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Latin-America Guide

Dispute Resolution — Puerto Rico


Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLC - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Pace-setting disputes practice garnering widespread recognition for its strength in this area. Fields a strong bench of lawyers with expertise in civil, commercial and administrative litigation, as well as arbitration. Particularly active in class action lawsuits as well as financial disputes involving bondholders. Represents clients from a wide array of industries, including major names from the financial services, energy and natural resources and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths Market commentators describe it as "a group of talented lawyers who do a lot of complex work."

One source considers the firm's "extensive knowledge of Puerto Rico’s legal framework" as a key strength.

Work highlights Represented Puerto Rico Telephone Company in three consumer class actions in state courts, alleging separate types of excess charges. The cases were worth in excess of USD100 million.

Notable practitioners

Néstor Méndez maintains his top-tier reputation for defending clients in commercial litigation, particularly cases involving consumer class actions. Recent examples of this type of work include representing the Puerto Rico Telephone Company. He is also noted by sources for his experience in complex arbitration cases.

Jorge Peirats wields extensive experience in commercial litigation. He acts for both public and private clients on a range of disputes often involving claims for damages and alleged breaches of contract.

Oreste Ramos is praised by sources for being "very thorough and very accessible" as well as someone who "knows the court system and provides sage advice." He focuses his practice on commercial litigation cases.

María Trelles is considered a "fantastic" litigator by market sources. She represents a range of clients from public bodies, such as the Puerto Rico Ports Authority, to commercial banks and medical companies.

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Casellas Alcover & Burgos - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded boutique practice handling all types of dispute resolution mechanisms. Team is extremely capable in litigation and mediation relating to debt restructuring as well as bankruptcy proceedings. Also represents companies in administrative litigation and commercial disputes linked to franchising. Clients are drawn from various industries with notable concentrations in health insurance as well as food and beverages, telecommunications and technology.

Strengths Sources praise the skills of the lawyers, with one interviewee stating: "They are not just legal technicians; they provide excellent practical advice."

Work highlights Represented AT&T and successfully obtained summary judgment in a complaint filed against the Autonomous Municipality of Caguas challenging the validity of a municipal business contribution under the Municipal License Tax.

Notable practitioners

"Able litigator" César Alcover is recognised for representing clients in commercial litigation particularly involving the healthcare and insurance sectors. He is very experienced in disputes and appeals involving damages claims for alleged breaches of contract.

Ricardo Casellas is described by his clients as a "superb" litigator who "is always a pleasure to work with even if the situations and the work are difficult." He represents clients in both commercial litigation and arbitration, including notable names from the food and drink and media industries.

Heriberto Burgos Perez predominantly represents corporate clients in finance disputes. One market commentator says: "He is diligent, dedicated and user-friendly," while another notes: "His judgement is superb and he is always available and highly responsive."

Up-and-coming partner Natalia Morales Echeverría focuses on commercial litigation. She is experienced working with clients from the real estate, telecommunication and insurance sectors.

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McConnell Valdés LLC - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Sizeable practice with a distinguished track record handling commercial litigation relating to contracts such as distribution agreements, as well as significant disputes involving class action lawsuits. Uniquely placed to handle government enforcement and white collar crime cases. Acts for international broker-deals in litigation and arbitration cases relating to Puerto Rican mutual funds. Also instructed to represent major insurance, pharmaceutical and energy companies.

Strengths One market commentator highlights the firm's capacity, saying: "They are the largest such firm in Puerto Rico and possess good depth and good talent."

Work highlights Represented Taubman subsidiary Plaza Internacional in a contract dispute with one of its anchor tenants, Saks Fifth Avenue, following its failure to commence repairs after Hurricane Maria.

Notable practitioners

Arturo García-Solá continues to garner praise and respect from peers and clients in the dispute resolution field. One source highlights his tenacity in court, saying: "He is excellent, he is a bulldog." He continues to represent clients at all court levels in Puerto Rico, and is particularly experienced assisting large international corporations.

Raúl Arias-Marxuach has extensive experience in handling litigation matters for a variety of clients, including major names in the healthcare sector. He is described by commentators as a "well-rounded" litigator who "prepares for and understands his cases very well."

