Firm Profile

Godoy Córdoba Abogados, member of Littler Global

Colombia

Labour leader on expansion drive

LL 250 Highly Recommended

Established: 1988

Partners: 7

Lawyers: 72

Work areas

This firm is highly recommended for services in the following work areas.

Labour specialist Godoy Córdoba Abogados has perfected a successful formula of technical knowledge and agile client response. This nimble team of lawyers are masters of their profession, and it is hard to come by another firm in this chapter that has such a wide-sweeping knowledge of its metier.

Godoy Córdoba’s package is all-inclusive and strategic. From representing clients throughout complex labour disputes to navigating the fine points of Colombia’s immigration law, the firm presents a methodical legal approach that guides companies step-by-step through the process of identifying and minimising risks. Godoy Córdoba knows that to achieve stellar results, it needs to get a thorough understanding of its clients' business. That is something that the firm goes out of its way to do, and it consistently proves effective.

The firm benefits from Littler Mendelson PC’s global network of law firms and is one of the strongest links in its chain of Latin American offices. That international alignment allows Godoy Córdoba’s clients to benefit from a global outlook, sleek business approach and a standardised level of efficiency. Foreign clientele favours the smooth-running operations of Godoy Córdoba’s team, but also can enjoy a personalised service that gives the firm a boutique feel with all the advantages of a large-sized outfit.

This firm models itself on innovation and most importantly it knows how to utilise state-of-the-art technology to its advantage. Godoy Córdoba has developed its own legal software – DOMO – which allows lawyers to measure the risk of their clients’ legal activity within their day-to-day business operations. The technology identifies the most common reasons clients are likely to be sued, areas of the country with the highest judicial litigation activity as well as outlining the cases that are lost and won most often, among other benefits. The firm also developed ARCO, which simplifies the auditing process for clients and help them to manage and comply with legal regulations within their projects. The tool is just one example of many creative solutions carved out by the firm to ensure it remains one step ahead, ensuring its clients have the best possible chance of succeeding.

The firm reports that, in 2020, its profit growth reached between 20% and 25% compared to the end of the previous year, which are exceptional figures in light of market uncertainty triggered by the covid-19 pandemic. Those statistics are up on 2019’s numbers where it saw 20% growth overall.

As the pandemic shut office doors all over the world with working from home replacing traditional office hours, employment lawyers certainly picked up a lot of work in 2020. Godoy Córdoba was no exception. As government-led furlough schemes and corporate redundancies hit Colombia, this firm took on raft-loads of work. Labour litigation was also brought in the fold as disputes rose, though the closure of courts stalled many proceedings.

Godoy Córdoba’s lawyers are well-versed in the latest changes and updates to labour law in Colombia. The team is highly motivated too by an excellent and promising career plan. Godoy Córdoba builds on its employees' strength to form a career path uniquely tailored to them, while the most recognised talent among its staff can look toward leadership positions and internal promotions on an ongoing basis at the firm. Its compensation model is based around its leading competitors in Colombia – the firm claims to offer similar packages to those at the top of the country’s legal market. In other words, this tight-knit team are rewarded generously for their expertise.

There is a lot to be said about the impact that global alliances have on ushering in foreign clients to local firms. Godoy Córdoba testifies to the success of this model. Over 1,300 clients enlist this firm’s services, 75 of which are Fortune 500 companies. Some important names include flag-carrier Avianca, Mexican construction group Cemex, Belgian drinks group AB InBev and Chilean retail group Falabella. According to a study published by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association, which is affiliated to Latin Lawyer, Godoy Córdoba advises seven of the 100 largest companies in Latin America, making it one of the most popular go-to firms in Colombia among international clients. A successful scoring given the firm’s modest size.

Offices

The firm is headquartered in Bogotá and has offices in Barranquilla, Cali and Medellín.

Alliances and networks

Through its ties to Littler Mendelson PC’s global network, Godoy Córdoba has significantly boosted its global reach through ties to over 1,000 lawyers across Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United States and Venezuela. Godoy Córdoba is also affiliated with Fragomen, which supplies an important number of clients from Venezuela and Peru, which give the immigration hub important ties to Colombia and Latin America.

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