Junior Partner

Manuel E. Mazo-Nido

Mr. Mazo-Nido is a litigator and defense lawyer. In his over 7 years of experience, Mr. Mazo-Nido has handled an array of legal matters, ranging from commercial and banking claims to torts and employment litigation. Further, his practice at SCVR has been focused on advising and defending insurers regarding claims arising from Errors & Omissions, Commercial General Liability, and property insurance policies. In so doing, Mr. Mazo-Nido has managed numerous complex and contentious cases that resulted in favorable settlements for his clients. He also has extensive experience in appellate practice. 

In a case of first impression before Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court, Mr. Mazo-Nido successfully argued for the dismissal of the claim against his client, a private school’s insurance company, brought by one of the institution’s students and her parents, seeking damages due to the minor’s sexual assault by a teacher. Mr. Mazo-Nido convinced the Court that the insurer had no duty to defend or indemnify the insured school, because the damages claimed in the complaint were excluded from coverage by the intentional conduct exclusion in the school’s Directors & Officers policy. In its holding, the Court adopted Mr. Mazo-Nido’s argument that the phrase “arising out of” should be interpreted broadly. See W.M.M. v. Puerto Rico Christian School, Inc., 211 D.P.R. 871 (2023).

At the First Instance Court level, Mr. Mazo-Nido effectively represented a title investigator in a case concerning an incomplete title study he prepared. In that lawsuit, a married couple demanded reimbursement of the economic damages they sustained as a result of purchasing a thrice-mortgaged residential property, claiming that their damages arose from the title study’s omission of 2 of the property’s mortgages. Mr. Mazo-Nido obtained summary judgment in favor of his client upon demonstrating that plaintiffs’ damages were caused by their own actions and omissions and those of the subject property’s sellers. Upon reviewing Plaintiffs’ appeal, the Appellate Court confirmed the First Instance Court’s decision. See Lamela Pérez v. Aldo Sessarego, KLAN202100685 (TA 2021).

Mr. Mazo-Nido is a Junior Partner at SCVR. He joined the firm in 2019, after working at a boutique law firm where he specialized in banking and commercial litigation, including RESPA, FIRREA, and Uniform Commerce Code cases.

  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude)
  • Seton Hill University (B.A., Psychology)
  • Puerto Rico
  • Puerto Rico Notary Public
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
  • W.M.M. v. Puerto Rico Christian School, Inc., 211 D.P.R. 871 (2023)
  • Lamela Pérez v. Aldo Sessarego, KLAN202100685 (TA 2021)
  • Atenas Medical & Shopping Center v. Óptima Seguros, AR2019CV01689 (TPI 2019)