Evelyn A. Haralampu

Partner

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3351
Overview

Evelyn A. Haralampu counsels clients in the areas of employee benefits/ERISA, executive compensation, and the related areas of taxation. She designs employee benefit and compensation programs to assist businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals in meeting their business objectives, while saving and deferring costs through efficient tax design. She counsels executive compensation clients in the context of mergers and acquisitions, succession planning in closely held businesses, and severance packages. She advises retirement and other plan fiduciaries on tax requirements and fiduciary duties. She represents clients before the IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor in controversies involving benefits, counsels clients on state and federal healthcare requirements and advises on the privacy of protected health information.

Evelyn speaks and writes extensively on various matters covering executive compensation, employee benefits, healthcare, and health information privacy 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 is a longstanding member of the advisory board of the Pension Action Center of the Gerontology Institute at UMASS Boston. She currently serves as the chair of the Taxation Law Section Council of the Massachusetts Bar Association, which educates lawyers in areas of tax law and provides leadership in tax changes in the Commonwealth.

Experience

Experience

  • Counsel employers in designing and implementing executive deferred compensation arrangements for tax efficiency, including 409A review.
  • Counsel clients involved in mergers and acquisitions as to benefits issues, including multiemployer plans, ESOPs, tax qualified retirement plans, self-insured medical plans, MEPs, PEPs, prohibited transactions, ERISA, COBRA, ACA, 409A, 280G.
  • Counsel employers, private equity funds, and financial organizations on the design, operation, tax and fiduciary requirements related to tax qualified retirement plans, healthcare plans, ESOPs, stock options, restricted equity, partnership profits interests and other compensation arrangements.
  • Counsel businesses and hospitals on protecting the privacy of health information that they handle (HIPAA).
  • Counsel non-profit organizations such as schools, colleges and hospitals on their 403(b) and 457 arrangements and state paid leave requirements.
  • 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.
  • 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, former chair of Boston Bar Association ERISA Committee, current chair of Massachusetts Bar Association Taxation Law Section Council.
Education & Admissions
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

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America - Employee Benefits (ERISA) (2013-2021)

Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004-2006, 2010-2018)

Memberships

Memberships

American Bar Association

  • Tax Committee and Employee Benefits Subcommittee

Massachusetts Bar Association

  • Tax Council and Board Member
  • Taxation Law Section Council, Chair (2020-2022)

UMass Boston Pension Action Center

  • Board Member

Boston Economic Club

Boston Committee on Foreign Relations

Boston Bar Association

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

New England Conservatory

  • Board of Overseers

UMass Boston Pension Project

  • Board of Directors

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

 


Resources
Evelyn A. Haralampu
Practices
  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Executive Compensation & Counseling
  • Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • Nonprofit Law & Governance
  • Business, Finance & Transactions
  • Venture Capital & Emerging Companies
  • Middle-Market M&A and Private Equity
  • Employment
  • Privacy & Data Security
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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