He has developed a general civil and commercial litigation practice with emphasis in franchise and distribution laws, constitutional law, contractual disputes, and trusts and estates litigation. He also has significant experience in government and legislative affairs, municipal financing, and has dealt with many bankruptcy matters. In 2008 he participated as counselor for Governor Luis Fortuño’s Transition Committee and was a member of Governor Fortuño's Talent Selection Committee.
Mr. García-Solá is ranked as one of Puerto Rico’s Leading Attorneys in the Dispute Resolution field by the renowned international publication Chambers & Partners in both its Global and its Latin America Guides. He initiated his career clerking for the Hon. Juan M. Pérez-Giménez, then Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, from September 1983 until October 1985, when he joined the Firm's Litigation Practice Group.
As a litigator, he practices extensively before the federal courts, both at trial and appellate levels, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. García-Solá has argued three times before the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, the highest court in Puerto Rico which allows oral arguments only in few cases of significant public interest and has appeared many times before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
His litigation practice has ranged from handling complex settlement negotiations to leading the litigation strategy in administrative proceedings before Puerto Rico’s Department of the Treasury.
Mr. García-Solà recently made an oral argument before Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court as Amicus Curiae on behalf of three hospitality industry clients in a certification to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court made by the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico in Watchtower Bible Tract Society of New York, Inc. v. Santa Isabel, Civil No. 04-1452(GAG). In this case, the District Court certified to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court the question of whether private roads are permitted under Puerto Rico law.
He represented Abertis Infraestructuras S.A., a Spanish infrastructure, airports, and telecommunications management company, in two highly visible matters: its negotiations with the government of Puerto Rico for the management contracts of certain toll roads and bridges and with respect to a dispute arising from an earn-out provision in an agreement for the purchase and sale of a stake in a special partnership operating a toll bridge in Puerto Rico.
In addition, Mr. García-Solá advised the University of Puerto Rico with respect to the management of the legal issues stemming from numerous students riots against the authorities which shut-down the University during several months. Mr. García designed a comprehensive legal strategy that eventually allowed University officials to broker an agreement in court allowing the re-opening of the Island-wide University system, saving the University from financial default and millions of dollars in potential, related losses.
Mr. García-Solá served as President of the Federal Bar Association's Puerto Rico Chapter in 2001. He has served as member of various Merit Selection Panels that assisted the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico in selecting magistrate judges for the court. He has also been a member of the First Circuit Judicial Conference Planning Committee.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Museum of Art.
The diversity of Mr. García Solá’s practice is evident in the variety of litigation and government affairs matters he undertakes for his clients:
- Representing a major oil company before the Puerto Rico Supreme Court and in post judgment proceedings in a consumer class action.
- Counseling Pattern Energy in its successful negotiations with the government of Puerto Rico to build the first large, commercial-scale wind energy project in Puerto Rico –the largest in the Caribbean— with 65 wind turbines, for a 75 megawatt (MW) load capacity, providing clean, renewable energy for Puerto Rico’s residents.
- Representing Scientific Games Corporation, a publicly-traded company and a global leader in providing customized, end-to-end gaming solutions to lottery and international gaming organizations, in its negotiations with the Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury leading to a four-year extension to the professional services agreement with the Government of Puerto Rico, for the management of selected lottery games, including electronic lottery, instant lottery games and marketing.
- Advising the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest private corrections company and full-service corrections management provider in the United States, with respect to CCA’s relationship with the government of Puerto Rico, and is currently assisting the company in important growth opportunities on the Island.
- Advising MCS, a leading health insurance company in Puerto Rico, with respect to its billion-dollar contract with the Government of Puerto Rico, as a leading provider of health services to the citizens of Puerto Rico in the government-funded health insurance program.
- Serving as the local chief government affairs counsel and strategist for Oracle, the world's largest international business software company (with over 345,000 customers and over $35 billion in revenue world-wide), related to its local public-sector technology and preintegrated applications and services. Oracle’s global and local competition requires Mr. García to assist in the day-to-day management of Oracle’s government relationship and strategically assist the company in related matters.
- Serving as the local chief government affairs counsel and strategist for Xerox, the world’s leading enterprise for business process and document management (with over $21 billion in revenue world-wide), helping it manage its numerous government services contracts so as to allow Xerox to focus on operating more efficiently and effectively in this area.
News & Publications
- An McV AlertOctober 18, 2016
- July 14, 2016
- June 21, 2016
- June 7, 2016
- Twenty-six McV Attorneys Recognized in Chambers & Partners Latin America GuideJune 22, 2015
- June 19, 2015
- An McV Government Affairs AlertMarch 22, 2017
- An McV Government Affairs and Tax AlertMarch 8, 2017
- An McV Bankruptcy & Debt Restructuring AlertFebruary 24, 2017
- An McV Government Affairs and Bankruptcy & Debt Restructuring AlertJanuary 30, 2017
- An McV Bankruptcy & Debt Restructuring AlertJanuary 13, 2017
- An McV Government Affairs AlertNovember 9, 2016
- Puerto Rico Supreme Court Rules that a Foreclosure Judgment could be Null and Void if the Case was Not Mediated FirstAn McV Bankruptcy & Debt Restructuring AlertOctober 21, 2016
- Fifth Round of Amendments Easing Cuba Sanctions Regulations Issued Prior to President Obama’s Historic Trip to CubaMarch 16, 2016
- Amendments Ease Financing Rules on Exports and Further Facilitate Travel to CubaJanuary 28, 2016
- Governor Files Bill to create Board for the Financial Supervision and Economic Recovery of Puerto RicoGovernment Affairs, October 21, 2015
- Cuba Practice Team, September 21, 2015
- Cuba Practice Team, July 1, 2015
- Cuba Practice Team, January 15, 2015
- Obama Administration Charts a New Course for U.S. - Cuba RelationsDecember 23, 2014
- Existence of Private Residential Roads Recognized under Puerto Rico LawDecember 1, 2014
Leader, Government Affairs Practice Team
- Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
- U.S. District Court District of Puerto Rico
- U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
BA, Columbia University, 1980
JD, Columbia Law School, 1983
Federal Bar Association
Fellow of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association