Maria José Martinez

Maria José Martinez is our exclusively recommended Labour & Employment Law expert in Spain on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Maria directly using the contact details listed above.

She embarked on the professional practice of law in 2004. For 6 years, she was a partner in the Labour Department at the Garcés & López-Ibor law firm. Previously, she headed her own law firm and was the Head of the Labour Relations Department at the multinational Dupont Powder Coatings Ibérica for four years.

Maria José specialises in legal advice for business in collective bargaining and business restructuring processes, as well as the training of managers in Labour Law, among others matters. Likewise, she regularly appears before social courts.

In the field of education, María José teaches Labour Law at the School of Legal Practice of the Terrassa Bar Association. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis, which is on the transfer of workers within the framework of transnational service provision.

Firm Overview:

It aims to implement legal practices and differentiating values in organisations, in terms of a legal standpoint as well as human resources consultancy and training.

The name “Galibier Legal” embodies an adventure brimming with inspiration and magic, whose challenge is to reach the top and press on. The Galibier is the highest mountain pass on the Tour de France.

It is located at an elevation of 2,645 metres at the heart of the French Alps, and it is part of the queen stage of this amazing sporting event. It is known as one of the most gruelling mountain passes in the world, with a punishing ascent and a tough descent, without being the end of the stage. It is by no means the end of anything and is instead the beginning of many things.

Thus, our mission is to safeguard the interests of our clients, to provide them with sound legal advice on their professional and business journey, to overcome the difficulties along the way, and to reach the top of the Galibier together in order to press on.

We have observed that there are conflict hotspots in the workplace, and that action is usually taken to deal with them only after they have already occurred. Most of them have to do with the loss of focus on the goals. This is not due to a company’s lack of follow-up, but instead due to the employee gradually losing sight of the goals in their mind. We aim to help them always keep the goals uppermost using easy-to-remember examples and images that are difficult to forget in the human mind, using life lessons from cycling. With them, we anticipate organisational conflicts in order to avoid them.

Our firm provides the client with a global perspective, not only with regard to legal matters, but also as a complement in human resources thanks to our extensive experience inside and outside organisations.

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Michihiro Mori

Michihiro Mori is our exclusively recommended Labour & Employment Law expert in Japan on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Michihiro directly using the contact details listed above.

Michihiro, the representative of the firm, is a former partner at Nishimura & Asahi, Japan’s largest law firm. He is a leading lawyer in the area of commercial litigation and insolvency laws as well as that of labour / employment law.  Before joining Nishimura & Asahi in 2005, Mr. Mori served as a judge for ten years, including an assignment as a staff attorney at the Civil Affairs Bureau of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Court, where he was in charge of insolvency law reform. As a judge he handled hundreds of the civil and commercial cases.

Michihiro also belonged to a special division of labour disputes for two years. Based on such experience, Mr. Mori has extensive knowledge on civil / commercial litigation and labour disputes as well as insolvency. He received an LL.B. from The University of Tokyo, and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

Major Achievements:

  • Provisional disposition of suspension of an issuance of new shares worth 140 billion yen [issuing company side]
  • Provisional disposition to suspend the issuance of new shares by a listed company [petitioner side]
  • Tort claim litigation against a stock exchange by securities company, in which our side won over ten billion yen
  • Enforcement of more than 140-billion-yen claim
  • A lawsuit which relates to ownership of 70-billion-yen claim
  • Tax litigation worth 10 billion yen
  • Claims for indemnification based on breach of representations and warranties worth several billion yen
  • International Arbitration worth multi-billion yen
  • Avoidance lawsuits for several billion yen [as a trustee in a corporate reorganization case]
  • Lawsuits on rent increase/decrease for hotel, office building and other type of real estates
  • A major patent infringement case dealt by grand panel of Intellectual Property High Court (Tokyo High Court)
  • Lawsuits seeking prohibition order against competitive conduct
  • Claims for an injunction against infringement of trade secrets and claims for damages under the Unfair Competition Prevention Law
  • Litigation representing a corporation against injunction petition by Qualified Consumer Organizations
  • Litigation for revocation of decision concerning disposition of non-permission for establishment of industrial waste disposal facilities
  • Petition for request of Re-examination of the Assessment and Disposition of Special Premiums by Pension Funds

Firm Overview:

AI-EI law firm was established by Michihiro Mori with some attorneys mainly from Nishimura & Asahi.

