Miguel is a seasoned business lawyer and litigator with 20 years of experience in the legal profession. He represents Fortune 500 companies in the luxury, consumer/retail goods and automobile industries in a range of business torts and business litigation with an emphasis on employment law, internal investigations, and trademark/IP matters. On the commercial and business litigation side of his practice, he has litigated cases involving breach of contract, unfair competition, theft of trade secret matters, among others, and handles cases through arbitration and/or trial. He also uses his prior in-house experience as head of U.S. litigation and deputy general counsel for Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) to help clients manage risk and avoid litigation.
In the employment law context, Miguel has represented management in labor and employment litigation in both state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. He has experience handling internal investigations, wrongful termination, discrimination cases, executive compensation matters including severance and related agreements, reductions in force, and other aspects of the employer-employee relationship.
As a brand lawyer, Miguel works to enhance and protect some of the world’s most iconic brands in his brand protection and trademark practice. His strategic approach helps his clients to expand their businesses within a market or extend to new markets through licensing and related transactions. Miguel uses litigation to help his clients protect their critical intellectual property rights from infringement from competitors and counterfeiters including trademark abuse on social media platforms. His clients have included LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, TAG Heuer, Thomas Pink, Mercedes-Benz USA, and Target Corporation, among others.
Miguel has also held a number of high-profile leadership roles including as the national president of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and as the president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ). He is a frequent speaker on a range of topics including ethical pitfalls for in-house counsel, conducting effective internal investigations, attorney-client privilege issues, among others. His work in the legal profession has received numerous awards and accolades including “Professional Lawyer of the Year,” a “Lifetime Achievement” award, and “Top Latino Lawyer” in the U.S., among others.
Miguel earned his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University and his law degree from Rutgers School of Law - Newark, where he was the managing editor of the Rutgers Race and the Law Review. He is admitted to practice in DC, GA, and NJ. Admission in MN is pending.