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Senior Attorney

Clara M. Sanchez


Wayne State University Law School, LLM

San Beda University Law School, LLB (J.D.)

University of Santo Tomas, BSC, Accounting

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • Philippines (registered status)


Clara Sanchez, CPA, Esq. brings diverse expertise to clients. She previously worked as in-house employee benefits counsel for a global automotive company headquartered in Detroit where she advised on compliance, governance, and audit matters, working for the in-house ERISA counsel and U.S. Tax Counsel. In addition to her legal experience, Clara has utilized her accounting degree and background to prepare Forms 5500, 990, and 8955-SSSA and advise on the legal and tax implications of plan operation and benefit design. 

Clara has experience providing legal advice to defined benefit plans, supplemental benefit plans, defined contribution plans, as well as health and welfare plans. In addition, she has conducted plan audits and provided administrative services to tax-qualified plans, rounding out her extensive employee benefits experience.

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association (ABA)

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Detroit Bar Association (DBA)

Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association (MAPABA), former president and treasurer

Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan (HBAM)

State Bar of Michigan, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee, 2017-2020



New Tax Reform Act of 2018, Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of Greater Detroit, May 2018

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