Antonio Arias is highly experienced in bankruptcy litigation, and known especially for his representation of clients in restructuring and matters relating to investment funds. He advises both creditors and debtors.

Market commentators say that Juan Marqués-Díaz "is a great mediator who can calm things down, and how he litigates is fantastic." He is experienced in acting for private companies on contractual disputes involving damages claims, among other issues.

The "agile" Eduardo Zayas is experienced handling contentious litigation matters for a breadth of clients. He is especially active assisting defendants with insurance-related claims.

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We are nimble negotiators, often bringing matters to a speedy resolution through mediated settlements that avoid costly and lengthy trials. In the courtroom, our experienced litigators are aggressive, persuasive advocates for our clients, whether they are facing high-stakes class actions or challenging the constitutionality of local tax law. Our team litigators welcome the challenge of handling difficult cases in every forum, from judicial courts and administrative agencies to specialized and tribunals. And, unlike many other firms in Puerto Rico, we have extensive trial by jury experience. 

We work closely with our clients to involve them in every stage of the litigation process, as we pursue and resolve  everything from complex commercial and corporate matters to contractual disputes, from issues of first impressions to a range of securities, tax, insurance and distribution law and other business-related matters.

For our roster of local and multinational clients, we are trusted partners. Clients facing the challenges of litigation look to us for exceptional – and cost-effective – representation before local and federal fora, as well as in multi-district litigation venues such as the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Court. We continue to build on our proven track record by obtaining successful outcomes for corporate  clients of all sizes, as well as for individuals.

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O'Neill & Borges LLC - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice advising on civil and commercial litigation, mediation and arbitration. Well equipped to represent clients at the federal and state level. Team has notable activity defending companies against class action lawsuits and acting on securities arbitration. Also recognised for its considerable strength in bankruptcy proceedings. Regularly represents major players from the insurance, financial services and healthcare sectors. Recent client wins include AES Puerto Rico.

Strengths One client reports: "They are detail-oriented, responsive, and thorough in their analysis of each ease."

Work highlights Defended a bid award on behalf of MCS Health Management Options and MCS Advantage regarding a health insurance plan for retirees of the University of Puerto Rico.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman David Freedman remains a highly reputed expert in commercial disputes and commands respect across the industry. He is described by sources as "an amazing lawyer."

Hermann Bauer-Alvarez's expertise covers bankruptcy and insolvency as well as commercial disputes. He primarily represents financial services providers, including banks and investment funds. One client describes him as "very skilful, practical and effective."

Salvador Antonetti Stutts is highlighted by market commentators for his "amazing intelligence" and technical skill. "He has incredible knowledge on loads of topics," reports one source. He handles a range of commercial litigation cases including class action and product liability suits.

Sources single Carla García-Benítez out for her intelligence and technical proficiency. Her commercial litigation practice encompasses disputes involving clients from the oil and gas and financial services industries.

Carlos Valldejuly-Sastre is noted for his experience in mass tort cases at both federal and local court levels. His expertise spans a range of industries, including energy and banking. He acts both on litigation and arbitration.

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Reichard & Escalera LLC - Dispute Resolution Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Revered practice group routinely representing clients in contentious matters, with particular experience in antitrust litigation and commercial disputes relating to distribution agreements. Offers expertise in cases with a constitutional component. Team has notable activity representing banks and hedge funds in restructuring cases. Client roster includes both US and Latin American businesses from the technology, dairy and fast food industries.

Strengths One source says: "They are very quick, efficient, and responsive and are able to give us answers that are very considered and rooted in reason."

Notable practitioners

Rafael Escalera is lauded by one source as "an outstanding professional with a profound and extraordinary knowledge of litigation." Another interviewee enthuses: "He's a straight shooter, he never over promises. He is very thoughtful and deliberate, he understands the importance of long term strategy - that it's not just about getting a quick win, but the repercussions."

