Nereida Meléndez Rivera focuses her practice on corporate internal investigations, white-collar defense, and regulatory enforcement. She advises individuals and corporations in criminal and regulatory enforcement actions as well as represents clients in investigations and proceedings by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Nereida has conducted Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In Puerto Rico, she has conducted internal investigations related to fraud, conflicts of interest and Medicare.
She has defended individuals and corporations facing various criminal charges, both at the investigative stage and post indictment.
Nereida has a passion for education and a commitment to the community. Before becoming an attorney, she taught bilingual education. She was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, where she taught a course in white-collar crime. She additionally served as a guest speaker at the University of Mexico Law School, where she lectured on class actions and trial advocacy.
- J.D., University of Michigan 1985
- B.A., Grand Valley State University, 1980
Before joining the firm, Nereida was a founding partner at a Puerto Rican law firm as well as a litigation partner at a major local firm. She additionally served as the Chief of the White Collar Crime division at the US Attorney's Office for Puerto Rico.