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Born in Santo Domingo, 1973; admitted 1998, Dominican Republic.

Education: Technological University of Santiago (Juris Lawyer); Pedro Henriquez Urena University (LL.M., Intellectual Property); University of Caribbean (Diploma on Real Estate); Supreme Court Certified Translator;

Author: “Patents regulation in the Dominican Republic.” 1998; “IP changes regarding the free trade agreement of Dominican Republic, Central America and United States (DR-CAFTA), 2006”; Lecturer: “Changes on International Commerce laws in the global market: Dominican Scope.”

Attendant: Intellectual Property Continuing Education Courses, Seminars, and Congresses in the United States and The Americas; a representative of multinational companies doing business in Latin America and the Caribbean including Cuba.

Member: Anti-counterfeiting Committee of International Trademark Association (INTA) 2006-2007; Dominican Bar Association; American Bar Association (ABA); International Bar Association (IBA); International Trademark Association (INTA); Interamerican Association of Industrial Property (ASIPI), European Trademark owners Association (MARQUES)

Languages: English, Italian, French, and Spanish.

Practice Areas: Intellectual Property Rights; International Commerce Law; Franchising; Licensing; Foreign Investment; Immigration; Corporate Law; Real Estate Investments; Adoption Law;

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Managing Partner

MANUEL LAZALA Born Santo Domingo, 1975;

Education: University of Caribbean (Juris Lawyer); National Institute for International Studies (International Commerce); University of Caribbean; Diploma on Real Estate Specialist.

Member: International Trademark Association (INTA);

Languages: Italian and Spanish.

Practice Areas: International Adoptions; Foreign Investment; Corporate Law; International Commerce; Adoption Law; Foreign Investment advisor.

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Associates and Support Staff

Sherly K. Diaz, (Associate) born Santo Domingo, July 1976;

Education: Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (Merchandising);
National Institute of International Studies (International Commerce).

Languages: English and Spanish.

Practice Areas: Software Copyright; Anti-piracy; Counterfeiting; Foreign Investment advisor;

Ruth Richardson (Associate) born Santo Domingo, 1967;

Education:  Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (juris doctor);
Diploma on Civil Procedures; Notary Public;

Languages:  Spanish.

Practice Areas:  Family law; Corporate Law; Civil and Commercial Litigations.

Arisleidy Diaz, (Associate) born Santo Domingo, December 1983;

Education: University of The Caribbean (Juris Lawyer).

Languages: English and Spanish.

Practice Areas: Trademarks; Commercial Names; Patents.

Alexia Baez (IP paralegal) born Santo Domingo, November 1978;

Education:  Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (juris doctor).

Languages: English and Spanish.   Practice areas:  Trademarks and Patents, Civil and Family Law.