José O. García-Guillani

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Associate | Educational Law & General Civil Practice Department

Mr. García-Guillani graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, magna cum laude, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics and earned his law degree from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, School of Law in2013. While completing his undergraduate degree in the fall of 2008, Mr. García-Guillani participated in the congressional internship program, Córdova & Fernós, assisting Congresswoman Ileana Ross-Lehtinen and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, where Ms. Ros-Lehtinen was chairman. During this internship, Mr. García-Guillani had the privilege of attending with Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen and her office staff to most hearings and meetings related to the Financial Bailout approved by the U.S. Congress during the 2008 economy crisis.

In the summer of 2009, Mr. García-Guillani was selected to participate at Instituto de Economía y Finanzas José M. Berrocal, a Subsidiary of the Puerto Rico’s Government Development Bank. During this appointment, Mr. García-Guillani successfully completed a study regarding the economic and financial impact of Section 243 of the Internal Revenue Code on foreign companies established in Puerto Rico. The study was to be considered part of congressional hearing material.

While attending law school, he worked for approximately one year at the San Juan’s Court of First Instance, where he served as a student intern for Judge Wanda Cruz Ayala. Mr. García-Guillani also served as a teacher assistant in Contract Law courses to Professor Evelyn Benvenuti Toro during 2012 and 2013. Prior to joining CNRD, Mr. García-Guillani started his career as an Associate in Saldaña, Carvajal & Vélez-Rivé, P.S.C., where he actively participated in successfully representing local and stateside companies in myriad of complex civil, contractual, insurance and construction litigation before state courts and government agencies. Additionally, Mr. García-Guillani has experience in administrative proceedings regarding building activities, licensing and construction permits.

His practice concentrates in litigation involving issues of insurance law and coverage disputes, contracts law and construction law, among others as well.

    • University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 2010
    • Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law, San Juan, P.R., J.D. 2013

    • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

    • Puerto Rico Bar Association
    • American Bar Association

    • English and Spanish

    • Samuel Ayala Otero v. Editorial Televisa of Puerto Rico, Inc. et al., 2016 WL 5369286

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