Washington, D.C.-based boutique Weisbrod Matteis & Copley has opened an office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, amid its work on hundreds of policyholder claims in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria’s 2017 landfall.

Weisbrod Matteis announced Thursday that the Puerto Rico office will be led by Jose Nieto, a Puerto Rico native who began his career as an associate in the Washington office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Nieto joined Weisbrod Matteis as partner in March after talking with Augie Matteis, the chairman, who practiced with Nieto at Skadden in the 1990s.
“It’s going to be a game changer,” Nieto said of the San Juan office. “The law firm is here for the long haul. It’s not just people coming here for a few cases and then leaving.”

A handful of large U.S. law firms already have offices in San Juan, and other big mainland firms, including Greenberg Traurig; O’Melveny & Myers; Paul Hastings; Proskauer Rose; and Willkie Farr & Gallagher, have capitalized on work stemming from the struggling territory’s debt reorganization.

New office is located at Parque Las Americas I
235 Federico Costas Street, Suite 435
San Juan, PR 00918