Israel Fernández-Rodríguez

Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation
  • Immigration law


  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • Bachelor in Business Administration (2004), from the University of Puerto Rico
  • Juris Doctor (2006), from the University of Puerto Rico, School of Law

Mr. Israel Fernández-Rodríguez, Esq. is an Attorney at Casillas, Santiago & Torres, LLC, where he serves as an attorney specializing in labor and employment counseling and litigation, in addition to civil and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Fernández-Rodríguez was a senior associate in the Labor and Employment division of a major law firm in Puerto Rico, where he tenured for five years.

A substantial part of Mr. Fernández-Rodríguez’ practice involves counseling and representing corporate management in litigation before federal and Puerto Rico courts, as well as administrative litigation before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources (PR-DOL) in a broad array of employment and labor matters and litigation, including: employee terminations, reductions in force, reorganizations, complex litigation (i.e. class actions, wage and hour), discrimination/retaliation, sexual harassment, FMLA, arbitration and litigation of labor disputes arising under the National Labor Relations Act, non-compete/solicitation issues, appellate practice, counseling and guidance in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Fernández-Rodríguez has also practiced and represented clients in certain specialized areas of law, including torts, civil rights and immigration law, and has counseled corporations towards the successful prosecution of employees engaged in complex fraud schemes.

Supreme Court of Puerto Rico

Vélez Cortés v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., 2009 TSPR 45

González v. Merck, Sharp & Dohme, 2006 TSPR 2

United States District Court, Puerto Rico

Roldan Pena v. Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Civil No. 14-01208

Delfaus González v. Spirit Airlines, 922 F.Supp.2d 178 (D.P.R.2013)

Rodriguez-Fonseca v. Baxter Healthcare Corp. of Puerto Rico, 2012 WL 4962409 (2012)

Méndez-Martínez v. Caribbean Alliance Ins. Co., 851 F.Supp.2d 336 (2012)

Cortes- Babilonia v. Edwards Lifesciences Technology Sarl, Civil No. 11-01845 (D.P.R. 2011)

Quiles-Mariani, et al v. Spirit Airlines, Inc., et al, Civil No. 11-01577 (D.P.R. 2011)

Rullán–Vazquez v. Edwards Lifesciences Technology Sarl, Civil No. 10-02222

Ortiz v. United Parcel Services, 736 F. Supp. 2d 428 (2010)

Unión Independiente de Empleados Telefónicos de Puerto Rico v. Puerto Rico Telephone Co., Civil No. 10-1667, 2010 WL 4608756 (2010)

Martínez Jordan v. Baxter Healthcare Corp., 608 F. Supp. 2d 224 (2009)

Caraballo-Rolón v. Doral Corporation, et al, Civil No. 09-1991 (D.P.R. 2011)

National Labor Relations Board v. Caribbean International News Corporation, et al, Civil No. 10-1772)

Jiménez-Rodríguez v. Banco Santander Puerto Rico, Civil No. 07-1225

Garland v. Universal Group Inc., Civil No. 17-02356 (JAG)

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Best Auto Repair Shop Inc. v. Universal Insurance Grp., 875 F.3d 733 (1st Cir. 2017)

Aleman-Pacheco v. Universal Insurance Grp, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 5396 (1st Cir. 2016)