Littler Mendelson, a firm representing employers in regulatory and compliance matters and in disputes, continues to expand its global footprint through a partnership with Schuster Aguiló in Puerto Rico.


Effective January 1, the partnership makes Littler’s global network of labor and employment specialists more accessible to clients in Puerto Rico, and complements Littler’s strengths with the knowledge and skills of 22 Schuster Aguiló lawyers led by managing partner Rafael Aguiló-Vélez. Schuster Aguiló has represented numerous corporate clients in the trade, manufacturing, telecommunications, retail, and service industries, among others.


“Puerto Rico is an interesting case. Because it is a commonwealth protected by the United States, its court of appeals sits in Boston’s First Circuit, it applies U.S. federal law, it has tax advantages for employers, and it’s a bit of hybrid between the U.S. and Latin America,” observed Jeremy Roth, one of two professionals elected by Littler's board of directors in August to serve as co-managing directors of Littler.



Tom Bender, Littler’s other co-managing director, described Schuster Aguiló as the most reputable labor and employment firm headquartered in Puerto Rico.


“One of our goals overall is to expand our presence in a way that gives our firm’s clients the ability to meet as many of their legal needs as possible, to see this kind of enlarged footprint as a benefit that will help them meet those needs,” Bender said.

“Latin American jurisdictions are not ‘other states’ of the U.S., and the legal service needs in the labor and employment space are different for each one,” Roth commented.