Edwin J. Seda-Fernández
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Edwin J. Seda-Fernández
Firm: Adsuar Muniz Goyco Seda & Perez-Ochoa, P.S.C
Address: 268 Muñoz Rivera Avenue
Suite 1400
San Juan, PR 00918
Phone: 787-281-1822
Fax: 787-756-9010
E-mail: seda@amgprlaw.com
Web site: http://www.amgprlaw.com

Position Areas of Practice Bar Admissions
Education Published Works Affiliations
Representative Cases
Lawyer Profile:

Mr. Seda-Fernández's active practice encompasses counseling and representing clients in all areas of labor, employment, and business related immigration law. A substantial element of his practice consists of representing management in union campaigns, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, labor arbitration, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Mr. Seda-Fernández also defends vigorously but judiciously employers in wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, benefits, and wage and hours claims in Puerto Rico and federal courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Mr. Seda-Fernández has extensive experience in counseling employers in workforce reductions, business reorganizations, and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions. He has lectured extensively before commercial and professional associations, including the Puerto Rico Manufacturing Association, the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce, the Council on Education in Management, the National Business Institute, the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association, the Program for Professional Development of the University of Puerto Rico and the Association of Labor Relations Practitioners. He has also taught courses in Labor Law and Jurisprudence, Collective Bargaining, and Labor Relations at the Business Administration Faculty of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Mr. Seda-Fernández is admitted to the Puerto Rico bar, the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Current Employment Position(s):
Shareholder - Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Department

Areas of Practice:
Labor & Employment Law
Bar Admissions:
Puerto Rico, 1989
U.S. District Court District of Puerto Rico, 1990
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 1990
Education:
Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts, 1988
Juris Doctor

Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, 1983
Master of Education

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, 1978
Bachelor of Science
Honors: magna cum laude

Published Works:
I.R.C.A. and Employment Discrimination, 6-1 Factum 10 , 1992

I.R.C.A. and Employment Discrimination, 6-2 Factum 7, 1992

Fundamentals of Employment Discrimination Law, (Co-Author), National Business Institute, 2008

Wage and Hour Law Update, (Co-Author), National Business Institute, 2007

Human Resources Policies That Prevent Lawsuits, (Co-Author), National Business Institute, 2007

Wage and Hour Law: Answers to Everyday Questions, (Co-Author), National Business Institute, 2006

Puerto Rico Wage and Hour Regulations and Recent Developments, (Co-Author), National Business Institute, 2005

Basic Wage and Hour Law in Puerto Rico, (Co-Author), National Business Institute, 2004

Fundamental Issues in Puerto Rico Human Resources Law, National Business Institute, 2004

Employee Privacy Rights in the Puerto Rico Workplace, (Co-Author), National Business Institute, 2003

Be E-Ware: Avoiding E-Mail and Internet Policy Pitfalls in Puerto Rico, (Co-Author), National Business Institute, 2003

Fundamental Issues in Puerto Rico Human Resources Law, (Co-Author), National Business Institute, 2001

Basic Business Immigration Law for Puerto Rico Employers, (Co-Author), National Business Institute, 2000

Defending Wrongful Discharge Claims Under Puerto Rico Law, (Co-Author), National Business Institute, 2000

Employee Privacy Rights in the Puerto Rico Workplace, (Co-Author), National Business Institute, 1999

Defending Wrongful Discharge Claims Under Puerto Rico Law, (Co-Author), National Business Institute, 1997

Representative Cases:
Serrano-Mojica v. El Conquistador Resort and Golden Door Spa, F. Supp. 2d, 2010 WL 1992575 (D. Puerto Rico)
Velez-Padro v. Thermo King de Puerto Rico, Inc., 585 F. 3d 441 (1st. Cir. 2009)
Cachola-Bonilla v. Wyndham El Conquistador Resort & Country Club, 577 F. Supp. 2d 566 (D.P.R. 2008)
Gastronomical Workers Union Local 610 v. Posadas de Puerto Rico Associates, Inc., 544 F. Supp. 2d 89 (D.P.R. 2008)
Lupu v. Wyndham El Conquistador Resort & Golden Door Spa, 524 F.3d 312 (1st. Cir. 2008)
Gastronomical Workers Union Local 610 v. Dorado Beach Hotel Corporation, et al., 476 F. Supp. 2d 99 (D.P.R. 2007)
Colon Vazquez v. El San Juan Hotel & Casino, 483 F. Supp. 2d 147 (D.P.R. 2007)
Velez-Padro v. Thermo King de Puerto Rico, Inc., 465 F.3d 31 (1st. Cir. 2006)
Aguiar Carrasquillo et al. v. Agosto Alicea et al, 445 F.3d 19 (1st. Cir. 2006)
Aguirre Rodriguez v. Little Caesars, 431 F. Supp. 2d 205 (D.P.R. 2006)
Velez-Rivera et al. v. Agosto Alicea et al., 437 F. 3d 145 (1st. Cir. 2006)
Velez Rivera v. Agosto Alicea, 334 F. Supp. 2d 72 (D.P.R. 2004)
Plumey-Cruz v. Westinghouse Electric Corp., 2002 WL 31664747, cert. denied, 540 U.S. 824 (2003) (1st Cir. 2002)
Quinones Irizarry v. TLD de PR, 217 F. Supp. 2d 194 (D.P.R. 2002)
Viera Aviles v. Suiza Dairy Corp., 206 F.R.D. 338 (D.P.R. 2002)
Posadas de Puerto Rico Associates, Inc. v. NLRB, 243 F. 3d 87 (1st Cir. 2001)
Wyndham International, Inc., 330 NLRB No. 110 (2000)
Vera v. Williams Hospitality Group, Inc., 73 F. Supp. 2d 161 (D.P.R. 1999)
Le Rendezvous Restaurant, 323 NLRB No. 66 (1997)
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Impact of Recent Decisions of the Courts, The Administration of Human Resources (PR Chamber of Commerce), 2010

