LEE SEPULVADO-RAMOS

       San Juan, PR, 00918

Practice Areas

  • Oil & Gas Practice

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Injunctive Relief Practice

  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation

  • Trademarks and Copyright Law

  • Corporate Litigation

  • Employment and Labor Law

  • Environmental and Land Use

  • Government Relations

 

Education

  • Pontifical
    Catholic University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, J.D., 1994

  • University of the Sacred Heart of Puerto Rico, B.A., 1991

 

Bar Admissions

  • 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

 

Memberships

  • Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce

  • American Bar Association

Mr. Sepulvado is a Capital Partner, and Head of Litigation Practice at Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret. He started Sepulvado & Maldonado in 2005.

 

Mr. Sepulvado has been practicing law since 1994. He has handled a wide range of disputes in areas including antitrust, government and municipal regulations, product distribution laws and regulations, contract counseling, contract drafting and contract litigation, banking law, construction law, bankruptcy, insurance, trademarks, administrative, corporate and stockholder counseling and litigation, and employment law.

 

Having conducted and defended a vast number of depositions, Mr. Sepulvado has an intensive practice in pre-trial and discovery matters. He has substantial trial advocacy experience having tried a substantial number of trials before state and federal courts.

 

Mr. Sepulvado also leads the Firm’s government affairs practice group. In various occasions, he has testified and submitted written position papers before legislative commissions and administrative agencies, as part of legislative investigations and public hearings to consider proposed legislation and administrative regulations. Mr. Sepulvado regularly conducts meetings with top-level officers from many federal and state administrative agencies in order to further its clients’ interests.

 

Mr. Sepulvado has also dictated seminars to clients on a wide variety of topics and has litigated employment law cases before state and federal courts. Similarly, Mr. Sepulvado has offered continuing legal education seminars on the topic of injunctions and other preliminary relief.

 

Before founding Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret, Mr. Sepulvado was a Partner at Puerto Rico’s largest law firm, McConnell Valdés, where he was a member of the litigation department and the bankruptcy, lobbying and antitrust practice groups, among others. Mr. Sepulvado started his litigation career at Reichard & Escalera, in one of the most reputable litigation departments in Puerto Rico and under the supervision of the highly regarded trial advocate, Mr. Rafael Escalera Rodríguez, Esq.

 

Mr. Sepulvado graduated from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico’s School of Law in May of 1994. Before graduation, he was a member of the Dean’s List of Honor and the Law School’s Law Review. He also worked as a student law clerk for Federal Magistrate Judge Justo Arenas and Federal Judge Jaime Pieras, Jr., at the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

 

Representative Clients

 

Among the clients with whom Mr. Sepulvado has worked and/or currently works on a regular basis are: Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Bank of America, Chrysler Motors Corporation, Esso Standard Oil (Puerto Rico), Inc., General Electric Corporation, Johnson & Johnson International, MBNA America Bank, McDonald’s Corporation, Medline Industries, Saint Lukes Memorial Hospitals, The Shell Company (Puerto Rico) Limited, Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corporation, Universal Insurance Company, and Verizon Information Services.

 

Mr. Sepulvado oversees the Firm’s areas of practice, the relationship with its clients, and its daily operations.

 

Representative Cases

 

Municipio de San Juan v. Urban Transit Solutions, Inc., KLAN201400972 (Sep. 30, 2014).

The firm obtained a judgment in favor of the Municipality of San Juan upholding preliminary injunction issued by Court of First Instance ordering defendants, a municipal contractor in charge of operating parking meters throughout the capital, to cease the operation of parking meters and to surrender their control over to the municipality.

 

Saint Lukes Memorial Hospital v. Dr. Fares Cid Mansur, et als., CC-2009-0848 (P.R. Sup. Ct. Dec. 23, 2011).

 

The firm obtained a judgment in favor of Saint Lukes Memorial Hospital determining that the primary jurisdiction doctrine was inapplicable in a claim filed against an owner of a medical office who wished to operate nuclear medicine imaging system in violation of the medical building’s deed of declaration of horizontal property regime.

 

Santiago-Sepúlveda v. Esso Standard Oil Co. (Puerto Rico), Inc. and Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp., 2012 WL 928707 (D. Puerto Rico March 19, 2012).

