Michael Best is pleased to announce partners Jorge M. Leon and José A. Olivieri have been recognized among the 2017 Top Latino Lawyers by Latino Leaders magazine. The list recognizes the most influential Latino lawyers in the country for making a significant impact upon the legal profession and their communities.
Leon, a Chicago employee benefits partner, has more than 19 years of experience counseling employers in the manufacturing, education, defense, IT, and food and beverage industries on the design, establishment, and maintenance of retirement plans. His work has established national benefits policy with the IRS, has helped clients meet their goals and has ensured that several hundred thousand workers across the country can meet their retirement needs. Leon is chair of Michael Best’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and with his leadership, Leon also founded the firm’s employee resource group, Lawyers & Engineers Advancing Diversity. Leon also supports the Chicago Latino community through various roles, including service on Gads Hill Center’s Board of Directors and on various committees of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois.
Olivieri is a labor & employment attorney who also serves as the co-managing partner of the firm’s Milwaukee office. He is the founder and co-chair of Michael Best’s immigration law practice, chair of the Higher Education Industry team, and former chair of the Labor & Employment Relations practice group. Clients depend on José’s deep knowledge of and experience with U.S. immigration law and employment-based immigration matters, such as immigration status, consular processing, citizenship and naturalization, among others. José counsels colleges and universities on issues including, employment matters, governance, Title IX, student discipline, and labor contract administration. He has been recognized as a leading immigration lawyer by Chambers USA since 2008, was named 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, “Lawyer of the Year” for Employment Law – Management in Milwaukee, and received the 2016 Executive Leadership Award from the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee. José is an active member of various community and professional organizations, including roles as Board President of Milwaukee’s United Community Center and Chair of Carroll University’s Board of Trustees.
Founded in 1999, Latino Leaders magazine strives to showcase stories other than those often seen in the mainstream media by promoting and publishing stories of Latino success. The magazine has featured the top Latinos in the United States, including politicians, sports stars, business owners, and other relevant and successful leaders.