David Rivé-Power

David Rivé-Power is a member of the Litigation Department and Government Affairs Team of the Firm. He joined O’Neill & Borges in 1993.

David provides legal advice and assists clients engaged in the complex route of managing government and regulatory affairs as well as public policy proposals and decisions that affect their particular industry or business. David advises also corporate clients with international presence or plans to expand outside de U.S. and Puerto Rico in matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), an expanding and increasingly important federal statute applicable to American-based companies with foreign operations.

David has assisted clients in a number of litigation cases including in the tort defense, construction and commercial dispute litigation areas. He has represented clients in both local and federal (U.S. District) court as well as bankruptcy court. David also assists Puerto Rico and US-based clients (i.e., many of them multinational companies) from a diversity of industries such as retail, pharmaceutical, health, energy, transportation, banking, tourism and construction, in a diverse number of areas including regulatory, government affairs and administrative proceedings. In addition to his legal background and experience in the litigation arena, David has also had background experience in the public sector, the political strategy consulting arena as well as in the world of college and universities governing boards.

In 1998, David left O’Neill & Borges LLC to work as Executive Assistant to the Mayor of San Juan, Sila M. Calderón. In early 2000, David left the Municipality of San Juan and became the Campaign Director for Sila M. Calderón in her successful bid to become Governor of Puerto Rico in the 2000 General Elections. He returned to O’Neill & Borges LLC in 2001 to resume his legal career.

David served as Board Member of the Ana G. Mendez University System, Puerto Rico’s third largest higher education system, where he actively participated in various board committees, including the audit and finance committees, among others.

David currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Universidad Central Del Caribe (UCC) School of Medicine.


  • Boston University, B.B.A., 1990
  • Boston College, J.D., 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Puerto Rico
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit