James Botana Re-Appointed to Illinois State Advisory Committee

Press Release from Jackson Lewis P.C.

CHICAGO, IL   (September 14, 2015)  Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Chicago Shareholder James F. Botana has been re-appointed to the Illinois State Advisory Committee (SAC) by the United States Commission on Civil Rights, a bipartisan agency charged with monitoring federal civil rights enforcement. 

Each SAC is composed of citizen volunteers familiar with local and state civil rights issues. In his third term on the Commission, which will last for four years, Mr. Botana will continue to work with Committee members to identify and advise on regional civil rights issues.

“I greatly admire the Commission’s goal to inform about the development of national civil rights policy and enhance the enforcement of federal civil rights laws,” said Botana.  “I am honored to be re-appointed to my role and I thank Chairman Martin Castro for his continued confidence.  I look forward to working with my fellow SAC members and helping the Commission advance civil rights through investigation, research and analysis of issues of fundamental concern to the federal government and to the public.”

Mr. Botana represents management in employment cases in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies in a variety of employment and labor related claims.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, he was a prosecutor and a senior attorney in the Employment Litigation Department of the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago. He has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous civil and criminal cases in trials and evidentiary hearings in federal and state courts. Mr. Botana has represented the City of Chicago in prosecuting criminal and quasi-criminal matters and has defended the City of Chicago in employment discrimination, civil rights, and insurance defense cases in state and federal court. He currently serves as a Special Assistant Corporation counsel and represents the City of Chicago and its employees in a variety of claims.

Mr. Botana was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Spain.  He is the co-chair of Jackson Lewis’ Hispanic-American Attorney Resource Group, which specializes in providing assistance in workplace law matters to businesses with a large Hispanic workforce. Mr. Botana is also a founding member of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

Jackson Lewis’ Chicago office can be reached by calling 312-787-4949.

About Jackson Lewis

Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis is dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law. With 800 attorneys practicing in major locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Jackson Lewis is included in the AmLaw 100 and Global 100 rankings of law firms. The firm’s wide range of specialized areas of practice provides the resources to address every aspect of the employer/employee relationship. Jackson Lewis has one of the most active employment litigation practices in the world, with a current caseload of over 6,500 litigations and approximately 650 class actions. Jackson Lewis is a founding member of L&E Global Employers’ Counsel Worldwide, an alliance of premier employment law boutique firms and practices in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific Region.

Additional information about the firm can be found at   www.jacksonlewis.com .


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