Duly Noted


Varnum attorney Luis Avila recognized in 40 under 40 class of 2019

Varnum attorney Luis Avila has been selected as one of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 business leaders in the 2019 class. It is the fifth time Avila has been named to the list.

The annual awards recognize 40 individuals making a difference in West Michigan. Since 2002, the Grand Rapids Business Journal has recognized over 600 dynamic young professionals who have achieved personal success and made significant civic contributions to the community.

Avila focuses his practice on labor, employment and immigration issues. He counsels public and private sector employees on numerous workplace matters such as disciplinary and dispute solution procedures, wage-hour matters, and harassment and litigation prevention.

In addition to his law practice, Avila is extremely active within the community. He currently serves on the boards for Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority, Grand Rapids Art Museum, the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Grand Rapids Symphony, where he currently serves as the chair-elect. He is an alum of Leadership Grand Rapids – Class of 2018.

Avila was nominated for this year’s 40 Under 40 award by Leah Dodd, director of the Willard Library in Battle Creek.

“Luis provides incredible legal support for his clients,” Dodd said. “What I most appreciate is the timeliness of his responses. Whether my concern is big or little, Luis is quick with a thoughtful response that shows his rationale. He’s taken the time to get to know the culture of my organization, and his recommendations reflect that understanding and a desire to find a solution that works here.”