Karen Y. Tejeira S.

Karen Tejeira has been an Associate of the Labor Department at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 2017.

Karen is a specialist in the calculation of liquidation of labor rights and benefits, labor audits, Internal Labor Regulations, and in all types of proceedings before the Social Security Fund, including employer registrations before this Institution, closing of operations before the Social Security Fund, among other proceedings.

Recently, she contributed to Lexology’s Getting The Deal Through guide in the Panama Labor 2021 chapter.

Karen is a member of the National Bar Association.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad Santa María La Antigua, (2010).
  • Bachelor’s Degree in International Trade and Logistics, Universidad Latina de Panamá, (2013).
  • Master in Labor Law, Universidad Latina de Panamá, Universidad Santa María La Antigua, (2014).
  • License Certificate: 2010

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Associate since 2017
    • Lawyer in the Labor Department (2015 – 2016)
    • Legal Assistant in the Immigration Department (2010 – 2015)

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.

Eduardo A. Flores B.

Eduardo Flores has been an Associate at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 2017.

He specializes in Labor Litigation, individual and collective negotiations, Internal Labor Regulations, labor audits, legal advice on labor matters, and all types of proceedings before the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development.

Eduardo is a member of the National Bar Association.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad de Panamá, (2013), graduated with honors, belonging to the Chapter of Honor Sigma Lambda, (2013).
  •  Post graduate studies in Labor Law, Universidad Interamericana de Panamá (2014).
  •  Master in Labor Law, Universidad de Panamá (currently).   
  • License Certificate: 2013.

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Associate since 2017
    • Head of the Department of Legal Investigation
    • Lawyer in the Labor Department

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.

Hobbies

Eduardo enjoys playing sports, especially soccer, and reading in his spare time.

Javier José Vallarino

Javier José Vallarino is a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán. With over twenty years of experience, he specializes in labor counseling and social security matters, drafting various labor documents, negotiating collective labor agreements, and labor litigation, providing these services to important Panamanian and international companies.

Since July 2008, he has been the head of Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán’s labor department, providing comprehensive labor and social security advice to banks, construction companies, ports, multinational corporations, power generation companies, among others.

Javier has also worked as Labor Advisor of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries, and Agriculture of Panama for several years. In addition, he has extensive experience as a lecturer and university professor. He has served as a professor in the Department of Labor Law and Social Security at the Universidad Santa María La Antigua (USMA), and has participated as a lecturer in important events organized by companies, business associations, and diplomatic headquarters.

His memberships include Panama’s Bar Association, the Panamanian Academy of Labor Law, and the National Association of Human Resources Professionals of Panama.

For the past three years, Javier has been recognized as a leader in his field by the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association (LACCA).

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Science, Universidad Santa María la Antigua, Panama, (1997). Thesis: “Amendments to the Individual Labor Right Introduced by Law 44 of August 12, 1995”.
  • Postgraduate studies in Labor Law, University Santa María la Antigua Panamá, (1998).
  • License Certificate: 1997

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since 2019.
    • Associate (2008 – 2018). In charge of the Labor Law Department.
  • Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama
    • Legal advisor in Labor Law since 2009.
    • Minimum Wage Commission, Alternate Commissioner, (2013).
    • Special Commission for the Bargaining table regarding Law 30, Main member, (2010).
  • Grupo Melo 
    • Director of Labor Relations Department (1997 – 2002 / 2004 – 2008).
  • Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas
    • Labor Lawyer (1993 – 1997 / 2002 – 2004).
  • Rosas y Rosas
    • Legal Assistant (1993).
  • Central Industrial Chiricana
    • Sales Supervisor (1990 – 1992).
  • Administración de Seguros, S.A. (ASSA)
  • Assistant to the Risk Department (1990).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.
  • Panamanian Academy of Labor Law.
  • Board of Directors of the National Association of Human Resources Professionals (ANREH).

Publications:

  • “Merger of Corporations”. Economic Bulletin of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama, Third Quarter, 1994.
  • “Amendments to the Labor Code”. Special Bulletin  (Report) of Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas.  August 1995.
  • “Amendments to the Individual  Right to Work  Introduced by Law 44 of August 12th, 1995”. Graduation project. January 1997.
  • “The Labor Mobility in the Panamanian Legislation”. Special Bulletin (Report) of Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas. June 1997.
  • “Globalization of the Economy: Its Impact in the Employment, Union Activity and Bargainig Process”. Special Bulletin (Report)  of Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas.  December 1998.
  • “Considerations Regarding the Possible Increase of Minimun Wave: The Reality of an Inconvenient Decision”. (E-MAGAZINE) “Legislación y Economía” of Rivera, Bolívar y Castañedas. August 2002.
  • “Trusted Worker”, monograph included in the literary work “Contratos y Regímenes Laborales Especiales” compiled by Professor Ricardo Lachman. October 2002.
  • “Disciplinary Measures: Concept, Characteristics and Limits Seth Forth on the Labor Code”. Magazine “Enlace” of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama. December, 2003.
  • “Recent Legislatives Amendments, and their Impact in the Concept of Wage”. Magazine “Recurso Humano Positivo”. May, 2006.
  • “Contributions to the Social Security Institution: The Conflict of the Thirteenth Month vs. Representation Expenses”. Monograph included in the literary work “Revista Jurídica Panameña” compiled by Panama Association of Financial and Tax Law. January 2009.

