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Reinaldo L. Figueroa-Matos

Income Member, Labor & Employment Law Practice Group
787.250.5811 | rlf@mcvpr.com

Biography

Mr. Figueroa-Matos is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer with over a decade of experience representing employers before state and federal courts in all aspects of labor and employment law. In addition, he represents clients in administrative proceedings before local and federal agencies such as the E.E.O.C., the N.L.R.B., the U.S. Department of Labor, the P.R. Department of Labor, and the Industrial Commission.

He focuses on providing strategic and practical advice, partnering with clients to obtain results which suit their business needs and goals—whether that is victory in court, swift and amicable resolution, or any other desired outcome in between. Mr. Figueroa-Matos’s multifaceted practice encompasses a broad spectrum of sectors within the national and global economy, including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retailers, health care, law firms, entertainment, and service.    

Besides his labor and employment litigation practice, Mr. Figueroa-Matos routinely counsels employers on a variety of day-to-day personnel matters and practices. Clients have a high regard for his responsiveness, as well as his concrete approach to problem solving. During the COVID-19 health emergency, he has worked around the clock to provide unique insights and creative solutions to assist clients tackle the many complex challenges presented by the pandemic.

In addition, Mr. Figueroa-Matos has experience in family law litigation, criminal law, and general civil litigation. He has had a notable and active participation in litigating complex state cases at the appellate level. He collaborated in the prosecution and defense of multiple injunctive and declaratory relief lawsuits arising from student conflict throughout the University of Puerto Rico’s 11-campus system and which put the University at risk with national and local accrediting agencies.  One of these lawsuits resulted in the landmark Opinion of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court in Universidad de Puerto Rico v. Laborde Torres, 180 D.P.R. 253 (2010), which balances protesters’ and non-protesters’ freedom of speech rights.

As a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Team, he provides legal counsel to clients during startups, acquisitions, mergers and closings of operations. He also assists clients with the preparation of employee handbooks and personnel policies, conducts employee training seminars, and frequently speaks on employment-related topics before clients and numerous business organizations, including the Society for Human Resources Management. Among the topics on which Mr. Figueroa-Matos has recently lectured are: remote work policies and protocols; best practices for managing telecommuting; medical marijuana; the use of social media in internal investigations; discipline of employees for conduct outside the workplace;   sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination; and electronic communications in the workplace.

Through the Firm’s Pro Bono Program, Mr. Figueroa-Matos also provides legal advice to, among others, El Centro Para Puerto Rico, a nonprofit charitable institution that boosts community self-management and promotes social and educational endeavors intended to reduce poverty and inequality, encourage the role of women in society, strengthen ethical values, support urban revitalization, and stimulate social responsibility.

Before attending law school, he served as Trust Officer at Banco Santander, which at the time was one of the 100 largest trusts in the U.S., and the second largest in Puerto Rico.  During his tenure at Banco Santander, he administered retirement plan trusts, personal trusts, corporate trusts, and Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs).

Representative Cases

  • Zabala De Jesus et al. v. Sanofi Aventis Puerto Rico et al., 2020 WL 2465071 (published opinion) (The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the entry of summary judgment in favor of pharmaceutical client in multi-million dollar discrimination lawsuit under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.)
  • Rosado Mangual et al. v Xerox Corporation, 2019 WL 7247776 (D. Puerto Rico) (summary judgment in favor of our client, Xerox Corporation, in six-figure unjust dismissal claim under Law No. 80-1976)
  • P.R. Department of Labor on behalf of Caballero Quiñones v. SNG Dialysis Center et al., C4AC2018-0015, March 19, 2019 (Court of First Instance) (summary judgment in favor of dialysis provider Fresenius in unjust dismissal claim under Law No. 80-1976)
  • Vargas Medina v. Ortho Biologics LLC, et al., 2017 WL 1493749 (D. Puerto Rico) (summary judgment in favor of biopharmaceutical employer in disability retaliation lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and related Puerto Rico statutes)
  • Nieves Bazán v. Quirch Foods Caribbean, Inc., KLAN2015-01529 (Court of Appeals) (affirming trial court judgment on the pleadings in favor of employer in tort lawsuit for alleged failure to make social security contributions)
  • Lopez Serrano v. Janssen Ortho LLC, KPE2015-1852, April 28, 2016 (Court of First Instance) (summary judgment in favor of pharmaceutical employer in unjust dismissal and sexual harassment retaliation lawsuit under local laws)
  • Nieves Sánchez v. Vention Medical Puerto Rico, Inc., 14-1927, March 31, 2016 (D. Puerto Rico) (judgment on the pleadings in favor of employer (medical devices manufacturer) in sex discrimination lawsuit under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964)
  • Nieves Florido v. IPR Pharmaceuticals, Inc., KPE2014-2155, June 25, 2015 (Court of First Instance) (bench trial judgment in favor of pharmaceutical employer in unjust dismissal, age discrimination, and unpaid wages lawsuit under various local laws, including Law No. 80-1976, Law No. 100-1959, and Law No. 379-1948)
  • Betancourt Betancourt v. IPR Pharmaceuticals, Inc., FPE2013-0510, May 13, 2015 (Court of First Instance) (bench trial judgment in favor of pharmaceutical employer in unjust dismissal first offense lawsuit under Law No. 80-1976)
  • Rodríguez Rivera v. Evertec LLC, KPE2014-2506, March 9, 2015 (Court of First Instance) (judgment on the pleadings in favor of employer (transaction processing business) in age discrimination lawsuit under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) and local Law No. 100-1959)
  • Díaz Ramírez v. Janssen Ortho LLC, G4CI2013-0328, January 22, 2015 (Court of First Instance) (bench trial judgment in favor of pharmaceutical employer in unjust dismissal lawsuit under local Law No. 80-1976)
  • Lebrón Burgos v. McNeil Healthcare, LLC, H2CI2012-0251, March 14, 2014 (Court of First Instance (bench trial judgment in favor employer in unjust dismissal lawsuit under local Law No. 80-1976)
  • Massa Muñoz v. Johnson & Johnson Ortho LLC, EPE2011-0198, June 25, 2013 (Court of First Instance) (summary judgment in favor of pharmaceutical employer in sex and age discrimination lawsuit under Law No. 100-1959)
  • American Tugs, Inc. v. Comisión Industrial de Puerto Rico, 2013 WL 1245442 (Court of Appeals) (reversal in favor of client of Industrial Commission decision denying appellate jurisdiction to employer in claim for six figure reimbursement request of medical expenses paid to injured employee)
  • Alvarado Jiménez v. Motorola Electrónica, 2010 WL 5464159 (Court of Appeals) (affirming judgment on the pleadings in favor of employer in wage and hour case involving 257 plaintiffs)

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Education

Bachelor Degree, Summa Cum Laude, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, 2005

J.D., Magna Cum Laude, University of Puerto Rico Law School, 2009

Certified Legal Specialty

Memberships

Society for Human Resources Management Puerto Rico Chapter

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