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Avila Selected as Grand Rapids Business Journal's 40 Under 40

August 26, 2014

Labor and Employment attorney Luis Avila has been recognized as one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal's 2014 "40 Under Forty" business leaders, which is published to recognize young leaders each year.

Avila was recognized for this honor based on his business and community leadership. He and the other 2014 “40 Under Forty” class of business leaders will be honored at a reception on Monday, October 20th at the Grand rapids Civic Theater. Honorees will also be profiled in a special supplement to the Oct. 14 issue of Grand Rapids Business Journal.

Avila's practice focuses on employment litigation, traditional labor and immigration issues. His work experience spans the United States, Mexico and Europe. He has worked at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Switzerland, the Centre for Advice on Individual Rights in Europe, the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, and the Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights Project in Arizona. With a background in international business law and finance, Avila also worked for a large international corporate law firm in Mexico City and JP Morgan Chase in Michigan.

Outside of his practice, Avila serves on the boards of Grand Rapids Ballet Company, the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Wedgwood Christian Services. He is involved in committees for the Grand Rapids Symphony, Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Dwelling Place. Gov. Rick Snyder recently appointed Luis to the Michigan Board of Medicine. He was also recently recognized as a Diversity Champion by Wedgwood Christian Services and named to the 2014 Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List.

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