Estrella LLC > San Juan, Puerto Rico > Firm Profile

Estrella LLC
150 TETUAN STREET
OLD SAN JUAN
00901
Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico > Corporate and commercial Tier 2

Estrella LLC 'works with dedication and the highest professionalism'. The firm has a strong corporate practice, focused on local and cross-border matters and transactions for clients in the telecoms, energy and retail sectors. Its transactional offering sees it advising on subscriptions and stock options, stock and asset purchases and sales, due diligence, joint ventures, buyouts, spin-offs, restructurings and recapitalisations. Other areas of expertise for the team include shareholder covenants, executive compensation and fiduciary duties. Alberto Estrella is the managing partner of the firm and has a good reputation as a litigator. Neysha Natal-Castro is the corporate practice leader and focuses on corporate governance and counselling, M&A and tax counselling especially in the industrial, agricultural and tourism sectors. Associate Mayra Artiles Fonseca is also noted, and associate Alejandro García stood out for his advisory role in the negotiations carried out in connection to a series of transactions for Puma Energy.

Practice head(s):

Neysha Natal-Castro

Testimonials

Estrella’s knowledge and response is what makes them unique. They work with dedication and the highest professionalism. They are always willing to go the extra mile, even in particularly difficult situations. One can count on them.’

The personalised attention they offer according to the client’s needs. I have worked with Neysha Natal and Maite Medero in corporate and labour matters. They worked quickly and they didn’t think twice about making sure I had the information I needed in the time it took. They communicated with each other and gave me important information that they provided me clearly and directly, even when I had doubts.’

The Estrella LLC team always gives us the best attention and helps us in all types of contracts and legal aspects of our company.

‘We have had the opportunity to work with most of Estrella Law’s lawyers and their greatest strength is their teamwork. Alberto’s leadership allows his colleagues to give their best at all times. Among them, Mayra, Neysha, Jean, Rhayza, Tania.’

Key clients

Wal-Mart Puerto Rico

COPA Airlines

Home Depot Puerto Rico

T-Mobile Puerto Rico

Puma Energy Caribe

Mentor Technical Group

Tix.By

Surfside Hotel Corporation

Airport Shoppes & Hotels

Fractal Capital Group

AATS

Alten Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Macfarlanes LLP to undertake for the Puma Energy group a due diligence and restructuring exercise, in order to establish a separate infrastructure division comprising Puma’s storage and terminals business in Puerto Rico.
  • Assisted T-Mobile/Customers Bank with the preparation and obtaining of a ruling for a US Charter Bank regarding the organisation of a mobile bank in Puerto Rico.
  • Represented Home Depot Puerto Rico in an internal restructuring.

Puerto Rico > Dispute resolution and bankruptcy Tier 2

Estrella LLC is best known for its capabilities in commercial and liability litigation in particular, and it also covers cases in connection to cybersecurity, aviation and insurance disputes. Its clients notably include large retailers, for which the team handles commercial eviction cases, as well as oil and gas operators, among others. The team is divided between a federal and a state litigation practice, which are led by Kenneth Suria and Yasthel González, respectively. Suria focuses on commercial litigation, personal injury disputes and class actions. González, who was promoted to member in December 2020, has a flourishing tort defence, labour, commercial litigation and contacts disputes practice. Alberto Estrella acts as managing partner, while Carlos Infante is responsible for the firm's reorganisation and bankruptcy group.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Estrella; Kenneth Suria; Yasthel González; Carlos Infante

Key clients

Chevron

Copa Airlines

NCMIC Insurance Company

The Home Depot

Simon Properties

Sunnova Energy

Site Centers

Burlington Coat Factory

Fidelity Land Title

MMM

Puma Energy Caribe

AIG

Metro Pavia

First Medical

Gator Property Management

The Financial Oversight & Management Board

Advance Auto Parts

American Airlines

Chubb Insurance

T-Mobile

CVS

Rent-A-Center

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to Wal-Mart Puerto Rico in a number of disputes, including premises liability cases, class action defense, product liability cases and commercial dispute cases.
  • Acting as counsel for the Home Depot in Puerto Rico, handling a number of premises liability cases and administrative consumer claims.
  • Handling all of Puma Energy Caribe’s litigation in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico > Labour and employment Tier 2

Well-known companies - including those in the wholesale and retail sectors - turn to the labour and employment department at Estrella LLC. The firm provides human resources support covering hiring, training, discipline and terminations advice, and also acts for clients in litigation before the Puerto Rico and the US courts, administrative forums and in arbitration proceedings. Practice head Yasthel González, who was promoted to partner in 2020, has considerable expertise in counselling corporate clients in areas such as harassment, reasonable accommodation and leaves of absence. Maité Medero-Benítez left the firm in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Yasthel González

Key clients

Wal-Mart Puerto Rico

Home Depot, Puerto Rico

Copa Airlines

Puma Energy Caribe

Professional Account Management

Frances Ríos Entreprises

Calvin Landscape

YM

Electro Gate Caribbean

Forensic Building Science

Work highlights

  • Represented Home Depot and dismissed a discrimination charge after filing a position statement in a case brought by an employee.
  • Handling multiple wrongful termination claims for Wal-Mart Puerto Rico before state courts and the Department of Labour, Mediation and Adjudication Office.
  • Acting as labour and employment counsels in Puerto Rico to Home Depot, providing defence in dozens of claims of wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination.

