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Mr Vitelio Mejía Ortiz
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Vitelio Mejía Ortiz joined Pellerano & Herrera in 2014 and is a partner of the Dispute Resolution practice area leading the Aviation practice area . He has over 40 years of experience as a litigation attorney. He has practiced in both civil and corporate litigation as well as in administrative law.
Vitelio has been a member of the Board of Directors of several important companies in the aviation, real estate, tourism, and advertising and media industries. Additionally, he has participated in the drafting and formulation of laws for the tourism and aviation sectors. Vitelio served as permanent representative of the Dominican Republic before the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and led the process in which the Dominican Republic accepted the Presidency of the Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC) for the first time. He was also plenipotentiary representative of the Dominican Republic during the sessions in which ICAO adopted, among other transcendental decisions, the Montreal Convention which amended the Warsaw Convention.
He has been recognized by Legal 500 in Dispute resolution and Who’s Who Legal in Arbitrage.
In 2019 and 2020 Mejía was recognized as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation.
Spanish and English.
•Executive Branch, Deputy General Counsel, 1990-1992 •General Migration Directorate, Director, 1992-1996 •Airport Commission, Member, 1992-1996 1996-1999 •General Civil Aviation Directorate, Directorate, 1996-1999 •Civil Aeronautics Board of the Dominican Republic, President, 1996-1999 •Latin American Association of Air Space Law (ALADA), Member 1999 In 1999 he was awarded the Gold Medal by the Latin American Association of Air Space Law (ALADA), highest award conferred by this prestigious organization.
Vitelio holds a law degree from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña in 1979. He started his career in Dominican law firm Castillo & Castillo where he became partner, and later, in 1990, he founded Mejia, Armenteros & Abreu where he was Managing Partner until joining Pellerano & Herrera. He has been professor of Civil and Administrative Law and has taken courses in Aviation Law at the International Aviation Management Training Institute (IAMTI).
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals)
Pellerano & Herrera‘s dispute resolution practice remains the first port of call for plaintiffs and defendants in high-profile criminal cases – something which is reflected by its representation of former Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz in ongoing criminal and civil proceedings – and also stands out for its strength in shareholder disputes, distribution-related litigation, and administrative and tax cases. At the head of the practice, Vitelio Mejía Ortiz has a wealth of experience in litigation (with significant expertise in tax and sports-related disputes) and Lucy Objío is a key name for commercial, criminal and labour litigation. Sheila Oviedo, who was promoted to partner in April 2023, and senior associate Yolemny Cruz are also skilled in the full range of litigation.