JAVIER G. SILVA-WISCOVICH, ESQ.
Executive Summary: Senior, executive level attorney with more than twenty (20) years of experience in both law firm and Corporate Counsel positions. Considered a leader, a business partner, an advisor and an important resource for all legal and risk related matters. Leveraged interpersonal, business and analytical skills to successfully counsel on complex legal and business challenges, drafting and negotiating broad range of contracts, and creative problem solving. Significant trial, appeals and arbitration experience (winning over 97% of cases) and highly experienced with international legal and operational matters.
Can contribute immediately in corporate legal counsel, contract law expertise and negotiation tactics, outside counsel management and litigation leadership.
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
Tegra, LLC (Atlanta, GA) – Deputy General Counsel 2018-Present
Member of 2-person team providing day-to-day corporate, business and risk assessment counseling for a $300MM manufacturing operation with an international footprint. Successfully integrated legal expertise, including in corporate and contractual law, with sound business acumen to promote company goals objectives and business units KPI s. Major responsibilities include:
Advise internal clients and executive management on complex legal matters, contractual issues and alignment of business strategy from a legal perspective to achieve business goals and facilitate continuous growth.
Leader of commercial contracts practice developing a comprehensive, long-term and scalable business minded approach to our contracting processes, including working with cross-functional teams in a variety of domestic and international/multi-jurisdictional agreements, labor and Collective Bargaining Agreements and commercial agreements.
Review of all legal agreements vertically integrated into our supply chain and, where necessary, drafting of contract templates and other protocols and procedures.
Facilitate business objectives by providing timely and effective legal counsel and support in matters related to manufacturing, labor and employment law, contractual, risk assessment, corporate law and governance, and customer care operations.
Identify, strategize, preempt and recommend solutions to complex legal matters in order to minimize legal and reputational exposure, including guidance on long-term planning and avoidance of undue risk.
Manage, strategize and advise on all litigation matters. 100% success rate.
Achieved 65% reduction in legal expenditures by directing and effectively managing outside counsel.
PREVIOUS PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
Silva-Wiscovich Law Offices (San Juan, PR) 2003 - 2018
Best Lawyers 2017 and 2018 – Litigation and Labor & Employment Law
Sole practitioner specializing in Contract Law (drafting and negotiations), Commercial and Corporate Law, Business Litigation, Financing Transactions, Outside Counsel Management (litigation strategies and risk assessment), Corporate Governance, Employment and Labor Law, Real Estate, amongst other.
97% positive judgment rate in more than 1500 overlapping cases, including commercial litigation.
Achieved 98% success rate in defending labor claims and injunctions, including appeals.
Effectively drafted and negotiated over 250 NDA’s, distribution, franchise and vendor agreements, Asset Purchase agreements, Operating Agreements, dealer, commercial, lease, closing and settlement agreements, forbearance, asset acquisitions and restructurings.
Represented large and small corporations in legal competencies described above
oBanco Popular de Puerto Rico / Scotiabank of Puerto Rico – Managed collections, foreclosures, and restructurings. Assisted on loan portfolio/asset review for FDIC assisted purchase of assets.
oAlcon / Novartis. Led expansion plans to Caribbean under CARICOM Treaty and glass ceiling review.
Directed in-house counsel in litigation, transactions, compliance and specialty matters.
Provided overall corporate governance and government affairs functions in both Outside Counsel and Outside/In-house Counsel capacities.
Administrative Law Judge for the Puerto Rico Electric and Power Authority, a Government owned utility where I arbitered 200+ cases under employment regulations/collective bargaining agreements with NO court or appeals reversals.
Bella Group (San Juan, PR) - General Counsel and Human Resources Director 1998 - 2003
Original General Counsel instituted for all operations of a Top-10 grossing local company. Entrusted with organizing the legal department and served as personal counsel for C-Suite officials. Primary HR official for labor force and five business, revenue producing units.
Procured savings of over $8.5 million through effective negotiation of financing options.
Managed outside counsel, including designing litigation strategies and risk assessment.
Eradication of 95% of Labor Department claims and investigations.
Reduced legal expenses by 85%.
Drafted and negotiated the entire universe and life-cycle of all related commercial agreements, including those for distribution, NDA s, licensing, marketing and outsourcing, asset acquisition, dealer and franchise, commercial contracts, amongst others.
Represented the company at legislative, administrative and regulatory hearings including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Legislature, the Consumer Affairs Department, Treasury Department and Public Service Commission, among others.
Served as customer liaison and reduced customer complaints in 97.2%.
Oversaw drafting and implementation of the first ever Employee Conduct Manual, disciplinary policies, and the establishment of various employee satisfaction, social responsibility and benefit programs.
Meléndez Pérez, Morán & Santiago (San Juan, PR) - Senior Associate 1994 – 1998
Banking and Financial transactions law firm
University of Puerto Rico – School of Law (San Juan, PR) 1991 - 1994
JURIS DOCTOR – CUM LAUDE
Sacred Heart University (San Juan, PR) 1988 - 1991
BBA (Business Administration and Management) - SUMMA CUM LAUDE
Puerto Rico Bar (Top 1%) 1994
Authorized to practice in any State under prevailing Corporate Counsel waiver / exceptions
Federal Bar – United States District and Bankruptcy Courts 1996
GA Bar – In process
MPRE Certified 2017
Fully bilingual: English and Spanish
PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL
Continuing Legal Education (CLE): Marketing, Bankruptcy, Construction Law, Franchise Development, Employment and Labor Law, Litigation Techniques, Real Estate transactions, Mediation / Dispute Resolution, etc.
Associations, Licenses & Community Service:
American Bar Association (ABA)
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital Golf Tournaments – Chairperson, Puerto Rico and Atlanta Committees.
Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce