Before founding ÁLVAREZ LEGAL, Yolanda Álvarez was the Vice-Chair of the Litigation Department and Chair of the Copyrights and Entertainment Divisions of a medium size law firm.
She is an accomplished intellectual property attorney and litigator. She has successfully represented clients in complex litigation matters, including multinational corporations in local and federal courts.
In addition, she has experience representing individuals and companies in Intellectual Property matters, including award-winning artists, producers, directors, songwriters, and music publishers, distributors, record companies, as well as film and television production companies. She also structures, negotiates, drafts intellectual property agreements-licenses for different media.
Her main areas of practice are Intellectual Property (Trademark and Copyrights) & Entertainment, Commercial Litigation, and Animal Law. Ms. Álvarez’s ample work experience includes roles as Communications Director for the University of Puerto Rico, Public Relations Advisor of several multinational and local companies, Journalist and Chief Editor of major publications. She has worked in the areas of communications, education, entertainment, sports and public affairs.
Ms. Álvarez is also an adjunct professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, and has been a speaker at various local and national conferences.
She has been actively involved in non-profit organizations such as the Special Olympics and the Film Foundation of Puerto Rico, of which she is a member of the Board of Directors. She has also been recognized for her efforts towards the wellbeing of animals in Puerto Rico, including her involvement in the drafting of the Animal Anti-cruelty Act, Act 154 of August 4, 2008, one of the most progressive legislation towards animal protection in the world.
She is actively involved in the American Bar Association where she served as the Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Committee (2010-2013) within the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (“TIPS”). She is currently a Vice Chair of aforementioned committee and the Chair of International Issues of the Animal Law Committee.
MÓNICA NEVÁREZ DE JESÚS
Ms. Mónica Nevárez De Jesús has a Bachelor Degree in English Literature from the University of Puerto Rico (2008) and a J.D. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (2011).
She also obtained a LL.M. in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution from George Washington University (2012).
After completing the LL.M., Ms. Nevárez De Jesús returned to Puerto Rico, where she has obtained vast experience in litigation, which includes working for the Federal Public Defender for the District of Puerto Rico.
Ms. Nevárez De Jesús is authorized to practice law before the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. She is a member of the Federal Bar Association.
Mr. Rivera Font has over 13 years of litigation experience in local and federal courts for a diverse range of matters including commercial transactions, employment law, partition of decedent estates and wills, construction disputes (AIA contracts), and Directors & Officers' Liability.
He has successfully litigated cases on important statutes such as Title VII, the Internal Revenue Code, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Federal Arbitration Act. As previous director of a litigation department, Rivera Font has dealt with individuals and board of directors of multinational and domestic companies in complex cases involving cross-jurisdictional matters.
As a result, Mr. Rivera Font has gained unparalleled experience in negotiations and dealings with board of directors and officers for different types of entities and has also represented individuals concerning business and shareholder disputes involving director and officers' duty of care and loyalty. Moreover, he currently provides employment law guidance/seminars and defense to renowned companies in Puerto Rico.
Mr. Rivera Font's experience covers a wide array of industries such as food service, manufacturing, pharmaceutical/health, banking and staffing services. Mr. Rivera Font is currently a Director to the Federal Bar Association, Puerto Rico Chapter. Mr. Rivera Font is currently a Director to the Federal Bar Association, Puerto Rico Chapter.
Mr. Rivera Font is currently a Director to the Federal Bar Association, Puerto Rico Chapter.
Ms. González-Acosta has served clients across the United States, Puerto Rico and other Latin countries as well. She has an array of clients such as authors of literary works, music composers and producers, singers and songwriters, music bands, managers, advertising agencies, recording companies, books and music publishing companies, merchandising manufacturers and distributors, among other businesses and individuals. González-Acosta drafts and negotiates contracts and licenses for their clients, advises them about intellectual property compliance and protection, and registers and manages their intellectual property. In addition, she is an experienced litigator in case judicial intervention is needed to collect royalties or prosecute any intellectual property infringement.
González-Acosta completed her Bachelor Degree in Public Communications with Magna Cum Laude honors, from the University of Puerto Rico, fulfilling courses in Advertising, Public Relations, Journalism, Film and Design, among others. After finishing her undergraduate studies she worked as the designer and director for a local educational newspaper produced by the University of Puerto Rico. She also worked with several promotions and advertising campaigns.