Maria Isabel Rey-Cancio provides counseling on the design, establishment, and administration of employee pension and welfare benefit plans. She provides advice on:

  • Fiduciary duties, reporting and disclosure requirements under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Administration and compliance with qualified domestic relations orders (QDRO’s) and qualified medical child support orders (QMCSO’s)
  • Compliance with the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA) privacy and security regulations, and other laws that impact the administration of welfare and pension benefit plans

Maria has ample experience in employee benefits litigation before federal courts and in representing employers, plan sponsors, plan administrators, third party administrators (TPA), insurance companies and other ERISA fiduciaries in benefits matters before administrative agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC).

In addition, Maria has extensive experience in providing business immigration counseling on:

  • Work visas
  • Employment based immigration
  • Employment verification
  • Preparation of visa petitions, including H-1B visas for professionals, L-1 visas for intracompany transferees, and TN visas for Canadian and Mexican professionals
  • Labor certifications
  • Petitions for employment-based permanent residence

Maria also provides advice on employment verification practices and has represented employers on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audits.

Maria regularly speaks at retirement plans conferences for one of the largest trustees in Puerto Rico. She has been a speaker in employee benefits seminars for clients and the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Professional & Community Affiliations


American Bar Association


American Immigration Lawyers Association

Speaking Engagements

The Top 10 Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Issues in 2017

The 2017 Executive Employer® Conference

May 11, 2017
Second Annual Puerto Rico Conference

Hato Rey, PR

August 18, 2016
Littler Global Puerto Rico Conference

Hato Rey, PR

August 20, 2015


  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1997
  • J.D., University of Puerto Rico School of Law, 1996
  • B.A., Vassar College, 1993


  • Spanish
  • English

Bar Admission

Puerto Rico


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
  • Supreme Court of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico