Liz Gordillo is a partner at Arias. She assists international and local companies in compliance with local regulations, contracts, labour disputes, internal labour regulations and occupational safety, among other areas. Her practice is devoted to labour, immigration and regulatory law. She is also experienced in intellectual property; industrial property; corporate; agency and distribution; tort; telecommunications; product liability; and consumer law. Liz has a law degree from the Rafael Landívar University, and is an active attorney at law and public notary.
Questions & Answers
Thought Leaders 2021 - Interview with Liz Gordillo
Can you briefly describe your career to date?
At the beginning of my career, I had the opportunity to perform my professional practice in the corporate, intellectual property, administrative, immigration and labour law areas. In the past 13 years, I have focused more on the labour and regulatory areas.
What do you enjoy most about being a lawyer in your practice area?
The labour law practice continually brings new challenges. As companies evolve and change the way they work, the management of human resources evolves as well. It is necessary to be innovative and creative and up-to-date to present solutions to the problems that arise, even when the legal framework has not changed.
What was the most challenging case or transaction you have ever worked on and why?
It is not easy to determine which is the most challenging transaction or case because it depends on several points of view and the different situations that I must attend to as a labour lawyer. However, I believe that collective terminations or business closures are difficult to deal with from a human perspective. In addition, it is a challenge to participate in complex litigation cases in which the discernment of the judges must be faced, who from the beginning of the litigation are more inclined to favour the employee, regardless of the evidence or circumstances that originated the conflict. It is a reasonable challenge to convince the judges in adherence to the law and the evidence that is provided to the litigation.
What are the greatest challenges for lawyers in your practice area in your country this year?
Having the ability to support our clients in a time when there are still problems to operate normally due to the covid-19 pandemic. We have faced the need to work remotely or in a hybrid format of remote work and face-to-face work, which has employment implications for companies that need to make changes and adapt their work policies according to current circumstances.
How do you expect your practice to evolve over the next five years?
I hope that the labour law practice continues to grow in our firm and, as the labour legislation gets modernised, we can create new solutions for our clients’ needs regarding their personnel and compliance with the law.
Likewise, following the impact of automation and the use of technology on the way we all work, we will see important changes as companies adapt to that, so our practice will have to be updated and modernised in light of these changes.
What do clients look for when selecting you as a lawyer?
I believe clients value the experience of so many years of practice, reputation, respect for the law, and the fact that I’m always available to attend promptly and diligently to what my clients need.
How would you like to see your law firm develop in the coming years?
I hope that both in the medium and long term our firm will continue in the process of consolidation and modernisation, following the changes derived from the economy and technology. Also, we will keep our focus on the development of new practice areas and attracting the most talented lawyers committed to providing top-quality legal services to our clients and with projection to our community.
You have enjoyed a very distinguished career so far. What would you like to achieve that you have not yet accomplished?
I would like to spend more time doing legal research and writing legal content. Likewise, I would like to contribute to the preparation of bills that promote the modernisation of labour legislation in my country.