Ms Liz Gordillo > Arias > Guatemala, Guatemala > Lawyer Profile

6ª. Avenida 12-24 zona 10
Edificio HQ Fontabella, Nivel 8
Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala. C. A.

Work Department

Labour Law | Regulatory




Liz is a Managing Partner at Arias Guatemala and throughout the 30 years of experience, she 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.

She has been a member and advisor to institutions and commissions that have contributed significantly to the country and the region’s institutions:

– Member of the 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)

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.


Spanish and English


  • Guatemala Bar Association

  • International Bar Association (IBA)


  • Degree in Legal and Social Sciences and Degree 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.

Lawyer Rankings

Guatemala > Intellectual property

The IP practice at Arias leverages the firm’s full-service model and wide regional network to offer clients comprehensive advice on trademarks, patents, geographical indications, domain names and copyright, both in Guatemala and internationally. Frequently acting alongside its counterparts in Central America, the team advises on trademark and patent prosecutions and coordinates the management of IP portfolios for an impressive roster of multinational clients, with a focus on the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and automotive sectors. Other notable areas of expertise include advertising, software licensing and royalties. Drawing on the skill of experienced litigator Mario René Archila, the practice is also well equipped to handle civil and criminal litigation, including anti-piracy claims. Senior counsel Ivón Hernández, who has extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious IP matters, leads the team with office managing partner Liz Gordillo.

Guatemala > Labour

(Hall of Fame)

Liz Gordillo – Arias

Arias houses a comprehensive labour practice, which is singled out for its ‘extensive experience and knowledge of the law‘ and ‘impeccable service‘. Often working alongside the firm’s top-flight corporate department, as well as leveraging its extensive regional network, the team is widely recognised for its advice to major multinationals on the labour aspects of carve-outs and restructurings, with notable expertise in collective dismissals and the relocation of employees. On the contentious side, the practice is particularly experienced in conducting sensitive internal investigations and representing employers in litigation over the dismissal of employees. Office managing partner Liz Gordillo, whose broad practice covers all aspects of labour matters, leads the team with the ‘excellentRosa María Arenales. Since publication, former senior associate María Elena Barrientos has left the firm, effective as of November 2023.