Brief Biography

Ms. Dulzaides has negotiated over 40 collective bargaining agreements. Her practice also includes counseling and training employers in a wide array of industries on supervisory skills, compliance with labor and employment laws, as well as litigation prevention, union avoidance, representation drives, and decertification.

Ms. Dulzaides concentrates her practice in labor and employment law litigation in Federal and Commonwealth courts, as well as in administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Labor of Puerto Rico and the United States. She represents employers in cases of employment discrimination, unfair labor practices, wage and hours, and all other areas of labor and employment law. Many of these matters have involved successful jury trials before the United States District Court and appeals before the United States Court of Appeals. She also defends employers in numerous arbitration and mediation cases, in both federal and local forums. Her success has been her ability to understand and comprehend the clients’ business from an operational stand point.

Ms. Dulzaides enjoys travelling the world, ballet and opera performances, visiting art museums and soccer games.

Education

  • Boston College Law School
    Boston, MA
    1983, JD
  • Georgetown University
    Washington, DC
    1980, BS in Foreign Service

Bar Admissions

  • Puerto Rico Bar, 1983
  • United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, 1984
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1984
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals, 1989
  • United States Supreme Court, 2010

Professional Associations & Memberships

Ms. Dulzaides has been a professor of Collective Bargaining, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Law at the Sacred Heart University, and is a frequent lecturer on different subjects on labor and employment law.

She has been actively involved in nonprofit cultural organizations. Ms. Dulzaides was the President of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico International Film Festival and is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Opera de Puerto Rico.

  • American Bar Association
  • The Association of Labor Relations Practitioners
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Representative Cases

Rosario-Cordero v. Crowley Towing and Transportation Co.
850 F.Supp.98 (D.P.R. 1994), aff’d 46 F.3d 120 (1st Cir. 1995)
Establishing a precedent that ERISA preempts local law that grants vacation benefits to employees if it relates to an ERISA-covered employee benefit plan.
Alberti v. University of Puerto Rico
818 F.Supp.2d 452 (D.P.R. 2011)
Addressing First Amendment rights issues in public employment were addressed.
Peña v. Crowley American Transport, Inc.
172 F. Supp.2d 321 (D.P.R. 2001)
Dismissed at the the Summary Judgment stage.
Huertas González v. University of Puerto Rico
520 F.Supp.2d277 (D.P.R. 2007)
Employment claim dismissed at the Summary Judgment stage.
Ortiz v. Hyatt Regency Cerromar Beach Hotel, Inc.
422 F.Supp.2d 336 (D.P.R. 2006)
Dismissed at the Summary Judgment stage.
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Lausell, Steven C.

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Dulzaides, Raquel M.

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Román-Méndez, Nelson

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Deliz-Morales, Juan C.

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Torres-Escalera, José J.

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Rivera-Morales, Ramón J.

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Picó-Ramirez, Andrés

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Vega-López, Edgardo A.

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Graffam, William A.

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Blasini, Jorge F.

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Rodríguez-Bird, Manolo T.