6th Congress of Labor Law, Genetic Information Non Discrimination Act of 2008, Interamerican University School of Law, 2009

Employment Offer, Office of the Dean for Graduate Studies Affairs, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, 2009

Settlement Agreements and General Releases, Association of Labor Relations Practitioners, 2009

Litigation: How to Avoid and Defend Employment Suits, 23rd Annual Convention & Trade Show, Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association, 2009

Fundamentals of Employment Discrimination Law, National Business Institute, 2008

Litigation: How to Avoid & Defend Employment Suits, 22nd Annual Convention & Trade Show, Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association, 2008

Human Resources Policies That Prevent Lawsuits, National Business Institute, 2007

Collective Bargaining and Labor Arbitration, SHRM, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Student Chapter, 2007

5th Congress of Labor Law: Moderator; Privacy Rights in the Workplace, Interamerican University School of Law, 2007

Moderator and Panelist, Recent Developments in Employment Law 2007, Council on Education in Management, 2007

Wage and Hour Law Update, National Business Institute, 2007

How to Prevent Claims in the Workplace, PR Manufacturers Association, 2007

Puerto Rico FMLA Update 2006: Moderator and Panelist, Council on Education in Management, 2006

Puerto Rico Workers' Comp. Update 2006: Moderator and Panelist, Council on Education in Management, 2006

Wage and Hour Law: Answers to Everyday Questions, National Business Institute, 2006

Moderator and Panelist, Employment Law Update 2006, Council on Education in Management, 2006

Panelist: Labor Legislation and New Models of Adjudication, Mediator of Labor-Management Conflicts Week, 2006

Puerto Rico Wage and Hour Regulations and Recent Developments, National Business Institute, 2005

Puerto Rico Personnel Law Update 2005: Moderator and Panelist, Council on Education in Management, 2005

Best Practices for Managing a Reduction in Force, SHRM Convention, 2005

Law 80, Just Cause and Progressive Discipline, SHRM, East Region, 2005

Basic Wage and Hour in Puerto Rico, National Business Institute, 2004

Fundamental Issues in Puerto Rico Human Resources Law, National Business Institute, 2004

Labor Legislation I & II, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 2004

Be E-Ware: Avoiding E-mail and Internet Policy Pitfalls in Puerto Rico, National Business Institute, 2003

Employee Privacy Rights in the Puerto Rico Workplace, National Business Institute, 2003

Recent Developments in PR Labor Law Legislation, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 2003

Discharge and Retaliation in the Workplace, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 2003

Tort Claims in the Workplace, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 2003

Legal Aspects of Business Communication, Business Administration Faculty, University of PR, Rio Piedras, 2002

Legal Aspects of Conduct Outside of the Workplace, PR Chamber of Commerce, 2002

Labor Arbitration in Puerto Rico, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 2002

Benefits, Leaves and Employment Reservations, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 2002

Advanced Seminar on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 2002

Privacy Rights in the Workplace, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 2002

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training and Workshop, Government Development Bank, 2002

Fundamental Issues in Puerto Rico Human Resources Law, National Business Institute, 2001

Advance Seminar on American With Disabilities Act, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 2001

Investigation of Sexual Harassment Complaints, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 2001

Privacy Rights in the Workplace, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 2001

Privacy Rights in the Workplace, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 2000

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 2000

Defending Wrongful Discharge Claims under Puerto Rico Law, National Business Institute, 2000

Employee Privacy Rights in the Puerto Rico Workplace, National Business Institute, 1999

Fundamentals of Employment Discrimination, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 1999

Recent Labor Legislation, PR Manufacturers Association, 1998

American With Disabilities Act, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 1998

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, Program for Professional Development of the University of PR Law School, 1998

Puerto Rico's Labor Legislation, PR Bar Association, 1997

Legal Aspects of Communication in the Workplace, Business Administration Faculty, University of PR, Rio Piedras, 1997

Defending Wrongful Discharge Claims under Puerto Rico Law, National Business Institute, 1997

Recent Developments in Labor Law and its Caselaw, PRO-BONO, Inc., Puerto Rico Bar Association, 1997

Puerto Rico's Labor Legislation, PR Manufacturers Association, 1996

Latest Tendencies in Employment Law, PR Chamber of Commerce, 1996

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, William Hospitality, Inc. properties, 1996

Personnel Law Update 1995: Family and Medical Leave Act, Council on Education in Management, 1995

Personnel Law Update 1994: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, (IRCA) (Council on Education in Management)

Family and Medical Leave Act, PR Chamber of Commerce

Puerto Rico Public Service Personnel Law, PR Central Office of Personnel Administration, 1993

Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, IRCA, Sponsored by Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the PR Chamber of Commerce, 1992

Wages, Salaries & Mandatory Decrees, PR Manufacturers Association, 1991

ERISA & COBRA, PR Manufacturers Association, 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Puerto Rico Bar Association

American Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

Past Employment Positions:
Goldman Antonetti & Cordova, Associate Attorney, 1992 - 1995

Jimenez Graffam & Lausell, Associate Attorney, 1991 - 1992

Fiddler Gonzalez & Rodriguez, Associate Attorney, 1988 - 1991

Languages:
Spanish
English
West Practice Categories:
Employment, Employment Law -- Employer, Labor
Profile Last Updated:
4/27/2013

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