Méndez-Vilella, Gretchen M.

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Gretchen M. Méndez-Vilella
  • Limited Member


San Juan, Puerto Rico






Gretchen M. Méndez-Vilella's practice is mainly in the area of environmental law. For over thirty years, she has been advising clients in matters associated to federal, Puerto Rico, and municipal environmental standards regulating commercial, industrial and agricultural constructions and operations. She has extensive experience designing effective environmental compliance assurance programs and defending clients in environmental enforcement actions. Ms. Méndez-Vilella also has ample experience in Superfund, due diligence/all appropriate inquiries, contract drafting, permitting, auditing and self-disclosure, and decommissioning, decontamination, and demolition projects.  Ms. Méndez-Vilella is also a regular lecturer on hazardous waste management, stormwater controls auditing and self-disclosure, environmental permitting for startup businesses 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 - 1994
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • 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, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Puerto Rico Bar Association, Member, 1991 to 1991

Past Employment Positions

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


  • Spanish
  • English