Ortiz-Abreu, Luis D.

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Luis D. Ortiz-Abreu
  • Of Counsel


San Juan, Puerto Rico






Luis D. Ortiz-Abreu is Of Counsel to the Firm and a member of the Labor and Employment Law Department.  Mr. Ortiz-Abreu counsels and represents private sector employers and individuals (management) before the National Labor Relations Board; U.S. Department of Labor; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; O.F.C.C.P.; and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. At the Puerto Rico administrative level, he represents management before the Puerto Rico Labor Relations Board,  the Department of Labor and Human Resources; Bureau of Conciliation and Arbitration; the Industrial Commission (under the Workmen's Accident Compensation law); Anti-Discrimination Unit; Bureau of Employment Standards; Office of Mediation and Adjudication; and Unemployment Insurance Bureau. His professional experience includes mediation and arbitration of labor-management controversies and collective bargaining; as well as extensive defense litigation practice in the Courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico and the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in labor and employment matters such as wages and hours; disciplinary suspensions or dismissals; RIFs and reorganizations; plant closings and successor employers; employment discrimination defense for age; gender; disability; sexual harassment; national origin; social condition; political ideas; pregnancy leave rights; and other similar protected categories.

Bar Admissions

  • Puerto Rico, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of Puerto Rico, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1977


  • University of Puerto Rico Law School, San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • J.D. - 1976
  • University of Puerto Rico Faculty of Social Sciences, San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • B.A. - 1972
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Sociology / Anthropology

Representative Cases

  • Soto-Ocasio v. Federal Express Corp., 150 F.3d 14, 1998, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Ramirez-De-Arellano v. American Airlines, 133 F.3d 89, 1997, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • El Mundo Broadcasting Corp. v. USW, 116 F.3d 7, 1997, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Pol-Sella v. SER Jobs for Progress Nat'l, 11 F. Supp. 2d 170, 1998, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Paredes Figueroa v. International Air Services, Inc., 662 F. Supp. 1202, 1998, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Bonafont v. American Eagle, Executive Airlines, Inc., 97 JTS 86 , 2011, Jurisprudencia del Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico
  • Serrano Rivera v. Foot Locker Retail, Inc., TSPR 134, 2011, Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Puerto Rico Bar Association, Attorney-Notary Public, 1977 to Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 1977 to Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1978 to Present
  • Labor Relations Practitioners Association, 1977-present, Member - Board of Directors, 1990-1995
  • Puerto Rico's Manufacturers Association, 1977 to Present
  • Member Labor Legislation & Human Resources Work Group, 2006 to 2008


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