Dallas attorney Henry Talavera ’86 is among 25 recipients of the Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 Minority Business Leaders Award, recognizing professional accomplishments and contributions to the community.
He practices with the Polsinelli law firm, focusing on employee compensation and executive benefits. He’s represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor.
Within the law firm, he has developed diversity programs, mentored young professionals, and championed work-life balance initiatives. He’s also supported diversity beyond office walls, serving on the board of directors of the Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation. Talavera has been the Hispanic National Bar Association’s liaison to the American Bar Association.
He also provides pro bono services to Communities in Schools, a program in which attorneys mentor underprivileged students.
“Henry is a tremendous asset to the firm, the community, and the legal industry as a whole,” said Jon Henderson, Polsinelli’s Dallas office managing partner.
At Mary Washington, Talavera majored in international relations. He earned a law degree from the University of Maryland.