Next Generation Partners

Rising Stars

Labour and employment in Costa Rica

BDS Asesores

The powerhouse team at labour boutique BDS Asesores remains a market leader, advising local corporates and major multinationals such as Bridgestone, 3M and Roche on the full spectrum of matters across the practice area. With a client portfolio spanning sectors ranging from manufacturing, banking and tech to pharmaceuticals, real estate, tobacco and retail, the practice’s comprehensive service extends to assisting private and public sector clients with compensation schemes, due diligence, disciplinary procedures and internal restructuring, training seminars, labour litigation and complex administrative proceedings. The team is jointly led by employment law authority Marco Durante and firm co-founder Francisco Salas (who has expertise in civil service labour law and preventive and corrective labour advice). Other key figures include associates Lucía Solórzano Salazar, who brings strength to advising on immigration-related matters, and Juan Diego Zeledón Agüero, who brings knowledge of labour procedure issues.

Practice head(s):

Marco Durante; Francisco Salas


BDS Asesores has a highly competent, professional and friendly team, always taking care to offer an excellent customer experience.

It differs from other firms through its excellent treatment of clients, the kindness and humility with which they handle cases, and their great strength in both written and oral proceedings. We would like to highlight Marco Durante, Francisco Salas and Juan Diego Zeledón.

The team stands out for its service in general, and its support in the diverse situations that arise in our organisation.

Key clients






Smile Club Direct


Thomson Reuters



Work highlights

  • Assisted PPG Industries with the standardisation of labour and employment practices in Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Belize.
  • Providing centralised labour advice to Bayer in Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.
  • Providing centralised labour advice to Alorica in Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.


With offices in 17 countries spanning Central America, Europe and Asia, the dispute resolution practice at ECIJA combines global bench strength with the experience of its team to provide a comprehensive service to national and multinational corporates, including major pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Sanofi. Providing full support on matters ranging from employment discrimination lawsuits, data privacy and collective bargaining to terminations and employment contract regulation, the firm’s active client base also spans the hospitality, logistics, agrochemicals, manufacturing, direct sales, government, education and NGO sectors. The department is led by labour and human rights expert Daniel Valverde, who advises clients on the creation of compensation schemes, review of workdays and work shifts, and sexual harassment claims, among other issues.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Valverde


The labour practice has been one of the fastest-growing and best-positioned in the market in recent years, providing services of remarkable quality and professionalism within it.

Daniel Valverde is a professional whose knowledge in the field of labour law and constant updating of it guarantees his clients a professional, efficient service, in accordance with the needs of each one of them. This, together with the training in human rights that he has, and the warmth and human quality that distingusish him, makes him an excellent professional within the national market.’

Impeccable. They are an exceptional firm, with an outstanding quality of professionals.

Daniel Valverde, who is the partner of the labour department, is an outstanding lawyer.

Accessibility and availability. The team is willing to assist us in emergencies and provide immediate responses.

Key clients





GSD International School




Grupo SEGA

Quálitas Seguros


Mercantil Farmacéutica (MEFASA)


Hotel Croc’s & Casino

American Data Networks

Estación de Servicios San Juan

Pedidos Ya

Work highlights

  • Assisted Fundación Huésped with the preparation of a LATAM report regarding the regulation of HIV and the applicable employment protections against discrimination regarding HIV.
  • Represented several former employees of a medical company in employment claims regarding the payment of severance in cases of unjust termination.
  • Advised a multinational pharmaceutical company on drafting an employment manual for Central America and the Dominican Republic.


The experience team at BLP harnesses the combined bench strength of offices in San José, Puntarenas and Guanacaste, in addition to branches across Latin America and Europe, to assist household-name multinationals including Microsoft, Uber and Pepsi on a comprehensive range of labour and employment matters. With an active client base across areas ranging from e-commerce, hospitality, food and beverages, and education to the automotive industry, aviation and building materials, the firm’s full service extends to labour litigation, preventative advice, due diligence, immigration matters, telework implementation, start-up guidance, employment structure reviews and the handling of extrajudicial negotiations. The team is led by veteran litigator Randall González, who brings over 28 years of experience in the practice space. Other key figures include senior associate Carla Sánchez, a specialist in judicial and administrative processes, and associates Juan José Montero, who provides expertise in audits and compliance reviews, and Alexandra Aguilar, an experienced mediator who advises clients on risk prevention, benefits for executive staff and internal regulations.

