Angel E. Rotger-Sabat
Partner of the
General civil and commercial litigation in federal and Puerto Rico courts, as well as labor and employment issues before federal and Puerto Rico administrative agencies and courts; litigation experience in cases related to Puerto Rico Civil Code provisions, torts, collections, foreclosures, epossession and eviction proceedings, bank and commercial transactions under the Puerto Rico Law of Commercial Transactions, real estate law, including shopping center leases, insurance and surety law, labor claims (unjustified termination, sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination, wages, retaliation), contractual disputes, including Law No. 75 (Puerto Rico Dealers Act) and Law No. 21 (Sales Representative Act), bankruptcy law, Petroleum Marketing Practices Act cases, liquid petroleum gas industry, and legal defense in civil rights cases; general appellate practice in federal and Puerto Rico courts; administrative law, judicial review of bid awards, government procurement, collective bargaining in the public sector, and commercial and construction law arbitration and mediation.
of Puerto Rico; 1993 U.S. Court of Appeals for the First
Circuit; 1994 U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto
Rico; 2016, Disctrict of Columbia.
University of Puerto Rico (J.D., cum laude, 1992)
University (1989, B.A. in International Relations)
Among the many cases Mr. Rotger-Sabat has successfully handled, the following decisions have been published:
(a) litigation under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act : (1) Esso Standard Oil Company (Puerto Rico) v. Monroig Zayas, 352 F.Supp.2d 165 (D.P.R. 2005), affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 445 F.3d 13 (1st Cir. 2006), recognizing federal jurisdiction over a declaratory judgment action brought by franchisor against franchisee regarding the validity of a nonrenewal of a franchise relationship due to the parties' failure to agree; and (2) Santiago Sepúlveda et al. v. Esso Standard Oil Company (Puerto Rico), 582 F.Supp.2d 154 (D.P.R. 2008), recognizing the termination of franchise relationships due to franchisor's withdrawal from the market;
(b) Torres Más v. Carver Boat Corp., 257 F.Supp.2d 484 (D.P.R. 2003), dismissal of quanti minoris claim against vessel manufacturer for alleged defects after federal bench trial;
(c) Certiorari issued by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court in Departamento de Asuntos del Consumidor v. Servidores Públicos Unidos de Puerto Rico, 2012 JTS 71, 2012 TSPR 58, regarding benefits of public employees while negotiating first collective bargaining agreement; and
(d) Certiorari issued by the Puerto Rico Supreme Court in Ismael Herrero Jr. y otros v. Hon. Gabriel Alcaraz Emanuelli, CC-2011-646, Opinion issued on June 13, 2012, regarding the statutory right and duty of the Consumer Affairs Department to intervene on behalf of class members who were questioning the reasonability of attorney fees of counsel for the class.
American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association - Puerto Rico Chapter; Disctict of Columbia Bar.
October 25, 1967, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Mr. Rotger-Sabat's 25-year professional experience includes private practice as well as public service where he served as Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. In private practice, Mr. Rotger-Sabat was associated with the law firms of Domínguez & Totti (until 1994), Saldaña-Egozcue, PSC (until 1997), and Maymí Rivera & Rotger (from 2000 until 2012), where he was the litigation partner in charge of all civil litigation in the firm, including matters related to civil and commercial litigation, as well as labor and employment issues for clients of the law firm. In January 2013 Mr. Rotger-Sabat joined the firm Coto & Associates as a partner.
Mr. Rotger-Sabat has litigation experience in cases related to Puerto Rico Civil Code dispositions, torts, collection, foreclosure and eviction proceedings, bank transactions and under the Puerto Rico Law of Commercial Transactions, real estate law, including shopping center leases, insurance and surety law, labor claims (unjustified termination, sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination, wages), contractual disputes, including Public Law No. 75 (Puerto Rico Dealers Act) and Law No. 21 (Sales Representative Act), bankruptcy law, Petroleum Marketing Practices Act cases, liquid petroleum gas industry regulations, foreclosure proceedings, repossession proceedings, collection efforts, and civil rights violation proceedings.
Mr. Rotger-Sabat has also participated in arbitration and mediation proceedings (commercial as well as construction law), as an advocate as well as an arbitrator, selected by the parties arbitrating their disputes. As a participant in alternate forums for the resolution of disputes, Mr. Rotger-Sabat has successfully negotiated settlements, in the best practical outcome for the client when an advocate, or for all parties when an arbitrator.
Mr. Rotger-Sabat has ample experience in appellate practice both in federal and state appellate courts, and has also participated in collective bargaining negotiations in the government sector.
Mr. Rotger-Sabat's service in the public sector began in 1992 as law clerk for the Honorable Ramón Negrón Soto, then Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. After several years of private practice in between, he returned to public service at the Puerto Rico Department of Justice where he served as the Chief Deputy Attorney General for two years before being appointed as Attorney General ("Secretario de Justicia") of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in 2000.
While in his position as Attorney General he supervised an agency comprised of 2,500 employees, including all state prosecutors, district and government attorneys, and was the responsible officer for the development of public policy issues and legal matters in both civil and criminal cases involving the Commonwealth. He also headed several boards and was an active member in several federal and state multiagency task forces, including those focused on law enforcement initiatives.
Mr. Rotger-Sabat is married to Giovanna Ramirez de Arellano and they have two daughters. He is actively involved as an alumni of Colegio San José of Río Piedras and Brown University.