José Enrico Valenzuela ‘9

Attorney José Enrico Valenzuela-Alvarado was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on November 6, 1976.  Education: University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (Bachelor in Social Sciences; Concentration in Political Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, 1999); Inter-American University of Puerto Rico (Juris Doctor, 2002). Languages: Spanish and English.

Attorney Valenzuela-Alvarado was admitted to the legal profession in January 2003, first working at private practice and thereafter in the Puerto Rico’s Department of Justice (2003-2011).  During his first months as an admitted Attorney, (January 2003 – September 2003) Mr. Valenzuela-Alvarado worked as an Associate Attorney in O’NEILL & GILMORE, P.S.C. (FORMER OFG&P-O). He was in charge of the Sears, CitiCapital (A Citi Group Division), and One Stop Prescriptions, Inc., accounts, working with cases such as: collections, labor and employment, torts, contracts, appellate practice, and request of permissions at the P.R. Department of Health for pharmacies. He also assisted in Federal litigation, specifically in torts and obtained litigation experience.

Thereafter, while working in civil litigation at the Department of Justice (2003), Attorney Valenzuela-Alvarado was appointed by then Secretary of Justice as Director of Legal Affairs (2006-2009), in charge of civil state and federal litigation of around twelve to twenty-four attorneys and supporting personnel. Attorney Valenzuela-Alvarado managed cases before the Federal District Court for the District of Puerto Rico (jury trials, and injunctions); the Federal Bankruptcy Court for the District of Puerto Rico (adversary proceedings), the State Courts and supervised cases filed at other jurisdictions. After January 2009, Attorney Valenzuela-Alvarado served in an Interim basis as Director of Legal Affairs.

Then, Attorney Valenzuela-Alvarado was appointed Assistant Solicitor General (2009-2011), handling appeals before the Puerto Rico Appeals Court, the Supreme Court, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  He also handled and conducted ethics complaints against attorneys before the Puerto Rico Supreme Court in writing and in litigation, before appointed Commissioners.

In May 2011, attorney José Enrico Valenzuela-Alvarado founded Valenzuela-Alvarado, LLC.  Among his duties in private practice, attorney Valenzuela-Alvarado has worked representing -either Plaintiffs and Defendants- in the Federal (diversity and federal question cases) and State Courts, including appellate practice, and as Official Examiner in labor and employment cases at the local Department of Education.

In addition, attorney Valenzuela-Alvarado has worked since 2011 pro bono as District Justice before the Board of Directors of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, specifically in District XXVII-Puerto Rico, representing the three (3) law schools in Puerto Rico, to wit: University of Puerto Rico School of Law, Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law, and Pontifical University of Puerto Rico School of Law.