December 29, 2016
Henry Talavera, a shareholder in Polsinelli’s Dallas office, has been selected as a recipient of the Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leaders Award, in recognition of his own professional accomplishments and his efforts to make a positive impact throughout the legal profession and local community.

Currently in its tenth year, the Minority Business Leader Awards program annually recognizes 25 minority executives at Dallas-area companies across all sectors who are also making a difference in their communities.

A native of South America who learned English after moving 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. 

“Henry is a tremendous asset to the firm, the community and the legal industry as a whole,” said Polsinelli’s Dallas Office Managing Partner Jon Henderson. “He has been instrumental in developing impactful diversity programs that positively support our attorneys and staff, and in mentoring countless young professionals from a wide array of backgrounds. I’m proud to call him my friend and colleague, and pleased that he has earned this well-deserved recognition.”

Within Polsinelli, Talavera has championed progressive, successful diversity initiatives, such as work-life balance accommodations to support attorneys and staff who have unforeseen obligations outside the office. This flexible hours program has been very successful not only within his own practice group but also firm-wide, and has played a part in Polsinelli being one of only 61 law firms recognized by the Women In Law Empowerment Forum as a Gold Standard law firm.

Talavera’s active efforts to promote diversity within the legal professional include his current service as secretary of the board of directors of the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation.  

On a national level, Talavera has served as the Hispanic National Bar Association’s liaison to the American Bar Association and as an active member and a member of the governing council of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law (RPTE) section of the American Bar Association (ABA), demonstrating his leadership within the national bar. He was also recently appointed to the Diversity Committee of the Joint Council of Employee Benefits, where he aims to continue encouraging and fostering efforts to increase the visibility and opportunities for diverse speakers.

Among numerous other activities he supports in the local community, Talavera provides pro bono services to Communities in Schools, which has partnered with the Dallas Bar Association to encourage attorneys to get involved with underprivileged students in and around Dallas. Through this program, Talavera has personally served as a mentor and self-described “father figure” for a young man from an unstable family. 

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