Areas of Practice

 

Insurance Law and Coverage Litigation

 
We represent the insurance industry in all aspects of its business, including regulatory issues, policy drafting, insurance coverage analysis and litigation, bad-faith litigation, risk assessment, and policyholder’s defense under all types of coverage, including property and casualty, financial lines, directors and officers, and surety. We have a proven track record in the defense of insurers involved in coverage issues under first-party and third-party policies. We regularly handle situations involving single-event building claims, as well as complex losses involving multiple locations caused by catastrophic events, such as the recent onslaught of hurricanes Irma and María. We also handle lawsuits involving agents and brokers, declaratory judgment actions, proceedings before administrative agencies, subrogation cases, and various other types of litigation, including class actions against property and casualty insurers.
 
Attorneys:

Luis N. Saldaña - Román
Shareholder
Born in Seville, Spain, December 17, 1967; admitted to bar, 1992, Puerto Rico; 1993, U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico and U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. Mr. Saldaña is the Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Denmark, San Juan, Puerto Rico since March 2011. Since May 2019 he is also the Honorary Consul for the Kingdom of Sweden (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands). Her Majesty Margrethe II of Denmark bestowed upon him the Order of the Dannebrog on May 2018.
 
Ian P. Carvajal
Shareholder
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 26, 1968; admitted to bar, 1994, Puerto Rico, 1995, State of Louisiana, U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle, Western Districts of Louisiana; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1997, U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico; 1998, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit.
 
Frances R. Colón-Rivera
Partner
Born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, June 7, 1970; admitted to bar, 1996, Puerto Rico, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit and U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico. Ms. Colón has been a speaker on National Business Institute, Fundamentals on Employment Discrimination Law Seminars and on the Council on Education in Management Puerto Rico Employment Law Update Seminars.
 
Manuel Sosa-Báez
Partner
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 6, 1974; admitted to bar, 2002, Puerto Rico; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; and, U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico. Admited to bar, 2013, United States Court for International Trade. Lecturer on Federal Jurisdiction, 2013- present; Adjunct Professor of Maritime Law, University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, 2005-10; Visiting Professor of Maritime Law, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, Summer 2005; Speaker on Maritime Law and Legislation at Ship Operations Cooperative Program’s Meeting, June 22-24, 2004;Author of Puerto Rico Clings to the Uniformity of General Maritime Law, 2 Benedict’s Mar. Bull. 257 (3d Quarter 2004).
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Bayoán Muñiz-Calderón
Partner
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 24, 1979; admitted to bar, 2005, Puerto Rico; U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Court of Appeals
 
Vanessa Blanco-Méndez
Partner
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 16, 1984; admitted to bar, 2010, Puerto Rico; U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico, 2012; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 2015.
 
Fernando Sabater-Clavell
Partner
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 21, 1981; admitted to bar, 2007, Puerto Rico; U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
 
Pedro Quiñones-Suárez
Junior Partner
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 11, 1983; admitted to bar, 2009, Puerto Rico; U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico (2009); U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
 
Lourdes M. Santos Gutiérrez
Junior Partner
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 25, 1979; admitted to bar, 2005, Puerto Rico, U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
 
Carolene Fontanet Smith
Associate
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 18, 1989; admitted to bar, 2015, Puerto Rico; U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, 2015.
 
Xaymara Colón-González
Associate
Born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, September 16, 1986; admitted to bar, 2013, Puerto Rico; U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico (2013).
 
Luis J. Clas Wiscovitch
Associate
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, September 19, 1989; admitted to bar 2016, Puerto Rico; U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Admitted to the Florida Bar, 2018.
 
Johanna Smith Miró
Associate
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico August 14, 1984 Admitted to Bar 2013, Puerto Rico; USDC 2017
 
Manuel E. Mazo Nido
Associate
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 3, 1991; admitted to the Puerto Rico Bar, 2017; U.S District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, awaiting induction ceremony, 2019.
 
Néstor D. Galarza-Díaz
Associate
Born in Cambridge, Maryland; admitted to bar, 2012, Puerto Rico; U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, 2013.