Michael Best is pleased to announce that Jorge M. Leon has been selected as one of the 2020 Notable Minorities in Accounting, Consulting & Law by Crain’s Chicago Business. The award honors individuals that have shown the ability or power to effect change in their role or area of practice, serve as a role model or mentor, and have assumed a leadership position outside their organization. This is the third consecutive year Leon has received this recognition.
Leon, who’s based in the Chicago office, is a partner in the Labor & Employment Relations Practice Group, and he co-leads the firm’s Employee Benefits practice. With more than 20 years of experience, Leon has counseled clients in a variety of industries on the design, establishment, and maintenance of retirement plans. Through his client work and scholarship in 2020, Leon has been able to influence the development of national benefits policy in the areas of cybersecurity and pandemic relief. Outside of his robust practice, Leon serves as the co-chair of the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, implementing firmwide diversity initiatives.
Among his many achievements, Leon was recently rated as a leading labor & employment attorney by the exclusive Chambers USA, named a Top Latino Lawyer by Latino Leaders Magazine, selected as one of Crain’s Notable LGBTQ Executives, elected a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and included in Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago by Negocios Now.
Leon also dedicates much of his time to serving on various professional & civic boards. Leon is a fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) and a member of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s leadership advisory council. Leon was recently elected to serve on the world-renowned Field Museum’s Board of Trustees, and he also sits on the boards of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois Charities and Gads Hill Center, a 122-year-old nonprofit serving Chicago’s Hispanic community.