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Ivelisse Berio Lebeau

Ms. Berio LeBeau joined Sugarman & Susskind, a labor law firm in Coral Gables, Florida, in 2007. Her practice focuses on employee benefits law under the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), with an emphasis on litigation and compliance matters relating to the fiduciary and other 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 DOL investigations; represents employees in employment law matters, including participants in ERISA benefit plans; and provides general ERISA compliance advice to plan sponsors. At present her practice has focused on the requirements and implications of the Affordable Care Act; the responsibilities of service providers to benefit plans; and representing plan sponsors and trustees in investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Ivelisse previously served as a Trial Attorney in the Solicitor’s Office of the U.S. Department of Labor in Boston, MA. At the Department of Labor she represented the Employee Benefits Security Administration (“EBSA”) in lawsuits brought under ERISA alleging that fiduciaries to employee pension and welfare benefit plans breached fiduciary duties imposed by ERISA or were engaged in transactions prohibited under ERISA, including actions against fiduciaries who had made imprudent investment decisions and against service providers who generated and retained undisclosed indirect compensation. Ivelisse also worked closely with EBSA investigators providing legal support and assistance during EBSA investigations.

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 is Editor in Chief of Employee Benefits Law, 4th edition, currently in production with an anticipated publication date in spring 2017. She is co-editor of Employee Benefits Law, 3rd edition, and Editor in Chief of the 2014 and 2015 Supplements to Employee Benefits Law,3rd edition, all published by Bloomberg BNA Books. This legal treatise is written using contributions by members of the Employee Benefits Committee of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section. Ivelisse is also a frequent speaker on employee benefits law topics at conferences, seminars and webinars, including those sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Florida Bar Labor and Employment Section, the Joint Committee on Employee Benefits (JCEB), the Lawyers Coordinating Committee of the AFL-CIO (LCC), 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. Ivelisse is bilingual and bicultural, crediting her fluency in Spanish to her Puerto Rican roots.