Practice head(s):

Randall González


The BLP team always acts in a coordinated manner, meeting the company’s requirements in a timely manner. Their treatment of clients is always characterised by professionalism, specialised professional knowledge and effective solutions.

The BLP employment practice team (including Randall Gónzalez, Alexandra Aguilar and Carla Sánchez) has in-depth knowledge and experience. Active listening, analysis and solution of complex problems, as well as respect and confidentiality, are its main characteristics.

The leadership of the labour practice, headed by Randall González, has made a huge impact. Randall allows his team members to grow, draw on his knowledge and continue to contribute for the benefit of his clients.

They are a highly capable team in their field, very professional and, above all, very transparent. Unlike other firms, they generate a high level of confidence in me. Randall González is a great leader. Fully accessible and strives to maintain a suitable vocabulary for those who are not specialists in the field.

The support received from Alexandra Aguilar and Randall González has always been timely, caring and professional.

The team that advises us at BLP stay fully up to date on labour legislation and they are always available to us, as clients.

Agile response to requests, understanding of clients’ needs based on the reality of the business or situation, comprehensive approach to solutions.

The team stands out for the personalised attention of its members and the wide availability to address our concerns.

Key clients



Discovery Land




Papa John’s Pizza



Work highlights

  • Advised Microsoft on an analysis of the returning to the office plan and implementation of the structure for the employees.
  • Assisted Aliaxis in the analysis and implementation of regional employment policies that impacted more than eight countries in Latin America and the structure of the company with hundreds of employees in the region.
  • Assisted Pepsi in processes regarding the implementation of labour structures and benefits and also in internal investigations.

Lang & Asociados

The experienced labour and employment team at Lang & Asociados brings expertise to advising major multinational corporates seeking to establish operations in Costa Rica. With a full service covering such matters as the outsourcing of employees, regulatory registrations and the structuring of bonuses and incentives, the firm’s client base includes household names such as Microsoft, Smart Fit and MasterCard across sectors ranging from fitness, IT, chemicals and financial services to software, medical devices, tech and healthcare. The team is jointly led by managing partner Henry Lang, who has over 30 years' experience and is an active member of both the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce and the French-Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce, and immigration specialist Mónica Romero, who has expertise in contractual issues, investigations and terminations, in addition to complex labour litigation, mediation and proceedings before the Ministry of Labour and the Costa Rican Social Security Fund. Senior associate Alejandro Garro provides key support.

Practice head(s):

Henry Lang; Mónica Romero


Robust business acumen is tangible in every consultation. They are also very quick to respond.

‘Mónica Romero has extensive immigration knowledge and hands-on experience which facilitates a great deal of the understanding of the processes. Alejandro Garro provides superb expert advice on labour matters; each opportunity to examine an issue becomes a learning experience. Henry Lang is consistently on top of things, always orchestrating his best experts’ advice and consulting tailored to our needs. The response time of the legal assistants is impressive and makes it possible to close on pending action items quickly.

They get things done on time and resolved to the client’s satisfaction.

Key clients

Bill Gosling Outsourcing

Eurofins Scientific


Nitinol Devices & Components/Confluent Medical Technologies

Indian Industries

United Collection Bureau

Precision Coating Company




Builder Homesite

Sensient Technologies Corporation

Smart Fit

Newfire Global Partners

Synter Resource Group

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation

The Warnath Group

SKIM Group


Beyondsoft Consulting


Eagan Immigration

MAHAR Tool Supply

Microsoft Corporation

Altanova Group



Riverpoint Medical


Doris Peters y Asociados

H.D. Sheldon & Co



CiberC Centroamérica

Prent Corporation

Work highlights

  • Supporting Nitinol Devices & Components/Confluent Medical Technologies with its day-to-day operations in Costa Rica by conducting a major update to local HR policies and finalising the new employee handbook.
  • Advising a US healthcare provider on creating the best contractual structure for the hiring of employees in Costa Rica, following the client’s particular contractual needs.
  • Advised Medtronic Medical in all labour-related aspects required for the operation and expansion of its manufacturing plant in Costa Rica.

