- Oil & Gas Practice
- Commercial Litigation
- Injunctive Relief Practice
- Constitutional Law
- Antitrust and Trade Regulation
- Trademarks and Copyright Law
- Corporate Litigation
- Employment and Labor Law
- Environmental and Land Use
- Appellate Litigation
- Boston College, LL.M., 2008
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, LL.M. in International Law, 2009
- Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2003
- University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, B.A. in Public Communication, Magna Cum Laude, 2000
- Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
- U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- Supreme Court of the United States of America
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
In re MTBE Products Liability Litigation, Civil Nos. 07-10470, 14-01014 (SAS) (S.D.N.Y.) Represents an operating company based in Puerto Rico, a commodity trading and shipping company located in Texas, and a holding company in France, in a multidistrict litigation before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York involving federal and Puerto Rico law claims for alleged contamination by the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and its byproduct tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA).
Saint Luke’s Memorial Hospital v. Fares Cid Mansur, et al., CC-2009-0848 (Puerto Rico Supreme Court Dec. 23, 2011) (judgment) Granting writ of certiorari and reversing a decision of the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals that vacated an order enjoining the installation and use of nuclear medicine equipment in an office condominium. On remand and after further briefing, the Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s injunction.
Santiago-Sepúlveda v. Esso Standard Oil Co. (Puerto Rico), Inc. and Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp., 643 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2011) Upholding a district court’s judgment dismissing three complaints filed by over one hundred gasoline retailers seeking declaratory and injunctive relief as well as damages. The case involved a Petroleum Marketing Practices Act-based challenge to the validity of the franchise offers by Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. to former Esso Standard Oil Co. (Puerto Rico), Inc. retailers after acquiring Esso’s retail stations network following that wholesaler’s withdrawal from the Puerto Rico market.
Rubén Rosado Solano, et al. v. Franquicias de Martín’s B.B.Q., Inc., Civil No. 13-1083, 2014 WL 67336 (D.P.R. Jan. 8, 2014) Holding that claims from the breach of a contract governed by Puerto Rico law concerning the use of a trademark raised a federal question for trademark infringement under the Lanham Act.
In re Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) Prods. Liab. Litig., 959 F. Supp. 2d 476 (S.D.N.Y. 2013) Granting pre-answer motion to dismiss action for lack of personal jurisdiction over Total Outre-Mer, S.A., a French entity and former parent company of Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp., in a multidistrict litigation over the alleged contamination, actual or threatened, of soil and groundwater from the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) and its byproduct tertiary butyl alcohol (TBA).
Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas v. Doral Financial Corp., 841 F. Supp. 2d 593 (D.P.R. 2012) Allowing most claims for damages arising out of the mishandling of a check processed through the Federal Reserve Bank system to proceed. The court also rejected the defendants’ arguments that allegations naming alternative entities were insufficient to give them adequate notice of actionable facts and the claims against them. The court further held that the limitations period for claims under Puerto Rico’s Commercial Transactions Act had been tolled.
Equipo de Baloncesto Capitanes de Arecibo, Inc. v. Premier Basketball League, No. 10-cv-1272, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35219 (D.P.R. Apr. 9, 2010) Holding that the District of Puerto Rico had personal jurisdiction over a Chicago-based basketball league in a diversity action under Illinois law filed on behalf of a Puerto Rico team seeking to enjoin its expulsion from the league’s 2010 tournament. Afterwards, the court issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) instructing the defendant to immediately reinstate the Puerto Rico team and the parties entered into a settlement agreement that converted the terms of the TRO into a permanent injunction against the league.
Municipality of Isabela v. Machado Ramos, No. 12-00378, 2013 WL 4777168 (Bkrtcy. D.P.R. Sept. 5, 2013) Summary judgment in favor of Puerto Rico municipality dismissing debtor’s claim for damages for alleged violation of the Section 362(a) of the Bankruptcy Code’s automatic stay.
In re Ramos, No. 12-06448, 2012 Bankr. LEXIS 5158 (Bkrtcy. D.P.R. Nov. 2, 2012) Issuing order for immediate surrender of nonresidential real property after holding that the lease agreement was validly terminated pursuant to non-bankruptcy law and thus was not part of the bankruptcy estate.
Cedó Gaudier, et al. v. Elmec Industries, Inc., et al., Civil No. 11-01585 (DRD) (D.P.R.) Represented a company dedicated to the production of custards in a dispute regarding the right to use the “FLAN-ES-CEDÓ” brand. Litigation secured Elmec Industries, Inc.’s ownership rights over the trademark and their registration in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Hernández Alonso v. Ricomini Bakery Cabo Rojo, Inc., KLAN2011-202090, 2013 WL 3356669 (Puerto Rico Court of Appeals May 21, 2013) Reversing a partial judgment from the lower court that held that a franchisee of a comfitures chain could not seek redress pursuant to the Puerto Rico Dealer’s Act.
Rosa Ramos v. Bartolo, Inc., et al., Civil No. KPE 04-1715 (902) (Puerto Rico Court of First Instance, San Juan Part) Granting summary judgment dismissing federal and state employment claims and constitutional claims against Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. after concluding that the company did not become a successor employer after the termination of a franchisee’s right to operate three “TOTAL”-branded service stations.
Has represented Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. in several disputes in federal court regarding repossession of gasoline stations in actions based on the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act and the Lanham Act.
Puerto Rico Chapter (coauthored with Elaine M. Maldonado-Matías) in The Product Regulation and Liability Law Review, 3rd Ed.(2016), Law Business Research Ltd. (London).
First Things First: Coming to Terms with the Origins, Meaning, and Demands of Puerto Rico’s Establishment Clause, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico Law Review, 44 (No. 1): 91-118 (August-May 2009-2010)
Separación de poderes y reclamo presidencial de autoridad para apresar indefinidamente ‘combatientes enemigos’: Un repaso a la advertencia del caso Padilla, Puerto Rico Bar Association Review, 67 (No. 4): 11-54 (2006)
El Estado de Israel como sujeto de Derecho internacional: Una reflexión sobre su legitimidad, derechos humanos y la búsqueda de la paz en el conflicto árabe-israelí, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico Law Review, 37: 1-31 (2002)
The Judicial Role in Creating Puerto Rico’s Political Condition and Contemporary Judicial Passiveness on the Subject, Letters Blogatory (guest post) (July 17, 2012)