Karen E. Gelula



Karen Gelula counsels public and private companies across industry sectors on all types of employee benefits and executive compensation matters. She advises clients on the design, operation, governance and compliance of qualified retirement plans, including:

  • 401(k) and profit-sharing plans
  • Traditional defined-benefits plans
  • Cash balance pension plans
  • Money purchase pension plans
  • 403(b) plans

Health and Welfare Benefits Plan Compliance

Karen seeks to ensure that employers’ health and welfare benefits plans comply with all applicable federal and state laws, and associated regulations. Specifically, she advises on compliance issues under the following:

  • Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
  • Mental Health Parity Act


Bar Admissions



Emory University School of Law
J.D. Order of the Barristers

The University of Tennessee
B.S. with high honors

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Firm Blog Contributions

  • Spotlight on Benefits – a blog offering practical insight on legal developments which impact benefit plans
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