Aguilar Castillo Love

With ten offices in nine countries throughout Latin America, the experienced practice at Aguilar Castillo Love leverages regional bench strength to assist major multinational corporates with day-to-day employment issues, regulatory matters and complex labour litigation. Active across such sectors as medical devices, food and beverages, logistics and financial services sectors, the practice’s full service extends to such issues as discrimination, sexual harassment and teleworking issues. Alvaro AguilarEric Romero and associate Gloriana Lara Ramos are the key contacts.


Coordinating with seven offices in six countries across Central America, the labour team at Arias provides regional corporates, major multinationals, financial institutions and private universities with support in their day-to-day operations and representation in complex, high-stakes litigation. With an active client base spanning sectors ranging from consumer goods, telecoms and education to healthcare, hospitality, and food and beverages, the practice’s comprehensive service extends to advice on HR management procedures and the labour aspects of M&A, internal investigations, the establishment of training programmes, due diligence, risk assessment and administrative claims. The team is led by Carolina Soto, who is experienced in proceedings before the Supreme Court of Justice.

Practice head(s):

Carolina Soto

Key clients

American Tower








Work highlights

  • Advising American Tower in a labour lawsuit for over $5m against the economic group alleging an employment relationship with a former business partner.
  • Acting for INCAE in a lawsuit filed by a former employee who had international mission status.
  • Advised IMCD Group on the labour aspects of the acquisition of 100% of the business and subsidiaries of Quelaris Internacional.

Consortium Legal

With offices in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, the team at Consortium Legal combines deep regional bench strength with the experience of its team to advise financial institutions and multinational corporates on a broad spectrum of matters across the labour and employment space. With a client base spanning such sectors as financial services, construction, tourism and hospitality, the firm assists clients with the labour aspects of M&A, administrative proceedings, litigation, immigration issues and social security regulatory compliance. Corporate labour law expert Osvaldo Madriz, who advises clients on salary and compensation schemes and internal regulation systems, co-leads the team with Mario Quesada Bianchini. Another key figure is experienced labour litigator Gerardo Delgado, who was promoted to senior associate in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Osvaldo Madriz; Mario Quesada Bianchini


Osvaldo Madriz has extensive knowledge in the field, but specifically in the hotel industry.

Osvaldo Madriz is an excellent lawyer. His years of experience set him apart from others in the market.

Osvaldo Madrid and Gerardo Delgado are both very professional. They review the cases with the management team, and decide on the lines to follow for decision making, always recommending the best action to carry out for each case.

The team is very aware of all labour issues, following up on each of them and keeping us informed. They give opinions and analysis on each case.


The Costa Rican labour and employment team at Dentons utilises the combined bench strength of offices in Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, to provide a comprehensive service to global household names including Dole, Starbucks, Amazon and Merck across sectors ranging from pharmaceuticals, tech, hospitality and software to real estate, manufacturing, telecoms, retail and energy. The team is led by Anna Karina Jiménez, who brings expertise to assisting with matters ranging from compliance audits, the negotiation and drafting of employment contracts, collective bargaining matters and employee benefits programmes to labour litigation, contract terminations and the employment aspects of M&A. Other key figures include senior associate and preventative risk management specialist Silvia Hernández and associate Daniela López Salas, who advises on human resources matters and social security matters, and who arrived from BDS Asesores in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Anna Karina Jiménez


We are interested in a labour lawyer who knows the subject well, who knows how to explain it in writing and verbally in a practical, summarised way and additionally who can do it as well in English as in Spanish. In the case of Dentons, with the expert Anna Karina Jiménez we found these qualities.

Anna Karina Jiménez stands out for her mastery of the subject, her practicality and for expressing her ideas also in English.

The team in general is very helpful. We receive a prompt response.

