Del Toro & Santana is often referred to as the leading litigation boutique in San Juan, serving local as well as national commercial and industrial interests. Our clients include industry and business leaders in all segments of the market and at various stages in the growth of their businesses. We have built our reputation on our commitment to our clients' success and the experience, expertise and collaborative approach for which we are recognized. Our attorneys work closely with them to solve the complex legal and business problems posed by today's global marketplace. We believe that the truest measure of our success is the success of our clients.

Quality legal representation is essential for a successful business. Our goal is to provide the best legal representation available at a reasonable and fair cost. We are proud of the high legal and ethical standards that have been established by our firm and the tradition of excellence which we work to maintain.

A firm is known by its attorneys and
our lawyers are creative thinkers and resourceful problem solvers. Although we invite only the most qualified lawyers to practice in our firm, technical competence is only part of what makes a good lawyer or a quality law firm. Greatness requires depth, perspective, and service to others. Each year, our attorneys donate a significant amount of time to public issues, civic leadership and representation of the poor. We work hard to improve the quality of life for our clients, our community and our families.

We've been successful in our legal practice for over thirty years. Our combined experience and vast network of resources enable us to to provide the highest quality representation available. We're proud of our long-standing record of accomplishment representing our clients and are committed to continue this tradition of excellence.


Del Toro & Santana is the firm of choice for many national law firms when selecting local counsel to assist them in defending or prosecuting complex cases in Puerto Rico. In addition to providing its support staff of highly skilled paralegals and legal assistants, Del Toro & Santana provides state of the art facilities, equipment and office space for visiting counsel and clients. DTS was the first local firm to achieve internal paperless filing and archiving. We were precursors in offering OCR high speed scanning, wi-fi connection for visitors at T3 broadband speeds and a complete State & Federal National WestLaw® online library. Some of the firms that have partnered with DTS are Boston's Ropes & Gray; Atlanta's King & Spalding and Stites & Harbison; Cleveland's Baker Hostetler and Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff; Houstons' Chaffe McCall and Bracewell & Giuliani; Chicago's Jenner & Block and several others across the Nation.

At Del Toro & Santana we pride ourselves for having a rewarding environment for career development, with numerous opportunities for training and advancement. Our paralegals and legal assistants work closely with the attorneys in all practice areas, and they are a vital and fundamental part of our firm. All our paralegals and legal assistants have a four year university degree.  All have at least ten years of experience.  Some have gone on to study law.  Most have been with us for well over 10 years and at least one has been with DTS for 25 years.


Isabel Claudio
Born New York, New York. Education:  University of Puerto Rico (B. B. A., 1987; Paralegal Course, 1993); Westlaw and Lexis Legal Computer Training; Excel, PowerPoint; Areas: Deposition Summaries; File, Field and Discovery Investigations; Client Correspondence; Translations. E-mail: [email protected]

Sandra Betancourt
Born San Juan, Puerto Rico. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B. S., 1981; Paralegal Course, 1986); Areas: Legal Research, Deposition Summaries, File, Field and Discovery Investigations, Client Correspondence, Translations. E-mail: [email protected]

Legal Assistants

Michelle Santiago
Born Boston, Massachusetts. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., Office Systems Management, 1997; PowerPoint; Areas: Deposition Summaries; File, Time Line Charts; Client Correspondence; Translations. E-mail: [email protected]

Soraya Zapata
Born Jersey City, New Jersey. Education: Universidad del Este (B.A., Office Systems Management, 2000; Areas: Deposition Summaries, File, Client Correspondence, Translations. E-mail: [email protected]


Russell A. Del Toro

Born Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico; admitted to bar, 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. Education: University of Miami (B.B.A., 1972); University of Puerto Rico (J.D., 1975); New York University (LL.M. [Trial Law and Federal Practice], 1977). Email: [email protected]





Roberto Santana Aparicio

Born San Juan, Puerto Rico; admitted to bar, 1977, Puerto Rico; 1978, U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Seventh and Ninth Circuits. Education: Babson College; University of Puerto Rico (B.B.A., magna cum laude, 1974; J.D., 1977. Email: [email protected]





John L. Shapiro
Born Wiesbaden, Germany; admitted to bar, 1977, Louisiana; 1979, Puerto Rico, U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims and U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; 1988, Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 27(b) qualified. Education: Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Exeter College, Oxford University; Georgetown University (B.S.F.S., 1974); Tulane University of Louisiana (J.D., 1977); Boston University (LL.M., [Tax Law], 1978). Email: j[email protected]





Osvaldo Puig-Hernandez

Born Madrid, Spain; admitted to bar, 1992, Puerto Rico, U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico and U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. Education: University of Puerto Rico (B.A., cum laude, 1988; J.D., magna cum laude, 1991). Member: Puerto Rico Bar Association. Languages: English and Spanish. Email: [email protected]





Myriam E. Matos-Bermúdez

Born San Juan, Puerto Rico; admitted to bar, 1993, Puerto Rico; U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, U.S., 1994; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; 1995. Education: University of Puerto Rico, (B.A., magna cum laude, 1988; J.D., 1992); The George Washington University, (LL.M. [Labor and Employment], 1995). Email: [email protected]





Arturo V. Bauermeister

Born San Juan, Puerto Rico; admitted to bar, 2011, Puerto Rico; U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, U.S., 2011; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; 2011. Education: Villanova University (B.A.,  2007); Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (J.D. cum laude, 2010). Email: [email protected]





Jose A. Bague

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he attended the University of Miami and obtained his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in political science and international and comparative studies in 1993 and his Juris Doctor in 1996 from Tulane University. Upon graduation, he was admitted to the Puerto Rico Bar, to the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Email: [email protected]





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