Ivelisse Berio LeBeau joined Sugarman & Susskind in 2007, after serving as a Trial Attorney in the Solicitor's Office of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for 13 years. Ms. Berio LeBeau's practice focuses on employee benefits law and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) with an emphasis on litigation and compliance matters relating to the fiduciary responsibilities imposed by ERISA. Ms. Berio LeBeau counsels the boards of trustees of jointly administered multiemployer pension and welfare benefit funds; represents fiduciaries in litigation and in connection with government agency investigations; represents employees in employment law matters, including participants in ERISA benefit plans; and provides general ERISA compliance advice for plan sponsors.
While at the Department of Labor she primarily represented the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), the DOL agency charged with protecting the integrity of pension plans, health plans and other employee benefit plans governed by ERISA. Ms. Berio LeBeau assisted EBSA during DOL investigations and brought legal actions claiming that fiduciaries to ERISA employee benefit plans breached their fiduciary duties to such plans.
In September of 2015 Ms. Berio LeBeau was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, an invitation-only organization of nationally recognized employee benefits lawyers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the employee benefits field.
Ms. Berio LeBeau was the co-editor of the Third Edition of Employee Benefits Law, published by Bloomberg BNA, and was Editor-in-Chief of the treatise's 2014 and 2015 Supplements. She is a frequent speaker on employee benefits law topics at conferences and seminars, including those sponsored by the American Bar Association, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, the Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section, and local bar and trade organizations.
Prior to joining the Department of Labor, Ms. Berio LeBeau was a litigation associate at the Boston, Massachusetts law firm Brown, Rudnick, Freed and Gesmer, and served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Joseph P. Warner, former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and a cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School. Ms. Berio LeBeau is bilingual and bicultural, crediting her fluency in Spanish to her Puerto Rican roots.
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