Anna Karina Jiménez and Silvia Hernández are very helpful. They are always available to clarify doubts and queries, and their answers are very complete; it is clear that they have done an exhaustive analysis of the case before responding.

Qualified, serious, respectful professionals, who know the particularities of the company I work for and that makes communication and interactions very fluid. Quick responses, with quality.

Very prepared people, with clear, concise and complete communication. Clarification of the issues is rarely required.

Key clients





American Tower Corporation

Panduit Corp






Glatfelter (PH Glatfelter)

Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)



LL Bean

Organon Pharma





Palo Alto Networks


Blake Mycoskie


Del Mar Health

Work highlights

  • Advising Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) on day-to-day employment and labour matters, including remote work, adjustment of work shifts, application of Covid-19 legislation and regulations to the company’s workforces and their return to the workplace.
  • Advising Panduit on day-to-day employment and labour matters.
  • Advising LL Bean on day-to-day employment and labour matters.

Facio & Cañas

The labour and employment practice at Facio & Cañas (which in March 2023 opened two new offices in Puntarenas and Guanacaste) brings strength to advising household-name multinationals including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and IBM on the full range of labour and employment matters. The practice is powered by two teams – one led by experienced litigator Luis Sanchez Montero and the other headed by senior associate Graciela Soto, who joined from Deloitte Legal in September 2022, and who utilises a labour and immigration skill set to advise clients in such sectors as life sciences, energy, manufacturing, financial services, tech and agribusiness. Montero is supported by Mauricio Bolaños, who provides clients with expertise in alternative dispute resolution, compensation packages and termination agreements. With an active client portfolio also spanning the sports, telecoms, logistics and aviation sectors, the team’s full service extends to payroll restructuring, due diligence and human resources queries. Other key figures include associates Katherine Zamora, who advises on workplace risk management and compliance with social security regulations, and Javier Guerrero, who handles both litigation and day-to-day matters.

Practice head(s):

Luis Sánchez; Graciela Soto


The team has incredibly short response times, they are knowledgeable in their field of action, and they are always right with their arguments.

They work well as a team, complement each other and communicate.

Experience, professionalism and prestige.

Luis Sánchez and Mauricio Bolaños stand out for their knowledge, experience, customer service and sense of urgency.

They are excellent professionals. It is clear that they are dedicated and passionate about their work.

Katherine Zamora is very easy to understand and makes it simple for most audiences. Always available and attentive.

The Facio & Cañas team always gives us support in matters of labour law. If there are updates to the law they notify us and are always open to training us.

The team stand out for their passion for what they do, which always generates a very good service for us. They are always available and looking for a way to guide us and support us.

Key clients

Coca-Cola FEMSA

Establishment Labs

McDonald’s Costa Rica (Arcos Dorados Centroamérica)

Asociación de Jugadores Profesionales de Futbol (ASOJUPRO)

APL Services Center Costa Rica


Agencia Datsun

Zimmer Biomet Centroamérica

Kapital Asesores Patrimoniales

Fujitsu Consulting Costa Rica



United World College Costa Rica

Autopistas del Sol – Globalvía

Lincoln School

PROCOMER (Promotora del Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica)

Anixter Costa Rica



Grupo Numar

Agroquímica Industrial RIMAC

Warner Music México

Caeser’s Pizza (Little Caesar’s)

Telus International AI Costa Rica

SPS Security

Griffith Foods

Costa Rica Country Club

Wrike Costa Rica

ASEMBIS (Asociación De Servicios Médicos Para El Bien Social)

American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)

AMN Healthcare (Stratus Video)


Elevadores Otis

West Monroe


Work highlights

  • Advising Griffith Foods on compliance with the applicable labour regulations, and all other legal requirements for its daily operation as well as its obligations as an employer.
  • Advising AMN Healthcare (Stratus Video) on employment issues and assistance with human resources queries, and in a judicial process in which the company and four of its directors were sued for mobbing.
  • Provided advice for Wrike Costa Rica on labour law matters arising from the company’s due diligence to acquire Citrix.

