Mr. Pavía-Vidal’s practice includes real estate, infrastructure, governmental affairs, manufacturing, recovery financing, grant management, federal acquisition and procurement matters. He also represents clients in matters regarding federal fund disallowance and Office of Inspector General (OIG) audit findings.
Prior to joining McV, he served as Deputy Executive Director for the Central Office of Recovery and Reconstruction (COR3) - Puerto Rico’s centralized oversight authority – overseeing the island’s recovery efforts, with direct responsibility for implementing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Program, the Hazard Mitigation Disaster Grant Program, as well as providing policy guidance.
Before serving in this capacity he acted as COR3 Chief Legal Counsel, overseeing all procurement, contracting and legal compliance responsibilities. Mr. Pavía also led all PA related administrative appeals process under FEMA's Public Assistance Program and the arbitration process promulgated by Section 601 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. During his tenure as Chief Legal Counsel he aided in the drafting of the COR3 policies and procedures as well as the internal controls to ensure full compliance of all federal and local rules and regulations in the disbursement of funds. As Chief Legal Counsel and Deputy Executive Director, Mr. Pavía oversaw all Congressional Status Reports on the Economic and Disaster Recovery Plan sent to US Congress after hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Before entering public service Mr. Pavía-Vidal worked at another Puerto Rico law firm, where he focused his practice on corporate matters, real estate, infrastructure, as well as on residential and commercial financing. More recently he worked at a consulting firm providing legal and contract guidance to reorganization projects such as the reorganization plan that regulated the consolidation of several agencies under the Puerto Rico Economic Development and Commerce Department, the first reorganization done under Act 122 of 2017, known as the New Government Law.
Mr. Pavía-Vidal has also advised businesses in manufacturing activities such as industrial R&D for new product development, recycling, and software and video-game development.
- Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
- Major: Economics
Certified Legal Specialty
- Civil Law Notary