Pedro Jaime Torres-Díaz is a Principal in the San Juan, Puerto Rico, and in the Miami, Florida, offices of Jackson Lewis P.C. He also serves as President of the Hispanic National Bar Association. His practice concentrates in employment discrimination and wage and hour counseling and litigation exclusively on behalf of employers, both in Florida and Puerto Rico.
Mr. Torres-Díaz has extensive trial experience before both federal and local courts and administrative forums in Puerto Rico and Florida. He has also successfully defended employers in all types of administrative hearings before local and federal agencies. Before joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Torres-Díaz was a Partner in the Labor and Employment Law Department of a leading law firm in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he resided and practiced law for eight years.
Throughout his practice in Puerto Rico, Mr. Torres-Díaz was a frequent and featured speaker on many subjects in the Labor and Employment Law field, in seminars for clients and for organizations such as the Society for Human Resource Management and the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce. Since arriving in Miami, Mr. Torres-Díaz has continued to participate as speaker on many topics related to workplace law, both for clients and other organizations in Florida and elsewhere. Mr. Torres-Díaz has also written articles on legal developments in Puerto Rico, one of which was published in the American Bar Association's The International Employment Lawyer.
During his undergraduate studies, he completed an Internship in European Business in the Ecòle Europèenne des Affaires in Paris, France. After completion of his undergraduate studies, Mr. Torres-Díaz worked as a fiscal analyst in the corporate headquarters of McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Missouri. After his graduation from law school, he clerked for Honorable Aida M. Delgado-Colón, United States Magistrate-Judge (now Chief United States District Judge), at the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
Mr. Torres-Díaz is fluent in Spanish and English, and conversant in French.
- Rivera-Velazquez v. Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Ins. Co., 750 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2014) (affirming dismissal of age discrimination, breach of contract and Fair Credit Reporting claims)
- Bettis v. Toys R Us, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123664, December 30, 2009 (S.D. Fla.) (summary judgment in favor of employer in pregnancy discrimination claim)
- OneSource Facility Servs. v. Mosbach, 508 F. Supp. 2d 1115 (M.D. Fla. 2007) (restrictive covenant matter)
- Soler v. Tyco Electronics, 268 F.Supp. 2d 97 (D.P.R. 2003) (age discrimination claim); and Ramon Jimenez et al. v. General Instruments / NextLevel, 170 D.P.R. 14 (2007)
Additional Trial Experience
In addition, Mr. Torres-Díaz has first- or second chaired several trial matters for diverse clients in Puerto Rico and Florida, including:
- Cruz et al. v. Ethicon (Court of First Instance – Puerto Rico; donning-and-doffing wage claim by 11 plaintiffs)
- Martínez v. Ethicon (Court of First Instance – Puerto Rico; disability discrimination claim)
- García v. Clorox Commercial Company of Puerto Rico (U.S. District Court – Puerto Rico; national origin discrimination claim)
- OneSource Facility Servs. v. Mosbach (U.S. District Court – Middle District of Florida; restrictive covenant matter)
- Stewart v. DaimlerChrysler Financial Services (U.S. District Court – Southern District of Florida; race discrimination claim dismissed). He has also successfully defended employers in all types of administrative hearings before local and federal agencies.
Professional Associations and Activities
- Hispanic National Bar Association (President-Elect, 2015-2016; General Counsel, 2011-2013)
- American Bar Association (Employment Law, Litigation, and International Law sections)
- Bar Association of Puerto Rico
- The Florida Bar
- Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
- Puerto Rican Bar Association of Florida