Joaquín Monserrate Matienzo is an experienced lawyer, reformer and professor who has held many important positions in various local and federal organizations, including being selected in 1995 by the United States Court of Appeals, for the First Circuit as a model defender lawyer for mock trial in Washington, D.C. before the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Monserrate obtained his Juris Doctor in 1965 from the University of Puerto Rico and a Ph.D., in Criminal Law from the University of Rome, Italy in 1967. From 1967 until 1971, he worked as a special prosecutor at the Puerto Rico Department of Justice. From 1970 to 1971 he served as Federal Deputy Prosecutor. In 1971 he established his private practice until 2015 when he joined Monserrate Simonet & Gierbolini.
In 1986, Mr. Monserrate was appointed to the Civil Rights Commission of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He is also a member of the Puerto Rico Bar, the International Society of Barristers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Monserrate is a recurrent speaker for the Puerto Rico Bar, the Puerto Rico Court Administration and to the Department of Justice.