 

Firm obtained summary judgment in favor of Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. dismissing two complaints filed by gasoline retailers seeking injunctive and declaratory relief and challenging the validity under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act of the franchise offers they received from Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. following Esso Standard Oil (Puerto Rico), Inc.’s departure from the Puerto Rico market.

 

Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas v. Doral Financial Corp., ___ F. Supp. 2d ___, 2012 WL 234667 (D. Puerto Rico January 26, 2012).

 

The firm was successful in persuading the district court to allow most claims to proceed. After the briefing, the court rejected defendants’ arguments that allegations naming alternative entities were insufficient to put them on proper notice of actionable facts and that the limitations period for claims under Puerto Rico’s Commercial Transactions Act had not been tolled.

 

Bonilla, et al. v. Federación de Ajedrez de Puerto Rico, Inc., ___ F. Supp. 2d ___, 2011 WL 5509086 (D. Puerto Rico November 10, 2011).

 

The firm successfully removed the case to federal district court and eventually obtained summary judgment in favor of a sports association in two consolidated cases seeking preliminary and permanent injunctive relief for claims for alleged violations of federal and state constitutional rights and claims pursuant to the Puerto Rico General Corporations Law. The firm also successfully opposed a petition for a writ of mandamus filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit seeking an order directing the district court judge to remand the cases to the Puerto Rico Court of First Instance.

 

Santiago-Sepúlveda v. Esso Standard Oil Co. (Puerto Rico), Inc. and Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp., 643 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2011).

 

The firm represented and argued the case before the court of appeals panel on behalf of Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. Firm successfully argued that the panel should uphold the dismissal of three complaints filed by over one hundred gasoline retailers seeking injunctive and declaratory relief and challenging the validity under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act of the franchise offers they received from Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. following Esso Standard Oil (Puerto Rico), Inc.’s departure from the Puerto Rico market.

 

Equipo de Baloncesto Capitanes de Arecibo, Inc. v. Premier Basketball League, 706 F. Supp. 2d 195 (D. Puerto Rico 2010).

 

The firm successfully established the jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico over a diversity action under Illinois law filed on behalf of a Puerto Rico basketball team seeking to enjoin its expulsion from the 2010 tournament of a Chicago-based league. Afterward, the court issued a temporary restraining order in favor of client, ordering the league to immediately reinstate the Puerto Rico team, to reschedule the home game that the team had not been able to host and to allow the team to participate in the tournament’s postseason. The parties later entered into a settlement agreement that converted the terms of the order in favor of the team in a permanent injunction against the league.

 

Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. v. Torres-Caraballo, 2009 WL 5103169 (D. Puerto Rico December 14, 2009).

 

The firm obtained a preliminary injunction enjoining gasoline franchisees from using client’s trade dress and colors, from selling products not authorized at the gas station, and ordering the defendant to surrender control and possession of the service station and all equipment for storage and sale of petroleum products. The action was filed on behalf of gasoline wholesaler for violations of the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act and the Lanham Act.

 

Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. v. TC Oil, Corp., 2009 WL 2366563 (D. Puerto Rico July 30, 2009).

 

The firm successfully defended a trademark licensee’s right to have a federal district court entertain a claim for violation of the Lanham Act. The claim was filed on behalf of gasoline wholesaler that had terminated a franchise pursuant to the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act for his failure to operate a gasoline station. Court later granted a preliminary injunction in favor of client and ordered the franchisee to surrender the premises of the station displaying client’s trademark as well as the gasoline station’s equipment.

 

Universal Ins. Co., Inc. v. Warrantech Corp., 392 F. Supp. 2d 205 (D. Puerto Rico 2005).

 

Firm successfully requested remand to state court of action to compel arbitration filed on behalf of Puerto Rico insurance company by establishing that the jurisdictional amount in controversy in the case had to be assessed on the basis of the cost to defendants to arbitrate the dispute in Puerto Rico and that said amount did not reach the threshold for diversity jurisdiction.

ELAINE MALDONADO-MATIAS

Ms. Maldonado is a Capital Partner and Managing Partner at Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret. In addition, she heads the Labor, Employment, and Benefits practice group of the Firm.

 

Having been practicing law since 1995, Ms. Maldonado has focused her legal career in the field of federal and state employment, labor, and employee benefits counseling and litigation. Specifically, she has centered her experience in matters arising under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. In addition, Ms. Maldonado has performed successfully in high-stakes multi-district litigation of environmental law and products liability litigation.

