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Last Updated: Jul 14, 2013 @ 9:34am

Seeking Job: In-house Counsel
Position Desired: In-house counsel

Cover Letter:
Please note that, even though facing a very promising future at the firm, I am eager to make a permanent move to the Houston, Texas area.

Although effective as a litigating attorney, I have realized the aspects of my work which I find most rewarding is counseling corporate clients regarding the improvement of their operations or the risks their companies face. A constant throughout my career has been my business aptitude and problem solving skills. Here are a few points that highlight my competencies:

• Experience in corporate counseling: I counsel multinational corporations on pre-litigation best course of action, steps for avoiding possible lawsuits, and the development and implementation of the organization’s policies and procedures. Provide management with advice recommendation concerning laws and regulations that impact the organization’s functional areas.

• Persuasive communications skills: I have the ability to quickly establish trust with clients, building long-lasting relationships, and attain consensus among adverse parties. I have prepared and litigated to favorable conclusion, by dismissals or settlements negotiations, over 50 federal cases. I was an attorney for the employer in one of the two cases during the last 10 years where the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico has denied an injunction in favor of a union in an unfair labor practice dispute.

• Excellent analytical skills: I am known for having an excellent ability to comprehend, analysis, and resolve diverse complex legal issues quickly. As one of only a few attorneys at the firm not assigned to a particular department I am called to handle very diverse matters ranging from maritime claims, employee disputes, dissolution of partnerships, withdrawal from Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) pension plans, and antitrust, among others.

Since currently located in Puerto Rico, I suggest an initial phone interview and if thereafter there is mutual interest in a face-to-face interview I am certainly available to travel to Texas on a moment’s notice. Please contact me at (787) 930-9878 or via email at amendezroman@gmail.com. I look forward to speaking with you.

As I am very interested in this opportunity am willing to incur all relocation expenses.

My best regards,
Alejandro Mendez

The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law
Juris Doctor, May 2008
Dean’s Scholarship (2005-2008)

Howard University
Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing, May 2005
Marking Department Scholarship, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

Work History / Experience:
Jimenez Graffam & Lausell, San Juan, PR
Oct. 2008 – present
Associate Attorney
Manage existing client relationships while generating additional business for the firm. Attorney in successful defense of cases, either by dismissal on their merits or negotiation of settlements, involving labor and employment, maritime, and corporate law claims, which otherwise would have led to multimillion dollar jury verdicts. Organize and manage discovery. Take and defend depositions. Author motions and briefs, including motions to dismiss and for summary judgment, oppositions, federal appellate briefs, and mediation statements. Review and draft documents for a wide variety of transactions, including commercial vessel financing and business restructuring. Represent clients before governmental agencies, such as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, U.S. Coast Guard, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board. Attend commercial vessel inspections and investigations in matters ranging from cargo claims to maritime criminal prosecutions.

Law Office of Carlos M. Vergne, San Juan, PR
May – Aug. 2007
Law Clerk
Drafted pleadings and motions, conducted research, and propounded discovery in federal labor and employment cases.

Superior Court of the District of Columbia
May – Aug. 2006
Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Mary A. Gooden Terrell

Conducted research and drafted memoranda and opinions.

U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC
Dec. 2003 – Aug. 2005

Human Resources Generalist
Participated in the development of the Department’s 90-Day High Impact Recruitment and Retention Plan and in the creation of a new succession plan for the Department’s mid-level pay grades.

Marketing Department Intern
May – Aug. 2003
Published success stories about U.S.-based companies trading overseas and created marketing brochures for the International Trade Administration for worldwide distribution.

• State Bar of Puerto Rico, admitted 2010
• Federal Maritime Commission, admitted 2009
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, admitted 2009
• U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, admitted 2009
• State Bar of Pennsylvania, admitted 2008
• U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, able to request admission immediately
• State Bar of Texas, able to obtain admission within 12 months

Fluent, with oral and written competencies, in English and Spanish.

Desired Compensation / Salary:
$100,000 neg.

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