Former Congressman Pedro R. Pierluisi, Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner in Washington, D.C. (2009-2016), rejoined O’Neill & Borges as a member on January 9, 2017. He first joined the firm in 1997 after serving as the Attorney General (Secretary of Justice) of Puerto Rico (1993-1996). Pierluisi’s practice focuses on corporate, litigation and government & regulatory affairs. He provides strategic counseling and representation to the firm’s clients on public policy, commercial, project development, tax and dispute resolution matters.
Pierluisi began his professional career in Washington, D.C., where he practiced law from 1984 until 1990. After his four-year tenure as the Attorney General of Puerto Rico, Pierluisi became a partner in the Litigation Department of O’Neill & Borges and led the establishment of the firm’s government & regulatory affairs practice group. As a litigator, Pierluisi handled complex commercial and construction litigation and arbitration cases. He also served as an arbitrator for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association and the New York Stock Exchange.
In 2007 Pierluisi decided to run for public office and was elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012 as Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner. During his tenure as Resident Commissioner, Pierluisi was the sole elected representative in Congress for the 3.4 million U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico. In the U.S. House of Representatives, he served as a member of the Committee on the Judiciary (2009-2016); the Committee on Natural Resources (2009-2016); the Committee on Education and Labor (2009-2010); the Committee on Ethics (2011-2014); and the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico (2016).
Pierluisi’s achievements as a Member of Congress include:
As Attorney General, Pierluisi served as the chief legal officer of the Government of Puerto Rico, managing over 2,000 employees, including 500 attorneys. Under his leadership, prosecutors obtained convictions in a record-high 96% of cases and doubled the number of high-profile corruption cases investigated and referred to the Office of the Special Independent Prosecutor. Pierluisi personally argued two landmark constitutional law cases before the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico. He also served as Chairman of the Eastern Region of the National Association of Attorneys General (1996).
Tulane University, B.A., 1981
George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1984
District of Columbia (inactive)
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
U.S. District Court, District of D.C.
U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico