Dallas-based Kendall Law Group announced Feb. 8 that employment lawyer Javier Perez (pictured) has joined the firm as an associate to expand its work for the Hispanic community in cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, unemployment benefit disputes and wage and hour claims.
“Part of the initiative of the firm is to provide access to a community that is underserved in legal services,” Perez says.
Part of what the initiative involves, Perez says, is trying to bridge that access by taking care of the language and cultural issues. He is Hispanic and speaks fluent Spanish.
Perez says the firm also makes it possible for a client to seek representation without concern about how to pay. There are no up-front fees and representation is on a contingency-fee basis, he says.
“If we have some sort of recovery, that’s how we get paid,” he says.
Perez says his parents were migrant field workers who valued education and eventually earned doctorates in English and bilingual special education. Both of his parents were first-generation college graduates, he says.
“They are my heroes,” Perez says.
He says his parents not only were inspirational to him, they also were very encouraging about obtaining an education.
Perez says he received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2012.
— Mary Alice Robbins
Robbins is an Austin-based freelance writer and a former Texas Lawyer senior reporter.