Rafael E. Lázaro is a founding member of Lázaro Law Group, LLC. With a particular emphasis on sexual harassment, Mr. Lázaro has dedicated his career to improving the workplace.
Mr. Lázaro regularly litigates before Illinois, Puerto Rico and United States courts in all aspects of employment law as well as suits under sections1983 and 1981. Prior to establishing Lázaro Law Group, Mr. Lázaro was an attorney at Seyfarth Shaw LLP where he represented fortune 100 companies and at Stowell & Friedman Ltd., a nationally recognized employee class action boutique law firm.
Catherine Jean Roland is an experienced litigator and trial attorney who is licensed in both Illinois and California. The primary focus of Catherine’s practice has been in employment litigation, but she has also litigated a variety of different matters, including legal malpractice, personal injury, union matters and business disputes.
Prior to joining Lázaro Law Group, LLC, Catherine gained experience representing employers both at Littler Mendelson, P.C., the nation's largest employment and labor law firm, and as General Counsel of a venture-backed startup. Catherine’s passion however is in representing employees. Catherine has spent a majority of her career fiercely advocating on behalf of her clients in cases ranging from wrongful discharge and discrimination to harassment and retaliation under state and federal laws.
Pedro E. Giner-Dapena
Pedro E. Giner-Dapena is an experienced lawyer with a successful track record in the legal industry. Skilled in Labor and Employment Law, Civil Law, Medical Cannabis Law and business consulting, digital currencies and blockchain technology, negotiation, arbitration, and litigation. He has entrepreneurial mindset with a solid business acumen and proven leadership skills.
In 1999 he obtained a Magna Cum Laude Psychology major from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico Law School in 2002, passing the bar exam on that same year with a 99.1% score. As a law student, he was a member of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity. He also competed in PaceLaw School’s 2001 Environmental Law Moot Court Competitions, representing the University of Puerto Rico. He complemented his academic experience by attending various seminars given by Puerto Rico’s Bar Association and the Puerto Rico legislature regarding Civil Law issues and legal draftsmanship.
During his legal studies, he worked in public and private sectors and participated in different extracurricular activities. After his first semester, he worked with the Puerto Rico Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s Joint and Permanent Commission for Puerto Rico’s Civil Code Reform. There, he prepared comparative law studies of major Western Civil Codes used as guidelines and educational materials by law professors and lawmakers in their recommendations to amend the Civil Code.
Mr. Giner actively litigates before the Puerto Rico Courts’ system, the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and before quasi-judicial administrative forums, such as the Department of Labor's Antidiscrimination Unit, Negotiation and Conciliation Bureau and Department of Consumer Affairs. He is a Notary Public and Certified Arbitrator. He also actively participates as speaker in seminars and conferences for the general public and clients, and provides continued legal education courses for attorneys approved by the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico.
UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO, MAYAGUEZ
Magna Cum Laude Psychology, 1999
UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 2002
Firm Practice Areas
•Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
•U.S. District Court District of Puerto Rico
•U.S Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Paralegal and Office Manager
Nicole Torres has been a paralegal since 2013. Before working for Lázaro Law Group, Nicole worked as an Account Director at the global accounting agency Young & Rubicam for 18 years. Her clients included Colgate Palmolive, ATT/TMobile, Mazola, Direct TV, Merck, and Goodyear, among others. As an Account Director, she was the first point of contact for her clients and went to great lengths to make sure her client’s needs were always met. Similarly, as a paralegal, Nicole prides herself on prioritizing the needs of the firm’s clients.
Nicole is bilingual and fluent in Spanish. Originally from Puerto Rico, Nicole has two teens who are also bilingual, as the family only speaks Spanish in the house. Nicole and her family visit Puerto Rico frequently and it is one of her favorite places to visit. She likes to spend her free time with her husband and kids, doing Bar Method and whenever possible, traveling to new places.
UNIVERSIDAD SAGRADO CORAZON
Advertising & Communications, 1997