Pierre Georges Bonnefil Featured in “Opening the Door to the American Dream, Pierre Georges Bonnefil ’88 Earns France’s Highest Honor”

St. John’s Law Magazine

Pierre Georges Bonnefil, a Member of the Firm in the Immigration Law Group of the Labor and Employment practice, in the firm’s New York office, was featured in “Opening the Door to the American Dream, Pierre Georges Bonnefil ’88 Earns France’s Highest Honor,” for his appointment as a Chevalier in the French Légion d'Honneur.

Following is an excerpt:

On May 5, 2015, Pierre Georges Bonnefil ’88 was appointed a Chevalier in the French Légion d’Honneur by the Republic of France. Established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the Légion d’Honneur is France’s highest award and one of the most prized distinctions in the world. It recognizes recipients for their extraordinary accomplishments and outstanding service to the country. As directed by the President of the French Republic, Bonnefil was honored for his selfless service to the French immigrant community in New York. …

This vital work on behalf of the French immigrant community in New York earned Bonnefil the coveted Légion d’Honneur this year. He also received high honors from France in 2007, when he was awarded the prestigious Ordre national du Mérite for his distinguished achievements. Bonnefil is very proud of both awards, and of the work that stands behind them. “Giving back in this way is very important to me,” Bonnefil shares. “My family’s story is the story of millions and millions of American families. We’re a nation of immigrants. That’s what makes us what we are. And we, as a people, should recognize and celebrate all of the beautiful things that difference and diversity brings to our country.”

Read the firm's announcement and the Consul General's comments, with photos from the event.