Attorney Profile:

Russell A. Del Toro

Russell A. Del Toro: Attorney with Del Toro & Santana
  • Senior Partner at Del Toro & Santana (7 Attorneys)
  • Plaza Scotiabank, 6th Floor, 273 Ponce de Leon Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00917-1902
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  • Russell Del Toro is the Managing Partner for Del Toro & Santana and the firm's head trial lawyer. His practice is devoted largely to complex commercial litigation and trial law as well as appellate practice in both State and Federal courts. He has also served as arbitrator for complex construction claims and is highly experienced in meditation proceedings, settlement negotiations and other forms of ADR.
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Biography

Specializing in Complex Litigation, Federal Practice and Trial Law, he is a veteran trial lawyer with over 35 years of trial experience in a broad range of disciplines including Construction and Surety Law, Corporate, Banking, Secured Transactions, Contracts and Commercial Law disputes, Employment Law and Discrimination cases, as well as Constitutional and Civil Rights litigation.

He received his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Miami [1972], his J.D. with a concentration in Business Law from the University of Puerto Rico [1975], and his LL.M. from New York University, with a concentration in Federal Practice and Trial Law [1977]. He started his legal career shortly after graduating from law school in 1975. He literally went straight from the classroom to the courtroom when recruited by the very prestigious trial law firm of Gonzalez & Rodriguez. In his first year of practice he second chaired several tort trials, favorably settled over 50 insurance claims and authored the winning briefs for an appeal to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court and a 1st Circuit appeal; which, ironically, he could not enter an appearance because he was still waiting to be sworn into the Bar. In 1984 he joined a life-long friend from childhood to establish Del Toro & Santana, presently being the firm's managing partner.

He is a lecturer of the Federal Rules of Evidence. From 1988 to 1995, he organized and chaired the Federal Bar Exam Review Course for admission to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. He was the proponent and lobbyist for the enactment of special rules for litigating and managing complex cases in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Trial and Appeals Courts, and appointed member of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico Drafting Committee on Special Procedural Rules for Complex Litigation, enacted June 30, 1999.

His trial and litigation experience include many high profile cases. These include: defending one of the owners and several related entities in the Dupont Hotel fire litigation (In re San Juan Dupont Plaza Hotel Fire Litigation, 687 F.Supp. 716, April 26, 1988);; defending the Commonwealth of P.R., all former governors, attorney generals, police superintendents, and other key former government officials in the infamous and landmark “Carpetas” case, the largest mass tort case ever filed in the history of the island. More recently, he was lead trial counsel for the Cayo Largo Hotel litigation, where he successfully mediated and settled the most complex construction law case filed in Puerto Rico.

Throughout his career as an attorney, Mr. Del Toro has been involved in several other leading cases in Construction and Surety Law, Contracts and Commercial Law disputes, Employment Law and Discrimination as well as Constitutional Law and Civil Rights and has actively participated in seminal cases in Employment law (Melendez-Arroyo v. Cutler-Hammer de P.R. Co., Inc., 273 F.3d 30, Dec 05, 2001); the Puerto Rico Dealers Act (Morales v. Gregg Shirt Makers, Inc., 682 F.Supp. 142, D.Puerto Rico, Mar 11, 1988; Gonzalez v. Brown Group, Inc., 628 F.Supp. 436, Dec 27, 1985); constitutional law (Colon v. Municipio de Guayama, 1983 JTS 43, 114 D.P.R. 193, 1983); civil rights (Gay Officers Action League v. Puerto Rico, 247 F.3d 288, April 23, 2001), Ramos Padro v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 100 F.Supp.2d 99, June 15, 2000, Ramos v. Roman, 83 F.Supp.2d 233, January 31, 2000); construction law (U.S. Fidelity and Guar. Co. v. Gabriel Fuentes Jr. Const. Corp., 394 F.Supp.2d 440, June 17, 2005); banking (Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. v. Urbanizadora Altomar, Inc., 941 F.2d 1, July 24, 1991), Rexam Ltd. Partnership, S.E. v. Resolution Trust Corp., 766 F.Supp. 41, May 01, 1991), Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. v. Urbanizadora Altomar, Inc., 716 F.Supp. 701, 1989 WL 76051, June 21, 1989); consumer fraud (Rodriguez v. Banco Central, 102 F.R.D. 897, August 22, 1984); zoning (Fuertes y otros v. A.R.P.E., 134 D.P.R. 947, December 17, 1993); securities (Garcia v. Carrion, Slip Copy, 2010 WL 3662593, August 11, 2010 ) and contractual damages (Betancourt v. Nippy, Inc., 137 F. Supp.2d 27, Mar 19, 2001).