 

Before joining Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret, Ms. Maldonado was a Capital Partner at Puerto Rico’s largest law firm, McConnell Valdés. While at Mcconnel Valdés, she was the chair of the Welfare and ERISA litigation practice area and a Partner of the Labor and Employment Law practice group of said firm. She also served as a law clerk to Judges Pedro López-Oliver and Wilfredo Alicea-López at the Court of First Instance of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and as a student law clerk to Federal Judge Jaime Pieras, Jr., at the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

 

Ms. Maldonado is regarded as one of the most effective and efficient employment attorneys in Puerto Rico. Her “no-nonsense” character builds her reputation and has allowed her to represent large-scale business and companies with high volume of employment and labor challenges.

 

In addition to leading the employment, labor, and benefits practice group, Ms. Maldonado oversees the Firm’s human resources management. She is also in charge of the relationship with its clients and its daily operations.

 

Representative Clients

 

Among the clients with whom Ms. Maldonado has worked or currently works on a regular basis are: Cardinal Health, Citicards Group, Johnson & Johnson International, Ortho Pharmaceuticals, St. Jude Medical, The Shell Company, The Shell Company (Puerto Rico) Limited, Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corporation, Toy’s R Us, Inc., Universal Insurance Company, Medical Management, Caribbean Financial Group, Alcon (Puerto Rico), Inc., and Monsanto Caribe, LLC.

 

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.

 

Representative Cases

 

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).

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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).

       San Juan, PR, 00918

Practice Areas

  • Oil & Gas Practice

  • Employment and Labor Law

  • Environmental and Land Use

  • Government Relations

 

Education

  • Boston College, B.S., Major in Finance and Marketing, 1992

  • University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, J.D., 1995

 

Bar Admissions

  • 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

 

Memberships

  • Puerto Rico Bar Association

  • American Bar Association

  • New York State Bar Association

 

ALBENIZ COURET-FUENTES

       San Juan, PR, 00918

Practice Areas

  • 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

 

Education

  • 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

 

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Notary Public

  • 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

 

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

  • Federal Bar Association

Mr. Couret-Fuentes is a Partner at Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret. His practice extends to virtually all litigation affairs of the Firm, including matters of antitrust and trade regulation, trademarks and copyrights, securities, commercial litigation, distribution and franchising, environmental and land use law, constitutional law, employment law, class actions, injunctive relief practice, and counseling in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Couret-Fuentes has been actively involved with the Firm’s appellate practice, having successfully litigated various cases before the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

 

Mr. Couret-Fuentes joined Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret as an Associate in September of 2009 and became an Income Partner in 2012. Before joining the Firm, Mr. Couret-Fuentes worked as a law clerk to the Hon. Dolores Rodríguez de Oronoz, former Chief Judge of the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals. 

 

During his graduate legal studies at Boston College and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Mr. Couret-Fuentes focused his coursework and research in the United States and Puerto Rican constitutional law, and legal theory. In addition, he took courses and worked on research projects concerning the law and practice of international organizations, international human rights law, self-determination law, comparative law, and the history of U.S. foreign relations. In law school, Mr. Couret-Fuentes was a member of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico Law Review. 

 

Notable Representations

 

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.

 

Publications

 

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)

 

JOSE J. SANTOS-MIMOSO

Mr. José Javier Santos Mimoso is Of Counsel at Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret. His practice focuses on general civil law, employment and labor law, and commercial litigation. Mr. Santos brings with him over twenty (20) years of civil litigation experience in diverse areas, such as employment discrimination, wrongful termination, insurance coverage, civil rights, personal injury, medical malpractice, constitutional torts, and commercial leasing, among others.

 

Mr. Santos joined Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret in January 2013. Before joining the Firm, Mr. Santos’ experience includes working at the law firm of Aldarondo & López Bras, P.S.C., the law firm Totti, Rodríguez-Díaz & Fuentes, and the law firm of Látimer, Biaggi, Rachid, Rodríguez-Surís & Godreau. Mr. Santos is also a former Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office.

 

Mr. Santos’ experience allows him to carry out important mentorship responsibilities within the Firm, as he helps younger attorneys hone and develop their litigation skills.

