Firm Profile > Alvarez, Lievano, Laserna S.A.S > Bogota, Colombia

Alvarez, Lievano, Laserna S.A.S
CARRERA 14 Nº 94-44

Labour and employment Tier 1

A household name in the sector, Alvarez, Lievano, Laserna S.A.S’ practice is dedicated exclusively to labour and social security issues and is particularly noted for its strong track record in collective bargaining issues. The 40-strong team is led by four partners, with Claudia Liévano an expert in appeals before the Supreme Court, Felipe Álvarez Echeverri heading up the litigation department and Maria Lucia Laserna leading the legal audit area. Associate Andrea Catalina Ortega is also a key name. The team has been advising Bogotá Telecommunications Company regarding a collective bargaining with the company’s main trade union, and it also provides permanent legal advice to UNE EPM, which it also successfully represented in three arbitration procedures brought by a trade union. Other 2018 work highlights included advising Banco Colpatria regarding employment law matters in its merger process with Citibank. Additional clients include Latam Airlines, Organización Terpel, Unilever and Farmacias y Droguerías Cruz Verde.

Alvarez Lievano Laserna Abogados is one of the largest boutique law firms in labor law in Colombia

Since Carlos Alvarez Pereira, founder of the firm, within its main objectives, together with its partners Claudia Liévano Triana, Felipe Alvarez Echeverry and Maria Lucía Laserna Angarita, has been to have a constant development in order to provide a unique and differentiated service to all its customers. All this leveraged in the professional development of their lawyers, automation of processes and the implementation of technology for daily work.

To always be at the forefront, have the best talent and have the best working environment for all lawyers working in the firm, Alvarez Lievano Laserna has a continuing education program where they give their junior lawyers the opportunity to continue their professional development through postgraduate programs that are mostly enlightened by the firm or through interest-free loans. Today, 100% of the firm’s lawyers have or are pursuing postgraduate programs in labour law, this guaranteeing that our clients work with the best talent.

The implementation of technology in the daily work on the firm has been important in recent years and has grown steadily. In 2019, the company launched its platform “ALL In One”. It was the result of a research that shows us that for people one of the most important assets within a company is information and the main challenge is to manage it easily, quickly and safely. For Alvarez Lievano Laserna, it is clear how important it is for our clients to access their information online. That is why the platform allows our clients to check online the status of all their processes, reports, access circulars with information of interest and have notifications every time their account is updated. This save a lot of time for our clients and gave them peace of having all their information in a highly secure and confidential place.
In addition to the platform, in the firm we have 2 top surveillance systems (CASETRACKING and VIGPRO). Online portals that are connected to the judicial platforms, where each of our clients’ processes is monitored. These 2 systems are supported by a trained administrative team who interact with all the infrastructure, which guarantees the tracking and traceability of our processes. With this fulfilling one of our differentiators that is to guarantee an integral attention to the clients.

The integral attention for each one of the clients comes tied with a work of trust between the two parties. It is for this reason that we guarantee that each of the clients is attended directly by one of the partners with the team of experts that supports them. Regardless of guarantying the involvement of the partners, in the firm we like to give visibility to our senior lawyers and to constantly train all the lawyers in order to get them known. This differential does not have many firms in the country because they do not make visible the work of their employees.

As a firm that works exclusively in labour law, we have become experts and well known nationally in labour consulting, auditing, litigious, collective bargaining, separation plans, restructuring, immigration labour advisors and as a firm that can put the best In-House lawyers in companies whose need it.
The fields where we have grown the most recently are in audit processes and in cases related to the UGPP where we have had the opportunity to work with large multinationals such as Oxy, Frontera, Unilever, Cepsa, British American Tobacco, Sacyr, Bureau Veritas among others.

The main industries the firm work on are: Energy Oil and Gas, Education, Air transportation, Food and beverages, automobile and parts, Construction & materials, Financial services (Banks, pension funds), Pharmaceutical, Telecommunications, Technology, Hardware & Electronics among others.
Some of our key clients are: Ecopetrol, Frontera energy, Grupo Enel, Grupo ISA, Tigo-UNE, Oxy, Unilever, Bancamia, Bayer, Banco ITAU, BBVA, MANSAROVAR ENERGY, Universidad San Martin, Cerromatoso, AES CHIVOR, Experian, Scotiabank Colpatria, Movistar, Sodexo, Holcim, Bimbo, Roche, Terpel, LATAM Airlines, COPA Airlines Johnson & Johnson, Mazda, ETB, Bayer, Marriot Hotels, GNB Sudameris, Farmacias y Drogerias Cruz Verde, Bancoldex, Pelikan, Mercer, Lafayette, among many others.

Areas of practice

Employment relations: the firm advises a large number of companies in day-to-day employment matters, such as wages and hours, compliance, labor due diligence, compensation plans, disciplinary procedures, hiring and termination agreements, employment policies, discrimination and work harassment. The firm also provides legal support regarding the Colombian social security system.

Alternative dispute resolution and labor-management relations: this is one of the most traditional practice areas of the firm. Alvarez, Lievano, Lasana SAS throughout its history has handled critical labor situation for different companies and has been able to cope with the new alternatives that unions have found to exercise their right of association. The firm has advised national and multinational companies of different industries, including oil and gas, food, banking, mining, and energy companies, among others, and has dealt with the largest and most important unions in the country, exceeding the clients’ expectations in a number of occasions.

Proceedings before the Colombian Ministry of Labour and UGPP: the firm has successfully represented clients before the Ministry of Labor and UGPP.

Labor and employment (M&A transactions): the firm provides advice in the process of renegotiating working conditions of new employees to avoid differences that could lead to judicial suits alleging inequality, in the elaboration and subscription of successorship clauses, and in the proceedings before the Ministry of Labor in order to obtain permission for mass dismissals, if needed.

Litigation: this is one of the most renowned practice areas of the firm. Its prestige is due to its excellent group of highly skilled litigants.

Immigration: the firm provides legal advice in immigration aspects accompanying clients in the process of obtaining working visas, working permits, residence and the validation and homologation of professional credentials in Colombia.


Department Name Email Telephone
Head of collective bargaining, restructuring plans and separating plans Claudia Lievano Triana +571 236 2411
Head of litigation department Felipe Alvarez Echeverri +571 236 2411
Labour Consulting and litigations Carlos Alvarez Pereira +571 236 2411
Head of audit department and labour inspections Maria Lucia Laserna Angarita +571 236 2411
Comercial and comunications department Juan Manuel Casadiego +571 236 2411
Finance and office administration Sandra Moreno +571 236 2411
Photo Name Position Profile
 Felipe Alvarez Echeverry  photo Felipe Alvarez Echeverry
 Carlos Alvarez Pereira  photo Carlos Alvarez Pereira
 Maria Lucia Laserna Angarita  photo Maria Lucia Laserna Angarita
 Claudia Lievano Triana  photo Claudia Lievano Triana
Number of Lawyers : 30
Total staff : 40
English (fluent)
District of Colombia Bar
Partners : 4