From 1983 through 1991, Pesquera worked as an Assistant United States Attorney, first in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he rose to become a member of the elite Special Prosecution Unit as well as Chief of the White Collar Crime Division, and later in Orlando, Florida.
As a federal prosecutor in Puerto Rico, Pesquera consistently handled the largest and most important bank fraud investigations including the prosecution of the CEO, Chairman of the Board and several members of the Board of Directors of a trust company doing business in Puerto Rico. Pesquera also tried and convicted several mayors of different municipalities in Puerto Rico for charges that included extortion, bribery and money laundering. His tenacity and tirelessness attitude allowed him to try and convict a member of a local terrorist organization in Puerto Rico that later became a government informant. While in Orlando, Pesquera continued to handle bank fraud investigation as well as Government procurement fraud. Among his most notorious cases, he was able to try and convict a company based in California and its President for knowingly manufacturing and distributing defective bolts used in the rocket boosters of the space shuttle. In addition to these cases, Pesquera handled as a prosecutor a variety of other cases including violations of narcotic statutes, money laundering, wire and mail fraud, health care fraud and bank fraud.
In April, 1991 Pesquera opened his office for private practice in Orlando, Florida with a branch office in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico where he was born and raised. In the civil area, he limits his practice to car and motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, slip and falls, defective products and workman’s compensation. In the criminal defense area, he concentrates in murder charges, complex white collar and healthcare fraud, government corruption, shaken baby syndrome cases and sexual crimes. We ask that you look at the page entitled “Our Success Record” to review some of the significant cases he has successfully handled that includes the defense of five Cuban exiles charged with conspiracy to murder Fidel Castro at a summit in Venezuela.
Pesquera is committed to teaching other fellow attorneys everything learned during the past for over (30) years as an attorney. In 1990 he served as a legal consultant in a Pilot Court Seminar sponsored by Harvard Law School in Guatemala. During a period of five (5) years he served as Trial Advocacy Teacher with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) teaching other lawyers how to successfully try a case before a jury. In April, 2009 he appeared as a speaker in a seminar offered by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Santa Fe, New Mexico regarding how to defend defendants charged with sexual offenses.
In the Orlando area, Pesquera serves as legal analyst for WTMO Telemundo Channel 40 and WVEN Univision Channel 18.
Interamerican University Law School, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Juris Doctor (1980)
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Bacherlor’s In Science (Psychology)
Minor’s In Languages (French and Italian)
Honor’s Thesis completed in Psychology (1976)
Graduated in three (3) years
Admitted to Practice
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Tax Court
United States Court of Military Appeals
United States Claims Court
Supreme Court of the State of Florida
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
United States District Court – Middle District of Florida
United States District Court- District of Puerto Rico
|1980-1981||United States District Court, District of Puerto Rico
Senior Law Clerk
Honorable Carmen C. Cerezo
|1981-1983||Brown, Newsom & Córdova Law Office
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Member of the litigation division with concentration in commercial and insurance litigation.
|1983-1989||United States Attorney’s Office
District of Puerto Rico
|1989-1991||United States Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida