Alberto Raven Ramirez

Alberto Raven Ramirez is the Founding Partner of the Firm. An active Attorney and Notary Public since 1958. Focuses his practice, among other areas, on corporate and administrative matters and serves as legal advisor for several professional associations such as the Associations of Pharmacists, Physicians, Nutritionists, Optometrists and Dental Surgeons.

During his extensive and experienced professional practice, Alberto has served as a University Professor, Vice-President of the Costa Rican Bar Association and board member of several corporations. He has been invited to impart conferences and courses for superior teaching institutes and corporations.

Zurcher, Odio & Raven

Zurcher, Odio & Raven represents large and medium size companies, both national and multinational, professional associations, financial institutions, public offices and individuals. We maintain excellent relations with other law firms located in the main cities of North America and Europe.

We are the most consolidated law firm in Costa Rica, committed to offering the best legal services in the country. The merger of young attorneys with the most experienced in our team allows us to render services that are distinguished for their excellence, quality and in accordance with our clients present needs. As a law firm that has rendered legal services since 1936, our prestige and professional excellence are fundamental to us and we have built them from the experience and integrity that characterize us.

We are the law firm that provides global solutions to our clients for every legal need.

Rogelio Navas

Rogelio Navas is a Costa Rican attorney and Notary Public, specialized in Costa Rica Corporate Labor Law, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property (Copyrights and Trademarks), Real Estate Law and Transactions, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Consumers’ Rights, Antitrust Law, Representation of Foreign Companies and Alternative Conflict Resolution (mediation and arbitration). He completed his legal studies at the School of Law of the University of Costa Rica in 2000, and graduated with honors in 2003.

Before completing his legal studies, Rogelio Navas worked as a legal assistant in Navas & Navas, acquiring experience and knowledge in fields such as Criminal and Labor Law, as well as in Consumer Rights, Intellectual Property and Unlawful Competition (Antitrust Law).

From 2001 through 2006, he was part of the legal team of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), where he played an important role in the defense of copyrights for Microsoft, Adobe Systems, Autodesk, Symantec and Bentley Systems, to mention only a few. The experience and knowledge acquired in this position were the basis for teaching training courses related with copyrights matters to Judges and Prosecutors in 2002. He also provided services as counselor for Librería Lehmann, Textos Educativos y Grupo Mutual Alajuela- La Vivienda.

In 2006, Mr. Navas joined the legal team of the prestigious firm Lang and Associates, where he was head of the Litigation Department and the Corporate Labor Law Department. He also specialized in complex real estate transactions, corporate contractual matters and cases related with representatives and agents of foreign firms.

In recent years Rogelio has adviced important international corporations, such as Epson, Microsoft, Master Card, Aegis BPO, Coloplast, Atmos International, Interairport (Swissport), Industria Nacional de Brillo, Outcoding Solutions, Avoxi, NSV Business Group, Votorantim Metais and DSV Air & Sea.

In 2010 Mr. Navas co-authored the Costa Rica chapter of the International Guide to International Employment and Labor Law, by the Littler Mendelson firm. In 2013 he was also an author for the International Comparative Legal Guide to Litigation and Dispute Resolution-2013 by the Londinense Global Legal Group, Ltd. (GLG).

Later, as part of his interest in alternative dispute resolution, in 2013 Rogelio Navas was certified in Domestic and International Arbitration by the Center for Alternative Justice of the Costa Rican Bar Association, the Inter American Commission on Commercial Arbitration and DINARAC (Costa Rican Ministry of Justice and Peace).

In 2014 he was certified by the Center for Alternative Justice of the Bar Association as a Mediator and Conciliator, which provides him great skills for negotiation of different matters.

Throughout his career, Rogelio Navas obtained important mentions and recommendations from several clients and firms, such as the Chambers and Partners, where he was first ranked in 2010. In 2014 Rogelio was recognized as a “Notable Practitioner”. It was stated that “Rogelio was praised equally by clients and coworkers for his activity and knowledge of the labor sector. His practice also covers corporate matters”. In the area of Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) he was mentioned as a “key contact”. Statements in 2015 indicate that “His level of responsiveness is fantastic,” and add that “he is very good in labour law matters.”