During his legal formation years, Mr. Santos was a member of the Editorial Board of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law’s Law Review. He also served as summer law clerk for the Hon. Juan M. Pérez Giménez, Senior United States District Court Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

 

Representative Cases

 

Mr. Santos has successfully litigated multiple cases before the local and federal courts involving diverse matters such as breach of contract, disability and age discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful dismissal, personal injury, medical malpractice, political discrimination and constitutional torts. His extensive litigation experience includes lead counsel duties in jury and nonjury trials, as well as oral arguments before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

       San Juan, PR, 00918

 

Practice Areas

  • General Civil Law

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Employment and Labor Law

 

Education

  • Pontifical
    Catholic University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 1992

  • University of Hartford, B.B.A., 1989

 

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Notary Public

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

ALBENIZ COURET FUENTES

  • 787.765.5656

  • acouret@smlawpr.com

  • 252 Ave. Ponce de Leon, Suite 1900 Citibank Tower San Juan, PR, 00918

Mr. Couret-Fuentes is an Income Partner at Sepulvado & Maldonado. His practice extends to virtually all litigation affairs of the Firm, including matters of antitrust and trade regulation, trademarks and copyrights, securities, commercial litigation, distribution and franchising, environmental and land use law, constitutional law, employment law, class actions, injunctive relief practice, and counseling in the oil and gas industry. Mr. Couret-Fuentes has been actively involved with the Firm’s appellate practice, having successfully litigated various cases before the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

 

Mr. Couret-Fuentes joined Sepulvado & Maldonado as an Associate in September of 2009 and became an Income Partner in 2012. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Couret-Fuentes worked as a law clerk to the Hon. Dolores Rodríguez de Oronoz, former Chief Judge of the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals. 

 

During his graduate legal studies at Boston College and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Mr. Couret-Fuentes focused his coursework and research in the United States and Puerto Rican constitutional law, and legal theory. In addition, he took courses and worked on research projects concerning the law and practice of international organizations, international human rights law, self-determination law, comparative law, and the history of U.S. foreign relations. In law school, Mr. Couret-Fuentes was a member of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico Law Review. 

LADY E. CUMPIANO-ALFONSO

       San Juan, PR, 00918

Practice Areas

  • General Civil Litigation

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Employment and Labor Law

 

Education

  • University
    of Puerto Rico, School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Valedictorian, 1995

  • Georgetown University, B.S. in Government and Economics, Cum Laude, 1990

 

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Ms. Cumpiano is Of Counsel at Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret. Ms. Cumpiano has been practicing law since 1995, and her practice focuses on civil, commercial, and employment litigation and counseling. Ms. Cumpiano also has experience handling cases related matters of insurance law.

 

Ms. Cumpiano has worked with Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret since 2008. Her prior experience includes serving as in-house counsel for the multinational corporation PPG Industries, Inc., where she held the position of Assistant Counsel for Labor, Employment, and Benefits. Before serving as in-house counsel at PPG Industries, she worked as an attorney for the law firms of Thorp Reed & Armstrong (now Clark Hill) in Pennsylvania, and McConnell Valdés in Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.

 

Additionally, Ms. Cumpiano has served as Adjunct Professor at the University Of Puerto Rico School Of Law. She has also lectured extensively on employment and employee benefits matters before the general public, attorneys, and human resources professionals.

 

During her legal formation, Ms. Cumpiano achieved the honor of Valedictorian of her law school’s graduating class. She was also selected as the Most Outstanding Student by the Puerto Rico Bar Association.

 

Representative Cases

 

Ms. Cumpiano has successfully litigated multiple cases before state and federal courts involving complex civil matters, commercial disputes, age discrimination, sex discrimination, disability discrimination, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and wage and hour claims.

 

Some of the cases she has successfully handled include:

 

Santiago-Sepúlveda v. Esso Standard Oil Co. (Puerto Rico), Inc. and Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp., 643 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2011).

 

The firm represented and argued the case before the court of appeals panel on behalf of Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. The firm successfully argued that the panel should uphold the dismissal of three complaints filed by over one hundred gasoline retailers seeking injunctive and declaratory relief and challenging the validity under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act of the franchise offers they received from Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp. following Esso Standard Oil (Puerto Rico), Inc.’s departure from the Puerto Rico market.

