After completing my J.D. at the Inter-American University, School of Law, and passing the Puerto Rico Bar Exam, I was recruited at the largest public defender's office in Puerto Rico. For two years, I represented dozens of defendants in serious felonies.
I then earned my LL.M. in International Law and Human Rights Law from the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington DC. I then passed the Virginia Bar Exam and joined the Fairfax County's Public Defender's Office.
In 2012, I returned to Puerto Rico with my family and joined the Federal Public Defender's Office for the District of Puerto Rico where I handled multiple complex cases. In 2013, I left the FPD's Office to join a boutique law firm specializing in contracts and litigation.
In 2017, I opened my own firm and now continue to represent federal defendants as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney, and also advise startups.
I'm also a proud #legaltech evangelist, founding a startup, a non-profit (Puerto Rico Legal Tech), and am constantly incorporating technologies into my legal workflow.
I also teach law as an adjunct professor at the Inter-American University, School of Law and teach the Federal Evidence and Federal Criminal Procedure courses at the University of Puerto Rico Law School's Federal Bar Review. I also enjoy giving presentations on technology, law, and entrepreneurship.
I'm learning Data Science and Machine Learning, founded Tiago, an online marketplace for legal professionals and Puerto Rico Legal Tech, a dedicated group of individuals connecting lawyers with developers.
Diego H. Alcala Laboy
Learn, grow, and do good.