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Juan Felipe Santos

Office Managing Principal and Office Litigation Manager
San Juan

P 787-522-7315
F 787-522-7306
Juan.Santos@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Juan Felipe Santos is the Office Managing Principal and Office Litigation Manager of the San Juan, Puerto Rico, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has successfully represented employers in litigation before federal and Puerto Rico courts, including jury trials. Before joining Jackson Lewis when it opened the Puerto Rico office in 2013, Mr. Santos worked for over 10 years in other major law firms in Puerto Rico, devoting his practice exclusively to labor and employment law.

Mr. Santos represents clients through all phases and types of federal and local labor and employment lawsuits and administrative matters, ranging from individual charges and cases to broad-scale collective and class actions regarding wage and hour disputes, employment discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, statutory leaves of absence, welfare benefits (ERISA), Railway Labor Act, defamation, non-compete covenants and other employment-related torts.

Mr. Santos provides legal advice to management on human resources compliance issues and policy matters spanning the entire employment life cycle, from the hiring, discipline and termination of employees, including drafting of employment manuals and policies and the development of strategies for effective liability mitigation Mr. Santos also has experience providing legal advice to companies establishing operations in Puerto Rico and conducting due diligence employment law audits. He has been speaker at various seminars.

Honors and Recognitions

  •  Hispanic National Bar Association, Top Lawyers Under 40 (2018)

 

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Published Opinions

  • Vega-Colón v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, 625 F.3d 22 (1st Cir. 2010)
  • Rivera-Díaz v. Humana Health Plans of P.R., Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17573 (D.P.R. 2013)
  • Velázquez v. Developers Diversified Realty, 904 F. Supp. 2d 156 (D.P.R. 2012)
  • Velázquez v. Developers Diversified Realty, 272 F.R.D. 310 (D.P.R. 2011)
  • Hernández v. Wal-Mart Puerto Rico, Inc., 2010 WL 4273927 (D.P.R. 2010)
  • Rosado v. American Airlines, 743 F.Supp.2d 40 (D.P.R. 2010)
  • Figueroa-Santiago v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, 2010 WL 3724323 (TCA)
  • Vega-Colón v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37133 (D.P.R. 2009)
  • Baerga-Castro v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, 2009 U.S. Dist LEXIS 80388 (D.P.R. 2009)
  • Barrón-Ruiz v. American Airlines, 2009 U.S. Dist LEXIS 93865 (D.P.R. 2009)
  • Zeif, et al. v. American Airlines, 2009 WL 2351518 (TCA)
  • Montalvo-León v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76635 (D.P.R. 2007)
  • Acosta-Colon v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11240 (D.P.R. 2006)
  • Torres Velez v. Brignoni, American Airlines, Inc., 2006 PR App LEXIS 2838 (TCA)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • National Retail Federation
  • Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Puerto Rico Employment Law Update,” National Retail Federation (Washington, DC, October 2015) (presenter)
  • “Evolution of Wage and Hour Laws: Past, Present and Future,” Society for Human Resources Management – Puerto Rico Chapter Convention (Fajardo, PR, September 2015) (presenter)
  • “ADA, FMLA, and USERRA: The Interplay of the Trifecta,” Society for Human Resources Management – Puerto Rico Chapter (San Juan, PR, November 2013) (presenter)

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December 2, 2019
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10 Jackson Lewis Attorneys Named Among the Top Latino Lawyers of 2019

December 2, 2019

NEW YORK, NY (December 2, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 10 attorneys have been named to the “Top Latino Lawyers 2019” list compiled by Latino Leaders Magazine. The annual list honors successful and inspirational lawyers from across the country for being leaders in... Read More

November 19, 2019
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Juan Felipe Santos Discusses Questions Employers Should Avoid During Interviews

November 19, 2019

Juan Felipe Santos discusses questions employers should avoid asking during interviews and on job applications to mitigate common legal pitfalls in "What your employer should not ask you," published by El Nuevo Dia. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

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May 9, 2019

Puerto Rico Department of Labor Issues First Comprehensive Guidelines on Employment Laws

May 9, 2019

The Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor (PR-DOL) issued the first edition of the “Guidelines for the Interpretation of Puerto Rico’s Employment Legislation” in an effort to provide guidance and a general overview of its position and interpretation of Puerto Rico’s employment statutes and regulations. Instead of having... Read More

June 7, 2018

Employment-at-Will Comes to Puerto Rico?

June 7, 2018

Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board and Governor Ricardo Rosselló have sent bills to the Puerto Rico legislature to repeal the Unjust Dismissal Act, Act No. 80 of May 30, 1976 (Act 80). If either bill is enacted, employers in Puerto Rico will no longer be required to have “just cause” to dismiss employees hired for an... Read More

February 5, 2018

Puerto Rico Bars Use of Legitimate Absences in Performance Review, Adds Catastrophic Illness Leave

February 5, 2018

Just one year after substantial changes to Puerto Rico employment laws became effective, the Governor has enacted two new sick leave laws. One shields employees from adverse consequences from sick leave use. The other creates a special leave for catastrophic illnesses. Act No. 60 of January 27, 2018 The Puerto Rico Minimum Wage,... Read More

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Guidelines for the Interpretation of Puerto Rico’s Employment Legislation

June 18, 2019 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

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Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform: One Year Later

January 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform

January 31, 2017 - 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

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Puerto Rico Enacts Equal Pay Law, Prohibits Employers from Inquiring about Past Salary History
March 13, 2017

Almost two months after signing sweeping employment law reform, Governor Ricardo Rosselló has signed Puerto Rico Act No. 16 of March 8, 2017, known as the “Puerto Rico Equal Pay Act.” Act 16 is effective immediately. Read More