A native of San Juan, he attended Babson College in Massachusetts and obtained his bachelor's degree in business, magna cum laude and his Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico. During his third year in law school he was chosen by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) to upon graduation become a Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellow.  He is admitted to the Puerto Rico bar and to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Seventh and Ninth Circuits.

 

While in law school, he was member and contributor of the University of Puerto Rico Law Review, and a co-author of several of its law review articles.

 

As a legal practitioner he co-authored "A State by State Guide to Construction and Design Law," published by ABA Publishing, American Bar Association, 1998 as well as its 2008 update. He has also written extensively under the auspices of the National Business Institute on diverse subjects ranging from Construction Law, to Title Insurance Law, to Foreclosure Law.

 

He has been involved in several leading cases in diverse areas of the law. Among those is the case that first set the legal guidelines for making claims against judiciary officers in Puerto Rico (Feliciano Rosado v. Matos, Jr., 81 JTS 1, 110 D.P.R. 550, P.R., Jan 07, 1981). In 2000 he was entrusted by the government of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico with representing all of the public agencies and agency heads in defending the discovery initiated by Puerto Rico's largest daily newspaper in an unprecedented First Amendment lawsuit filed against the Governor of Puerto Rico and other members of his Cabinet. He has also been involved in other seminal cases dealing with Civil Rights (Camilo-Robles v. Hoyos, 151 F.3d 1, 1st Cir. (Puerto Rico), Jun 29, 1998; Employment Law (Melendez-Arroyo v. Cutler-Hammer de P.R. Co., Inc., 273 F.3d 30, 87 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. (BNA) 673, 81 Empl. Prac. Dec. P 40,845, 1st Cir. (Puerto Rico), Dec 05, 2001); the Puerto Rico Dealers Act (Morales v. Gregg Shirt Makers, Inc., 682 F.Supp. 142, D.Puerto Rico, Mar 11, 1988; Gonzalez v. Brown Group, Inc., 628 F.Supp. 436, D.Puerto Rico, Dec 27, 1985); Title Insurance (Chicago Title Ins. Co. v. Sotomayor, 394 F.Supp.2d 452, D. Puerto Rico, Jul 12, 2005; Lennox Industries, Inc. v. Caicedo Yusti, 172 F.R.D. 617, 38 Fed.R.Serv.3d 1232, D.Puerto Rico, Mar 31, 1997); Construction Law (Combustion Engineering Caribe, Inc. v. Geo P. Reintjes Co., Inc., 298 F.Supp.2d 215, D.Puerto Rico, Dec 23, 2003; Miramar Const. Co. v. Home Depot, Inc., 167 F.Supp.2d 182, D.Puerto Rico, Aug 21, 2001); Condominium Law (Alvarez Figueredo v. Gonzalez Lamela, 93 JTS 132, 134 D.P.R. 374, P.R., Oct 28, 1993; 95 JTS 107, 138 D.P.R. 958, P.R., Jul 14, 1995); Zoning (Fuertes y otros v. A.R.P.E., 93 JTS 165, 134 D.P.R. 947, P.R., Dec 17, 1993); Bankruptcy (In re Paradise Boat Leasing Corp., 2 B.R. 482, 1 Collier Bankr.Cas.2d 413, 5 Bankr.Ct.Dec. 1122, Bankr.D.Virgin Islands, Dec 26, 1979 ) and Contractual Damages (Betancourt v. Nippy, Inc., 137 F. Supp.2d 27, D. Puerto Rico, Mar 19, 2001).

 

Having a special ability to draw the roadmap to a case’s earliest resolution is Mr. Santana’s biggest asset.  His extensive and varied legal experience, which took him through a family law and employment law practice at the beginning of his career, which evolved to an undefeated criminal defense practice in both state and federal court and later to a corporate and trial law practice at a firm serving the nation’s largest corporate clients, has given Mr. Santana the underlying skill to either quickly and favorably resolve a case before the outset of litigation or successfully litigate it at trial and through the appellate process.

 

Mr. Santana is an active member of the Puerto Rico  Bar Association and of the Federal Bar Association. He is affiliated to the FBA's Puerto Rico Chapter (Chapter President, 1990-1991 and National Delegate, 1991-1992). On the national level of the FBA, Mr. Santana served as National Vice President for the First Circuit and several of its National Committees (Member, Select Committee on Admission Standards to Practice before Federal Courts, 1985; Member of the Judicial Selection Committee, 1993-1996, 2001-2003 (Chair, 2001-2003); Audit Committee Chair, 1998-1999 and member of the Civil Rights Award Committee, 2002-2005). He was a member of the Puerto Rico Bar Examination Board Drafting Committee, 1987-1989 and its Correcting Committee, 1989-1990 and has been a frequent lecturer for the National Business Institute in Puerto Rico Construction Law, Puerto Rico Foreclosure Law and Puerto Rico Title Insurance Law since 1995. He is also one of the original ten Founding Charter Life Fellows of the Foundation of the FBA, an organization chartered by Congress with a limited membership which includes numerous federal judges, including several United States Supreme Court Justices.

 

Besides his native Spanish language, he speaks English fluently. His main practice areas today are in Complex Civil Litigation, including Construction Law, Employment Law, Title Insurance and, more recently, defending civil RICO claims lodged against high-profile corporate executives; defending corporations from claims under corporate statutes mandating indemnification and advancement of litigation expenses to current and former corporate officers and directors, and the defense of corporate officials and employees from claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

 

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