About the Author
Founding partner at Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández, she serves as counsel to national and international clients in matters of foreign investment, corporate law, banking and international finances, negotiation and execution of contracts involving public or private entities; franchising and distribution relations; structuring and implementation of real estate and tourist projects, aviation law and intellectual property matters in general, including arbitration and litigation.
Mary has been designated National Ambassador of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Intellectual Property representing the Dominican Republic. She is presently Chair of the Latin American Council of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). Arbiter and President of the Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration Committee of the Asociación Interamericana de Propiedad Intelectual (ASIPI). Judge of the Disciplinary Panel of the ASIPI. Arbiter and member of the Board of the Centre for Resolution of Controversies (CRC) of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo, Inc (CCPSD). Past president of the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAMDR) and past chair of its legal committee. Editor for the Caribbean of the International Opposition Guide of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and, member of the editorial committee of Gaceta Judicial, the only legal periodical in the country. President of the board of Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). Mary is past president of the Asociación Dominicana de Propiedad Intelectual, Inc (ADOPI) and of Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia, Inc (FINJUS).
She specialises in corporate and business law, banking law, agency and distribution law, foreign investment, intellectual property, arbitration and trusts and estates. Her professional practice has been recognised and ranked in Band 1 by Chambers Global 2017 in corporate/commercial and in intellectual property, by Chambers Latin America 2017 in corporate/commercial and intellectual property. She is recommended by Latin Lawyer 250 2017. She is also recommended by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) for corporate/M&A in 2018. She teaches contracts in intellectual property for a master’s programme in intellectual property at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PCUMM).
Mary is Dominican, studied law at the Universidad Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), where she graduated summa cum laude in 1979. Immediately after, 1979–80, she attended postgraduate courses in political science and International Relations at Georgia State University. She has an LLM in intellectual property from the John Marshall Law School of Chicago, Illinois. She graduated in 2016, with honours. She speaks Spanish and English.