PEDRO SOTO-RÍOS LAW OFFICES is currently focused on providing support to businesses with emphasis on employment and labor law, contracts, government affairs, and negotiations, as well as corporate matters and trial and appellate litigation.
Our firm believes that the executive's lawyer must always be prepared to serve his client not only as a legal advisor but also as liaison with government agencies, insurance, management, investment and other services the client may need.
Today's executive must cut to a minimum the time and energies devoted to litigation and involvement with lawyers. This means the attorney must take initiatives whose primary focus is on preventive legal services. At the same time, legal decisions should always be colored by practical considerations that can easily translate to financial advantage.
We approach each case with the vitality and enthusiasm that is essential to properly represent the interests of our clients in matters that are crucial to them. Whether your case goes to trial, is settled or resolved through some form of alternative dispute resolution, we stand by you throughout. Our mission is total commitment to excellence.
Our office is conveniently located in Puerto Rico’s business district known as “The Golden Mile”, surrounded by banks, law firms and insurance companies, easily accessible to highways and the Urban Train and just a few minutes away from hotels, the international airport and government agencies.
These are only some of the reasons why our firm may be right for you. Continue viewing our website to learn more about us, knowing that if we believe we can help you, we would be pleased to meet with you and commence a long lasting relationship.
PEDRO SOTO-RIOS is the founding member of the firm and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puerto Rico, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Puerto Rico. Mr. Soto-Ríos has attended continuing education programs at Harvard Law School, Purdue University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, the United States District Court of P.R., the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and in the United States Supreme Court.
Prior to establishing his own law firm, Mr. Soto-Ríos served as Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of the State Insurance Fund Corporation; Vice President and Human Resources Director of Key Pharmaceuticals and General Counsel for General Foods. He served as Counsel to the Secretary of Labor and to the Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico as well as Advisor to the Office of Labor Affairs of the Governor of Puerto Rico and the Senate of Puerto Rico.
A former Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Business of the Interamerican University, member of the Labor Law Commission of the Puerto Rico Bar Association, member of the Industrial Relations Committee of the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association and former President of the Labor Advisory Board of the American Arbitration Association, he was Member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Labor Relations Practitioners for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. At present, Mr. Soto-Ríos collaborates with journals and publications discussing labor matters such as El Nuevo Día (leading newspaper), Ley & Foro (a publication of the Puerto Rico Bar Association), UAD (a publication of the Anti-Discrimination Unit of the Labor Department of Puerto Rico) and Recurso (a publication of the Society of Human Resources Management). He also had a weekly spot at the newscast of Noti-Seis where he discussed labor matters as well as in numerous radio and television interviews. Included in the United Who’s Who for achieving a level of exellence in his profession.
We would like to outline some of the legal services, which may be rendered to your company:
- Handle disputes concerning termination or layoffs, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment, mobbing, defamation and discrimination complaints, including age, religious, marital, disabilities, race, and gender, and negotiating severance agreements
- Offer training programs to management on employment and labor laws
- Government and Legislative Affairs
- General Civil Practice and Litigation
- Assist in corporate reorganizations
- Assist businesses in contract negotiations and corporations’ matters
- Mergers and business acquisitions
- Consumer Affairs
- Non-Compete and Confidentiality Agreements
- Assist and advise the Board of Directors in the drafting of minutes and record keeping
- Serve as advisor in downsizing procedures
Our commitment is to provide only the highest quality legal representation to our clients. We pride ourselves of being prompt and responsive to all our clients' concerns.
PEDRO SOTO-RIOS LAW OFFICES strongly believes in providing wide-ranging support to its clients, not merely in legal matters, but also in government and legislative affairs, being cognizant of the latter's impact on day-to-day business operations, dealing with regulations, laws and restraints. Mr. Soto-Rios' experience includes having served as Advisor to the President of Puerto Rico' Senate and working closely with key Senate committees. Experience also extends to the government's executive branch, having served as Administrator and Chief Executive Officer of the State Insurance Fund Corporation (the Corporación del Fondo del Seguro del Estado). Within the executive branch, he was also responsible for implementing the transfer of the State Insurance Fund from an agency of the central government to a public corporation and advising the Governor's Labor Affairs Office at La Fortaleza as well as heads of several government agencies. Pedro Soto-Rios Law Offices is a registered lobbying firm.
Our firm offers its clients a range of services, including, among others, drafts of position papers, representation at committee hearings, drafting of legislation and committee reports and the development of strategies to promote or oppose pending legislation of particular interest.
We provide honest and highly experienced services, handling government and legislative affairs in an expeditious, persuasive and cost-effective manner.
As part of our services, Pedro Soto-Ríos Law Offices has offered seminars, conferences as well as in-house training sessions on matters such as labor and employment law to many of our clients as well as to the Puerto Rico Bar Association, the Society of Human Research Management, Labor Relations Practitioners Association, Employers' Committee of the Labor Department and the Interamerican University Law School.
Mr. Soto-Ríos’ frequent exposure to media interviews and also as a former professor have provided excellent communication skills, which play an active role in delivery of lectures and training programs. Trainings are continuously under revision in order to incorporate the latest changes in legislation and thus assure employment law compliance.
Our in house training programs are tailored to meet your specific requirements. We will help you identify your particular needs and will work with you to develop and present a program specifically designed for your staff at the location of your choice.
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