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Central America: Labour, Employment & Immigration 2017

In this section, we recognise 31 practitioners with leading practices in labour, employment and immigration law across the region. Their work involves both collective and individual cases in the private and public sector and includes bargaining, administrative issues, working processes and corporate immigration and the treatment of expatriate employees.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Anna Karina Jiménez Muñoz Global, San José
2. Julio César Contreras III Arosemena Noriega & Contreras, Panama City
3. Randall González BLP, San José
4. Marco Durante Calvo BDS Asesores, San José

Costa Rica

BDS ASESORES achieves three listings in San José.
Marco Durante Calvo is recognised for his labour and employment law expertise in both collective and individual matters. One client is effusive in their praise: “He displays the utmost professionalism; I have complete confidence in him to provide a great service.”
Founding member Francisco Salas Chaves has expertise in labour counselling for national and international companies, and comes highly recommended.
Alejandro Trejos Gómez focuses on the impact of technology in the workplace and is a noted labour law specialist.

LEX COUNSEL boasts two listings.
The “outstanding” Paola Gutierrez is highly visible in the market and has experience in advising corporate entities on labour and employment issues in Costa Rica.
Juan Jose Carreras is a proficient employment litigator known for his significant knowledge of occupational hazard prevention.

Anna Karina Jiménez of MUÑOZ GLOBAL is head of the labour and employment and business immigration law at the firm and is recognised as the region’s foremost expert on matters relating to employment and immigration law.

The “superb” Randall González at BLP is one of the most highly regarded practitioners in our research and is recognised as a leading labour law expert in Costa Rica and the region.

At FRAGOMEN COSTA RICA IMMIGRATION SERVICES Federico Solis is noted for his corporate immigration practice where he is “very well known and respected in the market in Costa Rica.”

El Salvador

VALDÉS SUÁREZ & VELASCO achieves two listings in San Salvador.
Mario Sánchez Chinchilla is an eminent lawyer with a excellent reputation in both collective and individual employment matters, social security and pensions.
Carlos Urbina Blandón regularly advises corporate entities, HR personnel and staff of legal departments on a diverse range of employment law matters.

Guatemala

At VALENZUELA HERRERA Y ASOCIADOS, Augusto Valenzuela is recognised for his consulting and litigation experience in the field of employment law where he is a leading legal mind.

Liz Gordillo of ARIAS is “a highly esteemed labour lawyer” who specialises in labour, immigration and regulatory matters.

Regional player CONSORTIUM LEGAL sees one lawyer listed in Guatemala City.
Lionel Francisco Aguilar Salguero has vast experience of labour law including negotiating collective agreements and advising and representing labour organisations and multinational corporations.

Nicaragua

CONSORTIUM LEGAL sees Bertha Xiomara Ortega Castillo in Managua listed for her expertise in labour law including matters relating to collective and individual bargaining and administrative issues.

Panama

AROSEMENA NORIEGA & CONTRERAS sees two lawyers listed, including one of our most highly regarded practitioners: Julio César Contreras III, recommended by peers across the world for his expertise in the field of labour and employment law. He also boasts a strong corporate background.
Jose Miguel Navarrete is recognised for his expertise in matters of labour relations, due diligence and the hiring of expatriates.

MENDOZA, ARIAS, VALLE & CASTILLO sees two individuals recognised.
Eduardo Valle is “a first-tier labour lawyer” who specialises in collective bargaining and labour litigation.
Rubén Martín Castillo Gil is listed for his highly respected counsel to businesses on labour relations alongside a strong litigation practice.

At ALFARO FERRER & RAMÍREZ two lawyers are recommended.
Enna Ferrer de Carles focuses on labour and immigration matters. One respondent says: “She is a great lawyer who is well-known in employment law.”
Juan Gabriel Gonzalez Saavedra is highly regarded for his expertise in labour law, social security and immigration law.

BDS ASESORES achieves two listings.
Ricardo Alemán is “an absolute top practitioner in the field” and is esteemed for his longstanding expertise in Panamanian labour law.
María Teresa Mendoza specialises in the design of remuneration schemes, internal work processes and matters of due diligence.

At ARIAS FÁBREGA & FÁBREGA, Maria Zúñiga is “a superb labour lawyer” who is highly visible in the market and earns respect for her strong practice.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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