Francisco J. Colón-Pagán

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Francisco J. Colón-Pagán (Managing Shareholder)

Mr. Colón-Pagán has over 40 years of experience as a litigating attorney and coverage counsel. Today his main practice areas include general corporate law, business law, contracts, commercial litigation, life and health insurance, property insurance, products liability, professional liability, premises liability, complex litigation, insurance law and insurance coverage disputes.

Education: University of Puerto Rico (BBA, Cum Laude, 1966; LLB, 1968).

Admissions to Bar: Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, 1969; U.S. Court of Military Appeals, 1970; U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, 1975; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1976; Supreme Court of the United States, 1976.

Other qualifications: Notary Public in Puerto Rico.

Previous affiliations: Law Offices Francisco J. Colón-Pagán (1987-2003); Cordero, Colón & Miranda, (1978-87); Law Offices Amancio Arias Cestero (1977-78); Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Department of Justice, General Litigation Division (senior staff attorney, 1975-77); United States Air Force (Judge Advocate, 1969-75); United States Army Reserve (Judge Advocate, 1986-1991).

Professional activities: Past President, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys; Former Director, Defense Research Institute, Inc.; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (Vice Chair Puerto Rico Chapter); Fellow, International Society of Barristers (Chair PR Chapter); Member, Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel; Director, Trial Attorneys of America; Puerto Rico Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association Previous professional activities: Member, ABA House of Delegates (2003-2008); Chair, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel’s Admissions Committee (2004-2007); International Collaborator, Revista Ibero-Latinoamericana de Seguros (Ibero-Latin American Insurance Journal), Pontifical Xavier University, Bogotá, Colombia. Civic activities: Former member, Board of Directors, Puerto Rico Automobile Accident Compensation Administration (2003-2007); former member, Puerto Rico Department of Labor’s Council on Occupational Development and Human Resources (2006-2009); Fellow, American Bar Association Foundation; Director, Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel Foundation (August 2003-2007).

Professional Recognitions and Commendations: Trial Attorneys of America’s TAA-WAA Award (2006); US Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

Publications and presentations: The Structure Of The Insurance Contract Under The Laws Of Puerto Rico, 1 Revista Ibero-Latinoamericana de Seguros (Ibero-Latin American Insurance Journal) 107, May 1992, Pontifical Xavier University, Bogotá, Colombia; co-author, Techniques To Exclude, Limit, Or Mitigate The Testimony Of The "Professional Testifier" In A Product Case, For The Defense, Defense Research Institute, Inc., April 1993; Enforcement Of Judgments: Foreign And Domestic, presentation at the Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel, 1993 Mid-Winter Meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona; Certain Civil Law Aspects In Latin America, presentation at the International Insurance Law Committee, Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel's 1993 Annual Meeting, Carlsbad, California; The Liquidation Of An Insurance Company Under Puerto Rico Law, 5 Revista Ibero-Latinoamericana de Seguros 151, August 1994, Pontifical Javier University, Bogotá, Colombia; co-author, Vendor’s Endorsements - Understanding Coverage and Conflicts of Interests, presentation at the Trial Attorneys of America 2002 Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois; Joint Defense Agreements, a Shield or a Risk, presentation at the Trial Attorneys of America 2005 Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois; The First Decade: A Rough Start to the 21st Century, International Association of Claims Professionals’ Declarations, Spring 2010; Certain Aspects of the law of Damages and the Commercial General Liability Policy, presentation at the Puerto Rico Insurance Claims Managers Association’s Fraud and CGL Updated Seminar, San Juan, PR, May 2010; Panel Member at seminar on “The Lost Art of Talking” sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers, Puerto Rico Chapter, August 2012, San Juan, PR.

Languages: Fluent in English and Spanish.

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