A passion for helping others. That's what his peers say has motivated Alexis (Alex) Dominguez to become one of the top labor and employment law specialists in Chicago. And it's that same passion that has inspired this young attorney to devote long hours to both his community and his profession.
Lauren Novak, chief employment counsel with Bedford Park, Illinois-based Corrugated Supplies Company, worked with Dominguez when the pair were both at Schiff Hardin. When Novak became in-house counsel with Corrugated Supplies Company, she didn't hesitate to choose Dominguez to represent her company on complicated legal matters.
"I quickly realized that Alex was an excellent labor and employment attorney with a passion for helping others," Novak said.
The first case that the pair worked on was an employment arbitration that required hundreds of hours of document review and several written motions and briefs. Novak and Dominguez worked until the early hours of most mornings on discovery and preparing their client for the hearing.
Dominguez and Novak prevailed in the case after five days of hearings, in large part, Novak said, because of Dominguez's hard work and diligence.
"That same work ethic was reflected in all of the matters that I had the opportunity to work with Alex on," Novak said.
Daniel Raspatello, assistant general counsel at the Chicago office of ABM, said that Dominguez focuses on guiding his clients to the best results in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.
"Alex is fantastic at resolving cases early in the litigation process," Raspatello said. "He understands how to use the discovery process to put his client in position to achieve a desirable settlement or put his client in a strong position should the case go to trial."
While Dominguez has been busy building his employment law career, he's also found time to support organizations such as Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Esperanza Community Services, and Equip for Equality, a Chicago non-profit that supports the civil rights of people with disabilities.
Olga Pribyl, vice president of special education and pro bono for Equip for Equality's Special Education Clinic, points to Dominguez's work representing the mother of a student in the Chicago Public Schools. The parent's child had been diagnosed with ADHD, and she had not been able to obtain an evaluation for special education and services for him for more than two years. During this time, her child's in-school behavior was worsening, resulting in several out-of-school suspensions.
Despite resistance from Chicago Public Schools, Dominguez obtained a much-needed evaluation for the student, one that revealed the difficulties he was facing both academically and emotionally. Dominguez also pushed for an education plan that addressed these concerns. Thanks to this work, Pribyl said, the student entered seventh grade with a plan that placed him on a path toward academic success.
"Alex takes the time to listen to families and provide them with critical legal advice and information," Pribyl said. "His advice has directly impacted the education that children with disabilities receive at school."