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Law School for the CFO by The Detroit CFO Leadership Council

Law School for the CFO by The Detroit CFO Leadership Council Wednesday, June 12, 2019 The Offices of Dickinson Wright (Troy) | Conference room B, C, and D 5:45 PM to 6:00 PM Registration 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM Program 7:15 PM to 8:00 PM Networking

When: June 12, 2019
Where: The Offices of Dickinson Wright (Troy)
2600 W Big Beaver Rd
Conference room B, C, and D
Troy, MI  48084
United States
Contact: Kat Stevenson

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Law School for the CFO

Program Description

It is the advice you need without the hourly fees. Join us for “Law School for the CFO,” an informative session on significant legal topics that directly impact your business and strategies for addressing them. We have selected four highly knowledgeable lawyers to provide actionable and practical advice from a business perspective on relevant areas that can affect the entire enterprise. Each segment is designed to highlight the issues and help you avoid unintentional pitfalls and risks.


Who Should Attend

CFOs and other senior financial executives interested in protecting their organization and taking positive actions addressing legal challenges.


Learning Objectives

Attendees of this program will understand and be able to identify the legal issues in the following areas:

Suzanne Sukkar

Today’s Workforce Challenges in a Global Economy - A Business Immigration Primer

Eric Gregory

Current Issues in Executive Compensation Benefits

Kim Slaven

Protecting Your IP Portfolio While Unlocking It’s Value

Aaron Burrell

Marijuana Legalization and What it Means for Employers




Suzanne Sukkar has years of experience in all areas of immigration law, including, obtaining non-immigrant employment-based visas (such as H, L, E, O, P, R, TN, NAFTA visas), immigrant employment-based visas (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-5 and PERM labor certifications), outbound (global) immigration, family-based immigration, and naturalization.

She is experienced in conducting I-9 and LCA file audit training. She has also developed a niche expertise in the area of E-1/E-2 (treaty trader/investor) visa applications, consular processing, and start-up ventures. Suzanne services a multiple array of employment and business related industries including: automotive, healthcare, education, financial services, hospitality/food, IT/technology, engineering, religious, and not-for-profit. She has a solid foundation in various areas of the law which strengthens her ability to represent immigration clients.

Suzanne represents clients before government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of State, and Department of Labor. She renders expert strategic and tactical counsel to a broad clientele base including visa matters for client’s employees at all levels of the corporate organizational structure, from the high-profile CEO or President, to the entry-level business professional. Suzanne has represented high-profile companies in the process of changing its executive-level leadership. Through strategic planning and by offering creative solutions, she has assisted with the seamless transfer of numerous executives and professionals to U.S. subsidiaries or affiliates. Additionally, Suzanne has counseled and offered immigration advice to a CEO Search Committee composed of Board Members of two public companies merging.


Mr. Gregory’s practice is focused primarily in the areas of ERISA, employee benefits, and executive compensation. Mr. Gregory advises clients on all aspects of employee benefits including qualified retirement plans, welfare plans, and non-qualified compensation programs. 

Mr. Gregory assists clients with plan design, drafting, and implementation of 401(k), profit sharing, 403(b), 457, and defined benefit plans. Mr. Gregory also provides advice on the design, implementation, and administration of insured and self-insured medical plans, dental plans, life insurance, disability, and cafeteria plans, including pre-tax premium plans, and flexible spending account plans.

Additionally, Mr. Gregory assists clients regarding regulatory compliance with HIPAA, the Affordable Care Act (healthcare reform), COBRA, FMLA, GINA and ADA. 

He also assists clients with privacy and security concerns, including the privacy implications of HIPAA and state laws.

Mr. Gregory has advised numerous state and local retirement plans.

He regularly provides strategic advice and analysis on approaches for employers obligated to contribute to multi-employer pension funds to mitigate withdrawal liability risk.

Also, Mr. Gregory assists clients with federal, state and local tax implications of compensation programs and corporate transactions.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Gregory is currently a member of the Tax Council of the State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section. He was previously Chair of the Employee Benefits Committee of the Taxation Section (2017-2019). He is also a member of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Employee Benefits Committee, where he previously served as Chair (2016-2017) and Vice Chair (2015-2016). Mr. Gregory is a Board Member of Lakeshore Legal Aid, which is the largest non-profit legal aid program in Michigan, providing civil services to low-income families and seniors in 17 counties.

He is a frequent speaker and author on employee benefits and tax issues.


Ms. Slaven focuses her practice on intellectual property law, particularly in the area of patents. She has significant experience in the chemical arts, especially material science and metallurgy, as well as the mechanical and electrical arts, particularly inventions related to the automotive industry. On behalf of the firm’s clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs, she handles patent application preparation and prosecution, including original filings, responses, appeals, oppositions, reexaminations, and reissue applications. She conducts patentability and clearance searches, and provides patentability opinions, patent infringement opinions, freedom to operate opinions, patent licensing agreements, non-disclosure agreements, intellectual property litigation support, and patent portfolio management. Ms. Slaven also has significant experience in trademark prosecution, frequently helping clients register their trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Throughout her career, Ms. Slaven has given voluntary lectures on patent-related topics to entrepreneurs and students at the University of Notre Dame, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Kettering University, and Wayne State University. She has also volunteered to serve in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s pro bono program.

Aaron Burrell is a business lawyer who focuses his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, appellate law, labor and employment law, and minority business enterprises.

As a member of the firm’s litigation practice, he has prevailed in numerous complex, commercial-litigation cases in a number of state and federal trial courts and courts of appeal.  As a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice, he has successfully defended clients in a wide range of discrimination and unfair-labor-practice claims in state and federal courts and administrative agencies, and he has counseled clients on all aspects of the employment relationship, including hiring, discipline, and the creation and enforcement of employment agreements.  Mr. Burrell has further advised entertainment and minority business enterprise clients on a wide array of corporate matters.

Mr. Burrell is a member of the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar of Michigan, as well as an officer on its Representative Assembly; is a member of the Board of Directors of the Oakland County Bar Association; is a past-president of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association and vice president of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Foundation; was named a foundation fellow of both the American Bar Foundation and the Oakland County Bar Foundation; served as affiliate representative of the National Bar Association; and he previously co-chaired the State Bar of Michigan’s Equal Access Initiative. He has been named an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and a “Rising Star” by Michigan Super Lawyers. Mr. Burrell is an active member of the Wolverine Bar Association, Detroit Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Burrell is the author of the Commercial Torts chapter of Torts: Michigan Law and Practice (ICLE 2017), a contributor to “Employment Discrimination Law” (BNA, 2017), and a co-author of the “Michigan Class Action Compendium” (Defense Research Institute).

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To register for this program, simply complete the online form. Current CFO Leadership Council members may attend this program for free. Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program for $60. 

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration. 

More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Kat Stevenson, Marketing Director, Detroit Chapter at  

Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please contact Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.

CPE Information

Instructional method: Group-Live
Recommended CPE Credits: 1.5 CPE credit in Business Law
Experience Level: Basic
Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417.

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