Manuel H. Cairo: Lawyer with Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Manuel H. Cairo

Phoenix,  AZ  U.S.A.

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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Immigration
  • Labor and Employment
  • International
University University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., Political Science, 2001; Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society, Provost's Honor List
Law SchoolThe University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 2005 Senior Managing Editor, Journal of Gender, Race and Justice
Admitted2006, Arizona; United States District Court, District of Arizona

Professional Memberships & Activities

•State Bar of Arizona

•American Bar Association

•Hispanic National Bar Association

•Los Abogados

•American Immigration Lawyers Association

•Maricopa County Bar Association

•Employment Law Section


Manuel Cairo's practice is concentrated on labor and employment, and immigration law matters. He represents employers in single and multi-plaintiff disputes in federal and state courts regarding discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, wage and hour, trade secret, wrongful termination, business torts, and other types of employment matters. Manuel also has experience representing employers regarding occupational safety and health, and workers' compensation matters before the Industrial Commission of Arizona.

Manuel's practice also focuses on counseling employers on worksite enforcement and corporate compliance strategies. He regularly advises employers in developing comprehensive best practices designed to avoid employer liability under both federal and state immigration laws.

Manuel chairs the firm's Committee on Diversity & Inclusion and is a regular speaker and commentator on current employment and immigration issues.

Representative Presentations & Publications

How to Structure Employment Agreements, Co-Presenter, The Emerging Business Seminar Series, Phoenix, Arizona (April 2, 2014)

Immigration Law Update: Lessons from Workplace Enforcement Raids,Presenter, Employment Tool Kit Seminar, Snell & Wilmer, Costa Mesa, California (November 7, 2013)

Employment Law 101: Recognizing The Top Mistakes Made by Mid-Sized Employers, Presenter, P.A.C.E. (Paramount Advisory Committee Enterprise) Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (October 8, 2013)

Money For Lunch Talk Show: Worksite Enforcement for Employers, Radio Talk Show Guest, Phoenix, Arizona (May 16, 2013)

Employment Eligibility Verification Process: Form I-9 and Prohibited Practices, Presenter, Event Alert, Orange County, California (April 25, 2013)

Employment Eligibility Verification Process: Form I-9 and Prohibited Practices, Presenter, Event Alert, Phoenix, Arizona (April 24, 2013)

The ICE-man Cometh ... and the IRS is Right Behind Him, Co-Speaker, Arizona SHRM Council Employment Law & Legislative Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (March 22, 2013)

Employment Law All-Stars: The I-9 Inspection Process and Avoiding Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices, Faculty, State Bar of Arizona State Bar Convention, Phoenix, Arizona (June 22, 2012)

Walking a Fine Line in The New Era of Worksite Enforcement, Presenter, Arizona SHRM State Council Employment Law & Legislative Conference, Phoenix, Arizona (March 8, 2012)

Error Free I-9s, Employment Tool Kit Series 2011, Presenter, Tucson, Arizona (December 8, 2011); Phoenix, Arizona (December 6, 2011)

Do you need IMAGE? Promoting employer compliance with immigration laws, Co-Author, Daily Journal (September 1, 2011)

Employment Toolkit 2010: The Tools You Need for Tomorrow's Workplace, Co-Presenter (June 23, 2010)

Give Me Back My Stuff: Adding Bite to An Employer's Demand Through the CFAA,Author, ACC Focus (Arizona Chapter) (3d Q. 2009)

The Legal Arizona Workers Act and Updates to the Family Medical Leave Act,Maricopa County Small Business Enterprises Program: CHANGE Workshop, Phoenix, Arizona (Jan. 30, 2009)

Immigration Law Update and Training,Employment Tool Kit Series 2009, Tucson, Arizona (Jan. 21, 2009)

Form I-9 Training,CAVCO Headquarters, Phoenix, Arizona (Jan. 9, 2009)

Immigration Law: Making Sense of Form I-9,Arizona Employment Council, Phoenix, Arizona (Nov. 7, 2008)

Immigration Law: Making Sense of Form I-9,Employment Tool Kit Series 2008, Phoenix, Arizona (Nov. 5, 2008)

Tracking the Changes and Charting the Course,Employment Tool Kit Series 2008, Phoenix, Arizona (Oct. 29, 2008)

Employee Handbooks, American Subcontractors Association of Arizona, Tempe, Arizona (June 17, 2008)

Minimizing OSHA Liability(presented in Spanish), Liberty West Painting, Phoenix, Arizona (March 21, 2008)

Workplace Immigration Issues, Focus on the Workplace Symposium, Las Vegas, Nevada (Dec. 14, 2007)

Maintaining Professionalism in the Workplace, City of Maricopa, Maricopa, Arizona (Dec. 5, 2007)

The Legal Arizona Workers Act(H.B. 2779), American Council of Engineering Companies, Phoenix, Arizona (Nov. 29, 2007)

Workplace Immigration Issues, Associated General Contractors of American and Framing Contractors Association, Las Vegas, Nevada (Nov. 14, 2007)

E-Verify: Employment Eligibility Verification, Arizona Employment Council, co-presented with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Phoenix, Arizona (Oct. 31, 2007)

The Legal Arizona Workers Act(H.B. 2779), Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, co-presented with the Pima County Attorney Office, Tucson, Arizona (Oct. 17, 2007)

Workplace Immigration Issues, Focus on the Workplace Symposium, Costa Mesa, California (Sept. 18, 2007)

