E. Jamila Rawlins

Jamila received her Law Degree with honours from the University of Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom in 2003. She became a member of the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 2003 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2004. She completed and received her Legal Education Certification from the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago in 2006 and was called to the Barbadian Bar in June, 2006. Thereafter, Ms. Rawlins began her private legal practice in non-contentious and litigious matters in the High Court, Court of Appeal of Barbados and the Caribbean Court of Justice. She served as an active member of the Barbados Bar Association from 2006 to 2008 and the Child Care Board of Barbados from 2008-2010. She was admitted to the OECS Bar, St. Lucia Circuit in 2012.

Her practice areas include the law of succession – will drafting, distribution and administration of estates, resealing; property law including sales and acquisitions; civil law and litigation – personal injury, appointment of receiver, debt recovery, landlord and tenant disputes; commercial law including mortgages, residential and commercial leases, joint venture agreements, trademark and copyright registration, construction contracts; employment contracts and corporate law.

  • Contract Law
  • Employment Law
  • Property Law
  • Real Estate & Mortgage Transactions
  • Succession & Estates
  • Personal Injuries


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Wolverhampton
  • Bar Vocational Course, Northumbria University
  • Legal Education Certificate, Hugh Wooding Law School


  • Member, Linclon’s Inn (UK)
  • Member, Barbados Bar Association
  • Member, St. Lucia Bar Association


Shpati Hoxha

Shpati Hoxha is a partner and one of the founders of HM&H. His practice focuses on corporate law, trade and competition matters, IP and IT law. Shpati advises investors on a wide range of business issues, including governance, market conduct, M&As, project financing, distribution and trade agreements, technology transfer, trademark enforcement, data protection, privacy, security and internet law. Shpati has moreover a significant experience in energy projects  in the energy and natural resources sector and has assisted clients in a number of high value M&A, financing and PPP transactions.

He has been involved in the drafting of key business related Acts, such as the commercial registry law (effective from 2007), the company law (effective from 2008), the takeover law (effective from 2010) and the new cross-border merger law (effective from 2012). Shpati received a J.D. equivalent in comparative commercial law from Turin University Law School. He is qualified for representation before all levels of the Albanian judiciary.


Albanian Bar – 2003

Albanian Trademark Attorney – 2005


JD, Turin University Law School, Turin, Italy – 2002

Working languages




Firm Description

Hoxha, Memi & Hoxha is a full service business law firm. We cover all core areas of business law to assist clients in the development of their businesses, starting from company formation to financing the business and including tax planning, employment issues, obtaining licenses and permits, acquiring assets and property, entering into complex transactions or dealing with disputes.

HM&H has successfully handled some of Albania’s largest and most complex transactions. We have counselled public and private acquirers and targets in M&A transactions and in the privatization of state assets. Our firm has extensive experience in the main sectors of the Albanian economy, including the following sectors: banking, insurance and financial, energy, natural resources, infrastructure, retail and distribution, tourism, real estate, construction, telecommunications, media & technology.


Anne O’Connell

Anne O’Connell qualified as a solicitor in 2001 specialising in Employment Law and has over 17 years’ experience. Anne holds an LLB Degree together with Diplomas in Employment Law and International Litigation. She is also qualified as a New York Attorney. Having trained in Byrne Wallace, Anne moved on to practice in the Chief State Solicitors Office shortly after qualifying where she practiced for over 2 years in the area of Employment law and International litigation there. Anne acted in the largest International case taken by Ireland to date and also acted in a European case that led to the amendment to Ireland’s Constitution. In 2003 Anne moved to the Employment Law Department of William Fry solicitors’ where she remained dedicated for 11 years of practice. There she advised large multinational companies, semi-state companies, small businesses and employees in all areas of employment law, particularly issues that were likely to become contentious. During this period Anne was seconded to ESB Group to cover maternity leave for their In-House employment law solicitor. In 2014, Anne joined Sherwin O’Riordan solicitors as a salary partner Head of their Employment Law Department and left in early February 2017 to set up her own employment law firm.


