McConnell Valdés partner Maria Dominguez


McConnell Valdés, a 200-attorney, full-service firm based in Puerto Rico, has opened an office in Miami.

Partner Maria Dominguez is heading up the office. The firm’s government enforcement and criminal defense practice head, Dominguez began her career as an assistant state attorney in the Miami-Dade judicial circuit. She continued working in public service until joining McConnell Valdés four years ago.

“At [McConnell Valdés] we’re more than legal advisors. We work together with clients, becoming their partners and focusing on their business success. Our commitment to clients has been instrumental in achieving over seventy years of continued achievements,” McConnell Valdés Managing Director Arturo García-Solá said in a statement. “Today, we continue adapting this vision and our way of doing business as we move forward. Opening the Miami office is a direct reflection of this philosophy. ”

In addition to offering services in white-collar defense, real estate, labor and bankruptcy, McConnell Valdés has strong government ties, often lobbying on behalf of Puerto Rican interests. In the past the firm has represented Scotiabank de Puerto Rico and the City of San Juan, among others. William Cooper, senior counsel in the firm’s Washington D.C. office, was nominated by the Trump Administration to serve as general counsel for the United States Department of Energy, and litigation partner Raúl M. Arias-Marxuach has been nominated to a federal judgeship in Puerto Rico.

The firm also has a consulting affiliate — McConnell Valdés Consulting — which consults on projects for the hospitality industry and mixed-use developers.

The new office will be located in the Suntrust International Center in downtown Miami. The firm now has three offices, in Puerto Rico, Miami, and Washington, D.C.