Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 25, 1967; admitted to bar, 1993, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1994, U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico, and 2016, District of Columbia; former Attorney General (2000), and Deputy Attorney General (1997-1999) of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
EDUCATION: Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (B.A. 1989); University of Puerto Rico (J.D. 1992).
REPRESENTATIVE CASES: (a) litigation under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act : (1) Esso Standard Oil Company (Puerto Rico) v. Monroig Zayas, 352 F.Supp.2d 165 (D.P.R. 2005), affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 445 F.3d 13 (1st Cir. 2006), recognizing federal jurisdiction over a declaratory judgment action brought by franchisor against franchisee regarding the validity of a nonrenewal of a franchise relationship due to the parties’ failure to agree; and (2) Santiago Sepúlveda et al. v. Esso Standard Oil Company (Puerto Rico), 582 F.Supp.2d 154 (D.P.R. 2008), recognizing the termination of franchise relationships due to franchisor’s withdrawal from the market; (b) Torres Más v. Carver Boat Corp., 257 F.Supp.2d 484 (D.P.R. 2003), dismissal of quanti minoris claim against vessel manufacturer for alleged defects after federal bench trial; (c) Certiorari issued by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court in Departamento de Asuntos del Consumidor v. Servidores Públicos Unidos de Puerto Rico, 2012 JTS 71, 2012 TSPR 58, regarding benefits of public employees while negotiating first collective bargaining agreement; and (d) Certiorari issued by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court in Ismael Herrero Jr. y otros v. Hon. Gabriel Alcaraz Emanuelli, CC-2011-646, Opinion issued on June 13, 2012, regarding the statutory right and duty of the Consumer Affairs Department to intervene on behalf of class members who were questioning the reasonability of attorney fees of counsel for the class.
LANGUAGES: Spanish and English.