Oreste Ricardo Ramos


Mr. Ramos is a member of the firm and its chair of litigation. He joined the firm in 2000 after clerking for the Honorable Jaime Pieras, Jr. at the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.  His practice is focused on complex commercial litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts and arbitration tribunals and counsels clients in the management of legal risk. Mr. Ramos’ practice is focused on the following substantive areas: business disputes, securities litigation, sales representative and dealer and distributor agreements, intellectual property, and employment law. Since 2010 Chambers & Partners in its Global and Latin America Editions has listed Mr. Ramos as a leading individual for Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property. He belongs to several professional associations, most prominently the Federal Bar Association, where he served as the Puerto Rico Chapter's President from 2012-13 and as the Vice President for the First Circuit. He is a Life Fellow of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association.

Place of birth:

San Juan, PR


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA
    1998 J.D., Recipient of Wapner, Newman & Wigrizer Award for Civil Trial Advocacy
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
    1995 B.A.

Bar Admissions:

  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, 2000
  • United States Supreme Court

Practice Areas:


  • Litigation in Puerto Rico, Chambers Legal Practices Guide Litigation (2014),
    co-contributor with Néstor M. Méndez
  • Business Operations in Puerto Rico, Bloomberg BNA (2012), Distributorship
    Agreements and Sales Representative Agreements, contributor
  • Copyright Litigation Strategies, co-author of chapter on Third Party Discovery (ABA, 2017)

Past Employment Experience:

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, Hon. Jaime Pieras, Jr., U.S. District Judge
    Law Clerk

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Federal Bar Association, Hon. Raymond L. Acosta Puerto Rico Chapter
    Member of the board from 2006-2014, Chapter President 2012-13
  • Federal Bar Association, Vice President for the First Circuit, 2014-present
  • Chapter Representative of the National Nominations and Elections Committee 2013
    President 2012-2012
  • Foundation of the Federal Bar Association
    Life Fellow
  • American Bar Association
    Section of Litigation (Commercial and Business Litigation and Securities Litigation Committees)
    Forum Committee on Franchising
    Section of Intellectual Property Law (Copyright Litigation Committee)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    Committees on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law, and Trial Tactics
  • Member Sedona Conference Working Group Series
  • Member Association of Electronic Discovery Specialists
  • Member International Bar Association


  • Ruiz-Rivera v. United States, CIV. 10-1139 (JAF), 2010 WL 3069251 (D.P.R. Aug. 2, 2010)
  • Hidalgo-Velez v. San Juan Asset Mgmt., Inc., CIV. 11-2175CCC, 2012 WL 4427077 (D.P.R. Sept. 24, 2012
  • Cruz-Aponte v. Caribbean Petroleum Corp., 486 B.R. 234 (D.P.R. 2013)
  • Diaz Aviation Corp. v. Airport Aviation Servs., Inc., 762 F. Supp. 2d 388 (D.P.R. 2011)
  • Guerra-Delgado v. Popular, Inc., CIV. 11-1535 JAF, 2013 WL 3367721 (D.P.R. July 5, 2013)
  • Irizarry Mora v. University of Puerto Rico: Representing the UPR, Mr. Ramos successfully argued before the U.S.   Court of Appeals for the First  Circuit   that the University is immune from suit in federal court under the doctrine of sovereign immunity of the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Moreno v. University of Puerto Rico: Mr. Ramos was lead counsel for the University of Puerto Rico and its President in a preliminary injunction   proceeding brought by two students claiming that the University’s decision to declare a five day recess constituted an unconstitutional prior restraint of   speech. After an evidentiary hearing held the day after the case was filed, the Court denied the preliminary injunction and dismissed the complaint with   prejudice.
  • Carnival Corporation v. Puerto Rico Ports Authority: Mr. Ramos, along with his partner Néstor Méndez and Florida counsel, successfully represented   Carnival Corporation, in an arbitration proceeding against the Puerto Rico Ports Authority for breach of a pier and terminal usage agreement capping   increases in tariffs, in an arbitration before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association which resulted in an   arbitration award proscribing the PRPA from increasing tariffs.
  • Dávila Rivera v. Caribbean Refrescos, Inc., 332 F. Supp.2d 435 (D. Puerto Rico 2004): In this case, Mr. Ramos obtained a summary judgment in favor of   Caribbean Refrescos, against a plethora of claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Family   Medical Leave Act, and sex discrimination under Title VII before the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. After an appeal before the U.S.   Court of Appeals for the First Circuit argued by Mr. Ramos, the lower court’s judgment was affirmed.
  • Rodríguez Canet v. Morgan Stanley & Co., 419 F. Supp. 90 (D. Puerto Rico 2006): Represented Morgan Stanley in securities claim filed in Federal   Court for the alleged mishandling of invested funds and the alleged unauthorized purchase of a variable annuity under Section 10(b) of the Securities   Exchange Act. This case was dismissed as time-barred.
  • Moreno Morales v. ICI Paints (Puerto Rico), Inc. 383 F. Supp.2d 304 (D. Puerto Rico 2005): Mr. Ramos obtained a summary judgment in favor of ICI   Paints in this age discrimination action.
  • Lugo Auto Sales v. Motorambar, Inc.: After a two week trial in which he served as lead counsel, Mr. Ramos obtained a favorable judgment on behalf of   defendant Motorambar, the exclusive distributor of Nissan in Puerto Rico, dismissing a claim brought by one of its non-exclusive dealers under Act 75,   the local statute which protects dealers and distributors from termination or impairment of their distribution without just cause.
  • Barreto Cintrón and others v. Blockbuster, Inc. and Pueblo International LLC: Mr. Ramos represents Pueblo, the local franchisee of Blockbuster Video   in a class action brought to recover extended viewing fees.
  • Mr. Ramos has represented several broker dealers in Puerto Rico in claims brought for unauthorized or unsuitable trading and has obtained numerous   favorable judgments and resolutions.
  • Other Published Cases: 
    Machín Rodríguez v. C&C Partnership Coca Cola Puerto Rico, 2005 WL 2293574 (D. Puerto Rico Sept. 20, 2005).
    Eastern Food Services, Inc. v. Pontifical Catholic University Services Association, Inc., 357 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2004). 
    Medina Claudio v. Rodríguez Mateo and Wackenhut Corrections Corporation, 292 F.3d 31 (1st Cir. 2002)Fresenius Medical Care Cardiovascular   Resources Inc. v. Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Cardiovascular Center Corporation, 322 F.3d 56 (1st Cir. 2003).
    Rodríguez-Lizardi v. RadioShack Corp., 2010 WL 2836813 (D. Puerto Rico 2010).
    Díaz Aviation Corp. v. Airport Aviation Services, Inc., et al., 2011 WL 148057 (D.P.R. Jan. 18, 2011).
  • Stewart v. Husqvarna Construction Products North America, Inc. 2012 WL 1590284 (D.P.R. 2012)

Contact Information:


(787) 274-4937

(787) 274-1470

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