- Oil & Gas Practice
- Employment and Labor Law
- Environmental and Land Use
- Government Relations
- Boston College, B.S., Major in Finance and Marketing, 1992
- University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, J.D., 1995
- Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
- State of New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- Puerto Rico Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Puerto Rico Chapter (coauthored with Albéniz Couret Fuentes) in The Product Regulation and Liability Law Review, 3rd Ed.(2016), Law Business Research Ltd. (London).
Ms. Maldonado has also written several articles for local newspapers and the Firm’s publications on employee benefits and employment law issues. She regularly lectures clients, the general public and attorneys on compliance requirements under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) Privacy Rules and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.
Jessica Asencio Plaza v. Monsanto Caribe, et al., Civil No. PO2018CV00955 (601) (Puerto Rico Court of First Instance, Ponce Part). The court granted summary judgment dismissing all claims of unjustified dismissal, discrimination based on disability, both personally and by association, and age against Monsanto Caribe, LLC after concluding that plaintiff was a temporary employee with no expectation of continued employment and her temporary assignment termination was justified due to tardiness and noncompliance with her work schedule; and not motivated by any discriminatory reason.
Rodriguez v. Manpower, Slip op., Civil. No. 04-2199-CCC (D.P.R. Sept. 22, 2006) available at 2006 WL 2726871.
Defendants obtained judgment granting a Motion for Summary Judgment that resulted in the dismissal of the entire case. In an action pursuant to Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, defendants successfully argued that plaintiff failed to proffer enough evidence to demonstrate that her disability was the reason for the non-renewal of her temporary employment contract. This opinion has been cited in:
- Camille Hébert, Employee Privacy Law, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 2 Empl. Privacy Law § 11:15 n.2 (2014).
- Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law, Proving plaintiff is an individual with a disability—HIV status, 2 Employee and Union Member Guide to Labor Law § 7:44 n.12 (2014).
In re Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (“MTBE”) Products Liability Litigation, 959 F.Supp.2d 476 (S.D.N.Y. July 16, 2013).
The firm obtained judgment granting a Motion to Dismiss filed on behalf of Total Outre-Mer, S.A., umbrella and parent company of Total Petroleum Puerto Rico, Corp., for want of personal jurisdiction. The firm successfully argued that Total Outre-Mer, S.A. has never operated in Puerto Rico and that its contacts are insufficient to support the exercise of personal jurisdiction under the Puerto Rico long arm statutes. This judgment completely limited the client’s exposure to multimillion-dollar product liability.
In re METHYL TERTIARY BUTYL ETHER (“MTBE”) PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION, Slip op., MDL No. 1358 (SAS) (S.D.N.Y. July 12, 2013) available at 2013 WL 3531600.
The firm obtained judgment granting a motion under Rule 26(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to maintain several confidential documents under seal pending the Court’s resolution of a Motion to Dismiss for want of personal jurisdiction. The Firm successfully argued against public disclosure of several documents related to a foreign company in connection with determining its contacts with the forum. This opinion has been cited in:
- Wright & Miller, Fed. Prac. & Proc., Motions to Dismiss—Lack of Jurisdiction Over the Person, 5B Fed. Prac. & Proc. Civ. § 1351 n.44 (3d ed.) (2014).
- Wright & Miller, Fed. Prac. & Proc., Involuntary Dismissal—Effect of Dismissal, 9 Fed. Prac. & Proc. Civ. § 2373 n.3 (3d ed.) (2014).