Areas of Practice

 

Labor and Employment Counseling and Litigation

 
The Firm assists clients in the development of employee handbooks, as well as personnel policies and procedures designed to increase compliance and prevent litigation. The Firm also structures and provides seminars to clients and training to management personnel regarding employment related topics, including proper documentation, hiring practices, disciplinary actions, wage and hour laws, employment termination, sexual harassment and employment discrimination, amongst others. The Firm also actively participates in seminars and training sessions for clients and business community groups. The Labor and Employment practice group represents employers in state and federal courts, and administrative forums, in all aspects of employment law, including, wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, sexual harassment and disability claims, as well as wage and hour, workmen’s compensation, retaliation, constitutional rights, and defamation claims. The Firm also represents and defends clients in EEOC charges at the state and federal levels before agencies and in courts; proactive review of personnel policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable employment statutes and prevent or minimize claims; provide advice and representation in labor arbitration matters, including strategy development, case presentation, and legal briefing.
 
Attorneys:


 
Lizette Vélez-Rivé
Shareholder
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 5, 1968; admitted to bar, 1994, Puerto Rico; 1995, U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico and 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.
 

 
Vanessa Blanco-Méndez
Junior 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.
 
Lourdes M. Santos Gutiérrez
Associate
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.
 
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