Puerto Rico > Real estate, hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Estrella LLC provides clients with real estate advice, especially in connection to the correction of property registry mistakes, both through notarial documents (the department including both lawyers and notaries) and court proceedings. Odemaris Chacón Varona is the key practitioner in the team; her labour and administrative practice is complemented by her knowledge of real estate, with an emphasis on the execution and registration of property deeds, as well as real estate litigation.

Practice head(s):

Odemaris Chacón-Varona

Key clients

Puma Energy Caribe

Fidelity National Title Group

SBA Communications

Stewart Title Guaranty Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Stewart Title Guaranty Company in a mortgage matter, including a complaint of declaratory judgment.
  • Advising Fidelity National Financial on a complaint to request the mortgage cancellation because it was not registered due to failure to include municipal consent.
  • Assisting Puma Energy Caribe with its request to extend the lease term of a property in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

Estrella, LLC is one of the oldest and most experienced law firms in Puerto Rico. We have built our reputation by following in the footsteps of our exemplary founder William Estrella and delivering comprehensive and cost-effective legal strategies to Puerto Rico’s highest-profile companies. We value ongoing relationships with our clients, some of whom have relied on the firm’s legal assistance for more than 50 years.

Estrella’s first-rate attorneys represent a diverse group of blue-chip clients, excelling in a breadth of business practice areas, anchored by our corporate and litigation practices. Our attorneys are results-driven and diligent, leaving no stone unturned.

In addition to our expertise in litigation, we are trusted business advisors who provide corporate clients with practical, customized solutions that further their business objectives. Our “one firm” approach ensures we work across disciplines to provide the highest level of service. When litigation is necessary, our clients’ long-term goals shape our litigation strategy. The success and prosperity of our clients is always paramount.

High-quality legal representation: Estrella’s attorneys collaborate across practice areas to deliver unparalleled service to our clients. All our attorneys follow the “sundown rule,” meaning they respond to phone calls and emails the same day they are received.

Agile corporate and commercial representation: Estrella excels at advising clients, large and small, in commercial and corporate law as well as in structuring complex transactions. We represent entrepreneurs and corporations at every stage of the business lifecycle. From business start-up planning and financing to implementing steps for growth, our corporate practice is dedicated to providing clients with the confidence and strategy necessary to achieve their long-term goals.

Powerhouse litigation expertise: Our island-wide litigation practice has uniquely positioned Estrella LLC to expertly assess case value and exposure. Additionally, our trial lawyers are trained through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), a well-respected organization that offers intensive advocacy training. Our clients can relax knowing that our attorneys can and will anticipate the challenges that arise during litigation and formulate creative and effective responses. Throughout each lawsuit, our attorneys work diligently to attain the outcomes that align with the client’s long-term goals. We file and defend cases in both state and federal court.

Premier retail law practice: Estrella, LLC provides Puerto Rico’s most sophisticated retail and consumer affairs practice. We routinely help businesses make their entry to the Island, expand their establishments and grow throughout Puerto Rico. As the largest retail industry law firm in Puerto Rico, our firm represents high-profile corporate clients such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Simon Property Group, JC Penney, Advance Auto Parts, Burlington Coat Factory, CVS and Microsoft Stores.

360 degree representation: Through our decades of work on the Island, we have built significant practices in aviation law, employment and labor law, real estate, and business immigration. Our team is ready to implement creative solutions to achieve outstanding results for you and your business interests.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing Member Alberto G. Estrellaagestrella@estrellallc.com787-977-5050
Bankruptcy & Reorganization Practice Leader Carlos Infantecinfante@estrellallc.com787-977-5050
Federal Practice Leader Kenneth C. Suriakcsuria@estrellallc.com787-977-5050
Real Estate Practice Leader Odemaris Chacónochacon@estrellallc.com787-977-5050
Corporate and Tax Practice Leader Neysha Natalnnatal@estrellallc.com787-977-5050
Litigation Practice Leader / Labor & Employment Yasthel Gonzálezygonzalez@estrellallc.com787-977-5050
Consumer Affairs Practice Leader Luis Moreralmorera@estrellallc.com787-977-5050
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mayra C. Artiles  photo Mayra C. Artiles Corporate & Commercial Attorney
Pedro A. Barceló  photo Pedro A. Barceló Of Counsel
Arturo V. Bauermeister  photo Arturo V. Bauermeister Of Counsel.
Odemaris Chacón  photo Odemaris Chacón Litigation Attorney & Member
Andrés J. Colberg  photo Andrés J. Colberg Litigation Attorney & Member
José R. Dávila  photo José R. Dávila Of Counsel.
Enrique Enríquez  photo Enrique Enríquez Counsel
Alberto Estrella  photo Alberto Estrella Managing Member
Guillermo Figueroa  photo Guillermo Figueroa Labor and Employment & Litigation Attorney.
Alejandro García  photo Alejandro García Corporate and Commercial Attorney
Yasthel González  photo Yasthel González Litigation Practice Leader & Member
Carlos Infante  photo Carlos Infante Bankruptcy & Reorganization Practice Leader
Luis Migenis  photo Luis Migenis Of Counsel
Luis M. Morera  photo Luis M. Morera Litigation Attorney & Member
Neysha Natal  photo Neysha Natal Corporate & Tax Practice Leader
Francisco A. Ojeda  photo Francisco A. Ojeda Litigation Attorney
Neyla L. Ortiz  photo Neyla L. Ortiz Litigation Attorney.
Ángel O. Rey  photo Ángel O. Rey Of Counsel.
Rhayza Rivera  photo Rhayza Rivera Corporate & Commercial Attorney
Kenneth C. Suria  photo Kenneth C. Suria Member & Federal Practice Leader
Number of Members : 6
Number of Attorneys : 20
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