Raul Salinas is a bilingual Los Angeles-based lawyer with a significant international practice as well as an extensive domestic private sector client base. During the course of his 35+ years of practicing law, Raul has represented Mexican professional sports teams; served as general counsel representing the US affiliate of one of the largest universities in Mexico, advised on offshore private placement offerings in Latin America; and represented several of the largest pharmaceuticals in Japan and Italy involving breaches of international licensing agreements.
Raul serves as the Managing Shareholder in the Los Angeles office of AlvaradoSmith. As a trusted advisor to senior corporate executives, Raul draws upon his extensive experience to help his clients create opportunities and overcome challenges in business, employment, healthcare, government, and international affairs. An effective and practical problem-solver, Raul helps his clients navigate and respond to complex and high-profile matters. He draws upon his crisis management experience to provide clear and consistent guidance across a wide range of issues, including high-profile employment, corporate governance issues, and litigation strategy matters. Raul is equally comfortable in the courtroom as he is in the boardroom. As a trial attorney, Raul has appeared in federal and state courts throughout California, including before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, and various other state appellate courts.
His experience as General Counsel to national companies and organizations includes guidance and suggested approaches for implementing governance platforms to strengthen operations, advised on bylaw amendments to increase an organization’s scope and reach. As a result of these organizational improvements, his clients’ national brand images have improved and restored, leading to significant revenue opportunities and contributing to AlvaradoSmith’s designation as one of “America’s Top Corporate Law Firms” by Forbes. In the 1990s, the number of firms and companies addressing the impact of diversity and equity was relatively small. Raul left a well-reputed “white shoe” litigation firm to help start a firm that promoted community service and inclusionary efforts in the legal profession. As a result of his business practice and community leadership, Raul observed that while several corporations began to develop affinity groups, there was a need for connectivity, synergy, and support to promote diversity in Corporate America. In response, Raul established the California Hispanic Corporate Council, a non-profit dedicated to increasing the representation of Latinos and Latinas in corporate senior management positions in both the public and private sectors.
What makes Raul an influential leader is his integrity and his strong and demonstrated commitment to civic leadership, particularly in the areas of affordable housing, diversity, and community-based health care research in medically underserved areas. Presently, he sits on Boards of Directors for various national non-profit organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he focuses on the increased procurement and growth of diverse-owned businesses of all sizes. As an Advisory Board member of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, Raul established a scholarship for diverse students. At Adventist Health White Memorial Medical Center, Raul chairs its Center for Hispanic Health and its mission to help serve East LA’s medically underserved community through research and improved health conditions. Through his board leadership at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes Raul has helped one of LA’s leading cultural centers and historical museums through the pandemic closure and construction efforts. He is the immediate past Chair of the Board for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, where he helped raise $800,000 through chairing its virtual Builder’s Ball. His past involvement as a board member also includes the Women’s Foundation of California and the State Bar of California’s Judicial Nominees and Evaluation Commission.
The Los Angeles business community has recognized Raul’s commitment to positive social and economic change. He was recently named a Leader of Influence and nominated a Leader in Law by the Los Angeles Business Journal. He was awarded the Humanitarian Award by the Hollenbeck Police Activities League of the Los Angeles Police Department, recognizing Raul’s humanitarian efforts and role in helping change the landscape of LA. He has also been inducted into the California Minority Counsel Program’s Diversity Leader Hall of Fame for his decades-long efforts of promoting Diversity, Equity & Inclusion throughout the business and legal sectors.