Meet the Speakers

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Rebecca S. Davies

Rebecca S. Davies is a shareholder based in Butzel Long's Detroit office. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan at Dearborn and her juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law in 1995. She also completed the Masters program at Wayne State University Law School by obtaining a L.L.M., with a GPA of 3.79, in Labor and Employment Law.

Ms. Davies concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. She represents employers in federal and state court litigation and before state and federal administrative agencies.

Ms. Davies has represented employers in both the private and public sectors for almost twenty years. She has represented companies with 2 to 20,000 employees. In the public sector, Ms. Davies has represented numerous municipalities, libraries, counties and government authorities.

Ms. Davies has had repeated success both in and out of the court room. In federal court, she has received no cause verdicts in the defense of employment and commercial jury trials. In state court, she has obtained numerous dismissals and favorable settlements in a wide range of employment disputes, including harassment, wrongful termination, employment discrimination and wage claims. She also has repeatedly obtained dismissals of charges before federal and state administrative agencies. Her greatest successes, however, may be her efforts to prevent litigation. She has regularly counseled employers regarding compliance under federal and state employment laws (including FLSA, FMLA, ADA and Title VII), drafted employment policies, and advised on preventative strategies.

Ms. Davies is a frequent author and lecturer, not only for client in-house trainings and publications, but also outside organizations, such as Walsh College, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Automation Alley and American Society of Employers. She is an adjunct faculty member at Walsh College where she teaches the PHR/SPHR certification courses as well as general business law courses. Also at Walsh College, Ms. Davies facilitates monthly affinity groups for human resource professionals at both the Troy and Novi campuses.

Ms. Davies is also active in national and local legal associations and regularly volunteers in her community. She serves on the Board of North American Transportation Employee Relations Association ("NATERA"), is a member of the Wage and Hour Defense Institute of the Litigation Counsel of America, and has previously served as the Chair for the Labor and Employment Section for the Oakland County Bar Association. She was a Girl Scout leader for 6 years and is currently an assistant coach for the middle school fast pitch team and an active school volunteer.

Susan T. Mathiesen - Director of Research

Sue Mathiesen is a licensed health and life professional with extensive experience in the management of group benefit plans. She began her career in the employee benefits arena working as an Employee Benefits Specialist for a consulting firm in Oak Park, Illinois.

She relocated to Southeast Michigan in September 1994. Prior to joining Marsh & McLennan Agency (previously known as McGraw Wentworth), Sue was an Account Manager at Gallagher ABOW, Inc. providing regulatory compliance assistance, implementing carrier transitions, creating employee communication materials and conducting employee meetings for mid-sized organizations. Sue was promoted to a consultant in May 1996 and worked in that capacity until August 1997 when she joined McGraw Wentworth.

As MMA’s Research Director, Sue regularly monitors resources to keep up-to-date on new legislation as well as changes to existing legislation. She routinely disseminates information to Account Directors and Managers, and works closely with local attorneys to interpret regulatory provisions and how they affect employers. Sue offers assistance to clients and colleagues via annual accredited seminars and monthly and quarterly newsletters, and the Reform Update publication which provides a timely, concise overview of health care reform, its impact on organizations’ benefits strategies, and next steps as the administrative infrastructure is created.

Sue has addressed audiences ranging in size from 20 to 200 on a diverse set of topics. In addition to leading numerous MMA seminars and roundtable discussions, Sue has addressed HR professionals and organizations such as the MISHRM state conference, Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), American Society of Employers (ASE), and the Oakland County School District Benefit Coordinators Group.

Sue earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently pursuing her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation. Sue resides in White Lake with her husband and her dogs, Zeppelin and Bowie.

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