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
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
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
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