Patricia Marvez-Valiente is a special counsel in Ferraiuoli’s labour and employment practice. She has 16 years’ experience as a litigator defending and counselling employers and management in industries such as hospitality, service, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. Ms Marvez’s practice includes labour and employment law litigation in local and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitration forums covering claims of discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, defamation, employment torts, employment contracts, workers’ compensation and welfare benefits, to name a few. Ms Marvez also assists employers in the creation and revision of their employment policies and employee training and advises them on disciplinary and internal investigative processes, complex issues involving highly compensated individuals, employee classification, administration of leaves of absence, requests for reasonable accommodation, employee dismissals, planning and execution of reductions in force, among other matters. Ms Marvez also covers the welfare benefits arena by providing legal counsel and representation in litigation to plan sponsors and administrators on issues affecting the administration of group health plans and compliance with applicable laws and regulations, such as ERISA, HIPAA, and COBRA.
Based on her years of exposure to litigation, labour compliance and preventive consulting, Ms Marvez approaches mergers and acquisitions from an employment law perspective and from a practical standpoint, helping clients in their due diligence when commencing, merging, or closing operations in Puerto Rico, and guiding them through the labour and employment-related statutory and regulatory requirements.