Roger Juan Maldonado is a Partner and Head of the Commercial Litigation Practice in the New York Office of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.
Roger Juan Maldonado is a trial lawyer, commercial litigator, and leader of the organized bar with more than 35 years’ experience.
Mr. Maldonado represents musicians, publishers, and record labels in litigation to enforce their copyrights and contractual rights. In addition, Mr. Maldonado represents art galleries and artists in litigation and investigations. He also assists corporate and commercial institutions in litigation involving claims arising from software development/license disputes, lease agreements, and contract disputes. Mr. Maldonado has a great deal of experience litigating, arbitrating, and mediating claims involving employment discrimination, employment contracts, and restrictive covenants on behalf of professionals, partnerships, and corporations. In addition to corporate matters, he litigates state and federal environmental and land use review cases in trial and appellate courts.
Mr. Maldonado uses his fluency in Spanish to represent the interests of various Hispanic and American businesses, government entities and individuals, as well as to investigate allegations of corporate wrongdoing and discriminatory employment practices. He represents students in federal class actions involving special education services as well as government and commercial creditors with claims in bankruptcy reorganization and liquidation proceedings. Mr. Maldonado advises developers, community groups, and entrepreneurs in litigation involving complex real estate transactions.
New York City Bar Association, President
Commercial Division Advisory Council
Distribution Committee of the New York Community Trust
Board of Directors of the New York Bar Foundation
New York State Judicial Screening Committee
Advisory Group of the New York State and Federal Judicial Council
NYSBA/NYBF Joint Pro Bono Task Force
Vice President of the Board of Directors of United Neighborhood Houses of New York, Inc.
Referee, New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct
“How The Legal Pipeline is Failing Black Attorneys”, Law360, July 2019
“Conscious Mentoring” by Roger Juan Maldonado, President’s Column, March 2019
“With Diversity Stagnating, NYC Bar Association Launches Major Effort to Help Young Students Become Lawyers“, New York Law Journal, May 2019