Counsel
Guillermo San Antonio-Acha, Esq.
Guillermo San Antonio-Acha, Esq. is Counsel at POLITANK*, a government affairs law firm specializing in developing strategies to best represent private interests before governmental forums. Mr. San Antonio’s public service career, in San Juan and Washington, has stretched across the three branches of government- the Legislative, Judiciary and Executive branches—and has included such influential positions Electoral Commissioner of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá and executive director of two government administration transition committees.

Mr. San Antonio obtained both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, and an LL.M from Columbia University School of Law. While in college, as part of a group of select upperclassmen from Puerto Rico, he worked for a semester in the office of Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY).

Upon graduating from law school, Mr. San Antonio served as law clerk for Puerto Rico Supreme Court Chief Justice, Jose Andreu-García. During this term, the P.R. Supreme Court entertained a number of important cases, including, among others, Colón Cortes v. Pesquera, 150 D.P.R. 724 (separation of powers), Fas Alzamora v. Governor, 150 D.P.R. 878 (legislator standing), Partido Acción Civil v. Commonwealth, 150 D.P.R. 805 (election laws) and Amador v. Concilio Iglesia Universal de Jesucristo, 150 D.P.R. 571. Mr. San Antonio had the opportunity to gain insight as to the decision making process of the P.R. Supreme Court, as well as of the inner workings and processes of Puerto Rico’s highest appellate court.

As Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá from 2005 to 2008, Mr. San Antonio managed the Office of the Legal Counsel to the Governor and supervised a staff of Deputy Counsels, where he provided advice on the enactment, interpretation, administration and enforcement of all Puerto Rico statutes. He was responsible for the drafting the Governor’s Executive Orders, and provided substantive legal advice to the Governor, the Governor’s Chief of Staff and members of the Cabinet, which then Secretary of Consumer Affairs and former Governor Alejandro García-Padilla. Mr. San Antonio also participated in the drafting of the bills the Governor submitted to the Legislature.

From 2009 to 2011, Mr. San Antonio served as counsel to then Popular Democratic Party (PDP) House Minority Leader, Hon. Héctor Ferrer, who is serving his second stint as President of the PDP, advising Leader Ferrer on parliamentary procedure and bill drafting. For several years Mr. San Antonio also served as an advisor to the late PDP Senator Mercedes Otero de Ramos.

As a PDP insider, Mr. San Antonio has twice been appointed to head Transition Committees on behalf of PDP Administrations. In November-December 2008, he served as Executive Director for the Outgoing Transition Committee for Governor Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá. After the 2012 elections, he served as Executive Director of the Incoming Transition Committee for San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. As Executive Director of the Transition Committees, Mr. San Antonio was responsible for coordinating the transfer and exchange of information between the respective incoming and outgoing government administrations.

From 2013 to late 2014, Mr. San Antonio served as Of Counsel at POLITANK* until Governor Alejandro Garcia-Padilla appointed him as Electoral Commissioner for the Popular Democratic Party.

From 2014 until 2017 Mr. San Antonio served as the Electoral Commissioner for the Popular Democratic Party. He was responsible for ensuring that his party, which at the time was Puerto Rico’s governing party, in close coordination with the PDP party structure and municipal presidents, had more than 20,000 well trained volunteers to represent the PDP at every voting center across the 78 municipalities of the island in the Summer 2016 political parties internal primaries and the November 2016 general elections. Additionally, he was instrumental in Puerto Rico’s historic transition from counting our voting ballots by hand to electronic vote counting.

At the national level, Mr. San Antonio served for five years on the Uniform Law Commission as one of the two Commissioners from Puerto Rico.

Mr. San Antonio is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First Judicial Circuit and is a Notary Public.

With his background and experience, Mr. San Antonio expands POLITANK* bipartisan reach in Puerto Rican politics providing clients direct access to the Popular Democratic Party leadership in Legislature, as well as municipal governments that have increasingly acquired more powers through government decentralization.

