Pierre Georges Bonnefil Featured in “Pierre Georges Bonnefil ’88 Earns France’s Highest Honor”St. John's Law Magazine Fall 2015
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 St. John’s Law Magazine, in “Pierre Georges Bonnefil ’88 Earns France’s Highest Honor.” Mr. Bonnefil was appointed a Chevalier in the French Légion d’Honneur by the Republic of France earlier this year and accepted the prestigious award from Bertrand Lortholary, the French Consul General.
Following is an excerpt:
Staying true to his roots, throughout his career, Bonnefil has worked pro bono to help struggling immigrants settle in the United States. In addition to sharing his expertise through the media, for the last 15 years, he has volunteered as immigration counsel for the French Consulate General in New York. In that role he helps newly-arrived French citizens and others navigate the often murky waters of U.S. immigration law.
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 that 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 bring to our country.”