retirement, healthcare and other employee benefits arrangements.
  • Counsel businesses and hospitals on protecting the privacy of health information that they handle.
  • Argue for clients’ interests when their retirement and healthcare plans are under audit by the IRS and U.S. Department of Labor or subject to a private controversy.
  • Counsel clients on preserving the tax qualification of their retirement plans, addressing the correction of operational problems, and updating plan documents.
  • Counsel individuals and tax-exempt entities such as schools, universities and hospitals on their 403(b), 457 and other employee and executive plans.
  • Provide counsel to trusts and estates in matters relating to the proper and tax-efficient distribution of retirement benefits.
  • Assess the financial and legal risks of multiemployer plans, self-insured medical plans and other employee benefit arrangements.
  • Led the ABA working committee that made comments to IRS regarding non-discrimination tests under the ACA.
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America - Employee Benefits (ERISA) (2013-2018)

Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004-2006, 2010-2017)

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

New England Conservatory

  • Board of Overseers

UMass Boston Pension Project

  • Board of Directors

Memberships

American Bar Association

  • Tax Committee and Employee Benefits Subcommittee

Boston Economic Club

Boston Committee on Foreign Relations

Boston Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

  • Tax Council and Board Member

UMass Boston Pension Action Center

  • Board Member

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

  • "Retirement Plan Fee Litigation: Protecting Fiduciaries," Burns & Levinson Employee Benefits Update, September 2017
  • "Securing Protected Health Information: FBI Warning," Burns & Levinson Privacy & Security Update, April 2017
  • DOL's Fiduciary Rule: On the Road to More Change?" Burns & Levinson ERISA Update, April 2017
  • "Supreme Court’s Evolution in Defining Equitable Remedies under ERISA," Bloomberg BNA, April 2017
  • "No Change by Trump: Fiduciary Regulations Still Effective in April," Burns & Levinson ERISA Law Update, February 2017
  • "Trump and the Debate Over the Fiduciary Rules Affecting Retirement Savings," Burns & Levinson ERISA Law Update, December 2016
  • “ERISA Liability,” MCLE treatise, Massachusetts Employment Law, December 2016
  • "Health Reimbursement Accounts for Small Employers," Burns & Levinson Employment Update, December 2016
  • “Auto Dealers Lead the Way for Ignoring Certain Federal Regulations,” Burns & Levinson Employment Law Update, July 2016
  • "The Top 7 Concerns for Employee Benefits Administrators," Burns & Levinson Executive Compensation, Employee Benefits & ERISA Update, July 2015
  • “Supreme Court’s Evolution in Defining Equitable Remedies Under ERISA,” Bloomberg BNA Benefits Practice Resource Center, June 2015
  • “ERISA Fiduciary Duties for Plan Investments,” Burns & Levinson Employment Update, June 2015
  • “U.S. Taxation of Canadian Registered Retirement Assets,” Burns & Levinson Employment Update, July 2014
  • “Interim Guide for COBRA Notices,” Burns & Levinson Employment Update, May 2014
  • “A Planning Note on Sun Capital Partner III LP v. New England Teamsters & Truckers Industries Pension Fund,” Burns & Levinson Employment Update, May 2014
  • “Employee Benefits Checklist,” Burns & Levinson Employment Update, February 2014
  • “Federal Health Care Reform and Massachusetts Family Businesses,” Massachusetts Family Business Magazine, Spring 2013
  • “HIPAA Revises Business Associate Agreement Requirements,” Burns & Levinson Client Update, May 2013

 


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Evelyn A. Haralampu
Practices
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Executive Compensation & Counseling
  • Business, Finance & Transactions
  • Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • Venture Capital & Emerging Companies
  • Employment
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • International
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Schools & Colleges
Education

LL.M., Boston University School of Law

J.D., Suffolk University Law School

Editor, Suffolk Transnational Law Review

Honors graduate, Wellesley College

Admissions

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

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

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