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Ms. Arizmendi is a seasoned and versatile litigator who represents corporate clients in cases that range from complex, multi-district class actions in federal court, to breach of contract lawsuits in local court. Her experience in commercial litigation spans the areas of antitrust, securities, contracts, derivative shareholder lawsuits, product liability, distribution agreements, mass torts, among others. She also represents companies in employment claims that range from single-litigant discrimination complaints to collective wage and hour actions, in federal and local court, as well as before administrative forums. Her clients come from the banking, investment, medical devices, pharmaceutical, insurance, retail, restaurant, medical, construction, energy and manufacturing sectors, among others.

In addition to litigation, Ms. Arizmendi is part of the mergers and acquisitions team at the firm, where she oversees the employment related aspects of such transactions. She also has a corporate employment counseling practice, emphasizing compliance and prevention. This includes the design of employment policies, application of progressive discipline, leave coordination, wage and hour compliance, internal investigations, reductions in force, exit incentives, management and employee training and performance management. Finally, Ms. Arizmendi counsels private schools on prevention and handling of bullying, harassment and discrimination, rights of students with disabilities, student discipline and implementation of the private education contract.

Ms. Arizmendi obtained her BA from Tufts University (Magna Cum Laude), where she double-majored in Biology and Psychology. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Law School (Magna Cum Laude) and then clerked for the Hon. Federico Hernandez Denton, Justice at the Puerto Rico Supreme Court. She obtained an LL.M. from Columbia University (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). As Adjunct Professor at the University of Puerto Rico Law School, she taught Constitutional Law and Gender Discrimination. In 2015 she joined Reichard & Escalera’s Litigation Department.

Ms. Arizmendi is admitted to the practice of Law before the Puerto Rico local and federal courts, before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and before the US Supreme Court. She has lectured on various employment law topics before the Chamber of Commerce and other commercial associations, the Society for Human Resources Management (Student Chapter) and the Association of Labor Relation Practitioners. She has also been a guest lecturer and panelist at conferences sponsored by the University of Puerto Rico Law School, including its Employment Pro Bono Chapter and its Sexual Rights Pro Bono Chapter.

Arizmendi, Sylmarie

Co-Chair of Commercial Litigation and Head of Employment Practice