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Carlos S. Arévalo




Northeastern University, J.D., 1991

Boston College, B.A., 1988



Massachusetts (retired) 

Carlos has been practicing law for more than 20 years and still enjoys it as much as when he first started. His goal in practice is to not merely meet, but to consistently exceed his client’s expectations. Carlos represents public and private sector clients ranging from municipalities to corporations in the areas of labor and employment and local government law.

He advocates for his clients in court at the state and federal level and administrative proceedings before the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Labor Relations Board, Illinois Department of Labor and Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Additionally, he has represented public sector entities as corporate counsel dealing with issues related to governance, statutory compliance and transactional matters as well as matters involving labor and employment issues dealing with benefits, termination, discipline, labor arbitration and collective bargaining. He also advises clients on growth and development matters and provides day-to-day advice and counsel.

A true believer in the value of service, Carlos served as president of the McHenry County Bar Association.  He is active in leadership for the Illinois State Bar Association’s labor and employment and local government related committees. He also served as president and president-elect of the Stateline SHRM Chapter. Currently, Carlos sits on the Regional Board of the MercyHealth System and the Board of Directors of the Friends of McHenry County College Foundation. Carlos is a member of the Leadership Greater McHenry County Class of 2013. He frequently speaks on labor and employment issues at the state and local level. 

Born in El Salvador, Carlos moved to Rhode Island as a teen and went to college and law school in Boston. He is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Stateline SHRM: President-Elect 2017, President 2018, Past-President 2019; Illinois SHRM State Council 2018
  • Illinois State Bar Association: Cannabis Law Section Council 2020-2021; Labor & Employment Section Council Chair 2016-2017, Vice Chair 2015-2016, Secretary 2014-2015; Local Government Law Section Council, Member 2020-2021, Chair 2009 - 2010, Vice Chair 2008 - 2009, Secretary 2007 - 2008
  • Regional Community Board: Mercy Health System
  • Board of Directors: Friends of McHenry County College Foundation 
  • Member: Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association, Legislative Committee
  • McHenry County Bar Association: President 2014-2015

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