Mrs. María A. Domínguez, who directs our Miami office, leads the Government Enforcement & White Collar and Criminal Defense Practice Team, applying her extensive experience to advise and defend clients in criminal and regulatory investigations, enforcement actions, and civil litigation.
Prior to joining McConnell Valdés she served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico (San Juan) for eight years. During her 20 year career at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Juan she held several other supervisory level positions, including Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, Acting Chief of the Criminal Division, Acting Chief of the Civil Division, White Collar and General Crime Chief, and Senior Litigation Counsel.
Prior to this, Mrs. Domínguez worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida (Miami), for almost six years. At that office she served as Coordinator of the Armed Career Criminal, Fast Track, and Health Care Fraud Programs.
She began her career in public service as an Assistant State Attorney in the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, under the leadership of former U.S. Secretary of Justice, Janet Reno. She also served as Program Director for the Department of Justice’s foreign assistance program (OPDAT) at the United States Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia for a period of three years.
During her tenure with the U. S. Department of Justice she was the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, including the Attorney General Award, two time recipient of the U. S. Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for superior performance as an AUSA, four Commendations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Commendations from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Internal Revenue Service, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, the Inspector General of the Office of Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, and an Exceptional Service Award from the National Association of Former United States Attorneys.
During her career as a state and federal prosecutor, Mrs. Dominguez has prosecuted over 100 criminal cases, including approximately 25 jury trials, and several capital cases.
Mrs. Domínguez is a trainer with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). She has taught Federal Jurisdiction at the UPR Law School, and currently teaches Advanced Criminal Law (White Collar Crime) and Federal Litigation at the Inter American University Law School in the Juris Doctor and LLM Programs.
She has lectured extensively as a guest speaker in Puerto Rico and Latin America on issues related to Money Laundering, Financial Crimes, Public Corruption, Fraud, and Organized Crime.
She was recently sworn in as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and is Vice-Chair of the Puerto Rico Chapter.
- U.S. District Court District of Puerto Rico
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
- U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- State of Florida
- State of Connecticut
- B.A., University of Miami
- J.D., University of Miami School of Law
- American College of Trial Lawyers
- Women’s White Collar Defense Association
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