Our Firm in the Press

Our cases have been featured in The National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal, The New York Jury Verdict Reporter and El Diario, La Prensa, Newspaper ( Civil Rights Case-Police Brutality, Unjustified Arrests and Malicious Prosecution).

In addition, we have accepted high profile cases that were featured in The New York Times (Internet Crime Spree ), The Daily News ( Speed Demons on the Henry Hudson Parkway), and Newsday.com (Computer Hackers).

The founder of The Portela Law Firm, P.C., Manuel Portela, Jr., has published legal articles and appeared as a guest legal expert on Court TV, WB WPIX Channel 11 News and on various other television news reports (Sean Puffy Combs Gun Possession trial, Nathaniel Brazill murder trial, and special report "Stop in the Name of the Law" ). He is a legal commentator on Spanish network television programs: Minerva S.O.S., MicroInternational Television and Contacto.

TV Appearances

The WB, WPIX Channel Eleven News, Special Report:
Stop in the Name of Law. 2003.
WPIX Channel 11 Special Report interviewed Manuel Portela, Jr. regarding a New York Administrative Code regulation prohibiting civilians from possessing and using handcuffs. The segment was part of a report on obscure laws under New York's Administrative Code and how they affect the daily lives of New Yorkers.

Asociación de Impresarios Y Profesionales U.S.A./Spain.
A round table discussion addressing a comparative analysis of the European and American Legal System. March 26, 2003.

Manuel Portela, Jr. appeared as guest speaker in a round table discussion regarding differences between the American and European legal systems. The discussion looked at several aspects of the European and American civil procedure laws and rules regarding commercial and corporate litigation.

RNN, Radio News Network, The Big Story on the Sean Puffy
Combs Gun Possession Trial. 2001.
During the jury deliberations stage of the Sean Puffy Combs gun case, Manuel Portela, Jr. was interviewed as a legal expert to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the New York County's District Attorney's case against Combs.

RNN, Radio News Network, Murder Trial of Nathaniel Brazill. 2001.
Radio News Network interviewed Manuel Portela, Jr. to speak on the issue of whether gun manufacturers should be sued for the unlawful acts of owners of firearms. This topic was brought by the conviction of a 14-year old boy Nathan Brazill, who was found guilty of second-degree murder for shooting and killing his middle school English teacher.

Court TV, Robbery Trial of Sarah Plumb. 2001.
Manuel Portela, Jr. made a guest appearance as a legal expert commentating on the various stages of the trial of Sarah Plumb, a 16-year old who was tried for committing armed robbery of a convenient store to support her heroin habit.

Univision, Noticias Canal 41. , Noticias Canal 41, Spanish News,
Excessive Force, 1996
Local news reporter interviewed Manuel Portela, Jr. regarding his representation of a 58 year old woman arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer in the course of an arrest.

Publications

New York Law Journal, September 19, 2003:
Legal Representation of Corporations in Criminal Cases, by Manuel Portela, Jr.
According to Judiciary Law Section 478 and Civil Practice Law Rule Section 321, a corporate plaintiff or defendant must be represented by legal counsel in Civil and Criminal proceedings. The New York City Criminal Courts have set strict guidelines in enforcing these regulations, directing corporate officers to secure counsel in representing a corporate plaintiff or defendant.

New York State Trucking Association Monthly Newsletter, July 25, 2003:
Length, Width, and Weight Dimension Requirements for Trucks Traveling Into The City of New York , by Portela & Associates.
New York State Highway Patrol regulates the dimension of trucks that transverse through New York City and throughout the state on its highways. This article addressed the length, width and weight requirements of trucks transporting cargo.

The National Law Journal, February 11, 2002:
Excessive Force-$200,000 for woman roughed up by NYPD
An article regarding police brutality and excessive force. The Portela Law Firm, P.C. represented a 58 year old woman against the City of New York and the New York Police Department in Brooklyn Supreme Court in a civil action for Assault by a NYPD Police Officer, unjustified arrest and malicious prosecution following a dismissal of criminal charges in Brooklyn Criminal Court against her for Assault of a police officer. The settlement against the City of New York was $200,000.

New York Law Journal, January 25, 2002: Excessive Force.
An article regarding police brutality and excessive force; The Portela Law Firm, P.C. represented a 58 year old woman against the City of New York and the New York Police Department in Brooklyn Supreme Court in a Civil action for Assault by a NYPD Police Officer, unjustified arrest and malicious prosecution following a dismissal of criminal charges in Brooklyn Criminal Court against her for Assault of a police officer.

The New York Jury Verdict Reporter:
Police-Use of Excessive Force While During Arrest After Traffic Infraction-Angina Attack, 2002

El Diario Newspaper, December 19, 2001:
Indemnizan a Hispana Víctima de Abuso Policial.
An article regarding police brutality and excessive force; The Portela Law Firm, P.C. represented a 58 year old woman who was arrested and charged in Brooklyn for assault against a police officer. The criminal charges were subsequently dismissed against the woman.

El Diario Newspaper, June 17, 1997:
Posesión de Bebidas Alcohólicas en Pðblico ‘Infracción o Delito'
By; Manuel Portela, Jr

An article addressing quality of life crimes in New York City; specifically, the illegal consumption of alcoholic beverage in public.

El Diario Newspaper, December 20, 1997:
Policía de Rikers se Declara Culpable, Pero es Liberado.
In a Civil personal injury case, The Portela Law Firm, P.C. represented a victim of a car accident who was killed by a drunk driver who worked for the New York City Department of Corrections.

El Diario Newspaper, November 20, 1996:
Victoria Contra la Brutalidad Policial.
An article regarding police brutality and excessive force; The Portela Law Firm, P.C. represented a 58 year old woman who was arrested and charged in Brooklyn for Assault against a NYPD police officer. The police officer arrested the woman following a parking dispute by forcibly pulling the woman out of her car, causing her to sustain serious injuries and hospitalization. The officer alleged the woman intentionally assaulted him in the cause of the arrest.

New York Law Journal, August 27, 1990:
53 Prosecutors are Appointed Assistants in Brooklyn Office.
Manuel Portela was one of 53 law school graduates hired for the position of Assistant District Attorney by the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office.