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Counsel
Omar E. Martínez-Vázquez, Esq.
Omar E. Martínez-Vázquez, Esq. is Counsel at POLITANK*, a government affairs law firm specializing in developing strategies to best represent private interests before governmental forums. He concentrates his practice in three areas: telecommunications and cable television; government and regulatory affairs; employment and labor law; and contract law. He advises our clients on state and federal regulation, commercial transactions and disputes related to telecommunication and billing disputes. He also assists our clients with legal services in the areas of collective bargaining, commercial contract negotiations and litigation, interconnection agreements, labor and employment litigation,  among others.

Mr. Martínez-Vázquez is a former Special Assistant and General Counsel to the President of the P.R. Telecommunications Regulatory Board. In 2003, Governor Sila Maria Calderon considered him for a nomination as a Board Member of the P.R. Telecommunications Regulatory Board ; he was also considered for the position of General Counsel of the University of Puerto Rico. Nevertheless, Mr. Martínez-Vázquez decided to accept a position in the private sector as Assistant Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs of Centennial Puerto Rico License Corp. (now part of AT&T), the then-second largest telecommunication carrier in Puerto Rico. In that capacity, he provided support to, among others, the telecommunications operations, marketing, carrier relations groups and the cable television operations, managing and coordinating all interconnection contracting and issues with all telecommunication carriers and contractors. Furthermore, he dealt with all issues pertaining to human resources, employment-related visa and business immigration matters; lobbying and legislative affairs, as well as dealing with the FBI, DEA, and local law enforcement agencies on surveillance and wiretapping matters.

During the past 10 years, Mr. Martínez-Vázquez has worked together with the Legislature, the Governor and different administrative agencies in the development of several laws and in the advancement of multiple policies and regulations. He has also been instrumental on behalf of clients in the adoption of legislative initiatives and bills and has provided support for clients in issues regarding legislative and regulatory affairs. He represents clients such as General Motors in the evaluation and monitoring of proposed and pending legislation, attending public hearings, preparing position papers on proposed or pending bills and resolutions, and drafting legislation and amendments to pending legislation.

Mr. Martínez-Vázquez represents the interests of cable television, competing delivery technology and telecommunications companies before the Federal Communcations Commission, the P.R. Telecommunications Regulatory Board, and the courts. Since the enactment of the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the P.R. Telecommunications Act of 1996, he has represented both the P.R. Telecommunications Regulatory Board and telecommunication companies in the implementation of new local competition directives and regulations. He litigated successfully several landmark cases in the P.R. Court of Appeals and in the P.R. Supreme Court that have defined the evolution of telecommunications industry in Puerto Rico.

Mr. Martinez-Vazquez has also represented clients in antitrust and unfair trade practices before the Federal Trade Commission and the P.R. Justice Department.

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Managing Partner
Francisco J. Domenech, Esq.

Francisco J. Domenech, Esq. is the Managing Partner of POLITANK*, a government affairs law firm which specializes in developing strategies to best represent private interests before governmental forums.

Mr. Domenech is a former Director of the Office of Legislative Services of the P.R. Legislative Assembly (2005-2008), the local legislative equivalent of the U.S. Congress’ Congressional Research Service. During his tenure, Mr. Domenech streamlined the staff of 130 employees; expanded the services provided by the Legislative Library, including access to the blind and the physically handicapped; participated in the consideration of over 800 pieces of legislation; and managed an annual budget of $11 million, turning surpluses during all three fiscal years. Prior to heading the agency, Mr. Domenech was the P.R. Senate President’s Chief Legal Counsel, in charged of providing legal advice and representing the Senate’s interests before the courts, managing all in-house counsel work, and supervising outside counsel, including the Senate’s federal lobbyists. In this capacity, he personally participated in a rare en banc hearing before the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Mr. Domenech is a twice graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, where he obtained his B.A. in Political Science and his Juris Doctor. He was President of the General Student Body Council during the 1999-2000 academic year, at which time he also served as an Academic Senator before the UPR Río Piedras Campus Academic Senate. Prior to that, from 1998 to 1999, he served as the Student Body President of the UPR’s College of Social Sciences. During law school, Mr. Domenech also attended University College London for a semester were he took several courses in comparative law.

