Guillermo Figueroa Navarro

Mr. Guillermo Figueroa-Navarro graduated from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (Summa Cum Laude) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law (Cum Laude) in 2015 and was subsequently admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 2016.

While attending law school, Mr. Figueroa-Navarro worked as a Law Clerk at Jimenez, Graffam & Lausell where he collaborated with a highly specialized legal team in labor and employment matters.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Figueroa-Navarro worked at a well-known labor and employment boutique law firm, Baerga & Quintana. His practice primarily focuses on wrongful termination, employment discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, wages and hours, violation of constitutional rights, employment-related contracts and civil matters. His experience in employer guidance allowed him to offer preventive counseling in topics such as internal corporate investigations on discrimination, harassment and related forms of employee misbehavior, company reorganizations, leaves and accommodations. Similarly, he participated in collective bargaining agreement negotiations and has contended unfair labor practice complaints arising under the collective bargaining agreements.

Mr. Figueroa-Navarro has counseled and defended numerous clients, ranging from small personal businesses to multinational companies, before state and federal jurisdiction proceedings, both at trial and appellate levels. Likewise, he has repeatedly represented employers before administrative agencies such as the Conciliation and Arbitration Bureau of the Department of Labor, the Puerto Rico Office of Mediation and Adjudication, the Antidiscrimination Unit of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board, among others.

His practice focuses on commercial litigation, insurance, torts, products liability, contracts, labor and employment, construction, banking, and gaming law.

Education

  • University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, Cum Laude (2015)
  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration- Finance, Summa Cum Laude (2012)
  • Florida International University, Exchange Program (2010)

Professional Affiliations

  • The Association of Labor Relations Practitioners (“APRL”)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Puerto Rico Bar Association (“Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico”)

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented numerous employers before state and federal court.
  • Represented clients in multiple investigations initiated by administrative agencies, such as, the Conciliation and Arbitration Bureau of the Department of Labor, the Antidiscrimination Unit of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
  • Counsel small business and Fortune 500 Companies in diverse topics, including wage and hour laws, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, transfer of a going business, contracts and other employment related torts.
  • After state-court Trial, successfully moved to dismiss claim involving wrongful discharge, retaliation and disability-based discrimination. See Migdalia Fonseca Martínez v. Ediciones SM, Inc., Court of First Instance, Case No. KPE-2015-2586.
  • Obtained dismissal of case by summary judgment before Puerto Rico Court of First Instance. See, among others, Omar Salvá González v. FOT Investment, Civil Case No. AR2019CV00441; Robert Jiménez Soto v Carolina Catering Corp. H/n/c Sky Caterers, Civil Case No. Caterers, CA2020CV00700.
  • Secured the dismissal of cases by summary judgment before the Puerto Rico Office of Mediation and Adjudication. See, among others, Marcelino J. Ríos v. Hospicio La Paz, No. AC-18-552.
  • Successfully dismissed case where Plaintiff alleged that she was improperly classified as an exempt employee as a pretext to avoid compensation for overtime and meal period and successfully defended the judgment before the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals. See Yolimar Rosales Matos vs Motorambar, Inc. H/n/c Infiniti Puerto Rico, Court of First Instance, Civil No. SJ2019CV05806; Yolimar Rosales Matos vs Motorambar, Inc. H/n/c Infiniti Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Court of Appeal No. KLAN202000762.
  • Obtained the dismissal of case before the Puerto Rico Court of First Instance regarding age-based discrimination, retaliation and unjust dismissal. See Angel Serrano Castrillón v. GFR Media, LLC., Court of First Instance, Civil No. BY2018-CV-00432.
  • Successfully dismissed Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) matters where charging party was alleging discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, age and disability.
  • Drafted employment agreements, employee handbooks and operating procedures for small personal businesses to multinational companies.