Headrick
Mary Fernández

Mary Fernández
PARTNER

"A highly qualified professional with lots of experience"

Founding partner of Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández, Dominican Republic. The Firm was founded in 1985 and has been recognized as Law Firm of the Year by IFLR and by Chambers & Partners Latin America.

Mary is National Ambassador of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Intellectual Property representing the Dominican Republic. She is arbiter and past president of the Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration Committee of the Asociación Interamericana de Propiedad Intelectual (ASIPI). Judge of the Disciplinary Panel of the ASIPI. Member of the Board of Directors 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), past Chair of its Legal Committee, and coordinator of the Transparency Commission of the Health Committee of AMCHAMDR. Editor for the Dominican Republic 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. Past President of the Board of Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). Mary is past president of the Asociación Dominicana de Propiedad Intelectual, Inc. (ADOPI), of Fundación Institucionalidad y Justicia, Inc. (FINJUS) and past Chair of the Latin American Council of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).

She specializes in corporate and business law, banking law, agency and distribution law, foreign investment, intellectual property, life sciences and healthcare, arbitration, and trusts and estates. Her professional practice has been recognized and ranked in Band 1 by Chambers Global 2022 and Chambers Latin America 2022 in Corporate/Commercial and in Intellectual Property. She is recommended by Latin Lawyer 250 2022. She is also recommended by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) for Corporate/M&A in 2022. She teaches intellectual property for a Master´s Program on 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 University of Illinois, in Chicago, USA. She graduated in 2016, with honors. She speaks Spanish and English.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Intellectual Property
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Corporate Law
  • Banking and Financial Law
  • Foreign investment
  • Litigation
  • Labor Law
  • International Trade
  • Environmental 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 2022, Chambers Latin America – Latin America 2022 in Corporate/Commercial and in Intellectual Property; the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA) for Corporate/M&A in 2022, and by Latin Lawyer 250 – Latin America Leading’s Business Law Firms, 2022.

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