The office has expertise in dispute resolution, especially civil and commercial litigation, as well as labour / employment matters.

Howard Levitt

Howard Levitt is our exclusively recommended Labour & Employment Law expert in Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Howard directly using the contact details listed above.

Howard has appeared as lead counsel in more employment law cases in the Supreme Court of Canada and at more provincial Courts of Appeal than any lawyer in Canadian history. He has been lead counsel in thousands of employment law cases, acting as counsel in over 50 trials, appeals, judicial reviews and other hearings annually. He has regularly chaired employment law and labour law conferences across Canada, including the Ontario Law Society, for its first ten years 2001-2009, the maximum time permitted.

Howard is the best known and most widely quoted authority on employment law in Canada. Howard writes a twice weekly employment law column in the Financial Post, hosts a weekly talk show on employment law on Newstalk 1010 CFRB, and is the author of one of Canada’s leading dismissal textbooks, The Law of Dismissal in Canada, five other texts, and is Editor-In-Chief of the national law report, The Dismissal and Employment Law Digest, which covers every notable dismissal and employment law case across Canada. The Law of Dismissal and accompanying law report is cited extensively in decisions across Canada. He is cited by the Canadian media more than any other lawyer in any field for his commentary on legal issues of the day.

Howard practices employment law and labour law in Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada and has an extensive national profile. Any lawyer can settle a case in some amount. Howard Levitt’s settlements are noteworthy as a result of his effective and tireless representation. Mr. Levitt conducts his own trials, which is not the case for many employment lawyers.

Howard is the labour lawyer and employment lawyer for many of Canada’s largest corporations and acts as chief spokesperson for numerous collective bargaining negotiations in a variety of industries. He conducts lobbying at the Federal and Provincial level on behalf of several clients regarding labour legislation. Howard frequently represents other lawyers and provides his opinions on complex employment matters when requested.

Over the past 42 years, Howard has lectured at seminars across Canada, appearing at over 400 employment law conferences.

Howard Levitt is a recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Community Service and Citizenship.

Firm Overview:

LSCS Law is the leading labour and employment law firm in Toronto, the GTA, and across Canada. Our expert lawyers represent employers and employees in all manner of legal matters including wrongful and unjust dismissal, terminations, lay-offs, severance pay and packages, employment contracts, statutory and regulatory compliance, discrimination and human rights violations, and sexual harassment. With specialised knowledge and expertise to assist clients on even the most complex matters, we work with you to ensure an equitable outcome both in and out of the courtroom.

Chrisóstomo Telésforo

Chrisóstomo Telésforo is our exclusively recommended Labour & Employment Law expert in Brazil on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Chrisóstomo directly using the contact details listed above.

Graduated in Law from Universidade Estácio de Sá/2007. Postgraduate degree in Civil Procedural Law from the Pontifical Catholic University – PUC-RJ (2010). Postgraduate degree in Civil-Constitutional Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro – UERJ (2012). Director of the Legal Department at Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama for 2018-2020. Member of the Court of Ethics and Discipline of the Order of Advogados do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro section between 2012 and 2016. He has been an associate at Ribeiro, Almeida & Freeland from 2008 to 2011 and partner at Sérgio Chermont de Britto Advogados from 2011 to 2013. He is a founding partner of the firm Telésforo Advogados since 2013.

Firm Overview:

Telésforo Advogados is a legal office specialising in multidisciplinary legal advice. Their team of professionals offers a high standard legal service, differentiated, honest and committed to their clients. In an interactive and integrated way, Telésforo Advogados prioritise necessary information with maximum agility and precision.