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Our Litigation Department is heavily oriented towards complex commercial litigation in a wide variety of fields.  Right now the Department is involved in a multi-district antitrust litigation in Alabama; it is defending a client against a government initiated action related to the opioids controversy; represents defendants in a civil RICO case about the management of several foundations; represents plaintiffs in a constitutional litigation against the federal government regarding social assistance programs in Puerto Rico; and represents the largest group of public debt creditors in the most important aspect of Puerto Rico's bankruptcy proceedings under the PROMESA Law.  In the past it has litigated fraud, securities, super fund, distribution law, labor and trademark cases among many others.  The Department also has a substantial ADR practice.  The Department represents all sorts of corporate clients from hedge funds to international conglomerates, pharmaceuticals and manufacturers.

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Adsuar Muñiz Goyco Seda & Pérez-Ochoa, P.S.C. - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established practice group experienced acting for local and international clients on civil, commercial and administrative litigation. Team's capabilities span disputes involving antitrust considerations, debt collection and distribution agreements. Represents notable names from the financial services, automotive and construction industries.

Notable practitioners

Commentators note that Eric Pérez-Ochoa "is very savvy in terms of trial experience." He chairs the litigation practice and brings a wealth of experience in commercial and civil litigation, including disputes emanating from franchise agreements.

Pedro Jiménez-Rodríguez acts on complex civil disputes including those related to antitrust issues or financial transactions. He is especially well versed in securities-related litigation and arbitration.

Luis Oliver is considered "an amazing lawyer" and an expert in antitrust matters by market sources, who highlight his strong experience and performance on his feet. He also acts on distribution rights issues.

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Ferraiuoli LLC - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Emerging practice handling civil and commercial litigation for clients hailing from the insurance, banking and manufacturing sectors. Routinely handles claims for damages and alleged rights violations as well as breaches of contract. Caribbean Investment & Acquisition, Lanco Manufacturing and Max Chemical are new client wins.

Strengths One client says: "I enjoy working with them a lot because they are business-oriented, get things done quickly and they always get in touch rapidly."

Work highlights Represented Banco Popular de Puerto Rico in a suit and related counter-suit against Danny's International over the collection of monies and the foreclosure of a mortgage.

Notable practitioners

Roberto Cámara-Fuertes is praised as "an amazing legal strategist" by one client, while another states: "His litigation skills are superb; I've seen him take on lawyers from other firms and completely squash them."

Sonia Colón concentrates her practice on insolvency cases. She primarily represents creditors in debt-related litigation. She also has notable experience in fraud cases

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Marini Pietrantoni Muñiz, LLC - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for New firm composed of former members of O'Neill & Borges' disputes practice. Lawyers boast particular strength in bankruptcy proceedings as well as in other types of civil litigation involving financial institutions. Also represents clients in regulatory disputes and arbitration cases.

Notable practitioners

Luis Marini is widely recognised as an expert in bankruptcy cases, as one source identifies: "He is one of the top lawyers for creditors rights and always impresses in complex bankruptcy proceedings." Another client describes Marini as "responsive, detail oriented and thorough in his analysis of each case."

Clients report that Manuel Pietrantoni "has a unique commercial insight that takes the business into consideration. He understands what we have to go through when dealing with complex commercial litigation matters."

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Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced firm offering advice to domestic and international clients on litigation and injunctions, with particular experience in contentious matters emanating from the oil and gas sector. Team also offers expertise in commercial litigation relating to distribution agreements, as well as antitrust cases and bankruptcy proceedings.

Strengths One interviewee highlights the group's "complex litigation and injunction analysis and its ability to get to the crux of the issue."

Work highlights Represented The Bank of New York Mellon in a dispute over municipal bonds issued by several entities in Puerto Rico and an attempt by the bank to secure payment guarantees.

Notable practitioners

Albeniz Couret offers particular expertise in oil and gas, transport and banking disputes. Market commentators say: "He really knows his stuff, he has commercial sophistication and understands well the interplay of contractual law and litigation."

Interviewees recommend Lee Sepulvado as "a very sophisticated litigator with a great depth of experience with the court," and note that "he is very strong in tactical decision making in terms of how to proceed with the case." He specialises in representing clients in the petroleum industry.

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Toro, Colón, Mullet, Rivera & Sifre - Dispute Resolution Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised practice with notable strength in arbitration and commercial litigation. Regularly called upon to represent local and international clients from such sectors as insurance, telecommunications and banking. Team has additional expertise in environmental disputes between private parties and public entities.

