Dallas-based Polsinelli shareholder Henry Talavera has been appointed to the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities (Hispanic Commission).
The Hispanic Commission is dedicated to addressing the challenges and responsibilities Hispanics face within the legal system of the United States. Major initiatives for the organization include proposing solutions and approaches for the legal profession to meet the needs of the Hispanic community; developing and supporting community education efforts to ensure Hispanics are informed about their legal rights and responsibilities; and monitoring and promoting policies addressing the unique legal challenges Hispanics face.
“I’ve been actively involved with various ABA diversity initiatives over the course of my career, and it’s an honor to continue serving this noteworthy organization as a member of the Hispanic Commission,” Talavera said. “I have always been a firm believer in taking action to help others even when I’m not being directly impacted. Volunteering for the Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities gives me a platform to practice what I preach. I am thankful for the opportunity to make an impact in the legal industry while supporting the Hispanic community.”
In addition to his newly appointed role on the Hispanic Commission, Talavera has served the ABA in many other capacities, including, among other roles, as a member of the Council for the Section of Real Property Trust and Estate Law group for 2017, and as a liaison to many other groups and organizations. He also has been a director for the Dallas Hispanic Bar Foundation, providing, among other things, scholarships to law students.
Talavera’s commitment to the promotion of diversity in the legal industry has earned him recognition within the Dallas community. Earlier this year, he was selected as a recipient of the Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leaders Award, in recognition of his professional accomplishments and his efforts to make a positive impact throughout the legal profession and local community.
A member of Polsinelli’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group, Talavera has a broad-based practice that involves all areas of employee benefits law related to benefit programs and arrangements for employees, directors and independent contractors. His extensive experience includes providing guidance to public, private and tax-exempt employers on the design, implementation and administration of all types of welfare plans and tax-qualified retirement plans, including defined benefit plans and plans intended to qualify under sections 401(k), 403(b) and 457(b) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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