October 18, 2011

Crisis Management: Timing The Termination Of An Employee Who “Goes Bad”

Sometimes, a company’s employee just has to go. The employee has stolen company funds, disclosed company secrets or violated laws and regulations that apply to the company. But timing the termination can be critical. The issue is not “whether to terminate” but “when to terminate”.

Join Dickinson Wright and WSW CPA's at a special co-sponsored Sunrise Seminar on October 18, 2011.  This seminar will provide an open forum for CEO’s, CFO’s, human resources personnel and other professionals who deal with employees who create legal issues that jeopardize a company. The distinguished panel will identify best practices for managing the termination in hypothetical examples taken from actual situations in which the panelists have advised their clients. The seminar is from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m

Topics to be covered in the panel discussion- when to terminate the employee who:

  • Creates a hostile work environment or who discriminates in employment-related matters
  • Embezzles or steals company funds
  • Is involved in corporate espionage or leaks proprietary company information
  • Violates company policies, laws or governmental regulations that apply to the company

Seminar Presenters Include:

Jeffrey M. Beemer
Jeffrey is a member in Dickinson Wright's Nashville office. He regularly counsels employers on a wide range of employment issues, including discrimination and hostile work environment. He represents employers in employment litigation in state and federal courts. He also represents employers in investigations and claims before the EEOC and Tennessee Human Rights Commission. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Steve Brannan
Steve is a fraud, forensic and litigation services consultant in Birmingham, AL. Steve’s primary focus is providing investigative oversight to matters ranging from internal investigations to litigation of Qui Tam matters in the medical field. Steve holds expertise in the areas of medical coding processes and electronic medical records implementation. Steve completed a 26 year professional career as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1998. He was responsible for investigating violations of federal laws, primarily white-collar crime including public corruption and allegations of Bank Fraud and Embezzlement.

Kelly L. Frey
Kelly is a member in Dickinson Wright’s Nashville office. He regularly counsels the headquarters locations of Fortune 500 companies with respect to corporate transactions and corporate compliance. He has assisted publicly-held companies in creating cost-effective, sustainable compliance programs and dealing with violations of corporate policies and governmental regulations by employees. He currently serves as Counsel to the Board of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association.

Trenton D. Watrous, CPA
Trent is a partner in the Forensic and Litigation Practice at Whisenant, Stewart, Watrous & Associates. His professional experiences as a tax accountant, auditor and business consultant prepared him for the challenges of forensic accounting. With 16 years of experience, Trent solely focuses on matters pertaining to managing investigations of financial fraud, white collar fraud, accounting issues, contract disputes and economic damages.


Ralph Z. Levy, Jr.
Ralph is of counsel in Dickinson Wright’s Nashville office. His areas of practice include entity formation and operation, entrepreneurial business services, estate planning and family succession planning, health enterprises and transactions, and tax planning and controversies. In nearly 35 years of practicing law, his extensive experience includes private practice as well as serving for more than ten years as general counsel, executive vice president and secretary for Gambro Healthcare, Inc., a national provider of dialysis services. Mr. Levy earned his A.B. degree, cum laude, from Colgate University, his LL.M. degree from New York University and his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Association.

Please RSVP by Monday, October 10, 2011 to:
Lori Wilson at 615.620.1727 or lwilson@dickinsonwright.com
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Nashville City Club*
201 Fourth Ave. North | Nashville, TN 37219

*Complimentary parking will be available. More information will be provided when you RVSP.


Registration Required