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The Orange County CFO Leadership Council Presents: Law School for CFOs
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Become the legal eagle you've always wanted to be!

When: Wednesday May 22, 2019
7:30AM to 9:30AM
Where: KPMG
20 Pacifica Avenue
7th Floor
Irvine, CA  92618
United States
Contact: Debbie Dunn & Stacy Hall

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This informative session will cover some of the most pressing legal topics for CFOs today that directly affect business. Our experts will cover the Top 10 Provisions to Include (or Avoid) in Contracts Related to Workers. This presentation will focus on best practices, poor practices and recent legal developments that impact contracts with employees and independent contractors, as well as vendors and subcontractors with staff in your workplace.



  • Employment Law Updates Regarding Key Contract Provisions
  • Contract Terms to Mitigate Risks
  • Essential Terms to Consider in Employee Contracts



Amy Patton represents employers in state and federal courts in a broad range of labor and employment law matters, including claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, trade secret misappropriation and wage and hour violations. She handles both single-plaintiff litigation and class actions in state and federal court and has appeared before various administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

In addition to her litigation practice, Amy assists management in the development of sound workplace practices and policies. She counsels employers on compliance with family and medical leave laws, wage and hour compliance and employee discipline issues. She advises clients on the creation and implementation of leave programs, conducts wage-hour and pay practices audits, analyzes exemption status under state and federal law and drafts and updates employee handbooks and other personnel policies.

Amy is the Chair of the firm's Employment Law Group and Co-Chair of the firm's Marketing & Business Development Committee. She is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and the State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Sections. She was the 2016 Chair of the Orange County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section.

Before joining Payne & Fears LLP, Amy was an associate for five years with Latham & Watkins, where she obtained significant experience in all areas of employment and labor law and in business litigation. Amy started her legal career in the labor and employment department of a regional law firm in Texas. She also practiced in the commercial litigation department of a regional law firm in Arizona.


Benjamin A. Nix, Chair of the Business Litigation Group, has extensive experience litigating complex business disputes, including trade secrets, non-competition agreements, unfair competition, class actions, trade dress and trademark, copyright, and fiduciary duty. He also counsels clients on a variety of pre-litigation matters, particularly on issues related to trade secrets, non-competition agreements and unfair competition.

Ben heads up a team which handles trade secrets matters and disputes over non-competition agreements. He and the team have successfully defended numerous claims of misappropriation of trade secrets, including defeating applications for emergency relief and preliminary injunctions. In addition, Ben and the team has successfully prosecuted trade secret claims and related matters, including obtaining temporary restraining orders, preliminary injunctions, and permanent injunctions on behalf of the firm’s clients. Ben's recent successes for his clients include multiple millions of dollars in awards and settlements, as well as recovery of attorneys’ fees and costs.

Successes include:

  • Represented electronic parts manufacturer against a former employee who started a competing business, and began to make knock-off products using proprietary design. Obtained a preliminary injunction stopping the defendant from further sales of the products, and later settled the matter.

  • Represented a large reprographics firm in an action against former employees and a competitor for breach of duty of loyalty, misappropriation of trade secrets, interference with prospective economic advantage and unfair competition. After conducting discovery and obtaining substantial evidence of Defendants’ violations, Ben successfully moved for a preliminary injunction and obtained an order preventing Defendants from conducting further business with Plaintiff’s customers. In addition, Ben and his team engaged in months of hard fought litigation, including over 100 depositions. They uncovered evidence resulting in a confidential settlement that included entering into a public, permanent injunction similar to the preliminary injunction issued by the Court.

  • Represented the largest wholesale distributor of music (in CD format) in the U.S. in an action against a competitor which had raided employees from its import division and wrongfully diverted business away from our client. After the case was initially handled by another firm, our team of attorneys, led by Ben, stepped in to reverse the course of the case in favor of the client, including defeating summary judgment motions. Defendants ultimately agreed to settle the matter and based on the results of the litigation, our client was able to subsequently acquire the defendant corporation.

  • Defended a misappropriation of trade secrets case brought by a large, national office supply retailer against our client. Payne & Fears defeated the national retailer’s application for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. In addition, we prevented the national retailer from pursuing aggressive and obtrusive discovery in the matter. The firm then used other means to bring the matter to an early, favorable resolution for our client which avoided unnecessary expenditures.
  • Ben has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list by a vote among his peers consistently since 2004. He also has been recognized as one of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Orange County in 2005 and again in 2006. He is the past Chair of the Business Litigation Section of the Orange County Bar Association, and is currently a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Administration of Justice Committee.
  • Before joining Payne & Fears LLP, Ben was an associate in the litigation department at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. Prior to that, he served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Stanley Mosk, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.


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All CFO Leadership Council workshops are FREE for members. Non-member senior financial executives are welcome to attend this program for $65.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CFOLC EVENTS ARE EXCLUSIVE TO SENIOR FINANCIAL EXECUTIVES ONLY.  (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.)  Service providers, business development and sales executives are restricted from attending. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.



Instructional method: Group-Live

Recommended CPE Credits:  1.8 credits 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. Website:



For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Debbie Dunn, SoCal Marketing Director, The CFO Leadership Council at, or Stacy Hall, Regional Director, The CFO Leadership Council, at



If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please contact Debbie Dunn at email above. Refunds are available up to 48 hours prior to the program.


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