Your Legal Team

Eliseo Roques Arroyo

“Proactive counseling is our EDGE, because even the best advice in the world is useless if delivered too late”.

Bar Admissions: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (1998); U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (2000), U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (2000); Washington, District of Columbia (2005).

Education: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (B.A. in Government 1993). Inter American University School of Law (J.D., 1997).

Memberships, Elections and Awards: Housing Senate, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., (1990-1991); Executive Committee, Sigma Phi Epsilon; Alumni Board Director, (1992-1993); Puerto Rico Bar Association; Puerto Rico Association of Notaries; American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association, Puerto Rico Chapter; At-Large Member, Democratic National Committee. Selected as one of Puerto Rico’s top business leaders under forty years old by Caribbean Business (2002). Elected National Vice Chair of the DNC Hispanic Caucus (2005-2009). Served as Co-Chair of Credentials for the 2008 Democratic National Convention; Chair, Puerto Rico Board, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (2014-present), Trustee, South Florida and Puerto Rico Chapter, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Recognized in Chambers and Partners 2016 Global Guide; Puerto Rico Corporate/Commercial (Foreign Expertise).

Experience: Staff Aide, United Nations Association of the United States, (Summer 1990); Executive Assistant to the Puerto Rico Delegate to U.S. Congress, Antonio J. Colorado (1993-1994); Executive Assistant to the Senate Minority Leader, Senate of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, (1994-1996). White House Consultant on Presidential Travel and Advance, (1998-2000). Partner, Smith, Dawson & Andrews (SDA), Washington D.C./San Juan, Puerto Rico (1997-2001). Proprietary Partner/Management Committee, Department Head of Administrative Law and Public Affairs, Martinez Odell & Calabria (2001-2009).

Languages: Spanish, English, French, and Italian.

Practice Areas: General Corporate Law, Administrative Law, Public Affairs, Government Procurement, Civil and Commercial Litigation, and White Collar Crimes.

Marilena Román Gandulla

“EDGE is approaching trust not as a matter of technique, or as a tool but as an element of character”.

Bar Admissions:  Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar (1999).

Education:  Inter American University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, (J.D., 1997); University of Puerto Rico, Magna Cum Laude (B.A. 1994).

Member:  Puerto Rico Bar Association; Puerto Rico Association of Notaries.

Experience: Jiménez & Santoni, Law Clerk (1996-1997); Mendez & Mendez, Law Clerk, (1998); Inter American University, Central Offices, Attorney (1999-2000); Nelson Rivera Cabrera Law Offices, Associate (2000-2001); Fernández, Collins & Rivero Vergne, Associate (2001-2003); Ortiz & Ortiz Law Offices, Associate (2003-2006); Solo Practitioner (2006-2009).

Languages:  Spanish, English and Italian.

Practice Areas:  Civil and Commercial Litigation; Medical Malpractice; Torts; Corporate Law; Administrative Law and Notary Practice.

Alberto Rodríguez

“Sincere communication and mutual respect, that’s my EDGE. This translates into trust”.

Bar Admissions: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (1986); U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (1987); U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (1997).

Education:  Loyola University, New Orleans, LA. University of Puerto Rico (BS, Cum Laude, 1982). Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law (J.D., 1985).

Member: Beta Beta Beta; Phi Alpha Delta; Inter American University of Puerto Rico Law Review, (1984-1985); Federal Bar Association of Puerto Rico; American Bar Association.

Experience:  Martinez Odell & Calabria (1986-2013): Civil and Commercial Litigation; Head of Litigation Department (2001-2013); Co-Managing Partner (2008-2012); Partners Legal Services, P.S.C. (2000-2013) Civil and Commercial Litigation; EDGE Legal Strategies, P.S.C. (2013 – present) Shareholder, Civil and Commercial Litigation.

Languages:  Spanish and English.

Practice Areas:  Administrative Law; Commercial and Civil Litigation and Appellate Practice.

Berenice Bellotti

“Devotion. With devotion comes passion, and with passion a win is never far away. Our devotion gives us an unsurmountable EDGE”. 

Bar Admissions: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (1997); U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (1999); U.S. Court of Appeal, First Circuit (1998); U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1999).

Education: Saint John’s School, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1986 Valedictorian); Queen Mary College, University of London, London, England (1989); Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, (Cum Laude General Studies, A.B. 1990, Concentration in Psychology); Inter American University School of Law, San Juan, Puerto Rico (J.D. Summa Cum Laude, 1996-1997, Valedictorian).