 

ANIBAL J. NÚÑEZ-GONZÁLEZ

Anibal J. Núñez-González is an Income Partner at Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret. His practice focuses on petroleum derivatives marketing, commercial contracts disputes, licensing and trademarks, distribution and franchising, shareholder disputes, antitrust, and employment law. Mr. Núñez represents clients in the petroleum derivates marketing industries, healthcare, government, and biotechnology.

 

Mr. Núñez also provides corporate counseling to clients regarding commercial deals and agreements, design and draft contracts for clients engaged in the distribution of petroleum derivative products and medical equipment  in Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, and Latin America, and has participated in providing advice to national clients regarding public financing and municipal debt restructuring.

 

Mr. Núñez joined Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret as an Associate in March 2012; in 2017 he was promoted to Income Partner. Before joining Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret, Mr. Núñez worked as Legal Intern in Total Petroleum Puerto Rico Corp.’s Legal Department.

 

While attending law school, Mr. Núñez was an Associate Director of the Board of Directors of the University of Puerto Rico Law Review’s 80th Volume. He also served as Student Practitioner at the University of Puerto Rico’s Legal Aid Clinic, providing representation to clients in state criminal proceedings, and collaborated with the Civil Liberties’ Pro Bono program. Additionally, Mr. Núñez successfully completed a Seminar on Legal Theory and Transhumanism at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

Mr. Núñez's possessed prior commercial experience in the field of product marketing and distribution by working as a Marketing Associate for Isuzu of Puerto Rico, Inc. He also served as Congressional Intern at the office of late Congresswoman, Hon. Juanita Millender-McDonald.

 

Publications

 

Las leyes de descolegiación y la prohibición constitucional de proyectos para condenar, 80 Rev. Jur. UPR 1039 (2011).

 

Notable Representations

 

Telehealth Services, Inc. v. Municipality of San Juan, Civil No. SJ2016CV00216 (907) (Puerto Rico 2016) Obtained judgment dismissing the action for preliminary injunction, declaratory judgment, and damages filed against municipality-administered hospital institution.

 

Rodríguez Del Valle v. Dávila Rivera, et al., Civil No. E AC2016-0063 (702) (Puerto Rico 2016) Obtained judgment dismissing the action for damages and enforcement of a non-compete agreement under Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s Rule 12(b)(6) equivalent.

 

María F. Caldareri v. Citibank N.A., et al., Civil No. 15-2069 (D.P.R. Aug. 11, 2016) Denying defendants' motion to dismiss and compel arbitration filed pursuant to FINRA’s mandatory arbitration provision as to plaintiff’s claim for unjust termination under Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s Law 80.

       San Juan, PR, 00918

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Oil & Gas Practice

  • Injunctive Relief Practice

  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation

  • Corporate Litigation

  • Corporate Counseling

 

Education​

  • University
    of Puerto Rico, School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2011

  • University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, B.B.A. in Finance, Magna Cum Laude, 2006

 

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Notary Public

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

  • Memberships

  • American Bar Association

 

ERIKA I. MARTÍNEZ-RÍOS

       San Juan, PR, 00918

Practice Areas

  • General Civil Law

  • Distribution Law

  • Commercial Law

  • Labor and Employment Law

 

Education

  • University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, 2014

  • University of Puerto Rico, Communications, 2010

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Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

 

Erika I. Martínez-Ríos joined Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret as an Associate in May 2017. Before joining, for more than two years, Ms. Martínez-Ríos worked as an Associate Attorney at the Labor and Employment Law Division of Fiddler, González & Rodríguez, PSC, where she gained experience in litigation of cases of wrongful termination, discrimination, and retaliation, among others.


While in law school, during the summer of 2013, Ms. Martínez-Ríos served as a student law clerk for the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals. Afterwards, during August until December 2013, Ms. Martínez-Ríos served as an intern at the Mediation and Adjudication Office of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor assisting administrative judges in cases regarding wrongful termination and wage and hour claims. During her last semester at law school, Ms. Martínez-Ríos served as a legal clerk at a private law firm, where she worked matters related to Labor and Employment Law, Torts and Contracts.

 

Practice Areas

 

Ms. Martínez-Ríos’ practice includes General Civil Law, Distribution Law, Commercial Law and Labor and Employment Law.

 

Education

 

On the year 2010, Ms. Martínez-Ríos obtained her Bachelor’s Degree magna cum laude in Communications, with a major in Journalism, from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.