  • Member of the Law Society of Ireland’s Employment Law Committee and the Employment Law Association of Ireland Committee.
  • Lectures and tutors extensively on employment topics including assessing and advising clients on risk at the Law Society of Ireland Professional Course, the Diploma on Employment and the Certificate on Employment Law Advocacy. External examiner for the Law Society’s Diploma on Employment Law and Employment Law Advocacy Certificate.
  • Lectured at the National College of Ireland, the Kildare County Enterprise Board course and at industry seminars nationwide.
  • Co-author of the Law Society’s Professional Practice Employment Law Manual. Also published in the IBA Employment Industrial Relations Law Newsletter, Irish Employment Law Journal, Industrial Relations News, Sunday Business Post, Business Plus Magazine and the Construction Industry Magazine.
  • Interviewed on RTE News, Ireland AM and Matt Cooper radio show on various employment law issues. Provides bespoke training to business clients.
  • Featured media articles in The Irish Independent.
  • Featured panel member of The Clare Byrne Show, RTE.

Firm Overview:

AOC Solicitors provides a strategic approach to the maze that is employment law. AOC Solicitors is the solutions team for any business addressing any employment law issue. We also advise individual employees facing employment law disputes. We focus on advising our clients on the best solution to achieve their objectives while meeting their needs and business requirements.

As part of its services AOC Solicitors places a high value on being available 24/7 (whenever their clients need them) to avoid claims and offers employers an Employment Law Hotline for a set monthly fee to enable guidance through any process without worrying about fees.

We advise private and public sector companies and individuals in contentious and non-contentious employment law issues, including termination of employment, industrial relations, bullying in the workplace, redundancy, restructuring, equality issues, protected disclosures and transfer of undertakings. We represent clients before employment law statutory bodies, the High Court and Circuit Court. We draft and advise on contracts, staff policies and procedures.

Cathryn Dammel

A few weeks before the overthrow of a Middle Eastern government, Cathryn was in the capital city’s bombed-out airport. A low-seniority union employee, she traveled there several times a month because it was her job. Finally, she and some colleagues said, “no more,” and the saga that followed introduced a front-line worker to the world of labor relations. It also sparked Cathryn’s interest in the law. She left Pan American World Airways for Stanford Law School.

Cathryn spent several years with Bogle & Gates, then Seattle’s largest law firm, before rejoining the airline industry, this time on the management side. Ultimately Deputy General Counsel/Staff Vice President, she was Alaska Airlines’ chief legal officer responsible for labor and employment law and labor relations.

Now back in private practice, Cathryn is a nationally recognized Best Lawyer (U.S. News & World Report). She has litigated hundreds of employment, labor, and administrative cases over her three-decade career. She has conducted dozens of complex workplace investigations and cultural assessments, developed company-wide labor strategy, and led multiple rounds of union negotiations.

From a small Idaho mining town, Cathryn moved to Honolulu, then London, New York, and California. A Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude graduate of the University of Idaho, she also studied as a Rotary International scholar in Besançon, France.

Cathryn likes to garden, decorate, and meet interesting people. She also cherishes time with friends and family – including the Alsatian and northern Italian relatives she connected with in her college days, her son in the San Francisco Bay Area, and her 87-something dad who still lives in the house where she grew up on Cathryn Avenue, the street named after her.

“Cathryn knows how to translate the law into what matters in business.”

“Cathryn wasn’t just our trusted legal advisor, but a true partner. She is analytical and detail-oriented, recognizing very quickly our unique challenges and was fiercely loyal. Cathryn is a caring professional with extraordinary standards of performance. Nice mix.”

“I’ve worked side by side with Cathryn on intensive labor matters and can honestly say she totally ‘gets it.’ She’s incredibly bright and very practical.”


DammelLaw PLLC is dedicated exclusively to workplace law and investigations, serving family businesses, Fortune 500 companies, public employers, and executives.  With over thirty years’ experience, Cathryn V. Dammel brings a unique perspective having been a big firm attorney, in-house counsel, frontline worker, and corporate executive.

