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Eliseo Zuñiga, Jr.

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Baker McKenzie

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Eliseo Zuñiga, Jr. is a partner in the Employment Practice Group and a member of the Services and the Technology, Media & Telecommunications industry groups in Manila.


Eliseo's practice focuses on procedures, strategies and negotiations for employee termination; illegal dismissal and labor standard litigation; retrenchment, redundancy and downsizing of operations; labor relations/trade unions; executive transfers; and employment contracts, employee handbook and other employment-related documents review.

Representative matters:

Assist a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company in responding to and addressing the issues on contractualization found by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) during the audits it conducted on the client's offices.

Assist a utility company in investigating anomalies in its operations and financial reports that led to the dismissal of key officers.

Represent a global manufacturer of industrial equipment and tools in the various proceedings that have arisen as a result of the retrenchment of 87 employees and the formation of a labor union.

Represent a multinational company manufacturing wire die in collective bargaining negotiations with the members of the union.

Represent a leading Japanese global research-based pharmaceutical company, in notice of strike proceedings before the National Conciliation and Mediation Board.

Successfully obtained a favorable resolution from the Supreme Court for the Philippine subsidiary of a US-based pharmaceutical company, upholding the dismissal of a union president who was dismissed by the company.

Represent the main coordinating entity of a global accounting firm network in an illegal dismissal case filed by a former partner.

Advise a US-based insurance, reinsurance and risk management services company on a labor complaint filed by employees of a local BPO against client. Assist in the mediation conference and negotiating and settling claims.

Successfully defended a German wholesaler of hardware accessories, tools and retrieval systems in the illegal dismissal complaint filed by the client’s Chief Executive Officer.



Trained Philippines; qualified 2001; summer apprentice at the Carpio, Villaraza and Cruz 1997 and 1998; law intern at the Office of Legal Aid of the University of the Philippines College of Law 2000; joined Quisumbing Torres in 2001; partner 2011.


  • Co-author, "Guide to Philippine Employment Laws for the Private Sector", Quisumbing Torres (2017)
  • Co-author, "50 Greatest Supreme Court Decisions on HR", People Management Association of the Philippines (2014)
  • Co-author, "Guide to Philippine Employment Law: An Overview of Employment Laws for the Private Sector", Quisumbing Torres (2012)


English; Filipino.


  • People Management Association of the Philippines - Co-chairperson - Labor Policy Reforms and Industrial Relations Committee
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines - Member
  • International Bar Association - Member


University of the Philippines (LL.B.) (2000); University of the Philippines (A.B. Political Science) (1996)


Labour and employment

Within: Labour and employment

Quisumbing Torres acts for large multinationals in relation to all aspects of employment law including contracts, executive separation, transfers and terminations, occupational health and safety matters, discrimination laws advice, human resources (HR) matters and labour litigation. It represents clients in individual and collective actions, arbitrations, mediations and alternative dispute resolution. This year the firm dealt with a high number of executive transfers. Kenneth Chua, who is ‘responsive and provides practical advice’, heads the team alongside Gil Roberto Zerrudo and Eliseo Zuñiga, Jr..

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