WHITE PLAINS, NY (January 30, 2013) Jackson Lewis, one of the nation’s largest employment and labor law firms representing management, announced the opening of its first office outside the continental U.S.  The new office in Puerto Rico will extend the firm’s geographical reach and enhance its ability to meet the growing needs of its clients.

Vincent A. Cino, Chairman of Jackson Lewis, says, “Puerto Rico offered the perfect opportunity for expansion.  We always try to be where our clients need us and many of our major clients have substantial operations in the region.  We are thrilled to be the first U.S. employment boutique to “plant the flag” in the Commonwealth and are optimistic about our long-term prospects.  This new office demonstrates our commitment to building a global presence and complements our involvement with the L&E Global Alliance which we helped launch several years ago. Our new office in Puerto Rico will open an important gateway to businesses operating in the Caribbean and Latin America.”

Joining the Jackson Lewis team are outstanding lawyers who have established reputations as some of the finest employment law attorneys in Puerto Rico and who have been representing multi-national corporations doing business in the region.  Sara Colón-Acevedo, who received her undergraduate and J.D. degrees from the University of Puerto Rico and a LL.M from Harvard University, will join Jackson Lewis as a Partner.  She will be joined by Juan Felipe Santos, a graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and the University of Puerto Rico School of Law.  

These new attorneys will work closely with Pedro Torres-Díaz and Zahira D. Díaz-Vázquez, both graduates of the University of Puerto Rico School of Law who have been providing valuable support to the firm’s clients in Puerto Rico.  Mr. Torres-Díaz is a Partner in the Jackson Lewis Miami office and will serve as Litigation Manager in Puerto Rico.  Ms. Díaz-Vázquez is an Associate in the firm’s Orlando office.   

About Jackson Lewis     Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis is dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law.  The firm’s 750 attorneys practice in 52 major business centers.  The firm has one of the most active employment litigation practices in the United States, with a current caseload of  6,500 litigations and 400+ class actions.  

As an AmLaw 100 and Global 100 law firm – and one of the fastest growing firms in the U.S. – Jackson Lewis has a well-established reputation for counseling and defending multinational corporations and emerging businesses on every type of matter relating to workplace law. The firm has international employment group that includes a practice leader who served in-house for a major global employer managing workplace issues in more than 60 countries. Jackson Lewis is also a founding member of L&E Global, an alliance comprised of boutique firms who have established reputations as a “go-to” employment law firm in their countries.      

For the 11th consecutive year, Jackson Lewis has been recognized for delivering client service excellence to the world’s largest corporations, once again earning a spot on the BTI Client Service A-Team.  Jackson Lewis has been recognized by in-house counsel in a comprehensive survey by BTI Consulting Group as both a “Powerhouse” and “Standout” in employment litigation.  Jackson Lewis is ranked in the First Tier nationally in the category of Labor and Employment Litigation, as well as in both Employment Law and Labor Law on behalf of Management in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms,” and is recognized by Chambers and Legal 500.