Gretchen M. Méndez-Vilella

Gretchen M. Méndez-Vilella

Limited Member
San Juan, Puerto Rico
(787) 759-4207
787-759-8000 (Ext. 2179)
(787) 474-2407

Gretchen M. Méndez-Vilella is a member of the Environmental Law Practice Group of the Firm's Corporate and Banking Law Department.  Ms. Méndez-Vilella has ample experience assisting industrial and commercial clients in matters of compliance with the federal, Commonwealth and municipal environmental standards regulating hazardous substances, wastes, air pollution, industrial discharges, stormwater, noise, franchises, earth crust extraction, recycling and hazardous communication.  She regularly assists our clients by providing legal analysis, designing effective environmental compliance assurance programs and defending against or resolving environmental enforcement actions.  Clients also seek her counsel on matters of due diligence/all appropriate inquiries, permitting strategies, environmental permits processing, auditing and self-disclosure, plant closure, liability transfer, and decommissioning, decontamination and demolition projects.  She is skilled at delivering creative solutions that afford our clients the much needed flexibility to remain competitive in this ever changing market while achieving compliance with applicable environmental laws.  Ms. Méndez-Vilella is also a lecturer on Solid Waste, Clean Water Act, Title V permitting, auditing and self disclosure, environmental permitting and all appropriate inquiries standards for environmental due diligence in real estate transactions.

Bar Admissions

  • Puerto Rico, 1991
  • U.S. District Court District of Puerto Rico, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1992


  • Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law, Santurce, Puerto Rico
    • J.D. - 1991
  • Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont
    • Masters in Studies of Environmental Law magna cum laude - 1994
  • Catholic University of America, Washington, District of Columbia
    • B.A. - 1988
    • Major: International Politics


  • Seminars on USEPA and PREQB’s Enforcement Authorities, multiple forums, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Seminars on MSGP Compliance, multiple forums, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Puerto Rico Bar Association, Member, 1991

Past Employment Positions

  • P.R. Environmental Quality Board, Public Interest Attorney, 1991 - 1992


  • Spanish
  • English