Karen E. Gelula

Counsel Philadelphia
karen.gelula dbr.com
Phone: (215) 988-2729


Karen E. Gelula focuses her practice on the design, operation, compliance and governance of welfare benefit plans and qualified retirement plans within the area of employee benefits law.


Karen counsels clients on issues related to all aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most recently for example, she has assisted with reporting and tracking issues, and advised about the application of the ACA to striking union workers. She conducts training sessions for HR managers and supervisors regarding the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. She advises clients with respect to medical and disability appeals, plan documentation, summary plan descriptions and other disclosures, third-party provider agreements, subrogation and reimbursement, health plan continuation, VEBA administration and the implementation of nondiscriminatory wellness programs. While she is new to Drinker, in her previous employment, Karen assisted a Fortune 50 company with the implementation of the ACA, performed a flexible spending account audit, and defended a Department of Labor audit of a welfare plan.

Karen has experience with the design and drafting of qualified retirement plans, summary plan descriptions, plan terminations, investment policy statements. She regularly counsels clients with respect to both supervised and non-supervised corrections of operational and document errors, prohibited transactions and plan administration. She has defended Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service audits in her previous employment.


Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1984
  • University of Tennessee, B.S., 1981