Miguel
Valera Montero

Founding Partner

Miguel A. Valera Montero is founding partner of De Camps Vásquez & Valera and serves as co-chair of the Litigation and Alternate Dispute Resolution practice group at the Firm. His law practice mainly focuses on litigation and dispute resolution, with emphasis on civil and commercial litigation, constitutional law and administrative matters.

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Mr. Valera has also had extensive experience representing and advising clients on matters related to mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, labor and employment, real estate investment and development, tax planning and liability, as well as corporate law. He is accustomed to working in cross-border transactions and disputes, with foreign counsel and in-house counsel. Mr. Valera has worked with clients in the hospitality and tourism industry, in real estate development projects and investments, international finance and trade, non-profit organizations, governmental instructions, and providers of goods and services, both locally and in the international arena.

Professional Career and Work Experience

He began his law career as an associate for two of the most prestigious Dominican law firms in the Dominican Republic. Afterwards, he held a position as in-house counsel at PUNTACANA Resort & Club until returning to practice at a law firm when he founded De Camps Vásquez & Valera. He is an arbitrator for the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Santo Domingo Chamber of Commerce and Production and held the position as a member of its Directive Board in 2012.

Education and Awards

Mr. Valera obtained his J.D. Summa Cum Laude from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) and his LL.M. from the University of Houston Law Center as a J. William Fulbright Scholar.

Memberships and Teaching Positions

Mr. Valera has maintained an active academic involvement throughout his career. Since 2004, he has been a professor for the PUCMM, both in Santo Domingo and Santiago, at the graduate and undergraduate levels, on courses such as introduction to law, public economic law, administrative sanctions, fundamental rights and constitutional procedure. He usually collaborates as speaker or instructor on legal courses for activities and legal congress organized by non-profit organizations and the DR Constitutional Court. Since 2012 he is a member of the Board for the Dominican Institute for Constitutional Law (IDDEC) and is also a founding member.

Publications

Mr. Valera, a very prolific writer, has authored the books “Constitutional Decisions of the Judicial Branch” (2013), “Fundamental Rights, Duties and Guarantees in the 2010 Constitution” (2012), “The Concentrated Judicial Review in the Dominican Republic” (1999).

He has published several research papers as book collaborations, such as “Thoughts on the Constitutional Amendment Procedure for the Reestablishment of a second consecutive Presidential Period” (Constitutional and Administrative Doctrine of the Social and Democratic Rule of Law: Liber Amicorum Allan R. Brewer Carias – 2016); “Brief Review and Historic Milestones of the Concentrated Judicial Review initiated by Direct Petition in the Dominican Republic” (2015 Yearbook of the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court); “Constitutional Stare Decisis… 13 years later” (Constitution, Constitutional Justice and Constitutional Procedure: Liber Amicorum Juan Ml. Pellerano Gómez – 2014); “Constitutional Justice in a Presidential Democracy” (Presidentialism and Democracy in the Dominican Society – 2012); “Reflections on the Abstract Judicial Review Action in the Dominican Republic” (Memories for the VII Iberoamerican Encounter of Procedural Constitutional Law – 2011).

He has also published several articles in law specialized reviews and commerce oriented reviews, such as “What every employer needs to know about Salary” and “What every businessperson (and every person) should know about the new regulation on money laundering and terrorism finance” (both on the review of the Official Chamber of Commerce of Spain in the DR), “Judicial Review and the Implicit Repeal of Laws”, “Essential aspects of the Direct Action for Judicial Review”, “The obligatory administrative remedy before the tax administration”, “Is a third party proceeding possible before the Real Estate Courts?”, “Is the Supreme Court decision No. 34 as of February 21st 2001 an efficient decision in favor of employees? Review from the standpoint of Law & Economics”, “Comments to Law No. 3-02 of Mercantile Registry”, “Pass Through Taxation” and more on administrative, tax and constitutional matters.