MANUEL A. QUILICHINI - Partner
Mr. Quilichini obtained his Bachellor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. He later obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Shortly thereafter he was admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Mr. Quilichini began his professional career as a trial attorney in the General Litigation Division of the Puerto Rico’s Department of Justice, and he was in charge of litigating a wide variety of cases before local and federal courts, in areas such as civil rights violations, personal injury, and contract law, and also handled special cases, in particular injunctions against the Government of Puerto Rico. He later joined the firm of Lespier & Muñoz-Noya as an associate. Here his practice was concentrated in counseling clients and representing them before governmental agencies and in court in labor and employment law disputes. He litigated cases in both federal and local courts and agencies, and appeared on behalf of his clients in oral arguments before the US Court of Appeals.
After being a senior associate, Mr. Quilichini began working in the firm of Lasa, Escalera & Reichard, first as a senior associate and later as partner in charge of the Labor and Employment Law practice area. He also participated in several complex product liability cases, including In Re Dupont Hotel Fire Litigation, where he represented seven (7) different defendants in this mass tort litigation. In this case he also acted as a member of the Defense Trial Committee, and as a member of the Defendants’ Steering Committee in the local court proceeding. In this firm he also handled cases in the areas of insurance coverage dispute and commercial litigation.
Mr. Quilichini left this firm to open his own practice of law under the name of Quilichini & Silva-Ayala, where he continued representing clients in areas of labor and employment law, insurance coverage disputes and general civil litigation.
Mr. Quilichini closed his office to become a proprietary partner in the firm of Totti, Rodríguez-Díaz and Fuentes, later known as Totti & Rodríguez-Díaz, where he continued representing his clients in the areas of labor and employment law, and also expanded his practice to include cyberlaw and telecommunications law. Mr. Quilichini was the first hearing examiner of the newly created Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Puerto Rico, and was instrumental in the execution of interexchange agreements between the competing local exchange carriers and the Puerto Rico Telephone Company.
In 2001 Mr. Quilichini returned to his own practice of law and founded the firm of Quilichini & Fernández-Amy with a former partner of his, Mr. Fernández-Amy.
Mr. Quilichini is a very active member of several professional associations, such as the Puerto Rico Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the American Bar Association. In the PR Bar Association he presides over the Technology Commission, which he co-founded, and has acted as special advisor the PR Bar Association, the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico and the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico in areas of automation and technology. In 1997 he created the Bar Associations’ Electronic Notification of Supreme Court Decisions, and has been instrumental in its continuing growth and success. In the Federal Bar Association he has been a Board member since 1997 and has held several positions, including that of President of the Local Chapter and a member of the Special Commission on Technology created by the National President of the Federal Bar Association. In the American Bar Association he participates in the Labor and Employment Division, the Litigation Division and the Law Practice Management Division.
Mr. Quilichini is an adjunct professor of law at the Interamerican University School of Law, where he teaches courses in Legal Practice and Technology, Advanced Legal Research, and Advance Litigation Techniques. He lectures frequently to clients and associations on topics related to labor and employment law, intellectual property, technology and automation.
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ANGEL CABAN-BERMUDEZ - Partner