Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Enrique’s interest in law began at the age of four, when his father explained to him that lawyers help people by defending them when wrongs are committed against them. It was the encouragement of Enrique’s father, Enrique Sr., which drove Enrique to become a lawyer and fight to rectify the wrongs committed against his clients through the legal system.
Enrique grew up in the lower valley and attended Bel Air High School in El Paso, TX. In 1987, Mr. Chavez reached one of his lifelong dreams of attending an Ivy League University. Enrique was accepted at Yale University on a scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy in 1991. He then began his legal education at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, which he completed in 1997. While in law school, Enrique earned induction into the prestigious National Order of Barristers, for excellence in trial advocacy. Upon graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Enrique moved back home to El Paso, TX where he worked for an insurance, labor and employment defense firm. Enrique has over 22 years of experience as a trial lawyer and is licensed to practice law in Texas and New Mexico.
The founding of The Chavez Law Firm, Inc.
In 2001, Enrique Chavez, Jr. became the sole managing partner of The Chavez Law Firm, Inc., a culmination of Enrique’s lifelong commitment to hard work and justice. Enrique coupled what he learned from his time working at a defense firm with his expertise in personal injury, wrongful death, civil trial law, and labor & employment law, and began his own law practice representing the people of El Paso, Texas. Enrique fights against those who break our nation's laws and violate community safety rules here on the US Border. He and the Chavez Law Firm believe that our community is made safer by holding accountable those corporations and individuals who break the law and the community safety rules which protect us all. You now have someone on your side to fight for you and your loved ones.
Through the State Bar of Texas, he teaches other lawyers and professionals around Texas on varied topics from trial skills and jury persuasion, ethics, medical leave and employment discrimination. He is the past Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section, 2011-2012, of the State Bar of Texas, a member of the American Bar Association, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Employment Lawyers Association and he is a Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow.
Enrique is married and has three children. He is an avid martial artist for over 30 years. In his spare time, he also dedicates his legal expertise, time, and resources to causes he believes strongly in, including the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization, where he is a member of the board of directors, Gideons International, and local organizations that support youth, families, and underserved communities on the El Paso, TX border.
EDUCATION Yale University; New Haven, Connecticut Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, 1991 University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas J.D. in 1997, Order of Barristers
RECENT ACTIVITIES Course Director, Advanced Employment Law Course, Labor and Employment Law Section, co-sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, January 2013. Chair, 20th Annual Employment Law Update Conference; October 2009, State Bar of Texas Chair, 21st Annual Employment Law Update Conference, September 2010, State Bar of Texas
MEMBERSHIPS State Bar of Texas Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Chair Labor & Employment Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2011-2012 Vice Chair, Labor & Employment Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2010-2011 West Texas Employment Lawyer's Association President, 2006-2008 Yale Alumni Schools Committee; Director, El Paso County, since 2004-2011 Texas Trial Lawyers Association Advocates Board of Directors, 2010-2012 American Board of Trial Advocates, inducted in 2012 American Bar Association Gideons International American Association for Justice National Employment Lawyers Association Texas Employment Lawyers Association
PRESENTATIONS Nuts & Bolts of Employment Law Seminar, State Bar of Texas, Austin, Feb. 2006 "A Plaintiff's Case: A Tough But Rewarding Nut to Turn," presenter The Diversity Perspective of Plaintiff's & Defense Counsel, panelist /speaker State Bar of Texas, Austin, June 2006 State Bar of Texas, Santa Fe, NM, October 2006 Labor & Employment Section, Presenting an Economic Damages Expert State Bar of Texas, Galveston, Texas, October 2007 Labor & Employment Section, Family & Medical Leave Act Update Nuts & Bolts of Employment Law Seminar, State Bar of Texas, January 2008 Pleadings & Remand, Paper Annual Update & Skills Conference State Bar of Texas, Santa Fe, NM October 2008 Family and Medical Leave Act Update How to Prove Attorney's Fees El Paso Bar Association, Feb. 2009 Las Vegas Nevada 27th Annual Tulane Law School Multi-State Labor & Employment Seminar Trial Techniques Panelist, Plaintiff's perspective; moderated by Hon. X. Rodriguez San Antonio Texas, May 2009 Advanced Employment Law Course Damages: The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse State Bar of Texas, January 2011 Annual Update & Skills Conference State Bar of Texas, October 2011 Voir Dire: How to Pronounce it and How to Do it