Santamarina y Steta SC

Labour & Employment

3 ranked lawyersBand 1MexicoLatin America 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Acclaimed full-service firm commanding a leading position in the labour and employment arena. Highly respected for its abilities spanning several areas of this discipline, including complex collective bargaining matters and individual litigation arising from dismissals. Also endorsed by clients for legal advice pertaining to day-to-day employment issues. Acts for an impressive roster of clients encompassing key names from the mining, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. Remains a first port of call for local subsidiaries of large multinational clients hailing from the North American and European markets.


A client endorses the firm's labour practice, enthusing: "They are one of the best and most professional firms in this area in Mexico. I really trust them; they put you at ease because they really know their stuff, so you can give them difficult cases."

Another client goes on to add: "No matter when it is, you can talk to them; they make you feel like a priority."

Work highlights

Represented PKC Group in a labour claim concerning the right of the national miners' union to be recognised as the representative of a majority of the client's employees.

Notable practitioners

Partner Andres Rodríguez Rodríguez is active across collective and individual matters, including employee transfers, collective bargaining and litigation. Clients enthuse: "He has a masterful grasp of labour law and tells us the reality of the situation; he never gives us false hope." His recent work highlights include successfully defending Grupo México against a USD50 million claim brought by the client's employees claiming entitlement to a proportion of monies paid to the union in respect of shares in the client's business.

Stellar practitioner Juan Carlos De la Vega remains highly appreciated by clients for his expertise in this area. A client reports: "Juan Carlos is very knowledgeable. He's a solid source of information and is very clear in his advice. He is a good guide and he is one of the people that I trust the most. I consider him an authority in the labour area from both the technical and practical perspectives." His recent work includes advising Teksid Hierro on a claim involving the national miners' union, in which the latter sought recognition as the representative of the client's employees and to be deemed party to a collective bargaining agreement.

Senior statesman Pedro Velasco remains a highly reputed figure in the labour and employment sphere in Mexico, with sources acknowledging his role as key adviser in the firm's labour and social security practice. He is an expert in complex union conflicts.

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S+S offers legal services in labour and employment matters. Our lawyers are skilled in handling individual and collective (union) litigations, as well as in interpreting and applying the Federal Labor Law and its regulations. We represent clients before the local and federal conciliation and arbitration boards, including strike calls for the revision of collective bargaining agreements, economic conflicts and representation in union certification processes. 

We also represent clients before administrative labor authorities, such as the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and the local offices and labor ministries in several Mexican States, especially in connection with labor inspections, as well as in defending the client from administrative sanctions and fines. 

We practice legal-labour audits to determine the level of fulfillment of their employment related obligations both for corrective purposes and for assessing businesses in case of purchase. We also provide legal assistance regarding the unionization or not of workers, restructuring of collective bargaining agreements, closing or downsizing of any business under friendly or hostile environments and transfers of personnel. 

We are experts in assisting companies in defining legal labor/union strategies. Provided the characteristics of our clients, some of which have facilities in several locations within the Mexican Republic, we can provide these services in any part of the country.


Aeromar (Avianca)

Chevron Mexico

EMC Computer Systerms - Dell

GM Financial

Home Depot Mexico

Industrias John Deere

Inteva México

Jafra Cosmetics

Laureatte International Universities

Martinrea Internacional


Pfizer Mexico

Progress Rail

Universidad del Valle de México


Automobiles & Parts


Commercial & Professional Services

Construction & Materials



Financial Services

Food & Drink Producers


Health Care


Mining & Metals

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences


Software & Computer Services

Technology, Hardware & Electronics



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Labour & Employment Department

Santamarina y Steta SC

Department location

Edificio Omega

Campos Elíseos 345, Floors 2, 3 and 11

Col. Chapultepec Polanco

México City

Ciudad de México



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Labour & Employment

Andres Rodríguez Rodríguez
Band 3
Juan Carlos De la Vega
Band 1
Pedro Velasco
Senior Statespeople