Liz Gordillo

Partner , Guatemala


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)


  • Degree in Legal and Social Sciences and degrees of Lawyer and Notary. Universidad Rafael Landá­var, 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.

  • Shortlisted in 2016 and 2017 for Best Lawyer in Latin America in Labor Law by Euromoney Women in Business Awards
  • Recognized by LACCA as Thought Leader 2018, 2019 and 2020 for her Labor law practice.
  • Listed as a Leading Lawyer by The Legal 500
  • LACCA Approved for her labor law practice.
  • Listed in Chambers Latin America in Band 1 for her labor law practice.
  • Listed in Whos Who Central America for her Administrative and Public Law, Labor, Employment and Immigration practices.
  • Winner of the Client Choice Award. Client Choice recognizes those law firms and lawyers around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service.


  • Guatemala Bar Association
  • International Bar Association (IBA)

Her Rol in the community

  • Liz has served in providing advice to non-governmental organizations for labor issues including labor litigation. She has also provided advice in consultations on gathering evidence for applications of refugee status or political asylum abroad.

  • Chambers Women in Law Awards: "Central America Lawyer of the Year" (2018)
  • Euromoney - Women in Business Law Awards: “Best in labor & employment” (2018)
Client's feedback

  • Outstanding partner Liz Gordillo Anleu continues to offer a longstanding practice in the Guatemalan labour and employment arena. An interviewee says that "she is a very good lawyer who offers excellent labour advice and is always available to assist us." Another commentator further highlights her "extensive knowledge of the area and assertive recommendations." Liz Gordillo Anleu is head of department. – Chambers and Partners Latin America
  • Liz Gordillo is a "a true expert" in administrative issues, with clients praising her "swift communication and ability to follow up key points". – Who’s Who Legal
  • ‘Liz Gordillo has provided an impeccable service since we started working with her. She is always available to deliver the services we require, she tries to reduce the risks to our business to the minimum, and she always suggests measures and actions that we have not even considered. She explains Guatemalan labour issues in such a way that it is easy to take in.’ – The Legal 500
  • "Liz Gordillo focuses her first-rate practice on matters relating to labour disputes, local regulations and occupational safety." - Who's Who Legal 2022.
  • "Liz is a spectacular lawyer and deals with labour matters perfectly." - Chambers and Partners Latin America 2023.
  • "I have worked considerably with Liz Gordillo Anleu and can say she is super well prepared." - Chambers and Partners Latin America 2023.

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