The Practice

  • Workplace investigations and cultural assessments
  • Litigation, arbitrations, administrative charges
  • Labor relations
  • Advice and counseling
  • Handbooks, severance, employment, related agreements
  • Audits
  • Training

Representative Work

  • Dozens of workplace investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, failure to accommodate, retaliation, bullying, ethics violations, fraud, workplace violence, other misconduct
  • Workplace cultural assessments for private and public employers in union and non-union environments such as a large, multi-national, multi-lingual health care facility and a culturally diverse, multi-union school district
  • Summary judgment in federal court for large health care provider on race discrimination and failure to accommodate claims
  • Jury verdict in state court for grocery retailer on disability discrimination claim
  • Railroad’s chief regional counsel for a dozen employment lawsuits alleging race, age, sex and disability discrimination and retaliation. 70% dismissed on summary judgment; others favorably settled
  • Race, color, national origin, age discrimination, whistleblower, failure to accommodate, retaliation claims dismissed by federal and state administrative agencies
  • Dozens of complex labor arbitrations involving contract interpretation and discharges with 100 percent win rate for twenty-five years
  • Led team of attorneys, economists, accountants and industry experts in the strategy, preparation, presentation, appeal and implementation of three interest arbitrations, one resulting in $90 million dollars in annual cost savings
  • Exclusive outside employment and labor counsel to a dozen companies, providing day-to-day advice, drafting policies, procedures and agreements, conducting investigations and training, handling grievances, presenting arbitrations, defending administrative complaints and lawsuits
  • Primary legal advisor through major corporate downsizings and restructurings and led strategy/negotiation of multiple rounds of collective bargaining for six union contracts

For more information about who she is and what she does, please visit Cathryn at WWW.DAMMELLAW.COM.

Laura Thalacker

Laura Thalacker has been practicing employment law in Nevada for over 21 years.  Prior to founding Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. with her longtime friend and colleague, Doreen Spears Hartwell, Laura worked for over 17 years at Nevada’s then-largest law firm, where she was a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department.   Laura focuses on representing employers in Nevada, throughout the U.S., and worldwide in employment law and litigation matters.

For two consecutive years, Laura has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® as a Las Vegas “Lawyer of the Year.”  In the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers®, Laura was named as the “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation-Labor and Employment.  In 2015, she received the Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” award for Employment Law-Management.  Mountain States Super Lawyers® also recognized Laura as one of its “Top 50 Women Attorneys” in 2013, and she is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell.®

In additional to her credentials as a respected lawyer, Laura has been certified by the Society for Human Resources Management and Human Resources Certification Institute as a SHRM-Certified Senior Professional (SHRM-CSP) and as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), respectively.  Using her unique combination of practical human resources experience and in-depth legal knowledge, Laura takes a pro-active, preventative and strategic approach to employment issues.  She helps clients comply with a myriad of complex, and sometimes contradictory, federal and state employment and labor laws.  Laura takes great pride in her accessible and down-to-earth approach with clients, which is characterized by her ability to explain complex legal issues in practical and understandable terms and to listen to clients to understand and achieve their organizational and legal objectives for representation.

In the area of human resources compliance and counseling, Laura advises employers on a wide array of workplace issues including discipline and termination, reductions in force, leaves of absence, prevention of discrimination and harassment, social media use, workplace investigations, wage and hour compliance, drug testing, confidentiality and non-competes. Laura also drafts employee handbooks, policies, and employment contracts. She further provides training to employees, managers and executives on various human resources topics.

In addition to working with employers on legal compliance and litigation prevention, Laura defends employers in employment-related litigation in Nevada state and federal courts. Laura has represented employers in a variety of cases, including claims for discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, violation of leave of absence laws, wage and hour violations, breach of contract, and non-compete and trade secret violations. In her administrative practice, she defends employers before federal and state agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, the United States Department of Labor, and the Office of the Nevada Labor Commissioner.

Laura is a past Chairperson of the State Bar of Nevada’s Labor and Employment Section, and is former Chairperson of the State Bar of Nevada’s Publications Committee.  Laura has been a frequent speaker and writer on a variety of employment law topics for Bar Association, client and community events.  She serves as a Practical Law® contributor for Nevada on the topics of Non-Compete Laws, Background Check Laws, Anti-Discrimination Laws, Hiring Requirements, and Wage and Hour Laws.  In recent years, she has taken a particular interest in the far-reaching legal consequences of employee use of social media inside and outside the workplace (tweeting on the issue @Fired4Facebook).  Laura also provides pro bono legal services for non-profit organizations, including serving as legal counsel for the Nevada Land Trust and the Rape Crisis Center of Southern Nevada.