He has been active in the Federal Bar Association “FBA” leadership since 1984 and was the first Hispanic elected to serve as National President of the association for the term of 2001-02. His FBA achievements include serving in every office of the Puerto Rico Chapter from 1984 to 1990 and every office at the National level from 1995 to 2003. He is also a Founding Charter Life Fellow of the Foundation of the FBA, an organization charted by Congress with a membership that includes numerous federal judges, including Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

of the Foundation of the FBA, an organization charted by Congress with a membership that includes numerous federal judges, including Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Member: Bar Association of Puerto Rico; Federal Bar Association, Washington, D.C. (National President, 2001-2002; Executive Committee Officer and Board Member, 1995-2003; National Convention Chair, 1988, 1997, 2001; Member, National Council, 1984—); Federal Bar Association, Puerto Rico Chapter (Officer and Executive Committee Board Member, 1983-1991; President, 1988-1989). Fellow: The Foundation of the Federal Bar Association (Lifetime Charter Fellow).

Areas of Practice (37)

  • Federal Practice and Trial Law
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction and Surety Law
  • Contracts and Transactional Law
  • Business and Corporate Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Employment Law
  • Products Liability
  • Torts
  • Civil Appeals
  • Appellate Practice
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Civil Rights
  • Discrimination
  • Class Action Defense
  • Contract Litigation
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Incorporation
  • Eminent Domain
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Surety Defense
  • Mortgage Law
  • Commercial Mortgages
  • Mortgage Banking Law
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Mortgage Insurance
  • Partnership Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Distributors and Sales Rep Law 75 and 21 Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
787-754-8700  Phone
787-756-6677  Fax
www.dtslaw.com
University Attended:
University of Miami, B.B.A., Business/Management, 1972
Law School Attended:
University of Puerto Rico, J.D., Business Law, 1975; New York University, LL.M., Trial Law and Federal Practice, 1977
Year of First admission:
1975
Admission:
1975, Puerto Rico; 1976, U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico; 1980, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1985, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; 1995, U.S. Supreme Court
Languages:
English and Spanish
Birth Information:
Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, 1951
Reported Cases:
Garcia v. Carrion, 2010 WL 3662593, (D. Puerto Rico August 11, 2010); U.S. Fidelity and Guar. Co. v. Gabriel Fuentes Jr. Const. Corp., 2006 WL 468702, (D. Puerto Rico February 27, 2006); U.S. Fidelity and Guar. Co. v. Gabriel Fuentes Jr. Const. Corp., 394 F.Supp.2d 440, (D. Puerto Rico June 17, 2005); Melendez-Arroyo v. Cutler-Hammer de P.R. Co., Inc., 273 F.3d 30, (1st Cir., Puerto Rico, December 05, 2001); Gay Officers Action League v. Puerto Rico, 247 F.3d 288, (1st Cir., Puerto Rico, April 23, 2001); Betancourt v. Nippy, Inc., 137 F.Supp.2d 27, (D. Puerto Rico March 19, 2001); Ramos Padro v. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 100 F.Supp.2d 99, (D. Puerto Rico June 15, 2000); Ramos v. Roman, 83 F.Supp.2d 233, (D. Puerto Rico January 31, 2000); Ramos v. Roman, 1997 WL 600464, (D. Puerto Rico August 29, 1997); Council of Co-owners of Ashford Medical Center v. Mendez, 913 F. Supp. 99, (D. Puerto Rico December 27, 1995); Federal Deposit Ins. Corp. v. Urbanizadora Altomar, Inc., 941 F.2d 1, (1st Cir. Puerto Rico, July 24, 1991); Rexam Ltd. Partnership, S.E. v. Resolution Trust Corp., 766 F. Supp. 41, (D. Puerto Rico May 01, 1991); Rexam Ltd. Partnership, S.E. v. Resolution Trust Corp., 754 F. Supp. 245, (D. Puerto Rico November 21, 1990).
ISLN:
907925529
Hobbies & interests:
Acoustic guitars and song writing; cooking, wines and home entertaining; chess and backgammon; golf and sporting events; movies, TV series, and the entertainment industry; technology, computers and electronic gadgets; politics and current events.

Peer Reviews

  • 4.9/5.0 7 reviews
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 11/01/12 in Litigation

    Outstanding lawyer. Read more

    Outstanding lawyer.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 11/01/12 in Trial Practice

    He is a very good lawyer. Read more

    He is a very good lawyer.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/24/12 in Litigation

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/24/12 in Civil Litigation

    Extremely attentive and thorough and has an excellent team of lawyers working with him. Read more

    Extremely attentive and thorough and has an excellent team of lawyers working with him.

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      5.0/5.0
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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/24/12 in Commercial Litigation

    Russell is a fantastic attorney who I have had the pleasure of working with very closely on a signinficant legal matter pending in Puerto Rico. Read more

    Russell is a fantastic attorney who I have had the pleasure of working with very closely on a signinficant legal matter pending in Puerto Rico.

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  • 5.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/24/12 in Litigation

    A great lawyer, former national president of the Federal Bar Association with whom I have worked very closely for many years. And, he does it in two languages. Read more

    A great lawyer, former national president of the Federal Bar Association with whom I have worked very closely for many years. And, he does it in two languages.

    • Legal Knowledge

      5.0/5.0
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  • 4.0/5.0 by a Partner on 10/24/12 in Construction Litigation

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