J. Ramón Rivera-Morales


(787) 767-1030
(787) 751-4068


Mr. Rivera’s practice is dedicated to civil litigation before both Federal and Commonwealth courts and administrative agencies, with a strong concentration in commercial and maritime matters.

He was a Staff Member of the Law Review of the University of Puerto Rico in 1976.  Immediately upon Graduation he served as a Law Clerk to Judge Juan R. Torruella of the United States District Court.  From 1980 to 1981 he worked with the Staff of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit at Boston.  Mr. Rivera has been a member of the Local Rules Committee for the District of Puerto Rico; served as a professor in Maritime Law at the School of Law of the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico; and serves on the Board of various civic groups and non-profit organizations.

During his 35 years of private practice with the Firm, Mr. Rivera has participated in a wide array of difficult complex cases in maritime, distribution/franchise, class actions and fire catastrophes, involving jury trials, appeals and arbitration in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic.  He has vast experience in all levels of the Puerto Rico and federal judiciary and administrative agencies. 

Place of Birth:

San Juan, PR

Languages Spoken:

Spanish and English


  • University of Puerto Rico Law School
    San Juan, PR
    1977, JD
  • St. John’s University
    Collegeville, Minnesota
    1974, BA


  • Puerto Rico Bar, 1977
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1978
  • Massachusetts Bar, 1981
  • United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, 1982
  • United States Court of Federal Claims, 1982
  • United States Supreme Court, 1985
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1985


  • Fellow-American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow-American Bar Association Foundation
  • Proctor of the Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy