Jorge’s litigation practice is broad and reflects his willingness to take on routine and complex matters for his clients. He has represented property owners in contract and land use litigation, helped union members enforce contractual rights and sued the City for arresting day laborers. Jorge has been lead counsel in complex litigation, representing whistleblowers under the False Claims Act, litigating vote dilution claims under the Voting Rights Act, certifying a class of foreign workers under the civil provisions of the Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). He won pension, health, and severance benefits for clients under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and handled race, sex, and disability discrimination cases on behalf of numerous clients.
His experience, largely on the plaintiff’s side of litigation, provides a perspective from which to assess and minimize risk, and to avoid litigation if possible – negotiating severance agreements for highly compensated individuals and their employers, participating in mediations to avoid expensive and protracted litigation, reviewing and negotiating contracts to promote and protect clients’ interests. When these and other efforts fail he vigorously prosecutes and defends cases.
Jorge’s pro bono work includes many hours devoted to community education around work place rights. He worked for over a decade to preserve the historic, Alfred Calwell designed Promontory Point assisting with strategy, lobbying elected officials, drafting a Request for Proposals and selecting a marine engineer to conduct an independent historic preservation feasibility study, and researching legal claims under National Environmental Policy Act, Administrative Procedure Act and National Historic Preservation Act. Jorge earned his J.D. from the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law and his B.A. from Brown University. Jorge has served on the boards of the Illinois ACLU and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the Little Village Economic Development Corporation.
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