Mr Luis Carlos Fernández > Robalino > Quito, Ecuador > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Arbitration and Mediation; Corporate and Commercial, Labor




Luis Carlos specializes in a wide range of procedural matters, and has significant knowledge in contentious civil, commercial, labor and administrative processes. He also has vast experience in arbitration proceedings as both a judge and as a party.

He has participated in various processes with trade associations and has negotiated collective bargaining agreements for large companies in Ecuador.

Luis Carlos has served as associate justice of the Civil and Mercantile Chamber of the Provincial Court of Justice, arbitrator of the Chamber of Commerce of Quito, and Chair of Procedural Law at two universities.

He has participated in high-profile legal proceedings in Ecuador, in addition to being a legal advisor on corporate, business, and labor issues.


English; Spanish


Pichincha Bar Association


Attorney, Universidad Central del Ecuador, 1995

Lawyer Rankings

Ecuador > Labour and employment

Robalino Law acts for high-profile domestic and foreign clients on a broad range of labour and employment matters, playing a particularly active role in mediation hearings and inspections brought by the Ministry of Labour. Led by Luis Carlos Fernández and senior associate Esteban Baquero , who both have experience in complex labour proceedings, the team additionally advises on the labour aspects of corporate transactions, and also handles internal labour policies and contracts. Noted for his active role in employment matters in Guayaquil, Ernesto Weisson is another key member of the team. However, since the conclusion of research, Baquero has departed for Pérez Bustamante & Ponce, while Weisson has moved to Deloitte, effective September and October 2022, respectively.

Ecuador > Dispute resolution

Robalino Law’s ‘extensive experience’ ensures it retains its place as one of the prominent firms in Ecuador for disputes matters. With a broad and sophisticated offering, the practice is active in complex local (administrative and judicial) and cross-border litigation, local and international arbitration, expropriation cases and mediation, Managing partner Javier Robalino (currently first Vice-President of Ecuadorian chapter of the ICC Arbitration Commission) is highly active in investment and commercial arbitral disputes before panels constituted under ICSID, UNCITRAL, IACAC and ICC rules. He co-leads the practice alongside Luis Carlos Fernández, an expert on civil, commercial and labour litigation cases. Also from the senior associate ranks: Verónica Arroyo is regarded as doing an ‘exceptional job’ in investment arbitration cases; and Emilio Aguayo (local litigation concerning regulatory, tax, labour, civil and commercial disputes), heads up the litigation practice in the Guayaquil office. However, former associate Gonzalo Santillán moved to Ecuador’s Superintendencia de Bancos in April 2022; while seniors María Teresa Borja, Esteban Baquero and Juan Carlos Darquea all exited in October 2022. Since publication, the firm has hired Cristina Viteri, an administrative law and dispute resolution specialist, from Heka Law Firm – effective as of November 2022.