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Avila Named to GRBJ's 2016 40 Under Forty Business Leaders

October 4, 2016

Varnum labor and employment attorney Luis Avila was selected as one of Grand Rapids Business Journal's 40 Under Forty Business Leaders for 2016. He will be recognized along with other honorees at a celebration at Civic Theatre on Oct. 25.

Avila, who also serves as president of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, was nominated for the honor by Chamber Executive Director Jorge Gonzalez.

Avila joined Varnum as an associate attorney in 2011. His practice focuses on labor, employment and immigration issues. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of Michigan, where he is a contributing editor to "Employment Law in Michigan: An Employer's Guide"; and a member of the Committee on Development of Labor Law & Practice and Procedure under the NLRB, where he is chapter editor for "The Developing Labor Law."

Avila was named a Michigan Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2016 and named to Lawyers of Color's Hot List in 2014, for excelling in the legal profession. He was honored by Wedgwood Christian Services as Diversity Champion in 2014. He was previously named to GRBJ's 40 Under Forty Business Leaders, in 2014.

His background includes extensive international work, including for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, and for a large international firm in Mexico City, Mexico. Avila previously worked for the London-based AIRE Centre, which focused on impact litigation for European civil and human rights.

In addition to leading the board of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Avila serves (by appointment of Gov. Rick Snyder) on the Michigan Board of Medicine and on the boards of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company and Wedgwood Christian Services. He is also a volunteer coach for AYSO boys soccer.

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