Dominican Republic

Review

Dispute resolution
DMK Abogados

Based in Santo Domingo, the law firm DMK Abogados’ litigation and dispute resolution department is renowned for its thorough, timely, and highly apt case analysis as well as its consistently effectual litigation strategies. Representing a diverse array of client interests in litigatory matters including but not limited to tourism, real estate, pharmaceuticals, and labor and administrative litigation, the firm expanded its reach in 2020 to include criminal law and criminal litigation, further cementing its status as a legal powerhouse of the region.

In 2020, the firm served as lead-counsel for Corporación Aeroportuaria del Este in its dispute against ABRISA group regarding the group’s intention to construct the Bavaro International Airport (BIA). Due to a number of irregularities and legal concerns that arose during the approval-process for construction of the airport, Corporación Aeroportuaria del Este sought to have any approval regarding the construction of BIA retroactively revoked in what would become the largest dispute between public and private entities in the airport industry. Due to adept litigation on part of DMK Abogados and skilled leadership from partner Nelson Jáquez, all authorizations granted to ABRISA group for the construction of BIA were nullified, and the project was declared harmful to public interest. Jáquez joined the firm over four years ago offering new leadership. During this time serving as director of litigation, the department has seen marked increases in both size and the number of cases to which it provides counsel.

Guzman & Molina

Operating out of Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic general practice firm Guzmán & Molina specializes in litigation and business law. The firm’s small size allows for it to expertly tailor its legal approach to the unique demands of the client, whether it be an individual or an entity. The firm’s legal team is comprised of individuals possessing crucial high-level expertise in the majority of the largest sectors of the economy, such as energy, real estate, tourism, manufacturing, health, sports, and construction. The firm’s partners boast high-level credentials, having served at major law firms, as members of the Dominican Republic’s judicial branch, and experience working as heads of in-house legal services at major corporations worldwide.

The firm finds its leadership in co-founders and partners Lucas Guzmán, who specializes in litigation and arbitration, and Paola Molina, specializing in business. The two are currently representing the Dominican plastics production company POLYPLAS in a civil suit following an explosion onsite at one of its manufacturing facilities that has led multiple individual plaintiffs to take legal action against the company. Due to the expert legal intervention of Molina and Guzmán, however, the majority of the complaints filed against the company have been rejected by the civil courts while the remaining complaints are currently pending. As testament to the versatility of the firm’s legal team, Guzman & Molina are recognized for the counseling services offered on commercial arbitration matters.

Pellerano & Herrera

With its headquarters in Santo Domingo, the Dominican firm Pellerano & Herrera boasts one of the most notable and successful dispute resolution practices in the region. The firm’s legal team has served as counsel to clients in some of the largest, most complex, and high-profile cases in the Dominican Republic. Its litigation practice is regarded as the most diverse in the country, attending to matters in all areas of the law. The firm has provided extensive counsel to clients in areas including but not limited to high-profile white-collar cases, criminal litigatory matters, labor litigation, real estate litigation, tax and customs disputes, and sports and commercial arbitration. Markedly unique in the Dominican legal market is the firm’s expertise regarding cybercrime litigation. As one of the few firms in the country to attend to such matters, its legal team undertakes among the most high-profile cybercrime litigatory cases of the region.

At the helm of the firm’s leadership are partners Vitelio Mejia OrtizLucy Objío, and Félix Fernández. Ortiz is regarded as being among the premier litigators in the country with over 40 years of vast experience in the legal market specializing in arbitration. He is considered an expert in aviation and sports law and is renowned for his well-established dealings with government officials. Although she specializes in labor litigation, Lucy Objío’s over 17 years of experience working in all types of litigation and knowledge of a very diverse group of practice areas make her, too, a crucial asset to the firm. As a master litigator, she currently serves as co-head of the firm’s litigation department. Félix Fernández is also vital to the legal operations of the firm for his well-rounded approach to law, notably his expertise in cybercrime litigation and over 17 years of experience in business strategy. In addition to playing a crucial role in the drafting of the Draft Maritime Trade Law of the Dominican Republic, he also serves as a co-leader of the firm’s digital transformation committee. Objío and Fernández are currently serving as co-leads in the high profile, pro-bono criminal case filed by Dominican-American former Major League Baseball player David Ortiz, who suffered a gunshot wound while in Santo Domingo. The case, having been heavily reported on in the media, has placed a worldwide spotlight on the Dominican Republic’s judicial system, and was recognized as an Impact Case award recipient at the 2021 Benchmark Latin America awards.