The Legal Arizona Workers Act(H.B. 2779), Arizona Employment Council, Phoenix, Arizona (Aug. 3, 2007)

An Employer's Rights & Responsibilities During an OSHA Investigation(presented in Spanish), Dow Industries, Las Vegas, Nevada (Nov. 9, 2006)

Professional Recognition & Awards

•Club Leaders of the Future,Latino Leaders(2014)

•2013 Diversity Champions,Phoenix Business Journal(2013)

Southwest Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition - Employment & Labor (2013-2014)

•40 Under 40, PhoenixBusiness Journal(2013)

Community Involvement

•Volunteer Lawyers Program

•Local First Arizona Foundation, Board of Directors (2014-present)

•Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (2010-present)

•Rosie's House A Music Academy for Children, Board of Directors (2013-2014)

•Center for Research in Engineering, Science and Technology, Advisory Committee (2013-present)

Related News

Apr 14 Southwest Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 79 Snell & Wilmer Arizona Attorneys 32 Attorneys Named to Southwest Rising Stars

Dec 18 Snell & Wilmer Elects 15 New Partners

Oct 11 Phoenix Business Journal Names Snell & Wilmer Attorney Manuel Cairo as 2013 Diversity Champion

Aug 12 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 96 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Also Names 45 Firm Attorneys to the 2013 Rising Stars List

Jun 28 Phoenix Business Journal Honors Snell & Wilmer Attorneys Manuel Cairo and Julie Maurer to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2013

Apr 15 Southwest Super Lawyers Recognizes 53 Snell & Wilmer Attorneys in Phoenix and Tucson Also Names 24 Attorneys to the 2012 Rising Stars List

Mar 12 Attorney at Law Magazine Honors Snell & Wilmer with Diversity and Inclusion Best Practice Award

Jan 28 Snell & Wilmer Attorney Manuel Cairo Elected to Rosie's House Board of Directors

Sep 01 Do you need IMAGE? Promoting employer compliance with immigration laws

Dec 14 Snell & Wilmer Attorney Manuel H. Cairo Appointed to Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board Of Directors

Related Publications

Oct 04 Workplace Word - Steering Away the Trojan Horse: Lessons from Worksite Enforcement Actions

Mar 08 Legal Alert New Form I-9 Has Arrived

Aug 22 Legal Alert - Continue Using Expired Version of the Current Form I-9

Jun 15 Legal Alert - DHS Announces DREAM Act Alternative

May 31 Workplace Word - May 2012

Criminal Background Checks - Title VII and the Fair Credit Reporting Act Aug 09 Legal Alert: Do You Need IMAGE?

Apr 27 Workplace Word-May 2011

Youth Employees: Considerations for Employers Hiring Teenagers Sep 08 Legal Alert: Update - E-Verify Rule for Federal Contractors/Subcontractors Effective September 8, 2009


Jul 01 Focus, ACC America

Jan 27 Legal Alert: New Form I-9

Nov 25 Legal Alert: Federal Contractors/Subcontractors Have Additional E-Verify Requirements

Oct 30 Under Construction - October 2008

Jul 01 Legal Alert: New Form I-9

Jun 10 Legal Alert: All Federal Contractors Required to Electronically Verify Employees' Employment Eligibility

May 14 Legal Alert: The Voluntary Employer Enhanced Program Under H.B. 2745

May 06 Legal Alert: Update on Immigration Matters - State and Federal

Feb 04 Workplace Word: February 2008 - Employer Immunity For Employee Cyberthreats?

Dec 10 Legal Alert: Arizona's New Immigration Law Takes Effect January 1, 2008


Oct 16 Legal Alert: Immigration Update - Safe Harbor Rule on Hold

Aug 28 Workplace Word: August 2007 - An Employer's Liability for Leased Employee's Injuries

Aug 03 Top 10 List: How to Deal with Immigration Agents

Jul 01 Legal Alert: Complying with Arizona's New Immigration Law

Reported CasesRepresentative Experience; Represented employer against plaintiff's allegation that he was denied promotion opportunities because of his race and national origin. Represented employer against plaintiff's allegation that his employer retaliated against him because he filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Represented employer against former employees who, while working for the employer, established a competing enterprise; affirmatively caused the employer to incur losses in operations; and wrongfully used confidential, proprietary and trade secreted information. Defended various employers against allegations of retaliatory employment practices in violation of the whistleblower provisions of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, Arizona Employment Protection Act, and other similar statutes. Applied the mathematical and probability concepts of statistical significance (Four-Fifths and Two Standard Deviation Rules) in assessing employer's reduction in force. Represented employer against a dozen charges of discrimination simultaneously filed by employees with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Represented employer against plaintiff's race and national origin discrimination and hostile work environment claims. Represented employer against a terminated employee who filed a charge of religious discrimination with the Arizona Civil Rights Division and subsequently filed suit for unpaid wages. Represented employer against plaintiff's sex discrimination, hostile work environment, disability discrimination, retaliation and negligent hiring claims. Counseled large employer through a complete restructuring of employment practices to address existing legal exposure exceeding several millions of dollars and to develop and implement written policies and procedures as well as comprehensive best practices consistent with employment laws. Represented employer and employee at all stages to obtain an injunction against harassment and an injunction against workplace harassment against a third party who was repeatedly calling, threatening and stalking employee at the place of business. Defended over 100 employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Arizona Civil Rights Division.
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Manuel H. Cairo

400 East Van Buren Street, Suite 1900
PhoenixAZ 85004-2202


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