Experience: Auditor I, Price Waterhouse, London, England, and Gibraltar, Europe (1990-1991); Paralegal, Luis Daniel Flores, Esq., San Juan, Puerto Rico, (1991-1993); Law Clerk, Puerto Rico Supreme Court, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1997-1998); Partner, McConnell Valdes, LLC, (1996, 1998-2002); Professor, Inter American University School of Law (2001-2002); Claims Counsel and Director of Legal and Claims Office in Puerto Rico, Stewart Title Guaranty Co., San Juan, Puerto Rico (2003-2009); Deputy Secretary of Legal Affairs Puerto Rico Treasury Department (2009-2010); Of Counsel, Del Toro & Santana (2009, 2010-2016).

Languages: Spanish and English.

Practice Area: Insurance, Complex Civil Litigation; Insurance Coverage and Defense; Real Estate Title Insurance; Real Estate Litigation; Distributor and Sales Representative Litigation and Contract Drafting; Directors’ & Officers’ Liability Litigation and Coverage Opinions; Federal Civil Practice; Antitrust Litigation; RICO Civil Litigation; False Claims Act Civil Litigation; Medicare Act Litigation; Employment Law Litigation; Corporate Law; Education Law; Board of Directors’ Defense Ligation; Food Regulation and Appellate Practice.

Maritere Figueroa Colón

“In challenging times, offering prompt and accurate legal advice to our clients is our EDGE and our foremost obligation.”.

Bar Admission: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (1998); U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (1999); U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (1998); U.S. Supreme Court (2004).

Education: Georgetown University, Bachelor of Arts, Government and Economics. (Cum Laude, 1994); University of Puerto Rico, School of Law (J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1997).

Member: Courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Supreme Court of the United States, Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Bar Association.

Experience: Deputy Executive Director, Automobile Accidents Compensation Administration (2014-2016); Executive Director of Legal Affairs, Automobile Accidents Compensation Administration (2013-2014); Attorney at Law, Enrique Peral Law Offices (2011-2013), Attorney-Junior Partner, Muñoz Boneta Benitez Brugueras & Peral Law Offices (1997-2010).

Languages:  Spanish and English.

Practice Areas:  Commercial and Business Litigation, Labor & Employment Law, Corporate Law & Contracts, Governmental Affairs/Administration, Management of Insurance Company, Negotiation and Arbitration.

Carlos W. López Freytes

“Our EDGE is to develop results-oriented strategies and pursue a balance between public policy laws and environmental issues”.

Bar Admissions:  Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (2001); U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (2001).

Education:  University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S. in Chemical Engineering, 1997); University of Puerto Rico Law School (J.D., 2000); Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont (LLM in Environmental Law, 2001).

Member:  University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Scholar (1992-1997); Continuous Chromatography Project Team Member, Honorable Mention, UW Engineering Expo (1995); Member, Engineering Fountain Project, Engineering Expo (1995); Engineer in Training, FE Engineering Exam (1998); Member, Environmental Moot Court Competition in Pace University, New York, (2000); Puerto Rico Bar Association.

Experience:  Assistant Advisor to the Governor, Hon. Sila M. Calderon, for Natural Resources, Planning and Regulation, Governor’s Office, Hon. Sila M. Calderón, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (2001); Advisor to the Governor for Environmental, Permits, Telecommunications and Regulatory Issues, Hon. Sila M. Calderón, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, (2002-2004).

Languages:  Spanish and English.

Practice Areas:  Administrative, Real Estate and Environmental Law; Public Policy and Government; Planning, Infrastructure, Construction and Permit Related Affairs.

Eyck Lugo

“EDGE is trust built and maintained by many small actions over time”.

Bar Admissions:  Supreme Court of Puerto Rico (1999); New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department (2000); Puerto Rico Notary Public (2001); U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (2001); U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (2002).

Education: Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts (B.A. in International Relations 1995); Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York (J.D., 1998).

Member: Puerto Rico Bar Association; Puerto Rico Association of Notaries; Federal Bar Association, Puerto Rico Chapter; New York State Bar Association.

Experience: Associate Attorney, Corporate Finance and Telecommunications Practice Groups, Axtmayer Adsuar Muñiz & Goyco, PSC (1998-1999); Associate Attorney, Maymí, Aponte-Parsi & Rivera, PSC (1999-2001); Partner, Litigation Practice Group, Martínez Odell & Calabria (2001-2009); Partner, Correa Acevedo Law Offices, PSC (2009-2010).

Languages:  Spanish and English.