Awards & Recognitions

  • LACCA Approved – Thought Leader

Hobbies

Javier enjoys playing football, reading, and writing.

Alexis V. Herrera Jr.

Alexis Herrera Jr. is a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán, with more than twenty-five years of experience. He specializes in Public Procurement, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Law, Maritime Law, Environmental Law, Labor Law, and E-Commerce.

He is the partner in charge of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Public Procurement departments. He has advised the Panamanian government and business groups in public bidding and financing processes, as well as for M&A transactions in the areas of energy, infrastructure, and trading.

Alexis is also part of the team of arbitrators for labor matters at the Panama Canal Authority.

His work has been recognized by legal publications such as Chambers & Partners, LACCA, IFLR1000, and WWL.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor Degree in Finance and Economics, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., (1993).
  • Juris Doctor, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. Honors: Cum Laude, Exxon Scholar. (1996)
  • Maritime Certificate, Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., (1996).

License Certificate:

  • 1996 – Louisiana State Bar and Federal Courts of the Fifth Circuit, U.S.A.
  • 1997 – Panamanian Bar Association

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner. Lawyer since 1996.
  • Member of the Drafting Commission of the Preliminary Draft of a Bill which proposes amendments to Book II of the Panama Commercial Code (2013-2014).
  • Panama Canal Authority
    • Labor arbitrator (2010 – present)
  • Member of the drafting commission of the Regulation for the Panama Maritime Labour Convention of ILO, (2006). 
  • Exxon Company (U.S.A.)
    • Legal Department, (1995).
  • Gordon, Arata, McCollan & Duplantis (U.S.A.)
    • Legal Assistant, (1994).
  • Coordinator of the Drafting Commission on the regulation of the Labor Law at Sea and Navigable Waterways.

Academic Experience

  • Santa Maria La Antigua University and Deusto´s University (Bilbao, Spain).
    • Professor in the Master’s Program in Maritime Law, (2003 – 2005)
  • Santa Maria La Antigua University
    • Professor of “Problems in Contemporary Corporate” (Electronic Commerce and Telecommunications). Master’s Program in Commercial Law, USMA (2001 – 2005).
  • Escuela Nautica de Panama
    • Alternate Professor of Maritime Law (1997 – 2001).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • Lousiana Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Asociación Profesionales de la Nueva Generación Jurídica (Tesorero, 1999 – 2002)
  • Asociación Panameña de Derecho y Nuevas Tecnologías
  • Panama Maritime Law Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Phi Delta Phi (International Legal Fraternity) 
  • American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), 
    • Member of the Committees of Environmental, and Hydrocarbons. 

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers and Partners Global,
  • Chambers and Partners Latin-America;
  • LACCA
  • IFLR 1000 

Publications

  • “Ciertos Aspectos Legales del Comercio Electrónico”, (Semanario Jurídico Empresarial, Sistemas Jurídicos, October, 2000).
  • Panama Chapter of the book “International Execution Against Judgment Debtors” (Oceanía Publications, Inc.,1999).

Hobbies

In his spare time, Alexis enjoys basketball, music, and gadgets.

Joaquín A. Díaz S.

Partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán since 1991, Joaquin Díaz, specializes in Corporate Law, Labor Law, Panama Private Interest Foundations, and Company Formation.

Joaquin is a member of the arbitrators list of the Panama Canal for labor disputes under arbitration. He is an active member of the Panama Bar Association, the German Chamber of Commerce of Panama and the Panama Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.

In recent years, he has been involved in the discussion of Panama’s legislation regarding Beneficial Ownership and Accounting Records.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor of Science in Economics and General Management, Boston College, Massachusetts (1988).
  • Juris Doctor, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, Puerto Rico, (1991). Thesis: “Propiedad Intelectual y Sociedad de Gananciales”.
  • License Certificate: 1992 

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since 1991.
  • Member of the Arbitrators list of the Panama Canal, for labor disputes under arbitration.

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.
  • German Chamber of Commerce of Panama.

Hobbies

In his spare time, Joaquin enjoys biking, deep-sea fishing and boating.