Marco A. Gonzalez Jr practices in the areas of complex civil, compliance, environmental and employment litigation, internal investigations and white-collar defense. He counsels and defends clients in governmental compliance and enforcement proceedings from the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to matters relating to the EEOC and New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination. Mr. Gonzalez has developed considerable experience in leveraging his international experience, and military and technical background in assisting clients from start-ups to large corporations in minimizing risk and achieving their business objectives with efficient service at all levels. Mr. Gonzalez’s work has also extended to representing clients in Latin America, including providing counseling and representation to entities in connection with licensed transactions under OFAC’s Cuban Asset Control Regulations (CACRs).
Having served in the U.S. Marine Corps and as an Aircraft Structural Specialist on the F-117A Stealth Fighter Project for Lockheed-Martin Corporation (Skunk Works Division), Mr. Gonzalez brings a unique skill-set to the practice of law. Mr. Gonzalez is a past President and General Counsel of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, a 2012 graduate of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Academy for Leadership and Inclusion Training, and serves as the Outside General Counsel of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Mr. Gonzalez has also been counseling clients on the CARES Act, CDC Guidelines for Business, the Paycheck Protection Program, and on FDA compliance with the mitigation of the shortages of Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs) and Filtering Facial Respirators (FFRs).
Areas of Practice
- Outside General Counsel™
- Corporate Compliance and Ethics Counseling and Investigations
- Intellectual Property: Trademarks and Copyrights
- Human Resources, Personnel and Employment Counseling and Litigation
- Litigation, Trial and Appellate Matters
- Regulatory and Licensing Matters
- New Jersey Business Dispute Resolution Lawyers
- Records Retention, Information Management & Electronic Discovery
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law – Newark, Newark, New Jersey, Juris Doctor
- Hunter College, Bachelor of Arts
- “Cuba Seeks To Expand Internet Access to Households by 2014,” DM on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Blog, June 25, 2013
- “Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla Signs Three Executive Orders Designed to Jump-Start Stalled Renewable Energy Projects”, DM on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Blog, May 21, 2013
- “Federal Appeals Court Deals Blow to Florida’s So-Called Cuba Amendment,” DM on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Blog, May 9, 2013
- “Puerto Rico Governor Proposes Drop in the Island’s Sales and Use Tax and Other Budgetary Initiatives,” DM on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Blog, April 26, 2013
- “Puerto Rico: Public Transportation Initiatives in the Smallest Island of the Greater Antilles,” DM on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Blog, April 4, 2013
- “Panel at HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference Explores DOJ’s Interest in FCPA Compliance in Latin America and the Caribbean,” DM on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Blog, March 15, 2013
- “Puerto Rico’s Renewable Energy Initiative Hits a Snag,” DM on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Blog, March 1, 2013
- “The Privatization of Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport is Complete,” DM on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Blog, February 28, 2013
- “Cuba Puts in Motion Its Internet Capabilities,” DM on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Blog, February 12, 2013
- “Puerto Rico Governor’s Recently-Appointed Chief of Staff,” DM on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Blog, February 11, 2013
- “Introducing the Duane Morris Puerto Rico Business Group/Caribbean Blog,” DM on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Blog, February 8, 2013
- Co-author, “Third Circuit Upholds Permitting Testimony of Outside Corporate Counsel Against Former CEO,” Duane Morris Alert, March 31, 2011
- “‘Can You Hear Me Now? Sí?’: Is There a U.S.-Cuba Telecommunications Revolution on the Horizon?” May 13, 2009
- Profiled in “Marco Gonzalez, Jr.: Taking the Hill,” Diversity & the Bar, November/December 2008, Vol. 10, No. 6
- Represented a large defense aeronautics contractor regarding the misrouted shipment by a freight forwarder of inert military hardware to Havana, its release from the Cuban authorities and return to the United States.
- Represented a large pharmaceutical company in Puerto Rico against a whistleblower’s allegations that the client was intentionally releasing hazardous air pollutants into the atmosphere, based upon which USDOJ commenced a grand jury investigation. We conducted an internal investigation and persuaded DOJ to conduct informal witness interviews in place of grand jury testimony. No criminal charges were filed and no civil or administrative penalties were imposed by EPA.