•B.A. (summa cum laude), Political Science and Women’s Studies, Wartburg College (1991)
•J.D. (with high distinction), University of Iowa College of Law (1994)
•Senior Note & Comment Editor, Iowa Law Review (1993-1994)
•Best Advocate and Best Brief Awards, Iowa Competitive Appellate Advocacy II (1994)
•Chicago Moot Court Team (1994)

Admissions & Certifications
•State Bar of Nevada (1994)
•United States District Court, District of Nevada (1994)
•United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1997)
•Society for Human Resources Management – Senior Certified Professional (SCP)
•Human Resources Certification Institute – Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

•Labor and Employment Section, State Bar of Nevada (past Chairperson)
•Litigation Section, State Bar of Nevada
•Labor and Employment Section, American Bar Association
•Society for Human Resources Management
•Southern Nevada Human Resources Association
•Former Regional Vice-Chair (North America), Lex Mundi Global Labor and Employment Practice Group

Select Honors
•2016 Las Vegas “Lawyer of the Year” (Litigation-Labor and Employment) – The Best Lawyers in America®
•2015 Las Vegas “Lawyer of the Year” (Employment Law-Management) – The Best Lawyers in America®
•”Top 50 Women Lawyers,” Mountain States Super Lawyers® (2013)
•Las Vegas “Top Employment Lawyer-Management,” Vegas, Inc. (2012)
•Ranked by Chambers & Partners in the field of Labor and Employment Law (since 2010)
•The Best Lawyers in America®– Employment Law (Management); Labor Law (Management); and Litigation–Labor and Employment (since 2010)
•“AV-Preeminent,” Martindale-Hubbell®
•Mountain States Super Lawyers® in the categories of “Employment & Labor” and “Employment Litigation: Defense” (since 2012)
•”Top Lawyers,” Desert Companion Magazine (2014)


About Us

Laura Thalacker and Doreen Spears Hartwell joined together in 2014 to form the employment law and business litigation law firm of Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. after working together for nearly 15 years, first as associates and then as partners, in the litigation department of Nevada’s then-largest law firm.  A strong foundation built on friendship and trust, coupled with more than 35 years of combined legal experience, give Laura and Doreen a solid base from which to serve their clients in Southern Nevada and beyond.

Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. provides high-quality, cost-effective legal services to businesses of all sizes in the practice areas of:

Human Resources Compliance and Strategic Counseling; Employment and Labor Law Litigation; and Business and Commercial Litigation

“We love what we do. You’ll love what we can do for your business.”

As a boutique employment law and business litigation firm, Hartwell Thalacker, Ltd. is able to provide its clients with the individualized attention and care their matters deserve.  Laura and Doreen take a hands-on, personal approach to their work, getting to know their clients and understanding the ins and outs of their businesses.  Ask their clients, and you will learn that Laura and Doreen are trusted, invaluable advisors and advocates.  They take a pragmatic, common sense approach to legal representation and work side-by-side with clients to allow them to focus on growing and running their business instead of costly legal matters.

Community Leadership

Laura and Doreen have served in leadership positions in various Bar and community organizations and are well-known and respected in the legal community.  They share a philosophy of fostering a firm culture that values diversity and the unique traits and skills that purpose-driven attorneys possess in providing clients with excellent representation, while also making a difference in their community.  In December 2014, Doreen was named “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year” by The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada–a well deserved honor recognizing her for her tireless efforts and advocacy providing free legal services to disadvantaged individuals in the community.

Anne M. Radolinski

Anne advises and defends businesses, nonprofit organizations, executives, officers and directors in all areas of employment and personnel practice on a national basis.

Her expertise includes hiring practices; reductions in force; downsizing; reorganization; termination; compensation practices; wage and hour issues; background checks; drug and alcohol testing; personnel policies; employee leave and accommodation strategies, programs and policies; executive and other employment agreements; trade secret, non-competition and confidentiality agreements and issues; affirmative action compliance; OFCCP, DOL and other federal and state agency audits; shareholder/employee issues; and harassment, misconduct and other investigations.

Anne regularly practices before federal and state administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Department of Labor, as well as related state and local agencies. She speaks frequently to professional and business groups on employment and international employment issues, and conducts training for businesses on employment law issues. Anne also advises U.S. companies in employment and personnel matters for operations outside U.S. borders. She has defended employers in litigation before federal and state courts involving the full range of employment issues, including harassment discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, contract, noncompetition, trade secret, defamation, whistleblower claims and shareholder-related litigation.


At Fredrikson & Byron, we’ve built a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet” by bringing business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to our work with clients, and by operating as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors.

