Gustavo J Mena 

Gustavo J Mena, Partner

Gustavo Mena has been practicing law for over 30 years. His practice focuses on real estate law, corporate law, environmental law, family law, mining law, and commercial and labor litigation.


He represents investment trusts, hotels, banks and financial institutions, public institutions, public officials, nongovernmental organizations, communities and individuals.

Gustavo began his career in 1986 as an Assistant Legal Counsel at the Dominican Republic’s National Technical Forestry Commission (CONATEF). While there, he released a highly lauded paper entitled; “Legal Framework and Institutional Environmental Management in the Dominican Republic,” which was presented at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Caracas, Venezuela.

He served as Legal Counsel to CONATEF from August 1991 to July 1992, during which he was an instrumental member of the team that drafted the Dominican Forest Code.

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. He is a certified environmental services provider to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.

He is a 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 Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE), the National School of Public Prosecutions (ENMP), 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 ranking and award institution, as among the best lawyers in Environmental Law in the Dominican Republic.


Gustavo received his Bachelor of Laws from the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña and his Masters 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.


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