Trial Lawyers of Puerto Rico

We bring top Trial Lawyers together to share expertise, build partnerships, and benefit our local Puerto Rico community.

Meet Our Founding Members
Mission

Our Mission

The Trial Lawyers of Puerto Rico is a diverse group of lawyers who are committed to bringing together the top legal minds in Mass Tort and Personal Injury.

Our mission is to develop rich partnerships among our members – many of whom are respected leaders in their area of expertise – to create educational opportunities and exponential value for each member, their clients, and the people of Puerto Rico.

Founded in 2021 by Attorneys Paul and Marie Napoli, Hunter Shkolnik, and William Pintas, The Trial Lawyers of Puerto Rico is headquartered in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Members

Our Founding Board Members

William G. Pintas

Founding Member, Partner at Pintas & Mullins Law

William pintas leads one of the largest partnering personal injury firms in North America representing tens of thousands of clients in mass torts, nursing home maltreatment, asbestos claims, institutional sex abuse and environmental disasters. The firm is at the forefront of technology, marketing and law firm partnership strategies. Attorney Pintas is also chief legal strategist for famed civil rights attorney Ben Crump.

Ari Kresch

Founder, Chief Visionary Officer at 1-800-LAW-FIRM

Ari Kresch is a true pioneer in bringing contingent legal services to the masses. He founded 1-800-LAW-FIRM in 1994, the first legal marketing firm to access national advertising platforms on behalf of its constituent law firms. He built and supervised the first legal intake center, designed to avoid the bottleneck caused by limiting new client intakes to lawyers that had competing obligations in court. He was first to build legal intake software that would create efficiencies, unknown to the law firms at the time.

James Bergener

Founder at Sweet James Accident Attorneys

Recognized by fellow accident lawyers, he has been a guest lecturer at conferences, legal seminars, and law schools on topics involving injury tort litigation and practice management.Aside from his numerous academic and professional interactions, “Sweet James” Bergener provides weekly commentary as a legal expert on various radios stations and television programs across the nation.

Marc D. Grossman

Senior Partner at Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman, LLC

Marc D. Grossman is a Senior Partner at Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman, LLC with decades of experience representing large groups of plaintiffs against major corporate defendants, including in the areas of environmental torts, medical claims, class actions and mass torts, both domestically and globally. Mr. Grossman has also produced five Broadway shows, and is co-owner of the Puerto Rican professional basketball team Mets de Guaynabo.

Paul Farrell, Jr.

Founding Member, Farrell & Fuller, LLC

Mr. Farrell is a West Virginia trial lawyer known best for his role as the Co-Lead of the national prescription opiate litigation.

Hunter Shkolnik

Founding Member, Partner at Napoli Shkolnik Law

Mr. Shkolnik holds numerous leadership appointments in multi-district litigations and currently services as Co-Liaison Counsel in the Flint Water litigation, where he is involved in the pending $641.2 million settlement. He was also a primary attorney in settling the first federal opioid trial in Ohio for $320 million and is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the National Prescription Opiate litigation. Recently, Mr. Shkolnik was named to the Law360 Product Liability Editorial Board.

Marie Napoli

Founding Member, Partner at Napoli Shkolnik Law

Ms. Napoli continues to be at the forefront of complex litigation nationwide and has been appointed to leadership roles in various state and federal multi-district case. She is a leading media commentator and author on topics ranging from mass torts to workplace discrimination. For her work, she has been industry and peer recognized, notably Ms. Napoli was named to National Trial Lawyers Women’s Rights Top 10.

Paul Napoli

Founding Member, Partner at Napoli Shkolnik Law

Mr. Napoli has a proven track record of consistently obtaining multi-million settlements for clients. He is also well known for his efforts on behalf of 9/11 victims, having been instrumental in lobbying for “Jimmy Nolan’s Law” and the “Zadroga Bill”. Currently he is Co-Lead Counsel in the Aqueous Film-Forming Foam multi-district litigation and the New York Opioid Cost Recovery Litigation.

Mikal C. Watts

Capital Partner at Watts Guerra LLC

Mikal Watts is one of the most prominent trial lawyers, having tried and won numerous first-in-the-country MDL bellwether trials. He now focuses on wildfire, pharmaceutical, farming and environmental pollution mass action cases.

Ivelisse Aponte

Executive Director

As the Trial Lawyers of Puerto Rico Executive Director, I meet some of the brightest and most experienced legal minds in Mass Torts and Personal Injury. As a fellow attorney, it is a great privilege being able to expand my knowledge and learn about the world of opportunities in these fields. As a Puerto Rican, I am truly proud of what we have accomplished in a relatively short period of time, creating various initiatives aligned with our mission to create better educational opportunities for those in need. We’re eager to expand our community and would like you to be a part of it.

Events

Attend One Of Our Upcoming Events

Trial Lawyers of Puerto Rico and Mass Tort Med School Present:
Mass Torts Puerto Rico’s Annual Conference

Mass Torts Puerto Rico is BACK! We are excited to announce the dates for 2023 are May 3rd-5th at the majestic Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Tickets on sale this fall. To learn more about the event, visit the event website!

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