Liz is a Partner at Arias Guatemala and throughout the years has had the opportunity to practice in various areas of law. Currently she devotes most of her time counseling in labor, immigration and regulatory matters, serving clients in specific issues, day to day work, as well as providing them with updates on local regulations and in more extensive and complex processes.
In labor terms, she assists international and local companies in compliance with local regulations, contracts, labor disputes, internal labor regulations and occupational safety, among others. She has extensive experience advising companies on migration issues; facilitating the recruitment of foreign personnel and expatriation of local workers.
Moreover, her passion to keep herself updated in terms of the economic and legal environment, has allowed her to provide regulatory advice on various issues, serving diverse industries such as cosmetics, medical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, agriculture, technology, telecommunications, advertising and consumer protection. She has also provided consulting on anti-corruption for several companies.
Liz also has experience in corporate work, intellectual property and health registrations. Thus giving her the ability to deal with client’s cases from a comprehensive perspective, where she can anticipate, address, and prevent timely situations that could affect their business.
Her role in the firm goes beyond the service she provides to her clients. Liz spends part of her time mentoring and coaching new generations of lawyers in Arias, instilling in them integrity, ethics, and responsibility, values that characterize the firm.
She has been a member and advisor to institutions and commissions that have contributed significantly to the country and the region’s institutions:
- Commission that revised the Draft Law on the Promotion of Free Competition and consumer, users and suppliers rights;
- Special Consultant to the United Nations in the State Modernization Program (1996-1997)
- Legal Adviser in the Modernization Program of the Guatemalan Tourism Institute - INGUAT (1997)
- Legal Adviser responsible for reviewing the Civil Service draft law, Pension Savings Act, Probity Law and Structuring of Guatemala’s Tax Administration - SAT (1996-1997)
- Legal adviser to the Minister and Vice Minister of Economy on draft laws (1996-1997)
- Legal adviser in the drafting of the new Migration and Alien Act and its regulation (1998)
- Legal Adviser in the CAFTA Trade and Commercial Law Assessment Activity Overview (2004)
- Team leader of Guatemala in the seminar simulating the regional conference of the USAID on the assessment of trade and commercial law CAFTA (2005)
- Degree in Legal and Social Sciences and degrees of Lawyer and Notary. Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala.
- Legal Aspects of International Business of the Central American Institute of Business Program. INCAE.
- Program of Instruction for Lawyers - PIL. Harvard Law School.
- Leading Professional Service Firms. Harvard Law School.
- Tort Law Course. University of Salamanca, Spain.
In the words of the client
- "Professional, timely and comprehensive in her response to my needs." Chambers Latin America 2017
- “Liz Gordillo is regarded as one of the best employment lawyers in Central America and receives praise for the depth of her knowledge and the ‘excellent care’ clients receive from her”. Latin Lawyer 250 2016
- "She's quick, efficient and has a very high level of expertise. She always provides her clients with extremely accurate advice." Chambers Latin America 2016
- “Liz Gordillo is noted for her ‘strong technical ability’, ‘pragmatic approach’ and ‘personable style’. Who’s Who Legal Central America 2016
Her experience of over 30 years of practicing in different fields and above all, her specialization in Labor matters are recognized in some of the most important legal ranking guides:
- Recognized by LACCA as "Thought Leader 2018 and 2019" in Labour categories
- Listed in Chambers Latin America
- Listed as a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500
- LACCA approved
- Listed in Who's Who Central America
- Nominated in 2016 and 2017 for Best Lawyer in Latin America in Labor Law by Euromoney Women in Business Awards
- Recognized for "Excellence in Client Service" by Lexology
- Guatemala Bar Association
- International Bar Association (IBA)
Her role in the community
Liz has served in providing advice to non-governmental organizations for labor issues including labor litigation. She has also provided advice in consultations on gathering evidence for applications of refugee status or political asylum abroad.
- Chambers Women in Law Awards: "Central America Lawyer of the Year" (2018)
- Euromoney - Women in Business Law Awards: “Best in labor & employment” (2018)