September 25, 2018

DALLAS (Sept. 25, 2018) –Dallas-based Polsinelli shareholder Henry Talavera was recently recognized by D CEO magazine as a finalist in the Outstanding Latino Advocate category of the publication’s 2018 Latino Business Awards.


Talavera himself was unable to attend the awards event in downtown Dallas, due to conflicting duties related to his leadership role with Polsinelli’s Hispanic-American Resource Group, which he chairs. In that capacity, he was supporting the more than a half dozen firm attorneys involved in the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), whose annual convention took place simultaneously in Philadelphia. 


The D CEO Latino Business Awards program is the result of a partnership between D CEO magazine and the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos, and is designed to honor the most outstanding Latino leaders, companies and organizations in North Texas.


“Henry is beyond deserving to be recognized for his commitment to advocating for diversity in the legal industry and the community as a whole,” said Jon Henderson, managing partner of Polsinelli’s Dallas office and chair of the firm’s national Corporate and Transactional Practice Group. “He works tirelessly to ensure attorneys from all walks of life can pursue equal opportunities, and he has implemented that same mentality at Polsinelli where he has developed impactful diversity initiatives.”


A native of South America who primarily spoke Spanish at home when he first moved to the United States with his mother as a child, Talavera is today a leader within the Employee Compensation and Executive Benefits practice of one of the country’s top law firms. Talavera’s substantial career and business achievements include representing clients before the IRS and U.S. Department of Labor, as well as prior experience as a federal government attorney. 


Beyond his service to the HNBA, Talavera has also served the American Bar Association (ABA) in a variety of volunteer leadership roles, including his appointment last year to the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities (Hispanic Commission). He has also served as a member of the ABA’s Council for the Section of Real Property Trust and Estate Law group for 2017, and as a liaison on behalf of the ABA to many other groups and organizations. He also has been a director and officer for the Dallas Hispanic Bar Foundation, providing, among other things, scholarships to law students.


Talavera has also made an impact in the legal industry through his significant involvement with the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation (DHLF). Currently, he serves as treasurer and a member of the DHLF’s board of directors, helping to guide the organization’s promotion of diversity within the legal profession through the provision of scholarships to Hispanic law students and grants to Hispanic high school and college students with an interest in pursuing law.


His commitment to the promotion of diversity in the legal industry has earned him other distinguished recognition within the Dallas community. Last year, Talavera was selected as a recipient of the Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leaders Award, in recognition of his professional accomplishments and his efforts to make a positive impact throughout the legal profession and local community. Additionally, his background was detailed in a recent D CEO My Roots profile, a series chronicling the upbringings of prominent North Texas leaders born outside the U.S.


Talavera has a broad-based legal practice that involves all areas of employee benefits law related to benefit programs and arrangements for employees, directors and independent contractors. His extensive experience includes providing guidance to public, private and tax-exempt employers on the design, implementation and administration of all types of welfare plans and tax-qualified retirement plans, including defined benefit plans and plans intended to qualify under sections 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Polsinelli’s Texas offices, with more than 70 professionals in Dallas and Houston, have grown by tenfold in less than a decade. This robust local presence provides a gateway to a national, full-service law firm that delivers the highest caliber of legal work and client service, infused with deeply held Midwestern values. In Texas, Polsinelli is strongly committed to supporting businesses ranging from entrepreneurial, innovative start-up companies to middle-market leaders across a wide range of industry sectors, and the firm is significantly involved in many of the region’s key civic and community service groups.


About Polsinelli

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with more than 825 attorneys in 21 offices. Ranked #24 for Client Service Excellence1 and #10 for best client relationships2 among 650 U.S. law firms, Polsinelli was also named among the top 30 best-known firms in the nation3 for the second consecutive year. The firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, mid-market corporate, labor and employment, and business litigation. | Polsinelli PC | In California, Polsinelli LLP


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