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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 in 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

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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

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

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August 15, 2018
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

April 30, 2018
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Jackson Lewis Publishes Q1 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter 2018

April 30, 2018

Please enjoy our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter for the first quarter of 2018. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events... Read More

February 28, 2018
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Juan Felipe Santos Honored with 2018 HNBA Top Lawyers Under 40 Award

February 28, 2018

SAN JUAN, PR (February 28, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce San Juan Managing Principal and Litigation Manager Juan Felipe Santos has been selected to receive the prestigious “HNBA Top Lawyers Under 40” Award. The award, which is presented by the Hispanic National Bar... Read More

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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

November 16, 2017

Puerto Rico Labor Department Updates Regulations on Payment of Annual (Christmas) Bonus

November 16, 2017

Employers in Puerto Rico must comply with updated regulations on the payment of the generally required annual bonus to eligible employees. The Puerto Rico Department of Labor (DOL) updated the regulations, effective October 18, 2017, following legislation adopted early in the year. Under Puerto Rico Act No. 148 of 1969, employers in... Read More

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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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Introduction to Puerto Rico Employment Law – What Employers Need to Know

September 23, 2015 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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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

By Juan Felipe Santos and Maralyssa Alvarez-Sanchez