José Ignacio Vega

(+34) 91 576 19 00
Public Law


José Ignacio has been a partner in the Department of Government and Regulated Sectors since September of 2006, when he joined the Firm. José Ignacio is also co-responsible for the Agri-food Law area of the Firm.

Government Lawyer since 1992 (currently on leave), he has held multiple relevant positions:

  • Chief Legal Counsel in the Gubernatorial Delegation of La Rioja (1992-1996).
  • Chief Legal Counsel to the State Secretary (1996-2000). During those years, he advised the Department's senior officials and bodies in the exercise of their activities, and specifically in the area of functions relating to the preparation and monitoring of the Council of Ministers, Government Delegate Committees and the General Committee of Secretaries of State and Under-Secretaries, as well as in their relations with the Cortes Generales and in the preparation, development, coordination and monitoring of the Government's legislative program and, in particular, its parliamentary processing.
  • Chief Legal Counsel to the Ministry of Science and Technology (2000-2002), assuming the direction of the Legal Department of the Ministry, which at that time was responsible for the promotion and general coordination of scientific and technical research, technological development, the organization of telecommunications and the development of the information society.
  • Technical General Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment (2002-2004), where he was responsible for the processing of the most relevant regulatory projects, such as the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC), Forestry, Noise and Environmental Responsibility Laws, among others, and took part in the negotiation of important Directives.
  • General Technical Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs (2004-206). As such, he directed the administrative work and parliamentary follow-up of the main regulations processed during that period, among which the Law of Guarantees and Rational Use of Medicines and Health Products, the Law of Sanitary Measures for the Prevention of Smoking ("Tobacco Law"), stand out, the Law on Assisted Reproduction Techniques, the Law on Biomedical Research, the Revised Text of the Law on Consumers and Users or the Draft Law on Liability for Medical Acts and Health Measures for the Protection of Health and the Prevention of the Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages by Minors ("Alcohol Law"), among others. He also directed the processing of the main regulatory development texts, among which the Royal Decree regulating the procedure for the authorization, registration and conditions for the dispensation of medicines for human use, or the Royal Decree regulating the short-term price reviews of pharmaceutical specialties and the adoption of additional measures for the containment of pharmaceutical expenditure.

José Ignacio has distinguished experience as an advisor for matters relating to government/ public sector and environmental law, for administrations and public bodies, companies in the public sector and private companies relating to public and other entities. His practice has focused principally on public contracts, concessions, all kind of infrastructures and equipments, administration of public funds and in the sectors of energy (specifically renewable energies), environmental, geriatric, pharmaceutical and other sectors subject to administrative regulation or intervention.



  • Law Degree, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, 1987.
  • Government Lawyer (Abogado del Estado); passed the competitive (public) entrance exam in 1992.



  • Lecturer in Administrative Law on the Degree programmes (E-1, E-3 and E-5) and on the Access to Legal Practice Master’s programme at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE).

  • He has been an assistant professor in government and public sector law at the Universidad de La Rioja, Universidad Complutense de Madrid and the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid.

  • He regularly lectures at legal seminars and conferences relating to his area of expertise.



La responsabilidad de los administradores de las sociedades mercantiles. En Derecho de la empresa y de los mercados financieros: Ramón y Cajal Abogados. 30 años. Cizur Menor (Navarra): Aranzadi, 2016.

He is the sole author of several works, and has collaborated on numerous other works, such as:

  • Práctica contenciosa para abogados [Contentious Practice for Lawyers] (annual publication). Published by La Ley
  • Problemas prácticos y actualidad del derecho administrativo [Practical Problems and Current Developments in Administrative Law]. Annual, 2014. Published by Civitas
  • La morosidad del sector público en el cumplimiento de sus obligaciones [Late Performance in the Public Sector]. Published by Civitas. 2012.
  • Comentarios a la Ley de la Jurisdicción Contencioso-Administrativa. [Comments on the Contentious-Administrative Jurisdiction Law] Aranzadi.
  • Comentarios a la Ley de Régimen Jurídico de las Administraciones públicas y del Procedimiento Administrativo Común. [Comments on the Law on the Legal Regime for Public Administrations and the Collective Administrative Process Law] Aranzadi.
  • Comentarios a la Ley de Contratos de las Administraciones. [Comments on the Administrative Contracts Law] Aranzadi.
  • Comentarios a la Ley de Contratos del Sector Público. [Comments on the Public Sector Contracts Law] Aranzadi.
  • Suma de subvenciones públicas y ayudas. [Summary of public subsidies and assistance] DAPP, 2008.
  • Obra pública: modelos organizativos y de ejecución. [Public sector work: organisation and execution models] DAPP, 2009.
  • 1000 Preguntas de derecho administrativo. [1000 Questions about administrative law] Francis-Lefebvre.
  • Memento práctico urbanístico. [Urban practice memo] Francis-Lefebvre.
  • Memento administrativo. [Administrative memo] Francis-Lefebvre.
  • Memento de infracciones y sanciones administrativas. [Administrative infractions and sanctions memo] Francis-Lefebvre.
  • Memento procesal. [Litigation memo] Francis-Lefebvre.
  • Memento formularios procesal. [Forms in litigation memo] Francis-Lefebvre.
  • Comentarios a la Ley 56/2007, de Medidas de Impulso a la Sociedad de la Información. [Comments on Law 56/2007: measures to promote the information society] Cívitas, 2008.
  • Comentarios a la ley sobre la introducción del euro. [Comments on the law concerning the introduction of the euro] Ministerio de Justicia and BSCH, 1999.
  • Materiales de prácticas de Derecho Administrativo II. [Materials for the practice of Administrative Law II] Centro de Publicaciones Universidad Juan Carlos I.


  • Madrid Bar Association (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid).
  • Government Lawyers’ Association (Asociación de Abogados del Estado).
  • Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation (Real Academia de Jurisprudencia y Legislación).