Manuel A. Pietrantoni

Manuel is a trial lawyer specializing in complex commercial and civil litigation. He has successfully tried multiple cases in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration proceedings, and has litigated local and national class actions. He also has successfully argued or briefed multiple cases before the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals, and the MDL Panel, including but not limited to matters dealing with the Class Action Fairness Act, the Copyright Act, the Puerto Rico Dealer statute, the First Amendment, and other commercial or tort matters.

Manuel regularly lectures on the Federal Rules of Evidence, and has written multiple articles on evidence and on the Puerto Rico dealer and franchise statute that have been published by the American Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Federal Bar Association, and the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce. He was selected to a committee that advised the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico on proposed amendments to its Local Rules regarding electronic discovery. He served as a faculty member for the 2014 Puerto Rico “Building Trial Skills” program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).

Chambers & Partners’ Latin America 2015 states that Manuel “bolsters the litigation practice” at the firm, and “receives strong praise from sources for his ‘excellent strategic thinking and professional ethics.’”

Manuel is a Past President and Former Member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association, Puerto Rico Chapter. He is also a Fellow of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association.

Education

  • Boston College, B.A., 1998
  • Boston College, J.D., 2001

Bar Admissions

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

Legal Publications

  • “Lessons to be Learned from Puerto Rico’s Law 75,” The Franchise Lawyer (ABA Summer 2014)
  • “Fraud, Intent of the Parties, Ambiguity, and Other Exceptions to the Parol Evidence Rule,” Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 31, No. 3 (ABA Winter 2012)
  • Co-author, "Puerto Rico's Dealer and Franchise Statute Adapts to the Latest Developments in Law, Commerce, and Technology," Franchise Law Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1 (ABA Summer 2010)
  • "Forum Selection Clauses under the Puerto Rico Dealer Statute: Is the Statute's Provision invalidating such Clauses still Enforceable?" The Business Suit, DRI Newsletter (July 2008)
  • Co-author, "When a substantive norm of Puerto Rico law for the issuance of preliminary injunctions in dealer contract cases clashes with a federal procedural rule, is there a doubt as to which one should apply?," From the Bar, FBA Newsletter, Issue 40 (Spring 2008)
  • "Internet sales that affect Exclusivity Rights of Puerto Rico Dealers and Sales Representatives," P.R. Chamber of Commerce Newsletter (February 2008)
  • "Unbranded or generic products sold to distributors in Puerto Rico: are distributors reselling such products protected by the Puerto Rico Dealers' Act?" The Business Suit, DRI Newsletter (June 2007).