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

Manuel H. Cairo

Associate
Phoenix,  AZ  U.S.A.
Phone602.382.6534

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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
 
LanguagesSpanish
 
Born1978
 
Biography

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.

Employment

Manuel Cairo 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 regularly speaks to industry groups and provides commentary on current employment law issues to various news organizations.

Representative 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.

Immigration/Worksite Enforcement

Manuel Cairo represents employers in connection with worksite enforcement issues and developing comprehensive immigration corporate compliance programs. Manuel represents employers at all stages of worksite enforcement matters before U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer. He also assists employers with all matters concerning the hiring and employment verification process, including providing training and counsel regarding compliance, conducting Form I-9 audits, establishing written policies and procedures, and addressing "no-match" letters (or similar information) from federal and state government agencies. Manuel is experienced in performing corporate due diligence concerning immigration practices in the context of mergers and acquisitions and represents businesses in connection with contractor compliance issues.

In today's rapidly evolving era of worksite enforcement, immigration compliance is not complete without an understanding and effective application of the anti-discrimination provisions of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and the Immigration and Nationality Act (§ 274B). Manuel represents employers in addressing these related matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices. He also counsels employers on navigating the fine line between compliance and discrimination and regularly creates written anti-discrimination policies and procedures for employers.

Manuel is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, regularly speaks to industry groups, and provides commentary on current immigration issues to various news organizations throughout the country.

Representative Experience

• Defended employer against worksite enforcement claims brought by the State of Arizona pursuant to the Legal Arizona Workers Act ("LAWA").

• Represented various employers at all stages of worksite enforcement investigations initiated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including Form I-9 inspections, Notice of Intent to Fine negotiations, and appeals before the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer.

• Represented employer in connection with a claim of national origin discrimination filed by the employee with the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

• Drafted numerous written policies and procedures encapsulating best employment practices.

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

Representative Presentations & Publications

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

• 2013 Diversity Champions, Phoenix Business Journal (2013)

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

• 40 Under 40, Phoenix Business Journal (2013)

Community Involvement

• Volunteer Lawyers Program

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

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

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

 
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Office Information

Manuel H. Cairo

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




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