More recently, in the 2016 Chambers and Partners Latin America Guide. According with Chambers and Partners, Mr. Navas “is recognised for his activity within the labour sphere. His broad practice covers corporate labour law, corporate law, IP and litigation.”

The Labor Law Practice:

We count with a team of Labor Law Attorneys with extensive experience in the attention of labor disputes and Alternative Conflict Resolution. Said experience allows our lawyers to provide effective risk assessment and prompt solutions to prevent and control the risks associated or deriving from any employment relationship.

Our mission as a Labor Law specialists is to work jointly with our clients, providing the necessary support for them to make informed decisions resulting in savings for the company and the satisfaction of the interests of both, employee and employer.


  • Continuous preventive and corrective assistance in employment matters.
  • Risk assessment and loss prevention in connection with employment and HR management practices.
    Provision of employment agreements.
  • Design, review and implementation of customized employment structures and regulations.
  • Registration with the Costa Rican Social Security (CCSS).
  • Customized training for HR management personnel.
  • Handling of judicial and administrative disputes.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • Assistance with employee termination and closing of business.

Navas & Asociados:

N&A is a Costa Rica full-service “boutique” law firm, where we are convinced that our clients deserve the best and most efficient attention. Our professionals work hard to reach the highest levels of efficiency, honesty and loyalty towards our clients. More than just legal services, we provide personalized high-quality legal counseling to those who honor us by choosing our firm as their trusted attorneys and counselors.

We offer extensive experience in advising foreign and national corporations and individuals who would like to improve the way their businesses perform, relocate or start operations in Costa Rica. Within our practice areas are Litigation and Conflict Resolution, Corporate and Commercial Law, Labor and Employment Law, Real Estate Transactions, Immigration Services (Costa Rica residencies and working permits), Intellectual Property (trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights), Consumer Rights and Antitrust Law, Tax Law, Representation of Foreign Corporations (Agency Law) and Notary Services. We also have broad experience in processing and obtaining all operation permits necessary to conduct business in Costa Rica.

We are conscious that each client has specific needs, and that each project or dream involves a great deal of effort and hard work. Therefore, our goal is to make sure that your projects are brought to reality safely, without assuming unnecessary risks and with the certainty that while you dedicate your time to what you do best, we are taking care of your legal matters and protecting your interests.

Luis Montes

A Law Firm Sized Just Right to Accommodate Each Client’s Needs

We are a full-service firm, handling a broad spectrum of business and personal legal needs. Our law firm is small enough to listen to our clients, but big enough to handle complex legal concerns. Each client’s legal matters are in the hands of an experienced attorney. Our mission continues to be to:

– Provide high quality legal services to businesses and individual clients

– Provide close personal attention to each of our clients to understand their legal needs

– Provide the best solutions for our clients

– Provide clients with the best value and leave them with a positive experience regarding their matter and their attorney

Our Lawyers are committed to representing clients in a variety of legal areas, including:

– Administrative Law

– Antitrust

– Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring

– Construction

– Corporate and Business Law

– Litigation

– Government and Public Policy

– Health care

– Intellectual Property and technology

– Labor and Employment Law

– Media, Communication and Technology

– Real Estate

– Transportation and Logistics

– Trust and Estates

We provide this broad range of services with a focus on results, responsiveness, and cost efficiency. This sets us apart from other law firms and has allowed us to develop and cultivate many long-standing relationships.  In fact, many of our clients have been with the firm since its inception.

Our legal services go beyond the Costa Rican borders, as we help and support our clients in all Central America and the Caribbean. Contact our Law Firm, Guardia Montes & Associates, we guarantee your satisfaction.

We look forward to a successful working relationship in the future.