 

Afterwards, on May 2014, she obtained her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, where she served as an editor for the Law Review and as a blog news writer of the Student Association of Intellectual Property.

 

Admissions

 

Ms. Martínez-Ríos is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. She is also a notary public.

 

CARLO DEFENDINI-DÍAZ

Carlo Defendini-Díaz joined Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret as an Associate in September 2015. In 2007, Mr. Defendini-Díaz was hired as a law clerk at Ralph Vallone, Jr. Law Offices.  He accepted an attorney position within Ralph Vallone, Jr. Law Offices, wherein he successfully litigated issues of civil, commercial and health law.  Before joining Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret, he practiced law from his own firm.

 

He has key experience in civil litigation; wrote winning briefs on appeals before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals.  Additionally, Mr. Defendini-Díaz has effectively handled and argued cases before the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Court of First Instance.

 

Practice Areas

 

Mr. Defendini-Díaz’ practice includes general civil law, commercial law, and health law.

 

Education

 

Mr. Defendini-Díaz obtained his Bachelor’s Degree summa cum laude in Criminal Justice, with a major in Criminal Investigation, from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico with a 3.94 G.P.A. He also was an Honor Roll student, recognized in the 2005 edition of the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities,” and part of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico’s “Lista de la Rectora” (“Rector’s List”).

 

He obtained a Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law.

 

Admissions

 

Mr. Defendini-Díaz completed the March 2009 Puerto Rico Bar Exam with its ninth highest grade: a 98.3% percentile.  In August 2009, he was admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  In 2010, he was admitted to practice law before the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico. In 2012, he was admitted to the Bar of the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals.

       San Juan, PR, 00918

Practice Areas

  • General Civil Law

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Health Law

 

Education

  • Interamerican
    University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, J.D., 2009

  • Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, B.A. in Criminal Justice, 2005

 

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

 

TATIANA M. ALEJANDRO-SOUFFRONT

       San Juan, PR, 00918

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Government Affairs

  • Regulatory Work

  • Corporate and Contract Law

  • General Counseling

 

Education

  • Pontific Catholic University of PR, School of Law, 2007

  • Jonh's Hopkins University, Government, 2003

  • American University, Psychology and Studio Art, 1999

 

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Notary Public

  • US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

 

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

Tatiana M. Alejandro Souffront joined Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret as an Associate in January 2017. Her prior experience includes acting as General Counsel and Tax Incentives Director for the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. Before serving as General Counsel and Tax Incentives Director for the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, she worked as a solo practitioner and as an attorney for the law firms of RPP Law, P.S.C., and Simonet Sierra Law Offices.

 

Before pursuing a legal career, she worked at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration in Washington, D.C. and the Federal Affairs Office of the Governor of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico. During her law school years, she was a summer associate and law clerk for the firm Martinez, Odell & Calabria, and legal intern at Puerto Rico’s Department of Justice.

 

Practice Areas

 

Ms. Alejandro-Souffront’ practice includes commercial litigation, government affairs, regulatory work, corporate and contract law, and general counseling.

 

Education

 

Mr. Alejandro-Souffront obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from American University with a major in Psychology and minor in Art. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Government from John Hopkins University. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the Pontifical Catholic University.

 

Admissions

 

Ms. Alejandro-Souffront is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

 

AURIVETTE DELIZ-DELGADO

Ms. Aurivette Deliz Delgado joined Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret as an Associate in September 2017. Prior to joining Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret, Ms. Deliz-Delgado worked in the Puerto Rico Department of Labor as Special Legal Advisor to the Secretary of Labor. She also worked for two years in the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority as a Legal Advisor for the Labor Relations Department and as a legal intern in Pedro E. Ruiz Law Offices, P.S.C. 

 

While in law school, during the months of August until December of 2011, Ms. Deliz-Delgado served as a student law clerk for the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals. From August to December of 2012, Ms. Deliz-Delgado practiced as a student practitioner in the Legal Aid Clinic. Moreover, from January through December 2012, Ms. Deliz-Delgado served as a Teacher Assistant to Professor Juan Correa Luna in the courses Introduction to Law, Legal Research and Writing Analysis, and Civil Procedure. During her last year at law school, Ms. Deliz-Delgado worked as a legal clerk at a private law firm, where she worked matters related to Torts and Mortgage Law. As part of her extracurricular activities, Ms. Deliz-Delgado served as President of  E.D.U.C.C.A: Estudiantes de Derecho Unidos Creando Conciencia Ambiental and as Student Counsel Sub Treasurer. 

