Carlos Fernando Rivera Mendoza
Born in Cayey, Puerto Rico on August 10, 1945.
He started his university level studies at the University of Puerto Rico, and continued at the International
Institute of the Americas, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science and a minor in
Languages. He was then given the “New Languages Award”. He finished his Master’s in Education at the same
institution in June, 1970.
From 1968 on he worked as a Professor of Political Science and Assistant to the President of the International
Institute of the Americas. He founded and presented the first televised university level program, the “University
of the Air”.
In 1970 he set up residence in Madrid, Spain, combining legal studies at the School of Law of the University of
Madrid and work as Director of the Office of European Educational Programs of World University and later as
correspondent for the Television of Puerto Rico (Cordero Enterprises). As a duly accredited foreign correspondent
he joined the Foreign Correspondent’s Association as an Associate Member. In 1978 he was admitted to the Madrid
Bar Association, being one of the few U.S. citizens admitted to practice in Spain.
He was professor of real estate and business law at the European program of the City College of Chicago.
In 1991 he was retained by the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company as European Legal Adviser throughout the
1992 World’s Fair in Seville.
In 1993 he was appointed Economic Counselor in Spain by the Government of Puerto Rico, reporting to the Economic
Development Agency of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Department of Economic Development and Commerce.
When the Puerto Rico Office in Europe became the Puerto Rico Commercial Office he became Executive Director of the
same until June, 2000, when he returned to full time private practice.
- Admitted to: Colegio de Abogados de Madrid
(Bar of Madrid, Spain).
- Areas of practice: International commerce, real estate, medical malpractice, family law, probate and estate.