Like a kid in a candy store, Christine Seppala’s eyes light up when working on her passion. But instead of Dots and Hershey’s chocolate, its negotiations, relationship building, and problem solving that ignite her. As S3’s in-house counsel, there’s something new to explore every day, from contracts and due diligence, to policy adherence and risk management, to tax implications and dispute resolution.
It would make most people’s heads spin, but that vast palette of projects – and continually learning from new experiences and new challenges – is Christine’s personal sugar buzz.
Working for a company with a good heart adds to Christine’s satisfaction with her near 10-year career at S3, where she’s one of many motivated, driven and caring professionals who are intentional about helping people change their stations in life.
With Christine at the helm, the legal and compliance team at S3 has contributed to creating thousands of jobs and taking S3 to a new level. She helped to structure agreements and governance constructs for S3’s Build-Operate-Transfer operations for IT support centers located in overseas markets and was also part of the team that architected the Detroit Development Center, S3’s hub for managed services software outsourcing and home to S3’s call center.
To manage this span of work, Christine is well-versed in many branches of law: employment, contract, trademark, privacy, immigration, and others. She holds a juris doctor degree cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law. Before joining S3, she served as corporate counsel for a large IT outsourcing company. She has also worked for the Office of the Assistant General Counsel of the U.S. Customs Service in Detroit; the legal department of the Michigan Financial Institutions Bureau; and as associate general counsel for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.
Aside from her contributions to S3, Christine dives deeply into her board service work with Just The Beginning, Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, and Justice Policies Initiative.
Christine enjoys cooking and time with her family on the weekend.