Founded in 1946, McConnell Valdés LLC is one of the largest Hispanic-owned law firms in the world.
With close to 100 lawyers, it is recognized as one of the top firms in the region, and the largest in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. It is a full-service law firm with practice areas covering virtually every aspect of business in Puerto Rico.
Our lawyers combine the firm’s extensive experience in corporate and commercial matters and transactional skills to serve clients in every type of business transaction. Our client base is varied in terms of size and industry, ranging from individuals and privately-held businesses to publicly-traded companies in the financial, health care, insurance, pharmaceutical, retail and consumer goods industries. Areas of practice include financial institutions, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, government affairs, health, securities and trusts and estates.
Environmental, Energy and Land Use
The group has worked extensively on energy projects, combining its regulatory experience with a practical knowledge of the various legal disciplines that are essential for the establishment and operation of a successful energy company. The group also has a thorough understanding and years of experience in all aspects of environmental, zoning and planning laws and regulations, including counseling in location approvals, construction permitting and re-zoning procedures.
Labor and Employment
The group has led major union movement employer campaigns and elections and has championed court decisions that have resulted in leading case law in areas such as age, gender and disability discrimination, sexual harassment and workers’ compensation. Other areas of practice include welfare benefits, ERISA and immigration laws.
The group is well known for its ability to handle complex litigation, including class action matters, environmental and tax litigation. It is also highly commended for its handling of appeals before the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals, the Puerto Rico Supreme Court as well as the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Specialty areas include intellectual property, bankruptcy and workouts, distribution and franchising, securities and product liability litigation.
Real Estate and Financing
The group has served as banks’ and borrowers’ counsel in most of the important financing transactions in Puerto Rico. Having participated in the financing of all major hotel and resort projects in Puerto Rico, their expertise in the hospitality industry, particularly in hotel and resort development is unmatched.
The group provides advice on the formation, operation, restructuring and disposition of business entities in Puerto Rico. Our lawyers work closely with clients on the appropriate choice of entity upon initial business formation and provide advice in the areas of Puerto Rico and federal tax issues, excise and municipal licenses and taxes. Other areas of practice include tax exemption, tax litigation and employee benefits.