Alba López Arzola joined Sepulvado Maldonado & Couret as an associate attorney in March 2023. Ms. López-Arzola has been practicing law since 2010, and her practice focuses on appellative proceedings, civil, administrative, and employment law, and counseling in management and human resources matters. Dr. López-Arzola also has extensive experience drafting policies and manual procedures for management, financial, and human talent management.
After graduating from law school, Ms. López-Arzola started working as a law clerk for the Hon. Zadette Bajandas-Vélez, Judge of the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals. She worked with other appellate judges for six years, including the Chief Judges Hon. Migdalia Fraticelli Torres and Sigfrido Steidel Figueroa. Later, she joined the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico as a senior legal advisor (2016-2020) and then as a law clerk under Justice Erick V. Kolthoff Caraballo (2020-2022).
Ms. López-Arzola has also been an adjunct professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law. She offered courses in the Legal Skills Program: Foundation of Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing (JD 125); Intermediate Research and Writing (JD 126). Also, she offered a course on Special Topics in Family Law, Filiation, and Reproductive Rights (surrogate motherhood). She has lectured on governance, transparency, access to information, employment matters, human rights, and domestic abuse.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, in 2009. She also completed the September 2009 Puerto Rico Bar Exam within a 97.7% percentile (rank 15/689). As a law student, she served as a member of the Law Review. Ms. López-Arzola was an honor roll student, recognized in the 2008 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities.”
She earned her Doctorate and Master’s in Law from the University of Valencia in Spain. During her postgraduate studies, she learned about modern law topics, such as economic and social activity, dispute resolution procedures, and research and methodology techniques. The doctoral thesis received a grade of 10/10 and the Excellent Cum Laude Award, with a secret and unanimous decision from the jury members.