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Global Legal Network Holds Educational Summit in Puerto Rico

By on February 27, 2020

SAN JUAN — Staying on top of global economic and political trends and raising awareness about the importance of accelerating strategic collaborations were some of the issues discussed during a summit held in Puerto Rico by law firm network Meritas.

Founded in 1990, Meritas is an international alliance of commercial law firms working across jurisdictions to provide clients local legal services and “the cost efficiency and personal attention unmatched by mega law firms.” Each member law firm is required to adhere to rigorous and specific service standards to maintain membership status.

Estrella LLC Attorneys & Counselors, the only Puerto Rican member of Meritas, hosted the visit of more than 20 stateside and Caribbean representatives.

“We are very pleased to have served as hosts for this important visit on our island. Being the only Puerto Rican law firm to belong to Meritas is an honor and being able to receive them here on the ‘Island of Enchantment’ gives us satisfaction with our work,” said Alberto G. Estrella, managing partner at Estrella.

Mayra Artiles (Estrella, LLC); Dawn Iacarella (Meritas- Vice President, US & Canada Regional Director); Jason Johnson (Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. – Orlando, Florida); Alberto Estrella (Managing Member, Estrella LLC); Lee Kriner (Cantey Hanger LLP – Dallas, Texas); Jamilee McLellan (Meritas-Latin American/Caribbean Regional Director); Kim Heinrich (Meritas-Vice President, Global Marketing Director); Neysha Natal (Estrella, LLC); Kenneth Suria (Estrella, LLC); and Melissa Peña (Norris McLaughlin & Marcus- Bridgewater, New Jersey). (Courtesy)

“Thanks to the efforts of our local member firm and the host firm Estrella, Meritas attorneys were able to meet and discuss urgent financial services issues while enjoying the hospitality of the beautiful city of San Juan,” said Kim Heinrich, vice president and global marketing director at Meritas.

With 190 law firms in 97 countries, Meritas offers broad legal knowledge. Estrella’s affiliation gives it access to more than 7,000 lawyers in 256 markets.

One of the oldest firms on the island, Estrella is a full-service firm with expertise in litigation. It advises individuals and clients of all sizes in commercial and corporate law as well as in structuring complex transactions.

Estrella’s attorneys represent a diverse group of blue-chip clients, some of whom have relied on the firm’s legal assistance for more than 50 years.

It has significant retail and consumer affairs practice that assists businesses make their entry to the island. Some of its clients have included Walmart, Home Depot, Simon Property Group, JCPenney, Advance Auto Parts, Burlington Coat Factory, CVS and Microsoft Stores.

It has also expanded practices in aviation law, employment and labor law, real estate and business immigration.

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