Beatriz L. Annexy-Guevara

Counsel, Litigation Practice Group
787.250.5693 | ba@mcvpr.com

Biography

Her practice includes federal, state and appellate courts civil litigation, including arbitration and mediation, public policy reform, federal monitoring and compliance, disciplinary claims investigation, constitutional and civil rights violations, particularly institutional reform litigation. 

Since 2016 she has been an integral member of the federal monitoring team overseeing the implementation of an injunction order against Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office over discriminatory law enforcement practices (Melendres, et al v. Penzone, et al., CV-07-2513-PHX-GMS (D. Ariz. 2019).)  Ms.  Annexy-Guevara ‘s role in the monitoring team has been to assess and report Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s compliance efforts, including analyzing quarterly data and awarding compliance/non-compliance ratings, appropriately scheduling  and prioritizing tasks to ensure all compliance deadlines are met, and serving as community liaison with Maricopa’s Latino community.

Ms. Annexy-Guevara served as Legal Counsel on Special Litigation and as Special Aid to the Attorney General at the Puerto Rico Department of Justice, acting as lead counsel on complex institutional reform litigation before the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico,  representing the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Police Department, the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and the Puerto Rico Health Department. She was also member of Puerto Rico Executive Police Reform Group. 

Representative Cases

  • Oversaw the implementation efforts of the injunction order that sought to reform public mental health institutions  in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in a civil rights violations class action under the Fourteenth Amendment and 42 U.S.C.§ 1983 .Navarro Ayala v. Governor of Puerto Rico, 74-1301 (D.P.R. 2016)
  • Oversaw the implementation efforts of the injunction order that sought to reform juvenile institutions in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in an action claiming  civil rights violations under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment, Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq., Ind w/ Disab. Educ. Act (IDEA), Educ. of All Handcpd. Children Act , 20 U.S.C. § 1400 and Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701. U.S.A. v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 94-2080 (GAG)(D.P.R. 1994)  
  • Oversaw the implementation efforts of the settlement agreement that sought to reform the intellectual disability facilities in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in an action claiming  civil rights violations under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq. U.S.A. v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 99-1435  (GAG) (D.P.R. 1999)
  • Oversaw the implementation efforts of the consent decree that sought to reform the Puerto Rico Police Bureau in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in an action claiming  civil rights violations under the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (42 U.S.C. § 14141). U.S.A. v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 12-2039 (GAG) (D.P.R. 2012) 
  • Oversaw the implementation efforts of the injunction order for the payment of Medicaid “wraparound” payments pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1396(a)(bb)(5).  Consejo de Salud Playa Ponce v. Hon. Rosa Perez Perdomo 06-1260 (PG)  (D.P.R.  March 13, 2006) and Rio Grande Community Health Center, Inc. v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico  03-1640  (GAG), 15-1745 (1stCir. 2015)
  • Successfully represented the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in an action claiming civil rights violations predicated on political discrimination under the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Motion to Dismiss was granted. Educadores Puertorriqueños en Acción v. Cesar Rey Hernandez, 257 F. Supp. 2d 446 (D.P.R. 2003)
  • Successfully represented the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in an action claiming civil rights violation predicated on political discrimination under the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Motion for Summary Judgment was granted. Morales Concepción v José Lluch, 312 F. Supp.  2d 125 (D.P.R. 2004)
  • Successfully represented the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in an action claiming civil rights violation predicated on political discrimination under the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Motion to Dismiss was granted and subsequently affirmed by the First Circuit. Frank Cepero- Rivera v. Fernando Fagundo, 414 F.3d 124 (1stCir. 2005)

Practices

Bar Admissions

Education

BA in Political Science and French, Fairfield University, 1994

JD, Duquesne University, The Law School, 1997

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