Mr. Domenech was a member of the Democratic National Committee from 2007 to 2012, representing the Young Democrats of America. He was a delegate to the past four Democratic National Conventions. In 2008, Mr. Domenech served as the Deputy Campaign Manager of Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign in Puerto Rico, where she polled a 68-32 victory margin over Sen. Obama. He served as one of the national finance co-chairs of Ready for Hillary, coordinating fundraisers for the super PAC throughout the nation. In 2016, he managed her successful primary campaign in Puerto Rico, where she polled a 61-37 victory margin over Sen. Sanders. As her top fundraising bundler in Puerto Rico, Mr. Domenech sat on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign National Finance Committee and assisted in organizing her campaign trip to Puerto Rico in the 2016 election cycle.

During the 2016 election cycle, Mr. Domenech served as Campaign Manager for Hon. Jenniffer Gonzalez’ successful bid to become Puerto Rico’s first woman and youngest person to serve as Resident Commissioner and represent the Island’s population before the U.S. Congress.

Individually and through POLITANK*, Mr. Domenech has actively supported various philanthropic endeavors throughout the years, including: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, The Clinton Foundation, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, the Museo de Arte de Ponce, The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and the TASIS Dorado Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Domenech is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Federal Circuit, and the District of Columbia Circuit; the U.S. Court of International Trade; and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Counsel
Guillermo San Antonio-Acha, Esq.
Guillermo San Antonio-Acha, Esq. is Counsel at POLITANK*, a government affairs law firm specializing in developing strategies to best represent private interests before governmental forums. Mr. San Antonio’s public service career, in San Juan and Washington, has stretched across the three branches of government- the Legislative, Judiciary and Executive branches—and has included such influential positions Electoral Commissioner of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP), as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá and executive director of two government administration transition committees.

Mr. San Antonio obtained both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, and an LL.M from Columbia University School of Law. While in college, as part of a group of select upperclassmen from Puerto Rico, he worked for a semester in the office of Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY).

Upon graduating from law school, Mr. San Antonio served as law clerk for Puerto Rico Supreme Court Chief Justice, Jose Andreu-García. During this term, the P.R. Supreme Court entertained a number of important cases, including, among others, Colón Cortes v. Pesquera, 150 D.P.R. 724 (separation of powers), Fas Alzamora v. Governor, 150 D.P.R. 878 (legislator standing), Partido Acción Civil v. Commonwealth, 150 D.P.R. 805 (election laws) and Amador v. Concilio Iglesia Universal de Jesucristo, 150 D.P.R. 571. Mr. San Antonio had the opportunity to gain insight as to the decision making process of the P.R. Supreme Court, as well as of the inner workings and processes of Puerto Rico’s highest appellate court.

As Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá from 2005 to 2008, Mr. San Antonio managed the Office of the Legal Counsel to the Governor and supervised a staff of Deputy Counsels, where he provided advice on the enactment, interpretation, administration and enforcement of all Puerto Rico statutes. He was responsible for the drafting the Governor’s Executive Orders, and provided substantive legal advice to the Governor, the Governor’s Chief of Staff and members of the Cabinet, which then Secretary of Consumer Affairs and former Governor Alejandro García-Padilla. Mr. San Antonio also participated in the drafting of the bills the Governor submitted to the Legislature.

From 2009 to 2011, Mr. San Antonio served as counsel to then Popular Democratic Party (PDP) House Minority Leader, Hon. Héctor Ferrer, who is serving his second stint as President of the PDP, advising Leader Ferrer on parliamentary procedure and bill drafting. For several years Mr. San Antonio also served as an advisor to the late PDP Senator Mercedes Otero de Ramos.

As a PDP insider, Mr. San Antonio has twice been appointed to head Transition Committees on behalf of PDP Administrations. In November-December 2008, he served as Executive Director for the Outgoing Transition Committee for Governor Aníbal Acevedo-Vilá. After the 2012 elections, he served as Executive Director of the Incoming Transition Committee for San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz. As Executive Director of the Transition Committees, Mr. San Antonio was responsible for coordinating the transfer and exchange of information between the respective incoming and outgoing government administrations.

From 2013 to late 2014, Mr. San Antonio served as Of Counsel at POLITANK* until Governor Alejandro Garcia-Padilla appointed him as Electoral Commissioner for the Popular Democratic Party.

