Puerto Rico Government Affairs Attorneys
Goldman Antonetti & Cordova (GAC) actively represents private entities in actions and processes before the central government, the legislature and the municipalities of the Government of Puerto Rico and with the U.S. Federal Government.
Our Government Affairs Practice Group coordinates the execution of specific legal actions, including determining the proper agency to approach and designing the most appropriate lobbying strategy. We identify our clients' needs and work with our clients towards the results they expect.
GAC is qualified as an official lobbyist with the Puerto Rico Senate and the Puerto Rico House of Representatives. In the legislative area, our firm, and particularly the Government Affairs Practice Group, has experience in evaluating, monitoring and drafting bills, resolutions, orders and other governmental actions. Our attorneys provide assistance in all phases of the legislative process with both chambers, including:
- Evaluating proposed legislation or regulations
- Submitting written comments or amendments to pending bills
- Oral presentations in support of proposed legislation, regulations and amendments
Administrative and Municipal Government Relations
In the administrative and municipal areas, our attorneys analyze and draft regulations, orders, decrees, administrative and circular letters, determinations, rulings and other documentary actions for consideration by governmental entities. We coordinate meetings and presentations with agencies and the mayors of each municipality when administrative and municipal issues could have an impact on our clients’ businesses.
Supporting Our Clients’ Interests
In the past, GAC's government relations attorneys have successfully assisted clients in obtaining administrative determinations with local and federal governmental entities that serve pertinent areas of our practice, including but not limited to:
- The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- The Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board
- The Federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- The Department of the Treasury
- The Puerto Rico Ports Authority
- The Aqueduct and Sewer Authority
- The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority
- The Highways Authority
- The Department of Transportation and Public Works
- The Public Service Commission
- The Department of Consumer Affairs
- The Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions,
- The Insurance Commissioner
- The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture
- Puerto Rico's permitting agency, the ARPE (Soon to be the OGPE)
The Government Affairs Practice Group also assists clients in bidding processes with central government agencies and municipalities, including required appeals processes and, together at times with the Business Formation Practice Group, filing and obtaining local and federal permits, registrations and filings for the operation of local businesses.
Our Government Affairs Attorneys
The firm's Government Affairs Practice Group includes attorneys with varied legal expertise. The members of the Government Affairs Practice Group work in a collaborative manner in order to provide comprehensive solutions to our clients' particular issues.
GAC's Government Affairs Practice Group is formed by attorneys from several related groups:
Members of the Government Affairs Practice Group:
Myrna I. Lozada-Guzman ∙ Roberto Montalvo-Carbia ∙ Thelma Rivera ∙ Jorge Rodríguez-Micheo ∙ Gretchen Méndez-Vilella ∙ Rafael Antonio Vélez-Pérez
Members of the firm appear on behalf of clients before federal and Puerto Rico courts and government agencies and in domestic and foreign transactions. GAC's offices are in the American International Plaza Building in the heart of Hato Rey, San Juan, Puerto Rico's financial district. If you would like to speak with a lawyer about lobbying / governmental relations or have any other question, please contact the firm to arrange a consultation.