 

Practice Areas

 

Ms. Deliz-Delgado practice includes General Civil Law, Government Affairs, Labor, Employee Benefits Law and General Counseling.

 

Education

 

Ms. Deliz-Delgado obtained a Bachelor in Environmental Science, cum laude, from the University of Puerto Rico. Ms. Deliz-Delgado was chosen during the early admission period and became a part of the top 100 new Students of the Environmental Science Faculty. She also holds a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Ms. Deliz-Delgado received the Alumni Association Award for Leadership, Academic Average and Services to the University Community.

 

Admissions

 

Ms. Deliz-Delgado is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. She is also a Notary Public.

       San Juan, PR, 00918

Practice Areas

  • General Civil Law

  • Government Affairs

  • General Counseling

  • Labor and Employment Law

 

Education

  • Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2013

  • University of Puerto Rico, B.S. in Environmental Science, Cum Laude, 2006

 

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Notary Public

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

 
 

LUCY QUIÑONES-RIVERA

       San Juan, PR, 00918

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Law

  • Surety Law

  • Insurance Law

  • Medical Malpractice and Torts in General

  • Government Counsel and Litigation

  • Appellate Litigation

 

Education

  • Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 2003

  • Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico, B.A. in Marketing, Summa Cum Laude 2000

 

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Lucy Quiñones-Rivera joined Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret as an Associate in August 2017. Since 2002, Ms. Quiñones-Rivera was hired as a law clerk at the law offices of Jiménez, Meléndez & Cardona. During the summer of 2002, she was chosen by HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Students), among students from across the United States, to participate in an internship at Washington, DC, where she worked at the Federal Deposit Insurance Company.

 

After graduating in 2003, Ms. Quiñones-Rivera became an Associate Attorney at Jiménez, Meléndez & Cardona, where she litigated cases of civil and contract law both in private and public sector. In 2008, she accepted an offer to join Alvarado, Viñas & Fernández as an Associate Attorney, and successfully litigated cases on surety law. After the first year at Alvarado, Viñas & Fernández, she was promoted to Senior Associate. On 2012, she was hired by Integrand Assurance Company to defend the Municipalities of Puerto Rico in a variety of cases around the Island, as well as litigating insurance and subrogation law cases. Before joining Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret, she worked with Sueiro Law Offices in medical malpractice cases for Admiral Insurance Company.

 

Ms. Quiñones-Rivera has experience in civil litigation and has written winning briefs on certioraris before the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals. Additionally, she has effectively handled and argued cases before the Puerto Rico Court of First Instance and the Federal Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

 

Practice Areas

 

Ms. Quiñones-Rivera practice includes federal and local courts in areas such as contracts in private and public sector, administrative law, torts, subrogation law, surety law, insurance law and bankruptcy law, concentrating her experience in subrogation, contract, and torts, focusing most recently in medical malpractice cases.

 

Education

 

Ms. Quiñones-Rivera obtained her Bachelor’s Degree Summa Cum Laude in Business Administration, with a major in Marketing, from the Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico with a 4.0 G.P.A. She also received the Rafael Carrión’s Medal for Highest GPA in Business Administration from the Banco Popular of Puerto Rico; was recognized in the 2000 edition of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities; and was chosen as a member of the Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico 2000 Dean’s List, among other achievements and recognition.

 

She obtained a Juris Doctor degree Suma Cum Laude from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law; was a member of their Honor List since 2001; achieved Valedictorian; and received the Puerto Rico Bar Association Award for Highest Score of Class of 2003. She has attended continuing legal education seminars on topics regarding evidence, civil procedure, PROMESA, and torts, among others.

 

Admissions

 

Ms. Quiñones-Rivera is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

 

Representative Cases

 

Ms. Quiñones-Rivera has successfully litigated numerous cases before the local courts both first instance and appellate, regarding medical malpractice, torts, and contract, administrative, surety, and insurance law.