Practice Areas:  Civil and Commercial Litigation; Creditors’ Rights; Bankruptcy; State and Federal Appellate Practice; Franchise and Distribution Rights; Real Estate Law, Construction Law; Admiralty; Telecommunications Regulation; Commercial Transactions; Negotiable Instruments; Banking Law; Administrative Law; Corporate Governance; Insurance Defense; Arbitration and Mediation.

Giovanni Picorelli-Ayala

“Creation, innovation, efficiency and personal attention; that’s my EDGE!”.

Bar Admission: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (1996); U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (2001); U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit (2002)

Education: Colegio San José Rio Piedras, P.R. (1984); University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus (B.A., 1989); The College of Insurance New York, N.Y. Diploma in Risk Management & Insurance (1990); Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law (JD, 1996).

Member: Puerto Rico Bar Association; Puerto Rico Bar of Notaries.

Experience: Partner, De Corral & De Mier Law Offices (1996-2016), Antilles Insurance Company/Claims Department (1990-1993), Public Relations- Department of Labor in San Juan, Puerto Rico (1986).

Languages:  Spanish and English.

Practice Areas:  Civil, Commercial and Insurance Litigation; Medical Malpractice; State and Federal Appellate Practice.

Joanne Pardo-Márquez

“EDGE is timeliness. A quick and accurate response may be the difference between a good result and a long costly litigation”.

Bar Admissions: Supreme Court of Puerto Rico (1998); Puerto Rico Notary Public (1998); U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (1999); U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1999); U.S Supreme Court (2004).

Education: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, (B.A. in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude (1992); Inter American University, School of Law (J.D., 1997).

Member: Puerto Rico Bar Association; Federal Bar Association, Puerto Rico Chapter, (Director 2008-2010); American Immigration Lawyers Association; Association of Labor Practitioners; Society for Human Resources.

Experience: Law Clerk Puerto Rico Court of Appeals (1997-1998); Associate Attorney Gaztambide & Plaza Law Offices (1998-2001); Immigration Attorney,
Private Practice (2001-2003); Associate Attorney, Labor and Employment Practice, Manuel A. Nuñez Law Offices (2003-2006); Associate Attorney, Labor and Employment Department, Martínez Alvarez, Menendez Cortada & Lefranc Romero, PSC (2006-2010); Associate Attorney, Labor and Employment Department, Mercado, Soto, Ronda, Amundaray & Pascual, PSC (2010-2012). Professor, University of Phoenix School of Business  (2009-present); Legal Advisor to the Commission of Labor Relations, Consumers Affairs, and Job Creations, Senate of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, (2013-2016).

Languages:  Spanish and English.

Practice Areas:  Labor and Employment Law, including employment litigation, collective bargaining and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board; Immigration Law; Civil and Commercial Law.

Vilmarys M. Quinones

Vilmarys M. Quiñones

“EDGE is to never settle for less. Greatness is the result of the relentless pursuit to be better than yesterday”.

Bar Admissions: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (2013); Puerto Rico Notary Public (2013); U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (2014).

Education: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (B.A. in Political Science, 2009) Magna Cum Laude; University of Puerto Rico, School of Law (J.D., 2012), Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. In Global Health Law, Certificate in U.S. Health Law, 2017).

Experience: Law Clerk, Puerto Rico Court of Appeals (2011); Special Assistant to the Secretary, Legal Division, Puerto Rico Department of Education (2013-2016); AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Washington, D.C. (2016) Molina Healthcare, Inc., Washington, D.C. (2017).

Languages:  Spanish and English.

Practice Areas:  General Corporate Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Administrative Law, Health Law.

Ana Mary Rivera-Connick

“Our EDGE is assuring our clients that even in complex and changing times, they can trust that our firm will expeditiously assist them with all their legal needs.”  

Bar Admission: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (2017); Puerto Rico Notary Public (2018); U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (2018).

Education: New York University School of Law, NY (LL.M. focused in Health Law, 2018); Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2016); University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus (B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, 2013).

Member: New York City Bar Association (2017-2018); Health Law and Policy Society (Board Member 2017-2018); Federal Bar Association (2014-2017).

Experience: New York Legal Assistance Group, Legal Health Unit (2017-2018); Law Clerk, Puerto Rico Supreme Court (2016); Law Clerk, Puerto Rico Court of Appeals (2015); Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Federal Monitor (2015); Editor-in-Chief of the Revista de Derecho Puertorriqueño Law Review (2015-2016).

Languages: English and Spanish.

Practice Areas: Health Law, Insurance Law, Employment Discrimination Law, Administrative Law, Civil Rights, General Corporate, Civil and Commercial Litigation.

787.522.2000 Ext. 8999

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