Dora Monserrate-Peñagarícano followed in her father’s footsteps, Joaquín Monserrate-Matienzo, and became a lawyer in 1995. After graduating in 1992 from Duquesne University in Pennsylvania, she went on to study at the Georgetown University Law Center and obtained her Juris Doctor from the Inter-American University School of Law in 1995. She worked as a summer associate for Martinez, Odell & Calabria, in San Juan, and later as a senior associate from 1995 to 2001.
From 2001 to 2003, Mrs. Monserrate was the General Counsel of both the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company and the Department of Economic Development and Commerce. Her accomplishments included successfully settling civil, environmental and antitrust settlements; handling corporate issues; advising the Secretary on a range of different issues and drafting contracts, memoranda, and agreements.
She then moved to private practice by herself and later joined her father’s law firm. Mrs. Monserrate practices civil litigation, including commercial, corporate, telecommunications, environmental and construction law. She represented defendants in torts, contractual, commercial, telecommunications, construction and environmental claims before the Puerto Rico Superior Court and the U.S. District Court. She was the President of the Federal Bar Association Puerto Rico Chapter in 2008 and its First Circuit Vice-President from 2009 to 2011.