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McConnell Valdés LLC

Environment

2 ranked lawyersBand 1Puerto RicoLatin America 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

McConnell Valdés boasts a market-leading environmental practice group with standout experience in advising clients on regulatory matters before the Puerto Rico Energy Commission. Boasts further skill representing clients in natural resources disputes, alleged groundwater contamination and environmental matters relating to fuel-handling facilities. Clients include pharmaceutical and energy companies. Enel X and Santander are among the firm's new client wins.

Strengths

A client enthuses: "McConnell Valdés' wide spectrum of services, thorough and in-depth analysis and legal advice on current and future options and solutions are invaluable."

Another respondent goes on to add: "They have a very strong understanding of commercial issues."

Work highlights

McConnell Valdés acted for a medical device manufacturer on a fuel spill matter, handling the interaction with government agencies, investigation and remediation activities.

Notable practitioners

Outstanding practitioner Carlos Fernández-Lugo "is an excellent lawyer who goes above and beyond what is asked of him and is extremely commercial," according to an impressed client interviewee. Another respondent compounds such praise, stating: "Carlos Fernández-Lugo knows the local regulatory framework very well and is very solution oriented as he provides practical, actionable advice." Peers attest to his leading position in this area.

Clients praise well-known practitioner Jorge García-Díaz , highlighting his "very good and quick service" and also pointing out that "his arguments are brilliant." Market commentators endorse his performance and consider him "a collaborative lawyer." He garners recognition for his knowledge of the regulation of hazardous waste.

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Overview

We work closely with our clients to help them minimize potential  exposure to environmental liabilities by anticipating and managing risk. 

Recognizing that ours is one of today’s most rapidly changing fields, we offer clients responsive, up-to-the-minute advice on relevant  statutory, regulatory, and case law developments in environmental, energy, land use and zoning, as well as planning and construction issues.

Knowledgeable about all facets of zoning and planning laws and regulations, we provide clients constructive counsel on everything from location approvals and construction permitting to re-zoning procedures.  Our team includes attorneys who hold degrees in engineering and who are members of the Puerto Rico College of Engineers and Land Surveyors, enabling us to offer insightful counsel based on a deep understanding of both the legal and technical issues at hand.

We not only know the law – we help to make it. A case in point: we participated in the  drafting of Acts 82 and 83 of July 19, 2010, which created the Puerto Rico renewable energy portfolio standard, and the renewable energy incentives regime, respectively. We also worked on the net metering chapter of the Energy Transformation and RELIEF Act, Act 57 of May 27, 2014. And we work together with colleagues in our Government Affairs group to see that our client’s interests are represented before the executive and legislative branches of government.

Industries

Energy

Environmental & Land Use Litigation

Environmental Regulation

Land Use Regulation

Environment

McConnell Valdés LLC

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Location

270 Muñoz Rivera Avenue

Hato Rey

San Juan

San Juan

Puerto Rico

00918

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Puerto Rico

Environment


Carlos Fernández-Lugo
Band 1
Jorge García-Díaz
Band 2