A proactive, problem-solving mindset runs throughout our service areas, from our traditional legal areas of support like litigation, real estate, and intellectual property to our more consultative practices like government relations and health care consulting. It’s a mindset that enables us to understand and keep client objectives firmly in mind, and to anticipate and address problems before they arise.

Our lawyers blend a common sense approach with in-the-field experience, and we utilize our firm’s strong reputation and our lawyers’ broad networks of business and industry contacts to get things done for clients.

Clients have relied on us since 1948 for great solutions that help them minimize legal risks and maximize business benefits. We look forward to an opportunity to show you what it is like where law and business meet.

Jade B. Jorgenson

Jade Jorgenson is an associate with Fredrikson & Byron’s labor and employment group, focusing her practice on defending employers in employment-related litigation and advising clients on a variety of day-to-day employment and business disputes.

Jade represents employers in all stages of litigation in state and federal courts, as well as federal, state and municipal agencies (including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights), on a full range of employment issues, including discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, contract, noncompetition, trade secret, defamation, whistleblower claims and sexual harassment.

Jade also prepares and reviews a variety of employment agreement policies, including employment contracts, separation agreements, employee handbooks and non-competition and confidentiality agreements.

Jade has also advised and represented school districts on a number of school-related issues.

Prior to joining Fredrikson & Byron, Jade served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Kathleen A. Mottl of the Tenth Judicial District. After receiving her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk for two Magistrate and four Circuit Court Judges in the Unified Judicial System in the Fourth Judicial Circuit of South Dakota.


  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 2014, cum laude
  • South Dakota State University, B.S., 2011, magna cum laude


  • Minnesota, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2017
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2017
  • North Dakota, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 2016
  • South Dakota, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota, 2017


  • Minnesota State Bar Association, North Star Lawyer, 2017


  • Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Kathleen A. Mottl, Tenth Judicial District of Minnesota, 2015
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Unified Judicial System – Fourth Judicial Circuit of South Dakota, 2014-2015
  • Law Clerk, United States Attorney’s Office – District of South Dakota, 2013
  • Intern, United States House Representatives, 2012


At Fredrikson & Byron, we’ve built a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet” by bringing business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to our work with clients, and by operating as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors.

A proactive, problem-solving mindset runs throughout our service areas, from our traditional legal areas of support like litigation, real estate, and intellectual property to our more consultative practices like government relations and health care consulting. It’s a mindset that enables us to understand and keep client objectives firmly in mind, and to anticipate and address problems before they arise.

Our lawyers blend a common sense approach with in-the-field experience, and we utilize our firm’s strong reputation and our lawyers’ broad networks of business and industry contacts to get things done for clients.

Clients have relied on us since 1948 for great solutions that help them minimize legal risks and maximize business benefits. We look forward to an opportunity to show you what it is like where law and business meet.

Howard K. Kurman

Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements.

Mr. Kurman is frequently retained by companies to conduct objective and well respected workplace investigations. These investigations encompass a wide-ranging spectrum of issues including workplace harassment, employee misconduct, whistle-blower complaints and misappropriation of proprietary or confidential company data. Mr. Kurman has been widely recognized for his thorough investigatory techniques and his comprehensive written reports which are provided to his clients at the conclusion of his investigation. Frequently following the completion of his investigations Mr. Kurman is then retained to conduct remedial training of a company’s managerial staff for the purpose of avoiding similar problematic issues in the future. Uniformly Mr. Kurman’s managerial training has received superlative reviews by those companies who have utilized his sophisticated workplace training modules.

Mr. Kurman is also a skilled employment litigator who has successfully represented employers in a myriad of administrative, judicial, and commercial litigation before the NLRB, EEOC, federal and state courts, and other administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor and OFCCP. Mr. Kurman also counsels clients on union relations and regularly conducts collective bargaining negotiations on behalf of his unionized clients.

Points of Distinction

Mr. Kurman has developed a reputation for providing representation to his management clients that is predicated upon sound practical legal advice. Upon returning to private practice after working several years in in-house labor positions (at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and at The Baltimore Sun) Mr. Kurman successfully began his firm’s comprehensive labor and employment practice. His prior in-house experience has enabled Mr. Kurman to relate to the middle and upper management levels of any company in a non-legalistic and practical manner.

