Hector De Haro joined the firm in August 2014 after clerking for two summers during law school, and became a partner in 2022. He represents unions and employees in various industries, including transportation, education, construction, and entertainment. He has extensive experience with representation and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, with discipline and discharge arbitrations, with wage and hour proceedings before administrative agencies and in the courts, and defending unions against duty of fair representation claims. He has supported unions during contract bargaining, has bargained over discreet issues, and has helped draft and pass multiple pieces of worker-focused legislation. Fluent in Spanish, he also has extensive experience working with monolingual Spanish-speaking union members, is considered an expert on worker misclassification issues, and is an editor for the labor treatise How to Take a Case Before the NLRB.
Mr. De Haro graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law and was inducted into the Order of the Coif— an honor reserved for the top ten percent of a graduating class. During law school, he was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for receiving the highest grade in labor law and multiple other classes, he served as an associate editor of the Illinois Journal of Law, Technology, and Policy, and he was recognized as the Best Oralist in the honorary round of the Frederick Green Moot Court competition. He also received his Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from Yale University.
Before attending law school, Mr. De Haro was an organizer and campaign coordinator with the Service Employees International Union for nearly five years. During that time he worked on new organizing campaigns in both the public and private sector. He was also involved in legislative advocacy campaigns and in representational matters concerning current union members.
Outside of his legal work, Mr. De Haro is an avid home baker and cook. He was a contestant on the 2017 season of The Great American Baking Show, and he has used his baking talents to help raise thousands of dollars for non-profit organizations. He also practices yoga and consumes all the science fiction he can.