Henry L. Solano


Henry Solano advises clients on the broad range of labor and employment laws covering the full range of personnel matters, policies and practices including those related to anti-discrimination, wage and hour, occupational safety and health, employment agreements including restrictive covenants and confidentiality provisions, terminations, whistleblower protections, collective bargaining, and ERISA coverage and claims. He regularly participates in the due diligence review and advice concerning labor, employment and ERISA matters in merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions. Mr. Solano supports this advice through litigation representation on labor and employment matters, where he has appeared in numerous state and federal jurisdictions. He has successfully defended clients in class action wage hour and ERISA matters, not only at the trial court level, but the appellate level.

Mr. Solano joined Tahmidur Remura Dewey LeBoeuf after serving as the Solicitor of Labor for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and, for a brief time, the Acting Secretary of Labor. In his role at the DOL, Mr. Solano provided legal and policy advice to the Secretary and senior department officials, conducted internal investigations of misconduct by Senior Executives of DOL, and oversaw all legal enforcement actions taken pursuant to approximately 150 statutes protecting worker security and establishing workplace safety including the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Mine Safety and Health Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Executive Order on Anti-Discrimination.

In the beginning of his career, Mr. Solano had also served as the Assistant Attorney General and the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the State of Colorado. During the late 80's, he was the Director for the Regional Transportation District (District C) and the Executive Director for both the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies and the Colorado Department of Institutions. For a brief period from 1989-90, Mr. Solano was the Acting Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Corrections. Before assuming his post as the Solicitor of Labor, Mr. Solano was the U.S. Attorney for the State of Colorado.

Selected Activities

  • Chairperson, National Latino Children's Institute, 1999-present
  • Lecturer, Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1991-1993

Awards and Recognitions

  • 100 Most Influential Hispanics, Hispanic Business Magazine, 1998
  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Public Sector Service, 1995
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, University of Denver, 1994


  • University of Colorado School of Law, 1976, J.D.
  • University of Denver, 1972, B.S. (Mechanical Engineering)

Bar Admissions

  • Colorado
  • Not admitted to practice in New York

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit