Gustavo José Mena García rejoined Pellerano & Herrera, as a partner, in 2015. Gustavo focuses his practice on environmental law, real estate law, family law, and civil, commercial, and labor litigation. He represents banks, financial groups, investment trusts, public institutions and public officials, nongovernmental organizations, communities, and individuals.
In 1986, Gustavo began his career as Assistant Legal Counsel at the Dominican Republic’s National Technical Forestry Commission (CONATEF). While there, he released a paper, “Legal Framework and Institutional Environmental Management in the Dominican Republic,” which was presented at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Caracas, Venezuela.
Gustavo served as Legal Counsel to CONATEF from August 1991 to July 1992, and he was a member of the team that drafted the Dominican Forest Code.
Thereafter, Gustavo joined Pellerano & Herrera and was an attorney in the firm’s Debt Collection Department. In 1998, he became the attorney in charge of its branch in Santiago de los Caballeros.
In 2000, the Dominican Republic enacted the General Law on the Environment and Natural Resources, which created the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. Gustavo was named its first Legal Counsel and Legal Director, serving until March 2005.
Gustavo, who is a certificated environmental services provider to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, later founded his own environmental law firm.
Gustavo is the university professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), Department of Legal Studies, where he teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Environmental Law.
He also has taught numerous courses on Environmental Law at the School of Law at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), the National School of Public Prosecutions (ENMP) of the Dominican Republic, the Institute of Environmental Law of the Dominican Republic (IDARD), and the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD).
Gustavo has been recognized by Chambers and Partners, the leading international legal compendium, as among the best lawyers in Environmental Law in the Dominican Republic.
- Member, Dominican Bar Association
- Member Latin American Council of International and Comparative Law, Dominican Republic chapter
Gustavo received his Bachelor of Laws from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña and his Master’s of Business Law and Economic Legislation from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra.
Gustavo’s continuing coursework includes, “Policy and Environmental Legislation,” at the Joint Program of Advanced Studies of the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña and Institutionalism and Justice Foundation; “Criminal Procedure Law,” at PUCMM; “Law and Environmental Management,” at the Institute for Environmental Law of the Republic Dominican and APEC; and “University Teaching,” at PUCMM.