Firm Profile > García & Bodán > San Salvador, El Salvador

García & Bodán
El Salvador

Intellectual property Tier 1

García & Bodán fields a top-notch intellectual property practice, which also covers related topics such as data privacy, technology and artificial intelligence. Julio Vargas acts as regional head of IP, coordinating regional portfolios and health registrations under one roof together with the department leaders in other Central American jurisdictions. In El Salvador, this position is filled by senior associate Fermina Bolaños Meardi, a sanitary registrations specialist. Moreover, the team is retained to handle product recalls, labelling issues and IP litigation, in addition to having niche expertise in consumer protection and publicity related to sports gambling.

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Key clients


The Kraft Heinz Foods Company

Grupo Televisa de México

Grupo Lala de México

Ministry of Education of the Salvadoran Government



Productos Alimenticios Diana

Converse/All Star

The Kellogg Company

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

García & Bodán is in a good position to assist clients from all industry sectors with a range of corporate matters. The team's additional expertise includes niche areas such as infrastructure and aviation law as well as government contracts. The group is led by cross-border transaction expert Oscar Torres and offers related labour law and tax advice. At associate level, David Claros Flores often takes the lead on advising national and international corporations on day-to-day corporate matters, while Mauricio Orellana, who heads the firm's tax practice, shines in matters with a fiscal aspect.

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‘They are highly specialised attorneys with many years of experience in their fields of practice.’

Key clients


Logística Comercial El Salvador (Herbalife Distributor)

First Cash Financial Services

IBT Group

Grupo Lala

Industrias La Constancia

Stanley, Black and Decker


Grupo Almo

Dispute resolution Tier 3

The three pillars of García & Bodán's dispute resolution practice are labour, construction and intellectual property litigation. Department head Oscar Torres takes on the majority of a growing number of infrastructure and employment disputes, while his co-chair Julio Vargas focuses on intellectual property matters. The latter also acts as regional head of IP and has deep expertise in anti-piracy litigation.

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Key clients


Carnes Procesadas (Grupo Capsa)

Laca Laca/Anra

Sky International (The DirecTV Group)

Banco Procredit

García & Bodán ensures uniformity and excellence in its legal services. It is a full-service law firm with eight offices in Central America, located in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

García & Bodán has a team of highly qualified attorneys, who graduated with honours from prestigious national and international universities; recognized for their expertise in complex transactions in a context of rapid change and a competitive business environment and well known for their pragmatic and business-minded approach to the legal issues brought forth by clients.

García & Bodán’s team not only serves and supports its clients in all legal activity required in accordance with their businesses, but also guides foreign investors when entering a new country.

The firm’s main policies are:

  • Fast response in a maximum of three hours during office hours and not more than 24 hours during non-office hours.
  • Observance of conflicts of interests at regional level, not at an individual office.
  • Answers always well founded in law, making reference to the applicable law or disposition.


Corporate and transactional: García & Bodán has participated in complex transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring and elaboration of due diligences in a variety of industrial sectors.

Tax: this practice area is one of the supporting pillars to clients in their investments and businesses in Central America. García & Bodán elaborates and develops tax planning services to maximize clients’ profitability, all in accordance with the laws in force in each country.

Banking, Finance and Capital Markets: the team provides advice on both unique and complex financial transactions, such as: syndicated bank financing, structured finance, sovereign bond issues, private bond issues, project finance, financing of acquisitions and derivatives, purchase and sale of debt portfolios, trusts, among others; as well as in the area of current regulation of financial markets.

Intellectual property: this practice focuses in litigation of patents and actions against trademark infringement, handling of brand portfolios, brand monitoring, health records and legal advice on copyrights and other IP rights.

Litigation and arbitration: this practice group is in the capacity of solving disputes through the use of dispute resolution mechanisms or, if necessary, through litigation before courts of all the jurisdictions, including specialized courts.

Real estate: it is characterized by its active participation in the most important tourism-related transactions, especially in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras. It provides advice to real estate developers, hotel operators and condominium developers, among others.

Labor: García & Bodán provides labor law services in general, including preventive legal advice, ranging from individual to collective issues, and from administrative labor law to full-fledged litigation.

Energy and natural resources: the firm’s expertise covers all areas and activities of the energy and natural resources sector, including oil and gas.

Department Name Email Telephone
Regional Managing Partner Terencio J. García Montenegro (505) 2264 7790
Managing Partner Julio C. Vargas Solano (503) 2264 0977
Partner Oscar J. Torres Cañas (503) 2264 0977
Photo Name Position Profile
 Rodrigo Benítez Nassar  photo Rodrigo Benítez Nassar Associate
 Fermina Bolaños Meardi  photo Fermina Bolaños Meardi Senior Associate
 David Claros Flores  photo David Claros Flores Senior Associate
 Mauricio Orellana Caballero  photo Mauricio Orellana Caballero Senior Associate
 Oscar J. Torres Cañas  photo Oscar J. Torres Cañas Partner
 Julio C. Vargas Solano  photo Julio C. Vargas Solano Managing Partner
Total staff : 6
INTA - International Trademark Association
IBA (International Bar Association)
ABA (American Bar Association)
AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
Partners : 2