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Carlos A. Rodriguez-Vidal

Carlos A. Rodriguez-Vidal

Managing Member and Chair, Litigation and Trial Practice
Location:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Phone:
(787) 759-4117
(787) 759-8000 (Ext. 2341)
Fax:
787-767-9177
787-474-2341
Email:

Carlos A. Rodríguez-Vidal, a Capital Member, has practiced as a trial attorney and litigator in civil and commercial cases in the Litigation and Trial Practice Department of the firm since 1983, and is the Firm's Managing Member. He chairs the department since 2000. His daily work currently revolves around disputes involving franchise, distribution and sales representation contracts, construction and various other types of civil and commercial contracts. Because of the nature of Puerto Rico's continuously evolving economy and legal landscape, Mr. Rodríguez-Vidal has also worked over the years in diverse areas of substantive and procedural law, including federal practice and procedure, banking, government procurement and bids, product liability, insurance, antitrust, intellectual property, and petroleum marketing practices.

Bar Admissions

  • Puerto Rico, 1983
  • District of Columbia, 1989
  • New York, 2012
  • U.S. District Court District of Puerto Rico, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2005

Education

  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1982
  • Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania
    • B.A. - 1979
    • Major: Philosophy and Spanish

Published Works

  • The Concept of Just Cause for the Lawful Termination of a Dealership, 58 Rev. Jur. U.P.R. 261, 58:2 (1989)
  • Puerto Rico chapter in Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements, 3rd ed., Gray and McKnew, ed., Forum on Franchising, American Bar Association (2012)

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars

  • Trial and Appellate Practice: Litigation Skills Workshop, University of Puerto Rico Law School, Winter Session, 2015-16 (with Prof. Nilda Navarro and Prof. Alicia Figueroa)
  • NITA Trial Skills, University of Puerto Rico Law School, San Juan, Puerto Rico, June, 2014
  • Building your Civil Trial Skills, National Business Institute, 2009
  • First Symposium on Torts, Interamerican University Law School Continuing Legal Education Program, 2008
  • Puerto Rico Comparative Civil Trial Skills and Strategies, National Business Institute, 2008
  • Third Symposium on Evidence Law and Litigation, Interamerican University Law School Continuing Legal Education Program, 2006
  • Second Symposium on Evidence Law and Litigation, Interamerican University Law School Continuing Legal Education Program, 2004
  • Depositions in Civil Cases, Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico Annual Convention, 2004
  • Litigation and Disputes Over Construction in Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico Law School Trust
  • First Symposium on Evidence Law and Litigation, Interamerican University Law School Continuing Legal Education Program, 2002
  • Dealer's Contracts Act Litigation, University of Puerto Rico Law School Trust, 2001
  • Retention of Experts and Presentation of Expert Testimony on Calculation of Damages in Civil Cases, University of Puerto Rico Law School Trust, 2000
  • Workshop on Depositions in Civil Cases, University of Puerto Rico Law School Trust, 1999
  • Construction Law in Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Bar Association and Puerto Rico Engineers and Surveyors Association, 1998
  • Workshop on Depositions in Civil Cases, University of Puerto Rico Law School Trust, 1998
  • Courtroom Presentations Program, National Institute of Trial Advocacy and Arthur Andersen LLP, St. Charles, Illinois, 1996
  • Courtroom Presentations Program, St. Charles, Illinois, 1995
  • Discovery of Evidence, Continuing Legal Education Seminar at Puerto Rico Bar Association, 1994
  • Local Rules of United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico - Bar Review Course, Legal Training and Research Institute (Instituto de Aprendizaje e Investigacion Juridica), 1989
  • Federal Rules of Evidence - Bar Review Course, Legal Training and Research Institute (Instituto de Aprendizaje e Investigacion Juridica), 1989
  • Personal Jurisdiction in Product Liability Cases, Puerto Rico Bar Association, 1988
  • Anatomy of a Civil Trial, Puerto Rico Bar Association, 1987

Honors and Awards

  • Puerto Rico Bar Association Member of the Year, 2003 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico, 1983 - Present
  • American Bar Association, 1994 - Present
  • ABA House of Delegates, 1995 - Present
  • ABA House of Delegates, Board of Governors, 2010 - 2013
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow, State Chair, 2003 - Present
  • Puerto Rico Law Institute, 2005 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chair, Board of Directors, Oficina Legal de la Comunidad, Inc., 1993 - Present
  • Board of Managers, Haverford College, 1998 - 2010
  • Board of Directors, Center for Investigative Journalism, 2010 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Center for Investigative Journalism, Chair, 2014 - Present
  • Legal Advisor - Ad Honorem, Civil Rights Commission of Puerto Rico, 1985 - 1988

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English
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