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Latin Lawyer 250 2017

Godoy Córdoba Abogados member of Littler Global

Colombia

Labour leader with regional ambitions

  • Established: 1988
  • Partners: 6
  • Total lawyers: 34

Godoy Córdoba Abogados is at the apex of the market for labour law services in Colombia and has spent recent years consolidating that position; after promoting two associates to partner in 2015, the firm merged with a labour and employment boutique and added a former Supreme Court of Justice magistrate a year later. The additions bolster the firm’s personnel transfer advice and strengthens its offering in the retail sector. More broadly, the extra staff will help Godoy Córdoba better serve its growing contingent of international clients.

Godoy Córdoba provides a strong Colombian component of Littler Mendelson PC’s expanding Latin American network, which also includes offices in Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Panama. Godoy Córdoba was already the largest labour, employment and immigration boutique in Colombia before joining up with Littler and the tie-up has given the firm the necessary international network to take it to the next level. Structurally, the firm is divided into various departments, providing advisory advice, acting in employment litigation and collective bargaining as well as offering auditing services.

Godoy Córdoba stands out for its in-depth advice and hands-on approach. As well as offering training to bring employers up to speed on relevant labour law issues, it conducts research on the most common types of employee claims so that clients can put preventative measures in place. The firm also places an emphasis on always being available to clients, using technology to help achieve this aim. Such efforts find favour with clients, with many praising the expedient manner in which their queries are dealt with. Ecopetrol’s Claudia Janeth Wilches Rojas goes on record to say she received “excellent service” from the firm and that the solutions provided “responded to the needs of the business”.

Offices

The firm has offices in Bogotá and Barranquilla.

Alliances & networks

Godoy Córdoba’s relationship with Littler Mendelson PC gives the firm access to the US firm’s network of more than 1,000 lawyers in the United States, Peru, Mexico and Venezuela, Panama and the Dominican Republic. Littler has also expanded into Europe.

Clients

US IT company Hewlett-Packard, Mexican building materials company Cemex and Colombian state-owned energy company Ecopetrol give a flavour of the calibre of clients that hire Godoy Córdoba.

Practice Areas

Labour

Key partners: Heading up the advisory practice and collective bargaining department is firm founder Carlos Hernán Godoy, who comes recommended in LACCA Approved, in-house counsel research conducted by Latin Lawyer’s sister association, the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, and is singled out by clients as “excellent” and “very practical”. Andrés Godoy spearheads the auditing and corporate immigration areas, but has handed over leadership of the training practice to Daniel Buriticá, who joined the partnership when his boutique merged with Godoy Córdoba in 2016. Luis Alejandro Córdoba Escamilla lends clout to the collective bargaining practice, while former Supreme Court of Justice magistrate Gustavo Gnecco Mendoza, who joined the firm in early 2016, captains the litigation area. Ana Cristina Medina González leads both the firm's pro bono practice and the labour consultancy and is described by one client as being “always available” and having a “very good knowledge of what’s current in labour matters”, while Santiago Martínez Méndez chairs the firm’s auditing division. He is praised by Armando Guajardo Torres of cables manufacturer Grupo Xignux as a bright professional dedicated to service.

Analysis: This is a premier labour boutique that covers the full range of labour law matters including collective bargaining, litigation, audits, due diligence and immigration. A merger with a labour and employment boutique and the addition of a former Supreme Court of Justice magistrate at the start of 2016 has added further clout.

Work highlights: Godoy Córdoba provided labour counsel to US IT company Hewlett-Packard for its spin-off process in Colombia and is also working on personnel reorganisation associated with a tie-up between two large cosmetics companies. Mexican building materials company Cemex is a regular client that calls on the firm for its dealings with unions.

Pro bono

Analysis: Godoy Córdoba is a relative newcomer to pro bono work, but the firm is actively seeking to ramp up its efforts in the area and has signed up to Colombia’s clearinghouse, the Fundación Pro Bono. Partner Ana Cristina Medina González oversees the area. 


Practice areas

Regional presence

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