Born and raised in Puerto Rico where she led a successful federal litigation practice in discrimination, retaliation and civil rights cases, Yadhira has now joined Saenz & Anderson, PLLC, bringing with her more than 15 years of experience litigating claims in federal court under Title VII for gender, religion, nationality discrimination, hostile work environment, sexual harassment, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and Section 1983 claims asserting constitutional claims of violations to freedom of speech, religion, association, unreasonable searches and seizures, excessive force, cruel and unusual punishment and due process.
Upon being admitted to the practice of law, Yadhira began clerking for the Court’s system on the Island of Puerto Rico, first at the trial level, handling adversary civil and criminal cases alike, and continuing clerking at the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico.
Throughout her litigation career, Yadhira has handled more than 190 federal cases, the majority of these being categorized as highly complex. Many of the cases that she has handled often entailed multiple parties and they implicated large monetary exposure of more than a million dollars.
Also, she has tried at least fifteen (15) civil rights jury trials in federal court. Of those, she has been the lead counsel in about 12 of them. Many of the favorable judgments that Yadhira has obtained at the U.S. District Court level by way of motion to dismiss, summary judgment or jury trial have been affirmed by the U.S. First Circuit Court.
All this experience has allowed Yadhira to acquire great command of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, discovery proceedings, taking of depositions, an extensive motion practice, argumentative hearings, drafting and delivery of opening statements and closing arguments, voir dire, verdict forms and direct and cross examination in jury trials and of course in settlement negotiations.
Yadhira is very passionate about her practice and is a zealous advocate of the rights of her clients. Becoming a lawyer was a decision she made when she was a child, so it can be said that for her, more than a job, lawyering is her true vocation. Looking after her clients’ best interests has always been her ultimate goal. She is admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the State of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
She is fluent in Spanish, English and studied Italian and French. Currently, she is a member of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc. During her bachelor degree years, she was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, chapter of the U.P.R., Mayaguez Campus.« Back to Attorneys Page