Estrella LLC > San Juan, Puerto Rico > Firm Profile

Estrella LLC
150 TETUAN STREET
OLD SAN JUAN
00901
Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico > Corporate, Commercial and Banking Tier 2

Estrella LLC handles domestic and cross-border transactions for major companies in the telecoms, oil, energy and retail sectors. The team handles M&A, joint ventures, organised buyouts, spin-offs and restructurings, as well as corporate governance issues. In addition, it works alongside the firm’s litigation department in complex commercial disputes. Practice leader Neysha Natal-Castro handles corporate transactions with a particular emphasis on business reorganisations by way of M&A and corporate divisions, in addition to assisting with corporate governance and due diligence. Managing partner Alberto Estrella is also a key figure in the practice. At associate level, Mayra Artiles Fonseca is a key contact for commercial litigation and Alejandro García stands out for corporate, retail and franchising issues.

Practice head(s):

Neysha Natal-Castro

Testimonials

‘The Estrella team is excellent. Not only do they respond quickly, but they always have a subject matter expert available to touch base with as quickly as possible. They always treat clients with immediacy and professionalism.’

‘Mayra Artiles and Neysha Natal, along with their work teams, are people with a lot of knowledge and empathy, and they respond quickly to clients’ needs.’

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

AAES

Alten Energy

Liberman Media Group (teleonce)

Microsoft Caribbean

Work highlights

  • Advised Liberman Media Group on negotiating and executing key commercial contracts to conduct the business of a new media channel in Puerto Rico.
  • Advised TiX.By on the acquisition of Ticketpop, a market leader in the ticketing industry.
  • Advised the Alten Group on its corporate and business model, including the operation’s expansion to the continental US.

Puerto Rico > Dispute resolution and bankruptcy Tier 2

Estrella LLC has had a longstanding focus on litigation and dispute resolution. It enjoys a solid reputation in the market, especially in commercial and liability litigation for retail clients and, as a niche expertise, for chiropractors. Oil and gas litigation is also an area which deserves particular mention, with the team taking on landmark engagements for flagship client Puma Energy, which it also assists in IP litigation. While Alberto Estrella acts as managing partner, Kenneth Suria and Yasthel González are responsible for the federal litigation and state litigation groups, respectively. Carlos Infante leads the firm’s bankruptcy practice, which is known for both its creditor and debtor work. Recently, the team has handled significant cases in Puerto Rico, including injunction proceedings and class actions.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Estrella; Kenneth Suria; Yasthel González

Testimonials

‘The accessibility and the collaborative structure to facilitate all processes is extraordinary. Communication is open and thorough.’

‘Alberto Estrella is always available and present in the most significant moments of the case.’

‘The team at Estrella has continually demonstrated a true team effort in helping our company navigate the insurance adjudication nuances of Puerto Rico.’

‘Alberto Estrella and many more at the firm are always incredibly responsive and detailed in assisting with our needs.’

Key clients

Chevron

Copa Airlines

NCMIC Insurance Company

The Home Depot

Simon Properties

Puma Energy Caribe

Sunnova Energy

Site Centers

Burlington Coat Factory

Fidelity Land Title

American Airlines

MMM

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel for Wal-Mart Puerto Rico since the corporation began conducting business in Puerto Rico, managing the client’s active premises liability claims.
  • Acting as exclusive regional litigation counsel for the Home Depot in Puerto Rico, handling active premises liability cases and administrative consumer claims.
  • Assisting Puma Energy with its local and regional operations and handling all of the client’s litigation in Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico > Labour and employment Tier 2

Estrella LLC‘s labour and employment practice counts multinationals including Walmart, Puma Energy and Home Depot among its main clients. The team provides day-to-day support in HR matters, alongside its dispute resolution capabilities. Odemaris Chacón   stands out for her representation of Walmart in a recent wrongful termination case before the Office of Mediation and Adjudication for the Puerto Rican Department of Labour; she was assisted by counsel Guillermo Figueroa  , who joined the team in May 2021 from Baerga & Quintana. Yasthel González  , who heads the practice, advises corporate clients on HR, harassment, reasonable accommodation and leave of absence matters. Experienced labour litigator Gregory Usera  serves as special counsel to the practice.

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

Nokia Puerto Rico

Mentor Technical Group Corp

Polytechnic University

Forensic Building Science

Liberman Media Group

Work highlights

  • Defending Home Depot’s Puerto Rican branch in wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination and disability claims before both the federal and administrative agencies and federal and state courts.
  • Assisting Wal-Mart’s Puerto Rican branch with handling multiple wrongful termination claims before the state courts and the Office of Mediation and Adjudication of the Department of Labour.

Puerto Rico > Real estate, hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Estrella LLC‘s Odemaris Chacón Varona is recognised for her experience in real estate transactions, with significant expertise in the oil and energy, personal property, hospitality and retail sectors, in particular. Senior associate Alejandro García brings additional knowledge of retail, corporate, franchising and notarial law to the team. Key clients include multinationals such as Puma Energy Caribe.

Practice head(s):

Odemaris Chacón-Varona

Testimonials

‘Estrella manages to meet and exceed clients’ legal needs.’

‘They take care to understand their clients’ businesses and provide legal advice based on the issues that most concern them.’

Key clients

Puma Energy Caribe

Fidelity National Title Group

SBA Communications

Stewart Title Guaranty Company

Liberman Media Group

Supreme Lending

Work highlights

  • Assisting Stewart Title Guaranty Company in the correction of a mistake in a lien recorded on a property.
  • Assisted Fidelity National Financial in filing a complaint to request a mortgage cancellation because it was not registered due to the failure to include municipal consent to the transaction.
  • Advised Puma Energy Caribe on the sale of 13 properties and the modification and extension of the leases for seven service stations.

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 and 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
Labor and Employment Leader Lloyd Isgutlisgut@estrellallc.com787-977-5050
Consumer Affairs Practice Leader Luis Moreralmorera@estrellallc.com787-977-5050
Litigation Practice Leader Andrés Colbergacolberg@estrellallc.com787-977-5050
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Mayra C. Artiles photo Mayra C. ArtilesCorporate & Commercial Attorney
Pedro A. Barceló photo Pedro A. BarcelóOf Counsel
Arturo V. Bauermeister photo Arturo V. BauermeisterOf Counsel.
Odemaris Chacón photo Odemaris ChacónLitigation Attorney & Member
Andrés J. Colberg photo Andrés J. ColbergLitigation Practice Leader
José R. Dávila photo José R. DávilaOf Counsel.
Enrique S. Enríquez photo Enrique S. EnríquezCounsel
Alberto G. Estrella photo Alberto G. EstrellaManaging Member
Alejandro García photo Alejandro GarcíaCorporate and Commercial Attorney
Carlos Infante photo Carlos InfanteBankruptcy & Reorganization Practice Leader
Lloyd Isgut photo Lloyd IsgutLabor and Employment Practice Leader
Luis Migenis photo Luis MigenisOf Counsel
Luis M. Morera photo Luis M. MoreraLitigation Attorney & Member
Neysha Natal photo Neysha NatalCorporate & Tax Practice Leader
Francisco A. Ojeda photo Francisco A. OjedaLitigation Attorney
Ángel O. Rey photo Ángel O. ReyOf Counsel.
Rhayza S. Rivera photo Rhayza S. RiveraCorporate & Commercial Attorney
Kenneth C. Suria photo Kenneth C. SuriaMember & Federal Practice Leader
Stephanie Vilella photo Stephanie VilellaAssociate
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Number of Attorneys : 20
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