On Tuesday, Littler Mendelson announced that it was combining with Colombian law firm Godoy Cordoba Abogados and Costa Rican law firm BDS Asesores. The combine would operate under the name “Littler Global.” With this move, Littler consolidates its expansion into the lucrative South American market as a global provider of labor and employment solutions.
Speaking on the move, Jeremy Roth, Littler’s co-managing director said, “Godoy Córdoba Abogados and BDS Asesores are preeminent practitioners, and our connection accords Littler instant name recognition and credibility on the ground in Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, El Salvador and throughout the region. This is a mutually beneficial move for all three practices as we are teaming up to form a single-source solution for the global employer community.”
Another co-managing director of Littler, Tom Bender, said “This combination of leading practices in the region through a Swiss Verein structure will enable us to stay ahead of that trend, which we expect to accelerate in the years ahead.”
Godoy Cordoba Abogados, based in Bogota, Colombia, is Colombia’s largest labor employment and immigration law firm. The firm was founded 26 years ago and is currently led by partners Carlos Hernan Godoy Fajardo, Andres Godoy Cordoba, and Luis Alejandro Cordoba Escamilla.
Andres Godoy, the managing partner of the firm said “Littler’s outstanding reputation combined with its extensive resources, will enable us to further develop our practices and increase our international profile beyond Colombia’s borders.”
Currently, Littler Mendelson has more than 150 Spanish-speaking attorneys across 57 locations.
BDS Asesores is the first law firm to be ISO-certified in Central America and the Caribbean. It is recognized as the leading firm specializing in labor law and corporate immigration in Central America and Costa Rica.
The firm’s senior partner, Marco Durante Calvo, said “We look forward to embarking on this relationship with Littler … our combined areas of strength and expertise will create a labor and employment powerhouse …”