|Emilio J. Huerta, General Counsel
Born in Stockton, Calif. in 1957 one of 11 children of United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, Emilio J. Huerta was brought up in the farm workers’ movement. He graduated with an associate degree in negotiations and collective bargaining from the Fred W. Ross Labor Education Center in 1978.
As a union negotiator with the UFW from 1977 to 1980, Huerta organized workers around the collective bargaining process, helped them negotiate contracts with employers and handled grievance and arbitration cases.
Huerta earned a B.A. degree in political science from California State University, Bakersfield in 1983 and a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1987.
From 1988 to 1990, he represented the UFW and individual farm workers in the prosecution of unfair labor practice charges before the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board, assisted with union representation elections and represented the UFW and farm workers in grievance and arbitration cases.
Between 1990 and 1992, Huerta worked with the Law Offices of Marco E. Lopez, drafting pleadings and motions involving cases on behalf of undocumented workers who were victims of police brutality and other civil rights violations.
Later, he worked as legal representative and staff attorney for the UFW and the farm worker movement-affiliated non-profit organizations and corporate entities, including the Robert F. Kennedy Farm Workers Medical Plan, the Juan de la Cruz Farm Workers Pension Plan and the National Farm Workers Service Center Inc.
From 1997 to 1999, Huerta was corporate general counsel, corporate secretary and executive vice president of NFWSC’s Housing and Community Economic Development Fund.
At the Law Offices of Emilio J. Huerta, he currently serves as corporate general counsel for NFWSC and its affiliated corporations and limited partnerships. Since 1983, Huerta has assisted NFWSC in developing more than $117 million in housing developments.
He is also on the board of the Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance Inc. and is a national representative of the UFW.