- Represented a U.S. charitable foundation relating to the legality of awarding academic grants to researchers in Cuba pursuant to the S. Cuban Asset Control Regulations (CACRs).
- Represented a large S. public utility in an internal investigation involving civil RICO and FCPA issues in connection with the public utility’s purchase and a vendor’s fraudulent testing of fuel oil from Africa. Investigation resulted in a large civil RICO settlement in favor of the public utility and no finding of FCPA violations.
- Represented a real estate development company on several internal investigations on claims made by employees relating to allegations of racial discrimination and successfully defended the client in state NJ LAD
- Defended a global company against FCPA and UK Bribery Act allegations from former employee/whistleblower that company officials were bribing officials in Eastern European country to facilitate products through border and customs
- Obtained on behalf of the Latin American Coalition, as amicus curiae, a precedential decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that affirmed the dismissal of a RICO action brought by a tenant of an apartment building alleging that the defendant property owners violated the Immigration and Naturalization Act by renting apartments to undocumented aliens.
- Represented an air travel industry software company during compliance due diligence review of potential transaction with a Latin American air carrier’s use of the company’s servers in the S. to book air travel to and from Cuba.
- Represented a pharmaceutical company in New Jersey against New Jersey of Environmental Protection allegations that the client intentionally released hazardous air pollutants. Commenced internal investigation, self-disclosed, derailed criminal charges and client paid a small civil fine.
- Represented a global environmental consulting company in a USDC-PR grand jury investigation of alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and assertions that client intentionally made false statements and falsified
- Represented a U.S.-based touring company in securing license by OFAC for people-to-people travel to
- Negotiated consent decree for a NJ food company in FDA enforcement action concerning allegations of non-compliance with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetics
- Represented an electrical components/connectors manufacturer in WARN and Puerto Rico Law 100 action in the S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico brought by dozens of former employees who alleged improper termination and plant closure.
- Represented a clinical research organization (CRO) regarding legality of providing services to foreign entity in connection with regulatory approval of an in-licensed drug from a Cuban company.
- Represented/defended a public utility in Puerto Rico in a USDOJ investigation of the utility regarding alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (acid spill into San Juan Harbor). We conducted an internal investigation into the allegations and represented the utility in negotiating a misdemeanor guilty plea by the utility; no individual targets were charged.
- Speaker, The Pros and Cons of Business with Cuba Today and Tomorrow, Puerto Rico Manufactures Association’s Cuba Forum, August 2, 2013 (San Juan, PR).
- Panelist, “The Pros and Cons of Business with Cuba Today and Tomorrow,” Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA)’s Educational Forum on Cuba, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
- Speaker, “Como Se Dice: ‘Summary Judgment’?, The Pitfalls of Translating Foreign Documents and Using Interpreters in Your Practice,” 7th Annual Seminars Conference, HBANJ, Los Cabos, Mexico,
- Speaker, “The Legal Nuts & Bolts of Doing Business in the Dominican Republic,” Hispanic Bar of J. Annual CLE Conference, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, May 2006.
- Legal Analyst, MSNBC, Palm Beach County Voting Recount Trial, Presidential Election, December
- Co-Presenter, “Nuts & Bolts of Internal Investigations,” National Hispanic Bar Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 18.
- Speaker, “Positioning Your Company for Doing Business in Cuba – Is it Really Possible?” N.J. Corporate Counsel Association’s All Day CLE Conference, September 2009.
Honors and Awards
- Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NJ) “Business Professional of the Year—Legal Industry,” 2012
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Outside General Counsel, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, 2015 to Present
- Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, General Counsel, 2011 to 2014
- New Jersey Hispanic Bar Foundation, Trustee, 1998-2000, 1998-2000
- CLEs, Convention Planning Committee, Hispanic National Bar Association, N.Y. City Convention, Co-chair, 2004
- Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, President, 1997 to 1998
- Essex County Bar Association, Co-Chair, Membership Committee, 1997-1998
- New Jersey State Bar Association, Judicial Administration Committee, 1996-1998
- Boy Scouts of America, Patriot’s Path Council, NJ
- Essex Network Legal Services, , 2000-2002
- Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs
- Human Rights First, Volunteer Attorney, 1996-Present
- Jersey Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Program, Volunteer Attorney, 1993-1996