Angel E. Rotger-Sabat
of the firm.
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, repossession 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
Law No. 75 (Puerto Rico Dealers Act) and Law No. 21 (Sales
Representative Act), bankruptcy law, Petroleum Marketing
Practices Act cases, 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.
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.
Bar Association; Federal Bar Association ? Puerto Rico Chapter.
25, 1967, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Mr. Rotger-Sabat’s 20-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.
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, 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), and has negotiated
settlements of disputes. 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.