Central America: Labour, Employment & Immigration 2018

This year 34 leading lights are recognised in the fields of labour, employment and immigration law. Those listed have wide-ranging expertise handling collective and individual matters in both the public and private sector including treatment of workers, restrictive covenants, transfers of undertakings, collective bargaining agreements and team moves.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Federico Solis Fragomen Costa Rica Immigration Services LLC, San José
2. Julio César Contreras III Arosemena Noriega & Contreras, Panama City
3. Jose Miguel Navarrete Arosemena Noriega & Contreras, Panama City
4. Marco Durante Calvo BDS Asesores, San José


Costa Rica

One of the country’s leading full-service law firms, BDS ASESORES, see three practitioners listed.
Marco Durante Calvo is one of the foremost names in labour law. He is an authority on the area and frequently advises clients on both national and international matters including collective labour rights and management.
Alejandro Trejos Gómez is a go-to practitioner on labour matters and also stands out for his expertise on the use of technology in the workplace, including the impact of social media.
Francisco Salas Chaves receives praise for his work in labour law in Costa Rica and on a national scale. He is widely regarded as an expert in labour counselling for multinational corporations.

Two leading lawyers are recognised at LEX COUNSEL.
Paola Gutierrez is recommended as a leading lawyer in the corporate space and is endorsed for her in-depth understanding of labour and employment law.
Juan Jose Carreras also receives plaudits for his brilliant work in the field and his long-standing practice.

Federico Solis of FRAGOMEN COSTA RICA IMMIGRATION SERVICES is an authority on immigration law in Central America and regularly advises leading businesses on compensation and benefits plans. One source says, “Federico is top notch in immigration.”

BLP sees its labour and employment practice head Randall González praised for his work in corporate matters and disputes, where he is considered “a highly experienced lawyer”.

Anna Karina Jiménez of DENTONS MUÑOZ is recognised for her superb advisory practice where she boasts expertise in employment contracts, employee rights and benefits and immigration matters.

Luis Sanchez at FACIO & CAÑAS is a long-standing and highly respected lawyer with in-depth experience dealing with contracts of employment, terminations and compensation plans.

Dominican Republic

Luis Miguel Pereyra of PEREYRA & ASOCIADOS is recognised as a leading figure in the region for his labour and employment expertise, including his extensive experience in dispute resolution.

El Salvador

VALDÉS SUÁREZ & VELASCO is one of El Salvador’s highest performing law firms. Two of its practitioners are recommended for their strong track records in the areas of labour law and immigration.
Mario Sánchez Chinchilla is “well known in employment and immigration” and has strong experience in human resources matters, including collective employment.
Carlos Urbina Blandón draws praise for his knowledge of labour law in a dispute resolution context and in training HR personnel.


ARIAS’s Liz Gordillo is an authority on labour, immigration and regulatory matters. She is highly respected for her “depth of experience in labour law” and the great advisory service she provides to international and local companies.


One of Panama’s most esteemed law firms AROSEMENA NORIEGA & CONTRERAS achieves two listings.
Julio César Contreras III is a well-known and respected practitioner in the employment law space who is frequently called upon by corporations and financial institutions for his leading counsel.
Jose Miguel Navarrete is also highly praised for his labour and employment law expertise and his expert handling of corporate matters, which often include a dispute resolution element.

Leading full-service firm MENDOZA, ARIAS, VALLE & CASTILLO sees two practitioners recognised.

Eduardo Valle is one of the country’s leading names in this space and is widely respected for his expertise in taxation matters in labour-related cases.
Rubén Martín Castillo Gil is “a leader in the field” and a well-known expert on collective agreements and labour litigation. He is widely respected as a great private sector defence lawyer.

Two lawyers are recommended at ALFARO FERRER & RAMÍREZ.
Juan Gabriel Gonzalez Saavedra is a well-known expert on labour and immigration law and is respected for his long-standing practice spanning 24 years.
The “top-tier” Enna Ferrer de Carles receives praise for her work in corporate labour and employment law matters, frequently advising both national and international clients.

Jorge Federico Lee of ALEMÁN CORDERO GALINDO & LEE is “highly respected” for his labour law practice. He has extensive experience in disputes and boasts a superb reputation as an effective operator at the highest level of the Panamanian courts.

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