This has greatly benefited Mr. Kurman’s employment & labor clients because he has been able to utilize his wealth of experience as an employment attorney to provide common sense solutions to often very sensitive employment issues. His clients often perceive him as part of their trusted advisory team, so much so that he is often consulted before an employment issue arises as opposed to after the problem has become a much more inflammatory one to resolve.

Mr. Kurman has represented several employers in discrimination/harassment cases in which he has successfully obtained summary judgment decisions in federal court and/or favorable settlements after conducting aggressive and strategically planned depositions of the named plaintiffs. Additionally, Mr. Kurman has regularly advised his clients on how to successfully and proactively plan and implement employee terminations, reductions in force, and post-termination protections involving covenants not to compete and protection of company trade secrets. Finally, Mr. Kurman has successfully guided many companies through threatened unionization of their employees, and for those companies that are already unionized he has negotiated on their behalf very favorable collective bargaining agreements that improve operational efficiency and increase enterprise profitability.

Mr. Kurman is listed in the 10th Edition of Who’s Who in American Law.  He also received the highest professional (AV) rating from his peers, as reported by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Kurman has also been selected as a Maryland Super Lawyer from 2010-2013 and 2016-2019. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

In 2017, Mr. Kurman was selected as a Distinguished Lawyer™ by The Expert Network©. The Expert Network© is an invitation-only service for distinguished professionals. Mr. Kurman was chosen based on peer reviews and ratings, dozens of recognitions, and accomplishments achieved throughout his career.

Giampiero Proia

Giampiero Proia is the President and Founder of the Proia & Partners law firm. He has strong and primary skills due to his long-standing experiences gained in the academic, managerial and institutional sectors.

A lawyer since 1988 (authorized before the Supreme Courts since 1998) and Professor since 1994, Giampiero is currently labor professor at the University of Roma Tre (“Università degli Studi Roma 3”) and welfare professor at LUISS University (“LUISS – Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli”). He is also Director of the labor and industrial relations Master at University of Roma Tre.

His scientific production (numerous publications, monographs, textbooks of university studies, articles of legal encyclopedias and labor periodical) is continuing and intense, as well as being a speaker at national and international conferences on labor, welfare and trade union law. He has also been appointed several times as a member of study commissions for the drafting of law texts.

With regard to the managerial skills, he has covered roles of representation, direction or control of various national public institutions. He has been appointed, inter alia, as member of the Board of ARAN (National Agency for Collective Bargaining Agreement of Public Authorities), President of Italia Lavoro S.p.A. (the public company in charge of Italian labor policies) and Commissioner of the National Authority for strikes of public services.

Studio Legale Proia & Partners:

Proia & Partners, founded by prof. Giampiero Proia, is a boutique employment law firm, with headquarters in Rome and Milan. Featuring an evolving and dynamic organization at the service of enterprises, combining the prestige of tradition with the power of experience. The Firm’s specialized lawyers, provide assistance, judicial and extrajudicial all over the national territory and also abroad.

The firm is now one of the market-leading employment boutiques covering numerous areas including also human resources management, litigation of private and public companies, transfer of the undertaking, labor due diligence, individual and collective dismissals, unions negotiations, restructuring of international and domestic companies, drafting of employment and directorship agreements.

The Law Firm Proia & Partners is a natural evolution of long experience gained by its founder and other professionals in one of the most prestigious Italian labor law studies.

Its origins Studio proudly retains an almost unique wealth of expertise and relationships; a heritage built not only in the care, now more than ten years, the most important litigation in size and complexity in the world of private enterprise and public, but also extra-judicial assistance to the management of labor relations and industrial relations, aimed to optimize ‘ business organization and prevent the dispute itself.

Based on this tradition, and experience of its professionals, the firm has developed the organizational and technological innovations necessary to continue to provide to companies and organizations increasingly oriented legal service to the absolute values of excellence and at the same time, perfectly coordinated with their needs (such as, for example, through the establishment of staff ” dedicated ” for individual customers or specific issues, provision of telematics services on line, the creation of a network of primary correspondents in all the Italian Courts and major foreign capital).

For the same purpose, and to ensure the uniform management and not segmented the problems with labor law implications, the Firm has internally even all specialist contributions relating to closely related subjects, such as international law and Community employment law, criminal law labor, occupational safety and corporate and bankruptcy law, in connection with dealings of directors, outsourcing processes and business crisis.

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.