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Tessie Leal Garabis is a trial attorney with over 16 years of experience in local and federal forums. Tessie has represented numerous clients from the private and public sectors and obtained favorable judgements or settlements in their favor.  Among those clients Tessie has represented TracFone, ATT, Walmart Inc, APS Health Care, Triple S Salud, Central Parking System, The Municipality of San Juan, the Municipality of Mayaguez, SMG Latin America, Puerto Rico Convention Center, The Department of Justice of Puerto Rico, and PRIDCO.

Experience

Lead attorney in numerous cases involving civil rights violations tried before a jury at the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico with favorable judgements for the client.
Obtained a judgement in a jury trial at the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico in favor of the client in a sexual harassment case with an exposure of over $2,000.000.00
Obtained the dismissal of various Injunctions and TRO’s filed against clients in the United States District Court of the District of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Court of First review in cases involving trademark violations.
Argued Appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Litigated Mandamus Complaints for clients in the public sector with favorable judgements for the client.
Handled numerous appellate court matters including appeals before the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, the Puerto Rico Courts of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit with favorable outcomes for the client.
Lead attorney in numerous tort cases before the Puerto Rico Court of First Review.
Represented clients before the Puerto Rico Telecommunications Board.

Education

  • Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1999
  • Bentley University, B.A. Business Administration, 1995

Admissions

  • Puerto Rico (1999)
  • Notary Public (2001)

Courts

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

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member of the Law Review of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (1997- 1998)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Working knowledge of Italian

Publications

  • Análisis Comparativo de las Partidas en Daños Punitivos, Revista de Derecho Puertorriqueño, Vol. 37 Nos. 2-3, pags. 429-446 (1998)

  • Cruz Camacho v. Walmart PR Inc., JDP2009-0512, tort case; judgment in favor of client Walmart.
  • Daisy Rivera v. Commonwealth of PR, Civil Action 03-1177, Sexual Harassment; judgment in favor of client.
  • Ticket Center v. Autoridad del Distrito del Centro de Convenciones, 2014 WL 1007306 (TCA), Injunction, RPF reconsideration; dismissed in favor of client.
  • Bird Development Corp. v. Municipality of San Juan; 2015 WL 5178424 (TCA), contract law; appeal in favor of client dismissing the case.
  • Yuriy Pritchak v. Onshelf Media; DPE2013-0663, injunction under “trademark law”; won in favor of client.
  • Tany Silva v. acaa; Civil Action No. 02-2380, civil rights; hung jury and they settled in favor of client.
  • Punto Verde v. Municipality of San Juan; KPE2011-2754, injunction; declaratory judgment won in favor of client.
  • Skytec v. AAA; 2012 WL 2573409 (TCA)