Puerto Rico Task Force

In October 2016, the New York City Bar formed the Task Force on Puerto Rico (the "Task Force") to monitor and comment on, as appropriate, Puerto Rico's current fiscal crisis, the enactment of the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016 ("PROMESA") and the creation of the Fiscal Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico (the "Board") pursuant to PROMESA.

The Task Force has commented on the actions of various stakeholders impacted by Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Plan that serves as the lynchpin for establishing Puerto Rico's budget for the upcoming fiscal year and determining the parameters of any consensual agreements or plans of adjustment to re-structure its debt. The Task Force also focuses on concerns about the impact of PROMESA - related actions on the human rights of the residents of Puerto Rico and how any mandated austerity measures can be balanced by stimulus measures and other actions designed to maintain the essential services required by the residents of Puerto Rico. Post-Hurricane Maria, the Task Force will also focus on adding its voice to the reconstruction of Puerto Rico. 

The Task Force currently is comprised of members of New York City Bar Committees on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization, Inter-American Affairs, International Human Rights and International Law. New York City Bar members who are interested in joining the Task Force should contact the co-chairs.


Task Force Members

Rick B. Antonoff; Co-Chair, Blank Rome LLP

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan; Co-Chair, LatinoJustice PRLDEF

James Ostaszewki; Secretary, Zamansky LLC

Neysa I. Alsina, Office of Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez

Emmanuel Hiram Arnaud, Center for Appellate Litigation

Adriel I. Cepeda Derieux, ACLU

Carlos J. Cuevas 

Marisol Ferguson, Student, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law

Jonathan L. Flaxer, Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP

Peter A. Garcia, FINRA

Jonathan Ezra Goldin, Goldin Associates LLC

Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund

Glenda M. Hernandez, GM Hernandez Law, PLLC

Maria Matos, NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division First Dept 

Lani E. Medina, PetVet Care Centers

Barbie Melendez, Student, New York Law School

Carlos M. Morales, OFI Global

Gabriel L. Olivera, Lowenstein Sandler

Jonathan D. Park, Grant & Eisenhofer

Veronica Relea, Latham Watkins LLP

Juan H. Saavedra Castro, The Hertell Group, L.L.C.

Wanda Sanchez Day, Law Office of Wanda Sanchez Day

Arthur J. Steinberg, King & Spalding LLP

Rachel Torres, Student, Brooklyn Law School

Jorge Torruella, Hahn and Hessen

Michael Valentine, Valentine Construction Management

Hannah Whiteker


The Task Force members are serving in their individual, personal capacities. They are not representing any organization or employer; affiliations are for identification purposes only.