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With more than 20 years of employment law experience, Leslie Palma focusses her practice in labor and employment matters, advising clients in the corporate sector. She is a leading labor attorney, who regularly assists international clients in the workplace strategies of their Mexican operations.

Leslie is well known for her vast experience assisting clients in all aspects related to the transfer of employees and standardization of benefits. Ms. Palma also advises domestic and foreign companies on labor and employment due diligence, executive compensation, employee benefits, labor management relations, non-compete agreements, workforce reductions, among other labor issues. Also, she is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on managing complex engagements, including individual and collective bargaining labor procedures in a national level.

In addition, Leslie also frequently counsels’ clients faced with complex problems on the implementation of labor structures, compliance investigations, internal labor regulation, employee handbooks, labor restructuring and collective bargaining agreements. She guides clients through the development and implementation of employment policies confidentiality agreements and labor & employment contracts.

Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, Ms. Palma worked for several international law firms in Mexico and was in-house counsel for an international retailer company.

Concentrations

  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Collective bargaining agreements
  • Employee handbooks
  • Employee policies
  • Employment contracts
  • Internal labor regulation
  • Labor restructuring

Capabilities

Experience

  • Advised a French company based in Mexico in all matters related to administrative restructuring, executive compensation, and internal regulations.°
  • Representation of a multinational food and beverages company on various legal matters, including labor and management issues such as executive benefits, severance pay, employee benefits and compensation, employee relations, noncompete agreements, layoffs, and changes of control.°
  • Advised Stericycle Inc. on restructuring its executive organization chart, employee compensation, labor lawsuits filed by managers, conducting labor audits and changes in procedures.°
  • Represented Tiendas Soriana S.A. de C.V., owner and operator of grocery and department stores across Mexico, on individual and collective corporate procedures, as well as labor and employment matters.°
  • Represented Gamesa S de R.L. de C.V. on labor and employment issues, including individual and collective corporate procedures.°
  • Advised Comercializadora Soria S.A. de C.V., formerly known as Comercial Mexicana, on numerous legal matters, including workforce reductions, executive benefits, severance pay, employee benefits and compensation, employee relations, noncompete agreements, layoffs, and changes of control.°
  • Represented an international financial services company on managing labor litigation before the federal and local labor boards in Mexico.°
  • Represented a Mexican real estate trust before the federal labor board in Mexico, regarding labor management relations and amparo procedures.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Palma prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, S.C.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Legal 500 Latin America Guide, "Latin America: Mexico - Labour and Employment," 2023
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in Mexico, 2020-2022
    • Administrative Law
    • Labor and Employment Law
  • Recommended Lawyer, Mexico Labor and Employment, The Legal 500 Latin America, 2022
  • Listed, Mexican Leaders magazine, "Outstanding Women," 2022
  • Listed, Líderes Mexicanos, “Los 300: Líderes Más Influyentes de México,” 2019-2021
  • Selected, Lawyer Monthly, “Mexico Lawyer of the Year: Employment, Labor and Benefits,” 2018
  • Nominee, Chambers Women in Law Awards: Latin America, “Mexico Lawyer of the Year,” 2018
  • Listed, Chambers Latin America – Latin America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Labour & Employment, 2010-2015
  • Member, Mexican Bar Association, 2007-2021

Credentials

Education
  • Law Degree, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
  • Diploma, New Labor Reform, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
Admissions
  • Mexico
Languages
  • English
  • Spanish