A master at handling corporate negotiations and mitigating risk, Christine Seppala, who hails from Canada, brings a wealth of legal knowledge specific to the Information Technology industry as Strategic Staffing Solutions general counsel.
In that role Christine supervises and advises the company on all domestic and international legal matters, corporate risk management, contract compliance and internal audit and oversees the company’s immigration and HR functions.
Christine has vast knowledge of federal and state employment, immigration, international employment law. She has developed and implemented employee training programs, corporate policies and procedures to ensure legal compliance and has provided counsel in numerous areas of business and employment law. She provides consultative services relating to employment law compliance and the crafting of professional services agreements drafting for S3’s customers.
She also represents S3’s legislative interests by lobbying at both the state and federal levels and meeting with elected officials to discuss legislative issues impacting S3’s business in the jurisdictions in which it operates.
Before joining S3, Christine served as corporate counsel for Syntel, Inc. She was responsible for managing legal transactions for the company’s largest customer and developed global strategies for the management of a worldwide portfolio of service marks, trademarks and patents.
After receiving her juris doctor degree cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law, she took a job with Cleveland’s oldest law firm Spieth, Bell, McCurdy & Newell Co. L.P.A as a corporate and tax attorney. She later returned to Michigan as associate general counsel for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan. She has also worked for the Office of the Assistant General Counsel of the United States Customs Service in Detroit and the legal department of the Michigan Financial Institutions Bureau in Lansing.
Christine has a passion for making the world a better place. During her undergraduate years, she spent several months in Costa Rica where she worked with an international team of students as a volunteer construction worker developing national park facilities and school buildings.
She currently serves on the Forgotten Harvest Board of Directors and is an active member of the board’s committees on strategic planning and Comedy Night, the organization’s premiere fundraising event.
Christine also serves on the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) Board of Directors and is an active member of its subcommittees on immigration reform, government ethics reform and regional talent retention initiatives. She is a member of the Talent Task Force, a partnership between MAC and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, lending her expertise to ensure success in retraining and education programs aimed at retaining talent in Michigan.
In addition, Christine is an active member of the Justice Policies Initiative, a part of the State Bar of Michigan’s Justice Initiative. This team analyzes and recommends positions on proposed legislation, court rules and other policies relevant to making available high-quality civil legal services to all Michigan citizens, assuring that the justice system is strong, equal and fair in its application.
Christine is a past advisor and secretary of the Oakland University Lowry Center for Early Childhood Education Family Advisory Committee. She was the founder and first chair of the MSU College of Law Student Bar Association Community Service Committee.
Christine was named to dBusiness magazine’s 2012 list of Top Lawyers.
Besides her juris doctor degree Christine holds a bachelor of arts in drama and English from the University of Toronto.