Headrick
Mary Fernández

Mary Fernández
PARTNER

"A highly qualified professional with lots of experience"

Founding partner of the firm Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández of the Dominican Republic. The firm was founded in the year 1985 and has been recognized as Firm of the Year by the IFLR and Chambers & Partners in numerous occasions.

She is Ambassador for the Dominican Republic before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for the Intellectual Property Commission. She is an Arbitrator and president of the Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration Committee of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). She is a Judge of the Disciplinary Court of ASIPI, Arbitrator of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution (CRC) and member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo (CCPSD). She is Editor for the Dominican Republic of the “International Opposition Guide” of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and a member of the editorial committee of Gaceta Judicial, the only legal journal in the country. She is past president of the Board of Regents of the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), a higher education entity of the Dominican Republic and past president of the Latin American Council of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). She is also past president of the Legal Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (AMCHAMDR) and of its Board of Directors. Mary Fernandez is past president of the Dominican Association of Intellectual Property, Inc. (ADOPI) and the Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia, Inc. (FINJUS).

She specializes in corporate and business matters, banking law, franchise and distribution relationships, foreign investment, intellectual property, insolvency regimes, arbitration, inheritance law and trusts. She is recognized as a Band 1 lawyer for Business Law by Chambers Global 2020, as well as for the areas of Corporate / Commercial Law and Intellectual Property by Chambers Latin America 2021. She is recommended by Latin Lawyer 250 2020. Her career has been recognized in the area of Corporate Law by The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) 2020. She is a master’s degree professor of industrial property contracts at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM).

She is Dominican and graduated summa cum laude as a lawyer from the Pedro Henriquez Ureña University (UNPHU) in 1979. She completed a postgraduate degree in Political Science and International Relations at George State University, 1979-1980. She has a master’s degree in Intellectual Property (LLM) from the University of Chicago (UIC), Chicago, USA. She graduated in 2016, with honors. She speaks Spanish and English.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • International Trade
  • Environmental Law
  • Banking and Financial Law
  • Foreign investment
  • Litigation
  • Labor Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Law
  • Energy Law
  • Tax Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Foreign Investment
  • Tourism
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Free Trade Zones

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)
  • Legal Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic, Inc. (AMCHAM DR)
  • Dominican Association of Intellectual Property (ADOPI)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property, Inc. (ASIPI)
  • Arbitrator and President of the Arbitration and Conciliation committee of the Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property, Inc. (ASIPI)
  • Latin American Council (LATAM) of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Arbitrator of the Center of Alternative Dispute Resolution (CRC) and member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santo Domingo (CCSD)
  • Editorial Board of Gaceta Judicial
  • Editorial Board of the AMCHAMDR Magazine