Mr. Ramos is a member of the firm and chaired its litigation practice group from 2016-18. He joined PMA in 2000 after clerking for Judge Jaime Pieras, Jr. at the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. His practice is focused primarily on complex commercial litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts and arbitration tribunals and on counseling clients in the management of legal risk. A considerable portion of his engagements involves handling business and contractual disputes, constitutional litigation, securities litigation, sales representative and dealer and distributor agreements, intellectual property, and employment law. He has represented clients in several class actions, ranging from Civil RICO to securities claims, and mass tort suits. During his close to 20 years at PMA, he has tried numerous cases to a final judgment and has significant experience arguing cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Since 2010 Chambers & Partners in its Global and Latin America Editions has listed Mr. Ramos as a leading individual for Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property. Clients interviewed for the publication highlight the “quality of his work, the results he achieves and the speed at which he provides solutions.” Mr. Ramos belongs to several professional associations, most prominently the Federal Bar Association, where he served as the Puerto Rico Chapter’s President from 2012-13 – the year in which the National Convention was last held on the Island  – and is the Vice President for the First Circuit. He is a Life Fellow of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association.

Engagements:

  • Represents broker-dealers in numerous FINRA arbitrations and mediations related to the purchase of Puerto Rico securities.
  • Lead counsel for a major fuel company in the largest mass tort action brought in Puerto Rico federal court.
  • Represents a private chemical laboratory in the largest federal Civil RICO action brought in Puerto Rico related with the sale of fuel oil to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority.
  • Represents the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority in connection with several claims brought in connection with demands for information.
  • Represents the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico in connection with claims brought by several municipalities and private entities.
  • Represented the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Restructuring Corporation in the first bond validation case brought in Puerto Rico.
  • Successfully represented the University of Puerto Rico before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in the case that most recently interpreted the standard for 11th Amendment Immunity for instrumentalities of the state.
  • Obtained an arbitration award for a parcel owner which granted it the title to and possession of a multi-story two tower office building in downtown San Juan 40 years before the term of a 90 year lease agreement as a result of the tenant’s material breach. The award was subsequently confirmed.
  • Successfully represented as lead counsel a major financial institution before the U.S. District Court and First Circuit against a former employee seeking to establish an equitable claim in connection with an ERISA plan. Authored the brief in opposition for the issuance of a writ of certiorati before the United States Supreme Court.
  • Lead counsel for the University of Puerto Rico and its President in a preliminary injunction proceeding brought by two students claiming that the University’s decision to declare a five day recess constituted an unconstitutional prior restraint of speech. After an evidentiary hearing held the day after the case was filed, the Court denied the preliminary injunction and dismissed the complaint with prejudice.
  • Lead counsel representing the owner of a major office building in San Juan in connection with a TRO and preliminary injunction request against hundreds of protesters.
  • Lead counsel to an annuity company in a case before the Puerto Rico Supreme Court involving the differences between a variable and fixed annuity under Puerto Rico law and its impact on the timeliness of the complaint.
  • Lead counsel and successfully represented a title loan company in obtaining a TRO and a preliminary injunction against several former employees for breach of trade secrets and electronic misappropriation of information.
  • Lead counsel in the successful representation of the Puerto Rico Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority in a declaratory judgment action in which the union of the Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico sought the PRFAFAA to be deemed as a successor employee.
  • Successfully represented a major worldwide media company in connection with a libel and slander case brought by a resident of Puerto Rico in federal court.
  • As lead counsel successfully represented a major entertainment company in a copyright dispute brought in federal court by the purported author of the theme song of a soap opera that ran in numerous Latino markets.
  • Successfully represented a major fuel company in its challenge of a multimillion dollar business volume tax levied against it by a local city government.
  • After a two week trial, obtained a favorable verdict in favor of a principal in a dispute brought by a distributor alleging that its rights as an exclusive distributor had been impaired.