Central America: Labour, Employment & Immigration 2019

In this chapter we recognise 34 impressive lawyers for their excellent work advising clients on collective and individual labour law matters including collective bargaining agreements, restrictive covenants, corporate restructurings and work permits.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jose Miguel Navarrete Arosemena Noriega & Contreras, Panama City 
2. Federico Solis Fragomen Costa Rica Immigration Services LLC Ltda, San José
3. Randall González BLP, San José
4. Paola Gutierrez Caoba Legal, San José 
5. Eduardo Valle  Mendoza, Arias, Valle & Castillo, Panama City

Costa Rica

Fragomen Costa Rica Immigration Services sees Federico Solis recognised as a “top guy in immigration”. He is well versed in handling social security treatment for foreign workers and employment matters. 

Randall González heads up the labour and employment practice at BLP and is described by peers as “active” in this space. He possesses 23 years of experience in litigious labour and corporate matters.

Paola Gutierrez at Caoba Legal is one of the most prominent labour and employment lawyers in the region and stands out for her in-depth insight in the litigation, counselling and prevention of labour disputes.

Juan Jose Carreras has 20 years of extensive experience in labour law and is known for his expertise in the preventative management of labour risks.

Luis Sanchez of Facio & Cañas is lauded as an “excellent lawyer” by peers who note he has been “around for several years”. He specialises in Immigration law and labour law, especially relating to compensation plans, terminations and contracts.

Anna Karina Jiménez of Dentons Muñoz leads the firm’s immigration team and has strong experience advising domestic and international clients on complex employment and labour legal issues.

Maria Del Rocio Hernández Carro at Bufete Carro is “specialised in labour and employment” say peers who applaud the top-tier advice she delivers to companies on labour litigation.  

Graciela Fuentes at Central Law frequently advises domestic and international companies on labour law matters including compensation packages, litigation and conflict resolution. 

Alfonso Carro’s is a well-recognised name in the labour and employment market where he is held in high regard for his adept handling of negotiations, auditing and labour disputes.

Dominican Republic

Tomas Hernández Metz of Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernandez “has been a player in the field for many years” say sources who praise his practice covering labour law matters, especially litigation and consulting. 

Norman De Castro Campbell at DR&R Abogados y Consultores Fiscales has been “active in the market for many years” and has strong experience counselling domestic and global clients on labour and employment matters.

El Salvador

Mario Sánchez Chinchilla of Valdés Suárez & Velasco is a distinguished practitioner who advises clients from a range of industries such as banking institutions, telecommunications and transportation companies.

Carlos Urbina Blandón is “well renowned in employment and immigration” say sources. He advises private entities on judicial procedures and administrative matters. 


Liz Gordillo of Arias is “well known in labour law” and focuses her practice on advising domestic and global clients on related disputes, contracts and compliance.

Augusto Valenzuela of Valenzuela Herrera y Asociados is credited for his considerable experience handling collective and individual labour law matters.


At Lopez Rodezno & Asociados, Sergio Bendana Lopez heads up the firm’s labour group and possesses deep experience in representing companies in labour disputes and assists clients with employment contracts. 


Jose Miguel Navarrete at Arosemena Noriega & Contreras is one of the foremost labour and employment lawyers in the region and stands out for his expert handling of complex disputes.

Mendoza, Arias, Valle & Castillo’s Eduardo Valle is well acquainted with providing counsel to clients on matters ranging from labour litigation to collective bargaining negotiations.

Rubén Martín Castillo Gil is highly acclaimed in the labour and employment field. He advises corporates on litigation matters and in the negotiation of collective agreements.

Juan Gabriel Gonzalez Saavedra of Alfaro Ferrer & Ramírez is distinguished for his expertise in a plethora of labour law issues concerning employment contracts, union disputes and litigation.

Enna Ferrer de Carles is recognised for her impressive work counselling clients on individual and group litigation as well as the preparation of visas and work permits.

At Alemán Cordero Galindo & Lee, Jorge Federico Lee is an authority on labour law whose practice concentrates on complex litigation matters and collective bargaining.

Maria del Carmen Zúñiga at Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega is an esteemed practitioner with impressive experience in a range of labour and employment disputes, as well as the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements.

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