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Michael Hernandez Named Among the 2013 Business Leaders of Color by Chicago United

October 28, 2013

Chicago United recently announced that Franczek Radelet partner Michael J. Hernandez is one of 45 business executives—and one of only a few private practice attorneys—to be honored as a Business Leader of Color. Chicago United established this honor to highlight exceptional corporate and civic leaders of color, and has extended this recognition biennially since 2003. Past BLC honorees include First Lady Michelle Obama and Don Thompson, chief executive officer of McDonald’s Corp., among others. These individuals were selected from a large pool of exceptionally qualified nominees from a wide variety of organizations in the business, non-profit, and governmental sectors.

“Mike has long been a driving force behind promoting diversity both inside and outside the firm,” commented James C. Franczek, Jr. “Mike is truly deserving of this high honor for  the exemplary leadership he provides in the diversity and inclusion areas for the Firm and the legal community at large,” added David P. Radelet.

Mike, who serves as Franczek Radelet’s Diversity Officer, practices in the areas of education, labor, and employment law. His experience involves litigation at all levels of state and federal courts and administrative agencies, and internal investigations. He has a broad background in constitutional and civil rights law, and has worked with emerging minority businesses and educational institutions in these and other areas. Prior to joining Franczek Radelet, Mike served as general counsel of the Illinois State Board of Education and deputy general counsel for the Chicago Board of Education. He also formerly served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. Mike earned his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1984 and his B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago in 1981.

Mike is a member of the Hispanic Lawyer’s Association of Illinois, the American Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. He serves on the board of the National Latino Education Institute and Arts Alliance Illinois. He also is a member of the Dearborn Park Advisory Council and served as a board member for the Leadership Greater Chicago Fellows Board.

The Chicago United Business Leaders of Color are recognized as individuals who, in the face of complex global economies, have combined vision with the ability to execute on strategies. They have led large scale operations domestically and internationally with a focus on innovation and a keen ability to drive transformational change in their organizations. Chicago United promotes multiracial leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity, and is the premiere business membership organization creating an environment where racially diverse CEOs and executive level managers can share common experiences to promote multi-racial leadership in governance, management, and business partnerships.