Headrick
Mary Fernández

Mary Fernández
PARTNER

"A highly qualified professional with lots of experience"

Founding Partner at Headrick. 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, restructuring and insolvency, intellectual property and alternative dispute resolution methods, including litigation.

She is a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (AMCHAMDR) and past Chair of its Legal Committee. Arbiter and President of the Arbitration and Conciliation Committee of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). Arbiter and member of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Alternative Resolution of Conflicts of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo (CCPSD). President of the Board of Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). She is past President of the Directive Council of the Foundation of Institutionalism and Justice (FINJUS) as well as of the Board of Directors of the Dominican Association of Intellectual Property, Inc. (ADOPI).

Actively participates in the drafting and revision of bills and regulations, including the current laws regarding intellectual property and commercial arbitration, and actively participated in the drafting of the new insolvency law.

She is the Editor for the area of the Caribbean and Central America of the “International Opposition Guide” of the International Trademark Association (INTA).” She is the coauthor of the “Restructuring and Insolvency 2016” section published by Getting the Deal Through; the “Latin Lawyer Reference: Restructuring” section published by Latin Lawyer; the “Law & Practice Insolvency 2016” guide published by Chambers Global; and collaborator of the Dominican Republic chapter of the “Doing Business” report published by the World Bank.

Coordinated the drafting of the “Guía del Inversionista” (Investor’s Guide, 2014) of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (AMCHAMDR), a publication that offers an overview of the Dominican Republic’s legal framework as well as the regulations which might interest a potential investor.

Mrs. Fernández has served as professor for the Iberoamericana University (UNIBE) for the courses of International Private Law and Economic and Business Legislation. Presently teaches contracts in intellectual property for a Master´s Program on Intellectual Property at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM).

Ms. Fernández has been a speaker in different seminars including:

  • ICC’s 11th Annual Conference, Miami, USA, 2013
  • VII Latin American Arbitration Congress: Actors in Arbitration, Peruvian Arbitration Institute, Lima, Peru, 2013
  • VIII Latin American Arbitration Congress: the Arbitral Award, Peruvian Arbitration Institute, Lima, Peru, 2014
  • Moderator of “Mediation Workshop”, Seminar on Intellectual Property in Agriculture, Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), Asunción, Paraguay, 2015

Mary Fernández received her Bachelor of Laws, Summa Cum Laude, from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña in 1979. She took Political Science courses at Georgia State University in 1980. Ms. Fernández obtained an LLM in Intellectual Property from The John Marshall Law School of Chicago in 2016. She has participated in many seminars, among which we can find: “ICC Arbitration Workshop” organized under the sponsorship of the International Arbitration Court of the ICC in Montreal, Canada; the first Advanced PIDA seminar on International Commercial Arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce and “Arbitration in Latin America: Current Topics on Commercial Arbitration” sponsored by the Council for Conciliation and Arbitration of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo and the International Arbitration Court of the ICC. Ms. Fernández is fluent in Spanish and English, and has a basic knowledge of French.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Aviation Law
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Foreign Investment
  • Industrial Free Zone
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade
  • Litigation
  • Mining and Natural Resources Law
  • Telecommunications
  • Tourism
  • Trusts and Estates

RECOGNITIONS

Her professional practice has been noticeably recognized by Chambers Global 2016, Chambers Latin America – Latin America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016; the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA), 2016, and by Latin Lawyer 250 – Latin America Leading’s Business Law Firms, 2016 being praised in this last one for her outstanding work in the areas of Corporate Law and Intellectual Property.

Recognized by Latin Lawyer for her participation in the first multilateral issuance of bonds of the Dominican Republic, 2010.

Recognized as one of the 50 Women of Power and Success by Mercado Magazine, Special Edition, 2011-2014.

Recognized by the Association of Intellectual Rights (ASDIN) for her work on the “Force of the Treaty WTO/TRIPS in Latin America and its contributions to research and health: case of Dominican Republic”, 2012.

Recognized as one of the Women of Success by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic, 2012.

Sole attorney from the Dominican Republic selected for “Inspiring Women in Law” by Latin Lawyer magazine, 2013.

 

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Dominican Bar Association  (CARD)
  • American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (AMCHAMDR)
  • Dominican Association for Intellectual Property, Inc. (ADOPI)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property, Inc. (ASIPI)
  • President of the Arbitration and Conciliation Committee of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI)
  • Intern-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI)
  • Latin American Council (LATAM) of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).
  • Board of the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC)
  • Arbiter and member of the Executive Board of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Center (CRC) of the Chamber of Commerce of Santo Domingo (CCPSD)
  • Editorial Board of the Gaceta Judicial Magazine.
  • Editorial Board of the AMCHAMDR Magazine