Bufete Godinez y Asociados

The experienced team at boutique labour and employment firm Bufete Godinez y Asociados brings expertise to advising national and multinational corporates, financial institutions and public sector clients on day-to-day matters and in complex, high-stakes litigation. Assisting a client base spanning such sectors as retail, telecoms, government, banking and financial services, aviation, government and NGOs, the practice’s services are divided into five key areas, covering litigation, advisory, collective bargaining, social research and corporate responsibility. In addition, the practice assists with social audits, the structuring of internal policies, administrative processes and human resources management. The team is co-led by firm founder Alexander Godínez Vargas, a practice area authority and a former alternate magistrate of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, counselling and advisory coordinator Isabel Jaramillo and litigation practice head José Miguel Granados, a specialist in judicial mediation and administrative and non-contentious labour procedures.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Godinez Vargas; Jose Miguel Granados; Isabel Jaramillo


Godínez y Asociados operates as a boutique-type firm, which means they have a very high level of specialisation in the practice of labour law and personalised customer service.

Alejandro Godínez’ strengths lie in his high level of specialisation, up-to-date knowledge and academic experience that allows him to offer clients innovative options that are also strictly adjusted to the applicable regulations.

At the firm we have always found a strategic ally present even in emergency situations. They tend to listen carefully to our questions, understand the specifics of our business, and give a response consistent with that understanding.

BG&A Abogados Corporativos

The labour and employment team at BG&A Abogados Corporativos brings strength to advising investors, local corporates, multinationals and entrepreneurs on matters ranging from labour dispute resolution and internal training and work regulations to harassment matters, preventative audits and due diligence. The group’s active client base spans the telecoms, fitness, building materials, sports, transport, banking and construction sectors, with the practice also displaying strong offerings in retail and education. The team is led by founding partner Benjamín Gutiérrez, who brings over 20 years of litigation experience. Other key figures include associates María Gabriela Monge, an education law expert, and Nicole Damha, a specialist in the preparation and management of judicial and administrative hearings.

Practice head(s):

Benjamín Gutiérrez


The people who work in the firm are loyal, reliable and professional. I previously worked with other firms that disappointed me, but BG&A Abogados win lawsuits, they advise us well and since we have started working with them, we are a better company.

They fight for our company without cheating. They are honest people and have good values.

Key clients

Arenal Management (Lost Iguana Resort)

Office Depot

Almacén Mozel (Artelec)

Universidad Internacional Sek

Colegio Internacional Sek


Sherwin Williams.


Grupo Sur

Telefónica (Movistar)

Banco Nacional de Costa Rica

Saint Clare

Municipalidad de San José

Nexsys Centroamérica

Work highlights

  • Advised Erial BQ (Office Depot) on the preparation and processing of its internal work regulations, ensuring its compliance with current labour legislation and applicable provisions.
  • Assisted Arenal Management (Lost Iguana Resort) with a labour audit and a diagnosis with the purpose of restructuring in compliance with the applicable labour law provisions.
  • Advising RGIS Servicios Costa Rica on day-to-day labour matters.

EY Law Central America

With eight offices in seven countries (including the March 2022 opening of a Pacific Coast office in the Guanacaste province), the labour and employment team at regional firm EY Law Central America draws on its deep bench strength to advise national corporates and household-name multinationals such as Kimberly Clark and Microsoft on a wide range of matters across the practice area. With an active client roster spanning the hospitality, software, tobacco, education, manufacturing, chemical, automotive and IT sectors, the group’s full service extends to due diligence, risk management, compensation scheme and employee policy review, and representation in administrative proceedings. The team is headed by Fernando Vargas and Laura Navarrete, who directs the firm’s employment practices in Central America, Panama and the Caribbean. At senior associate level, Karina Piedra was promoted in April 2022, while Guillermo Vargas joined from BDS Asesores in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Vargas Winiker; Laura Navarrete Hernández


The legal support received from the EY team has been very efficient, timely and accurate.

Laura Navarrete has been a great support in very sensitive situations, effectively addressing the challenges posed, with very solid legal judgment, real knowledge of the environment, and updated understanding of the latest jurisprudential trends, always seeking to manage risks with the appropriate balance. Fernando Vargas has been a great business partner, coordinating issues regionally, with real knowledge of the region, extensive experience in matters that impact the business and sensitivity to the time scale.