From 2014 until 2017 Mr. San Antonio served as the Electoral Commissioner for the Popular Democratic Party. He was responsible for ensuring that his party, which at the time was Puerto Rico’s governing party, in close coordination with the PDP party structure and municipal presidents, had more than 20,000 well trained volunteers to represent the PDP at every voting center across the 78 municipalities of the island in the Summer 2016 political parties internal primaries and the November 2016 general elections. Additionally, he was instrumental in Puerto Rico’s historic transition from counting our voting ballots by hand to electronic vote counting.

At the national level, Mr. San Antonio served for five years on the Uniform Law Commission as one of the two Commissioners from Puerto Rico.

Mr. San Antonio is admitted to practice before the courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First Judicial Circuit and is a Notary Public.

With his background and experience, Mr. San Antonio expands POLITANK* bipartisan reach in Puerto Rican politics providing clients direct access to the Popular Democratic Party leadership in Legislature, as well as municipal governments that have increasingly acquired more powers through government decentralization.

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Counsel
Omar E. Martínez-Vázquez, Esq.
Omar E. Martínez-Vázquez, Esq. is Counsel at POLITANK*, a government affairs law firm specializing in developing strategies to best represent private interests before governmental forums. He concentrates his practice in three areas: telecommunications and cable television; government and regulatory affairs; employment and labor law; and contract law. He advises our clients on state and federal regulation, commercial transactions and disputes related to telecommunication and billing disputes. He also assists our clients with legal services in the areas of collective bargaining, commercial contract negotiations and litigation, interconnection agreements, labor and employment litigation,  among others.

Mr. Martínez-Vázquez is a former Special Assistant and General Counsel to the President of the P.R. Telecommunications Regulatory Board.  In 2003, Governor Sila Maria Calderon considered him for a nomination as a Board Member of the P.R. Telecommunications Regulatory Board ; he was also considered for the position of General Counsel of the University of Puerto Rico. Nevertheless, Mr. Martínez-Vázquez decided to accept a position in the private sector as Assistant Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs of Centennial Puerto Rico License Corp. (now part of AT&T), the then-second largest telecommunication carrier in Puerto Rico. In that capacity, he provided support to, among others, the telecommunications operations, marketing, carrier relations groups and the cable television operations, managing and coordinating all interconnection contracting and issues with all telecommunication carriers and contractors. Furthermore, he dealt with all issues pertaining to human resources, employment-related visa and business immigration matters; lobbying and legislative affairs, as well as dealing with the FBI, DEA, and local law enforcement agencies on surveillance and wiretapping matters.

During the past 10 years, Mr. Martínez-Vázquez has worked together with the Legislature, the Governor and different administrative agencies in the development of several laws and in the advancement of multiple policies and regulations. He has also been instrumental on behalf of clients in the adoption of legislative initiatives and bills and has provided support for clients in issues regarding legislative and regulatory affairs. He represents clients such as General Motors in the evaluation and monitoring of proposed and pending legislation, attending public hearings, preparing position papers on proposed or pending bills and resolutions, and drafting legislation and amendments to pending legislation.

Mr. Martínez-Vázquez represents the interests of cable television, competing delivery technology and telecommunications companies before the Federal Communcations Commission, the P.R. Telecommunications Regulatory Board, and the courts. Since the enactment of the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the P.R. Telecommunications Act of 1996, he has represented both the P.R. Telecommunications Regulatory Board and telecommunication companies in the implementation of new local competition directives and regulations. He litigated successfully several landmark cases in the P.R.  Court of Appeals and in the P.R. Supreme Court that have defined the evolution of telecommunications industry in Puerto Rico.

Mr. Martinez-Vazquez has also represented clients in antitrust and unfair trade practices before the Federal Trade Commission and the P.R. Justice Department.

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“I’ve always said that good ideas have no color. We can do things without trampling on anyone and if we do, we can leave a legacy of respect”.

Francisco J. Domenech, Esq.
Managing Partner
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“I’ve always said that good ideas have no color. We can do things without trampling on anyone and if we do, we can leave a legacy of respect”.

Francisco J. Domenech, Esq.
Managing Partner

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