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Law School For The CFO hosted by The Portland CFO Leadership Council **WEBINAR** please see registration link below

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Program 10:30am-12:00pm | Webinar
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Pamela Franklin

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Program Description

It’s the advice you need, without the hourly fees.

Join us for ‘Law School for the CFO,’ an informative session on the legal topics today that directly affect the health of your business. Our legal experts from Oregon and California will  provide practical and actionable advice to help you avoid unintentional pitfalls and risks. 

Topics to be presented include: 

  • Portland & California Employment Law Updates 
  • OSHA Compliance Issues
  • Update on Main Street Loan Program
  • Managing Existing Credit Facilities and Raising Capital in an Uncertain Market
  • Managing Supply Chain Risks and Liquidity

Meet Our Speakers


Gary Barnum, Partner, Portland, Stoel Rives LLP (Portland, OR)

Gary Barnum is a partner of the firm. He has a broad corporate practice, with an emphasis in finance. Gary also has extensive experience in structuring joint ventures, tax-motivated transactions, partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions. Gary has represented a wide range of companies, including energy companies, financial service companies, manufacturers, retailers and other industry groups.

Transactions that Gary has handled include syndicated credit facilities, private placements (including 144A offerings), public offerings, equipment leasing financing (including capital, operating and synthetic lease arrangements), leveraged lease and project financings, utility financings, asset-backed financings and securitizations, commercial paper programs, and derivative arrangements. Gary also has structured numerous joint ventures, partnerships (and limited liability companies), syndications, mergers and acquisitions. In addition to his significant experience with non-recourse and other project financing arrangements, he has also been involved with a wide variety of tax-motivated transactions, including federal and state energy credit transactions, low-income housing credits and state tax credit programs, and industrial development and pollution control projects.

Oren Haker, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP (Portland, OR)

Oren Haker focuses on the representation of a wide range of parties in workouts, debt restructurings, receiverships and bankruptcy cases, including corporate debtors, trade and financial creditors, creditors’ committees, lessors, and strategic and financial investors acquiring assets of troubled companies. Oren’s experience includes pre­bankruptcy planning, including advising directors and officers on insolvency issues, and exploring out-of-court and non­bankruptcy options in the first instance. In bankruptcy cases, Oren’s experience includes cash collateral and DIP financing matters, intercreditor disputes, reclamation and section 503(b)(9) issues, bankruptcy sales under section 363, chapter 11 plan and post-confirmation trust formation issues, fraudulent transfer and preference litigation, and application of safe harbor provisions of the Bankruptcy Code.

During the 2008 financial crisis, Oren was a member of the legal team advising President Obama’s Auto Task Force in the General Motors, Chrysler, and Delphi Automotive chapter 11 cases. More recently, he has advised Oregon municipalities on public pension matters and local non-profits and businesses with operational and financial distress.

Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Oren practiced business bankruptcy law in New York City, including with the business finance and restructuring departments of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

Bryan Hawkins, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP (Sacramento, CA)

Bryan Hawkins is a litigator practicing in the firm’s Labor and Employment group with extensive jury and bench-trial experience. He represents employers in employment-related litigation in court and before administrative agencies such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. His practice also involves counseling employers on employment-related issues, including handbooks and policies. Bryan also provides counseling on labor issues, such as advising employers on how to effectively respond to union organizing campaigns, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, and manage the employer/union relationship. In addition, Bryan’s practice includes litigating complex commercial disputes in areas such as antitrust, business torts, and real estate.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Bryan practiced for several years at a regional law firm located in San Francisco. While practicing in San Francisco, Bryan participated in the Volunteer District Attorney Program at the San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office where he assumed the role of a deputy district attorney and was independently responsible for the prosecution of a variety of crimes, including assault, battery, theft, arson, and driving under the influence.

Chris Russell, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP (Sacramento, CA)

Chris Russell actively aids many emerging companies to achieve their financial and corporate objectives. Many of these businesses are focused on renewable energy, life science, software, hardware, agricultural technologies and clean technologies, but Chris has experience working with an array of companies in various industries on corporate and financial matters.

With a broad transactional and corporate governance experience, Chris guides entrepreneurs and business leaders on corporate issues related to all aspects of its business and their fiduciary duties in significant transactions. Chris brings substantial experience to key transactions affecting a company’s growth, including debt and equity financings, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, licensing transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Clients rely upon Chris’ insights on both legal and business matters in such transactions.

Chris also has significant experience in private equity fund formation and has advised general partners and institutional investors in connection with the formation of venture capital, real estate, buyout and other private equity funds.

Chris Wall, Associate, Stoel Rives LLP (Seattle, WA)

Chris Wall is a trial lawyer in Stoel Rives’ Seattle office. He has tried cases and won jury verdicts in state and federal court. Chris has also prevailed in arbitration and administrative forums. Chris uses insights from litigation to strategically advise clients on how to preempt litigation before it starts and resolve disputes in the most cost-effective manner. He is responsive and keeps clients informed at every step of the process. Chris focuses on class and mass actions, as well as traditional labor issues, wage and hour, wrongful termination, and discrimination claims.

Chris draws on his experience as a judicial extern to the Honorable John Coughenour and as a law clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court, as well as his significant experience in commercial and environmental litigation, to meet the needs of his clients. Prior to attending law school, Chris served as a teacher in rural Nepal.


CPE Information

- Instructional method: Group-Internet-Based
- Recommended CPE Credits: 1.8 Credits in Personnel/Human Resources
- Experience Level: none
- 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:


Registration & Questions


CFOLC event registration is always open to all current members.  During this season of sheltering-in-place, we are keeping you connected through our online CFO community via virtual events, and connectivity.  This event is open to non-members free of charge, however, only CFOLC members will receive CPE credit.   Stay healthy, and stay connected!

The CFO Leadership Council is a membership community of Senior Financial Leaders.  Uncertain if you qualify?  Please reach to me directly, Pamela Franklin, PNW Regional Director  I am happy to answer any questions.

The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.  


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