The comprehensive support provided by the EY labour department gives a lot of confidence and has been reflected in the result of each consultancy.

The team is not just one person and that makes it very valuable for a client to be able to depend on a firm and not a single lawyer.

Their level of knowledge is unmatched by others.

Key clients

Inchcape (Vehículos de Trabajo)

Boston Consulting Group

Kimberly Clark

Microsoft Regional Operations


National Convention Center of Costa Rica


On Process

Chestnut Hill Farms


Fundación Gente

Recicladora Imán

Green Hotels


Hospital La California



Lottus Education

Aquafoods Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Advisory for Vehículos de Trabajo (a Costa Rican entity that forms part of Inchcape) in a restructuring process of the financial department, which involved several terminations and changes in the remaining employees’ responsibilities.
  • Providing day-to-day labour and employment advisory for Boston Consulting Group in its first year of operations.
  • Advised Smarsh on the constitution of a local NewCo and the transfer of employees after it globally acquired Micro Focus’ Digital Safe business operation.

Oller Abogados

The labour practice at Oller Abogados utilises the experience of its team to provide a diverse range of services to corporates at the regional and multinational levels, across sectors from financial services and education to construction, oil and gas, and aviation. The group’s comprehensive offering covers employee contracts, the structuring of internal investigations, terminations, the development of training programmes and the negotiation of settlements. Senior partner and litigation practice head Ricardo Vargas leads the team, bringing expertise in litigation and arbitration, including cases dealing with the government of Costa Rica. The team is supported by associate Carlos Arias, who has experience in labour arbitration, conciliation and mediation.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Vargas


The openness of the responses and accessibility of the lawyers is what stands out the most compared to other law firms.

The availability and attentiveness with which Carlos Arias assists clients makes him unique. He knows the situations very well and always expresses his recommendation in a very assertive way.

Oller’s area of strength is the immediacy and response times they have, especially in the area of consultations at the level of labour legislation.

Key clients

Western Union

Petróleos Delta



Bel Premium



Catalogo Estilos

Camara Costarricense de la Construcción

Work highlights

  • Providing training and seminars for companies associated with Cámara Costarricense de la Construcción on employment, working shifts, compensation and benefits, telecommuting, and dismissals.
  • Defending beer company Bel Premium against a claim that an employee was the victim of discrimination and harassment.

Quatro Legal

The labour law team at Quatro Legal provides a one-stop shop to national and multinational corporates such as Enel Green Power, dividing its practice into branches: employment (drafting contracts and work policies), conflict resolution and labour disputes (which includes handling judicial and administrative litigation processes), and social security and workshops (covering internal corporate policies and coaching and training programmes). With a client base spanning the tech, energy, pharmaceuticals, food and retail sectors, the practice’s comprehensive offering extends to workplace labour audits, payroll issues, the structuring of compensation packages, internal disciplinary procedures, collective bargaining agreements, social security compliance and litigation. The team is led by Marcela Acosta, who brings experience in personnel management, hiring, recruitment and terminations.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Acosta


You will get tailor-made, high-quality advice with exceptional response times.

Interest in learning about the company and providing tailored recommendations.

Key clients

Central de Servicios

Enel Green Power Costa Rica

Productive Business Solutions

Grupo Valeste

Rivet Logic Costa Rica

GFT Costa Rica

Growth Acceleration Partners

Promoción Médica

Fernández y Aguilar

Laticrete de Costa Rica

Itek Soluciones Integrales

Nelipak Costa Rica

Itek Soluciones

Heladerías Moyo, Tiendas ETA Fashion

Work highlights

  • Defended Iket Soluciones against a claim by an employee for additional compensation for moral damages, after being dismissed with the payment of benefits, resulting in a favourable settlement.
  • Assisted GFT Costa Rica in a dispute over a dismissal, resulting in a conciliation agreement.
  • Assisted Heladerías Moyo, Tiendas ETA Fashion with the successful authorisation of pandemic-related requests regarding working time reduction and contract suspension.