CENIA M. MERCADO-SANTANA

Ms. Cenia M. Mercado-Santana joined Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret, as a Senior Associate in February 2019. Prior to joining Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret, Ms. Mercado worked in Goldman, Antonetti & Córdova’s Labor and Employment Group for almost five years where she gained experience in litigation of cases of wrongful termination, discrimination, business immigration and retaliation, among others.  She also worked for two years as the executive director of a non profit organization in Puerto Rico while handling her own solo practice that included corporate counseling and commercial litigation.

 

While in law school, Ms. Mercado served as a student law clerk for the Puerto Rico Court of First Instance, San Juan Part in 2007. Moreover, from 2009 to 2011, Ms. Mercado worked at a private law firm where she handled various matters including torts, general civil and criminal law.  

 

Practice Areas

 

Ms. Mercado’s practice includes general civil law, government affairs, labor and employment law and general counseling.

 

Education

 

Ms. Mercado obtained her Bachelor’s Degree magna cum laude in Public Communications, with a major in Public Relations and Advertising, from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.She also holds a Juris Doctor degree, from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law.

 

Admissions

 

Ms. Mercado is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She is also a Public Notary.

       San Juan, PR, 00918

Practice Areas

  • General Civil Law

  • Government Affairs

  • General Counseling

  • Labor and Employment Law

 

Education

  • University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, J.D., 2011

  • University of Puerto Rico, B.S. Public Communication, Major Public Relations and Advertising, 2006

 

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Notary Public

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit

 

SANTIAGO SOLER-MARTÍNEZ

       San Juan, PR, 00918

Practice Areas

  • General Civil Law

  • General Counseling

 

Education

  • Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, J.D., 2010

  • University of Puerto Rico (RUM), B.S. Business, 2007

 

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Notary Public

  • US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico

Santiago J. Soler-Martinez is a litigation attorney specializing in general federal and state litigation and is one of the Trial Attorneys within Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret.  Initially after graduating from law school Mr. Soler-Martinez worked in Los Angeles, California assisting several law firms in general litigation work.  This included being brought onto the defense team in State of California v. Louie Sanchez, the high profile criminal case that came to be known in the media as the “Dodgers Beating Case.”  In addition while in California he also tended to many worker’s compensation cases handling all facets of the case including strategy, case development, and depositions.  Subsequently, in 2014 Mr. Soler-Martinez decided to return to Puerto Rico and pursue his legal career there. Upon his return to Puerto Rico he eventually undertook managing a diverse portfolio of general litigation matters within a general practice.  Because of his background he was brought to assist the defense team in the trial of United States v. Dr. Juan Jose Tull Abreu a health care fraud and white-collar criminal case and also assisted in the defense of the United States v. Glenn Rivera (high profile case involving alleged government corruption that included defendant Anaudi Sanchez and other government officials). 

Education

Mr. Soler-Martinez graduated with honors in 2007 from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus (RUM) with a Bachelors Degree in Business.  He later obtained his Juris Doctor in 2010 from the Inter-American University Law School in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  While in law school he was recognized for his trial advocacy skills and was selected to attend the National Federal Litigation Competitions.

Bar Admissions

He is admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as well as the Federal Bar for the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.  Mr. Soler-Martinez obtained one of the highest passing grades in both the state and federal Puerto Rico bar exams; demonstrating his dominion on the subject matter.   

 

GABRIELA M. PÉREZ-LÓPEZ

Gabriela M. Pérez López joined Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret as an Associate in February 2019. Before joining Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret, during the months of April and May 2018, Ms. Pérez López served as a student law clerk for the law offices of Schuster & Aguiló LLC, for a temporary project.

 

While in law school, during her years of study, Ms. Pérez-López was an active member of the Pro Bono programs against Domestic Violence and “Rescate”. During the months of January through May 2018, Ms. Pérez-López worked on the Police Reform of 2011 with the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”), as part of the Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law.

 

Practice Areas

 

Ms. Pérez-López’s practice includes general civil law and general counseling.

 

Education

 

On the year 2015, Ms. Pérez-López obtained her Bachelor’s Degree magna cum laude in Political Science, from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.

 

Afterwards, in July 2018, she obtained her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law.

 

 Admissions

 

Ms. Pérez-López is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

       San Juan, PR, 00918

Practice Areas

  • General Civil Law

  • General Counseling

 

Education

  • University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2018

  • University of Puerto Rico, B.S. Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, 2015

 

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico