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Latin America Guide 2023

Ranked in 1 Practice Areas
Dispute Resolution
1 Years Ranked


Provided by Alberto Estrella

Latin America


George Washington University School of Law



The Pennsylvania State University



Practice Areas


Commercial & Corporate


Labor & Employment


Alberto Estrella is a Member of the firm and its Managing Member. Since Alberto joined the firm in 1994, he has been involved in hundreds of trials and earned a reputation as a distinguished and sought-after trial lawyer. This experience has led him to become a trusted advisor to business leader on a diverse variety of matters, including commercial and contract disputes, complex litigation, premises liability and insurance defense, antitrust and business regulation, federal laws and litigation, data privacy, trademarks and copyrights, administrative law, health law, corporate law, franchise law and many other areas in the firm.

Professional Memberships

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Federal Bar Association. Former member of local chapter Board of Directors.

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Member, Trial Law Institute

Member, Diversity Law Institute

Barrister, Order of Justitia

Member, Hispanic Bar Association. Formed member of the Supreme Court-Committee, a committee formed to promote the appointment of a Hispanic to the U.S. Supreme Court.

FINRA certified neutral securities arbitrator

World Bank’s Doing Business Reports (a comprehensive annual report that rates the competitiveness of hundreds of countries)/Collaborator


-“Regulatory Guinea Pigs”/Law Review, Inter-American University School of Law/1996

-Legal Tidbits/Firm’s own publication


Representing Puerto Rico’s largest energy company in lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of law restricting company’s right to use its property.

-Representing Fortune 50 retail company in class action where competitor claims that retailer took advantage of COVID-19 restrictions.

-Representing hospital network in data breach class action.

-Serve as lead counsel for leading energy industry company in all litigation and commercial matters in Puerto Rico.

-Serve as external general counsel to many large and small clients of the firm.

-Represented Chevron in class action filed by consumer class consisting of nearly 2 million consumers of gasoline. Potential exposure exceeded $100M. The case was settled for a fraction, with no monetary payout to the class. The gasoline wholesaler who remained in the lawsuit tried the case and lost. They are currently facing a judgment in excess of $80M.

-Represented Texaco in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of an order banning the use of incentive programs in the wholesale marketing of gasoline in Puerto Rico. As a result of the litigation, the Secretary of Justice formally admitted that she did not have authority to issue such an order and it was lifted.

-Created and maintained the franchise documents for Texaco’s convenience store franchise, Star Mart.

-Represented Chevron in the sale of its operations in Puerto Rico. Now representing the purchaser, Puma Energy.

-Successfully argued before the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico the latest case dealing with obstructions on the sales floor of a retail facility. Nignora Ramos v. Sam’s Club.

-Secured the dismissal of a product liability claim against Wal-Mart related to allegations that the company was importing defective footwear from China. Omayra Ortiz v. Wal-Mart.

-Obtained the summary dismissal of more than 1,000 administrative consumer complaints that a retail client faced due to a print ad error, thus avoiding potential multi-million dollar exposure.

-Successfully defended Wal-Mart in preliminary injunction action filed by the Municipality of Cayey in its attempt to prevent the opening of the Cayey Supercenter. The injunction was denied after an evidentiary hearing, and the company’s first Supercenter in Puerto Rico was opened as scheduled.

-Represented retail clients in dozens of investigations initiated by multiple agencies, such as the Department of Justice, the Department of Consumer Affairs, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Health and the Department of Labor.

Expert in these Jurisdictions

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar

Commonwealth of Virginia Bar

Washington D.C. Bar

Languages Spoken

Spanish, English

Industry Sector Expertise

Retail, Oil & Energy, Franchising & Distribution, Telecommunications, Higher Education, Health


40 under 40

Caribbean Business


Administrative Law Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers


Appellate Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers


Franchise Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers


Leading Individual - Dispute Resolution, Corporate & Commercial

Legal 500


Chambers Review

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Latin America

Dispute Resolution - Puerto Rico
Band 4

Dynamic practitioner Alberto Estrella comes into the rankings this year off the back of noteworthy praise from clients, with one stating: "He is very efficient, knowledgeable and diligent." Another impressed respondent adds: "Alberto Estrella is a strong litigator who offers a great client service."

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