Notable practitioners

Manuel Fernandez-Bared predominantly handles commercial disputes in relation to product liability and securities. He is well versed in contractual disputes and bankruptcy matters.

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Senior Statesperson

Salvador Antonetti-Zequeira

Antonetti Montalvo & Ramírez-Coll (AMRC)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Salvador Antonetti-Zequeira of Antonetti Montalvo & Ramírez-Coll (AMRC) is known for his hands-on approach to commercial dispute cases, and is highly respected as an expert in the field. He offers substantial experience as a mediator and arbitrator in addition to his litigation acumen.

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Senior Statesperson

Nigaglioni Law Offices PSC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ruben Nigaglioni of Nigaglioni Law Offices PSC maintains a respected profile in the market for his extensive disputes experience. His reputation in the field is built upon an impressive track record in litigation.

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Eminent Practitioner

Arturo García-Solá

McConnell Valdés LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Arturo García-Solá continues to garner praise and respect from peers and clients in the dispute resolution field. One source highlights his tenacity in court, saying: "He is excellent, he is a bulldog." He continues to represent clients at all court levels in Puerto Rico, and is particularly experienced assisting large international corporations.

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Band 1

Reichard & Escalera LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Rafael Escalera is lauded by one source as "an outstanding professional with a profound and extraordinary knowledge of litigation." Another interviewee enthuses: "He's a straight shooter, he never over promises. He is very thoughtful and deliberate, he understands the importance of long term strategy - that it's not just about getting a quick win, but the repercussions."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Néstor Méndez maintains his top-tier reputation for defending clients in commercial litigation, particularly cases involving consumer class actions. Recent examples of this type of work include representing the Puerto Rico Telephone Company. He is also noted by sources for his experience in complex arbitration cases.

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Band 2

Casellas Alcover & Burgos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

"Able litigator" César Alcover is recognised for representing clients in commercial litigation particularly involving the healthcare and insurance sectors. He is very experienced in disputes and appeals involving damages claims for alleged breaches of contract.

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Band 2

Raúl Arias-Marxuach

McConnell Valdés LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Raúl Arias-Marxuach has extensive experience in handling litigation matters for a variety of clients, including major names in the healthcare sector. He is described by commentators as a "well-rounded" litigator who "prepares for and understands his cases very well."

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Band 2

Ricardo F Casellas

Casellas Alcover & Burgos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ricardo Casellas is described by his clients as a "superb" litigatorwho "is always a pleasure to work with even if the situations and the work are difficult." He represents clients in both commercial litigation and arbitration, including notable names from the food and drink and media industries.

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Band 2

Eric Pérez-Ochoa

Adsuar Muñiz Goyco Seda & Pérez-Ochoa, P.S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Commentators note that Eric Pérez-Ochoa"is very savvy in terms of trial experience." He chairs the litigation practice and brings a wealth of experience in commercial and civil litigation, including disputes emanating from franchise agreements.

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Band 3

Salvador Antonetti Stutts

O'Neill & Borges LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Salvador Antonetti Stutts is highlighted by market commentators for his "amazing intelligence" and technical skill. "He has incredible knowledge on loads of topics," reports one source. He handles a range of commercial litigation cases including class action and product liability suits.

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Band 3

Roberto A Cámara-Fuertes

Ferraiuoli LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Roberto Cámara-Fuertes is praised as "an amazing legal strategist" by one client, while another states: "His litigation skills are superb; I've seen him take on lawyers from other firms and completely squash them."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Albeniz Couret offers particular expertise in oil and gas, transport and banking disputes. Market commentators say: "He really knows his stuff, he has commercial sophistication and understands well the interplay of contractual law and litigation."

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Band 3

Morell Bauzá Cartagena & Dapena LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ramón Dapena of Morell Bauzá Cartagena & Dapena LLC is "very competent and very experienced" according to market commentators. He focuses his practice on antitrust and regulatory law disputes.

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Band 3

Carla García-Benítez

O'Neill & Borges LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources single Carla García-Benítez out for her intelligence and technical proficiency. Her commercial litigation practice encompasses disputes involving clients from the oil and gas and financial services industries.

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Band 3

Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Jorge Peirats wields extensive experience in commercial litigation. He acts for both public and private clients on a range of disputes often involving claims for damages and alleged breaches of contract.

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Band 3

Manuel A Pietrantoni

Marini Pietrantoni Muñiz, LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients report that Manuel Pietrantoni"has a unique commercial insight that takes the business into consideration. He understands what we have to go through when dealing with complex commercial litigation matters."

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Band 3

Oreste Ricardo Ramos

Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Oreste Ramos is praised by sources for being "very thorough and very accessible" as well as someone who "knows the court system and provides sage advice."  He focuses his practice on commercial litigation cases.

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Band 3

Carlos Rodríguez-Vidal

Goldman Antonetti & Córdova

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Rodríguez-Vidal chairs the litigation department at Goldman Antonetti & Córdova. He is known for specialising in contracts disputes, working with clients from various industries.

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Band 3

Sepulvado, Maldonado & Couret

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Interviewees recommend Lee Sepulvado as "a very sophisticated litigator with a great depth of experience with the court," and note that "he is very strong in tactical decision making in terms of how to proceed with the case." He specialises in representing clients in the petroleum industry.

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Band 3

Jaime Toro-Monserrate

MeléndezTorres Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Jaime Toro-Monserrate of MeléndezTorres Law is described as "a very good litigator" by interviewees. Sources highlight that "he is very careful; he writes and prepares very well for cases." He is experienced acting in banking and securities disputes at state and federal levels.

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Band 3

Carlos A Valldejuly-Sastre

O'Neill & Borges LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Carlos Valldejuly-Sastre is noted for his experience in mass tort cases at both federal and local court levels. His expertise spans a range of industries, including energy and banking. He acts both on litigation and arbitration.

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Band 4

Francisco Bruno - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sole practitioner Francisco Bruno is recognised for his experience in maritime and environmental disputes, as well as general commercial litigation cases. He is especially well versed in toxic tort cases.

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Band 4

Heriberto Burgos Perez

Casellas Alcover & Burgos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Heriberto Burgos Perez predominantly represents corporate clients in finance disputes. One market commentator says: "He is diligent, dedicated and user-friendly," while another notes: "His judgement is superb and he is always available and highly responsive."

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Band 4

Manuel Fernandez-Bared

Toro, Colón, Mullet, Rivera & Sifre

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Manuel Fernandez-Bared predominantly handles commercial disputes in relation to product liability and securities. He is well versed in contractual disputes and bankruptcy matters.

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Band 4

Pedro A Jiménez-Rodríguez

Adsuar Muñiz Goyco Seda & Pérez-Ochoa, P.S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Pedro Jiménez-Rodríguez acts on complex civil disputes including those related to antitrust issues or financial transactions. He is especially well versed in securities-related litigation and arbitration.

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Band 4

Juan A. Marqués-Díaz

McConnell Valdés LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators say that Juan Marqués-Díaz"is a great mediator who can calm things down, and how he litigates is fantastic."  He is experienced in acting for private companies on contractual disputes involving damages claims, among other issues.

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Band 4

Adsuar Muñiz Goyco Seda & Pérez-Ochoa, P.S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Luis Oliver is considered "an amazing lawyer" and an expert in antitrust matters by market sources, who highlight his strong experience and performance on his feet. He also acts on distribution rights issues.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Jose L Ramirez-Coll

Antonetti Montalvo & Ramírez-Coll (AMRC)

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Jose Ramirez-Coll of Antonetti Montalvo & Ramírez-Coll (AMRC) is described by sources as a litigator with "great intelligence." He is experienced in a variety of contentious matters, including product liability and banking disputes. 

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Band 4

María Dolores Trelles

Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

María Trelles is considered a "fantastic" litigator by market sources. She represents a range of clients from public bodies, such as the Puerto Rico Ports Authority, to commercial banks and medical companies. 

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Band 4

McConnell Valdés LLC

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "agile"Eduardo Zayas is experienced handling contentious litigation matters for a breadth of clients. He is especially active assisting defendants with insurance-related claims.

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Up and Coming

Natalia Morales Echeverría

Casellas Alcover & Burgos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Natalia Morales Echeverría focuses on commercial litigation. She is experienced working with clients from the real estate, telecommunication and insurance sectors.

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