The legal office operate in various areas of law, seeking to meet the growing demand of the market, based on understanding the peculiarity of each business, providing their clients with not only advice on lawsuits, but mainly acting in the advisory part, thus minimising legal risks arising from the activities of their customers.

The legal advice provided varies according to the needs of their clients, and can be carried out through:

i) Legal opinions; ii) In-person or tele-face-to-face meetings, iii) Preparation of contracts in kind, iv) Carrying out due diligence, v) Assistance in crisis management, in addition to vi) Sponsorship in lawsuits in the tax, business, civil, labour, family spheres , probate, real estate and sports.

Bright Oghogho Odia

Bright Oghogho Odia is our exclusively recommended Labour & Employment Law expert in Nigeria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Bright directly using the contact details listed above.

Nigeria, an African country on the Gulf of Guinea, has many natural landmarks and wildlife reserves. Protected areas such as Cross River National Park and Yankari National Park have waterfalls, dense rainforest, savanna and rare primate habitats. One of the most recognisable sites is Zuma Rock, a 725m-tall monolith outside the capital of Abuja that’s pictured on the national currency.

As a top-tier law firm in Nigeria, Perchstone & Graeys provides astounding and unique services to its clients. We strive to make our business one of the best international standards to be recognised globally. With diligence and a sense of duty, we have been able to cater for the complex and intricate needs of our various clients. The quality of our lawyers and breadth of our expertise adds to our unique ability to provide and guarantee excellent service tailored to match and satisfy the intricate needs of our clients. We do not compromise our integrity, which makes us stand out in the legal industry. With years of experience and various competences in different aspects of law, we have been able to establish a dominant presence in the legal field in Nigeria and across the world. We are a law firm that constantly seeks innovation in areas where others see challenges and due to our resilience and dedication, we set a path for others to follow. We were the pioneer law firm to organise an international business-law seminar in India. The seminar presented unique business matchmaking opportunities to attending companies, skirting the usual administrative, bureaucratic, and cultural divides that typically hamper cross-border transactions. The fall-out of these seminars and advocacy gave rise to various legal reforms and implementation of sectoral laws and policies in Nigeria.

We are innovation-driven, approaching each problem with a solution mindset as we understand that every client is unique. The firm remains consistently ranked amongst the foremost Nigerian law firms in many dimensions. Besides the other national and international awards and recognitions the firm had received in the past, the firm was recently in July 2019 awarded the “Law Firm of the Year 2019” by Legal Era at the Africa Law Awards 2019 held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in recognition of the firm’s legal finesse, innovation and accomplishments.

Akinyemi Akinniyi

Akinyemi Akinniyi is our exclusively recommended Labour & Employment Law expert in Nigeria on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Akinyemi directly using the contact details above.

Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, sprawls inland from the Gulf of Guinea across Lagos Lagoon. Victoria Island, the financial centre of the metropolis, is known for its beach resorts, boutiques and nightlife. To the north, Lagos Island is home to the National Museum Lagos, displaying cultural artefacts and craftworks. Nearby is Freedom Park, once a colonial-era prison and now a major venue for concerts and public events.

Akinyemi is a double First class holder from Babcock University, Ogun State and the Nigerian Law School. He also holds a Diploma in History and International Studies with a Distinction.

He graduated top of his class from the University where he received the School Dean’s and Academic Program awards for the best graduating student in the School of Law and Security Studies respectively. At the Nigerian Law School, he received the Director-General’s Prize for First Class graduating students.

Prior to joining Templars, Akinyemi Akinniyi interned at several notable firms including KPMG advisory services.

Firm Overview:

Templars is a full service law firm with the know-­how to handle the legal needs of clients in Nigeria’s peculiar business environment.

With offices in the cosmopolitan cities of Lagos and Abuja, Templars is strategically placed to offer top quality legal services to our clients in the major economic hubs of the country.

The Templars ethos is predicated on our dedication to meeting the commercial objectives of our clients while providing qualitative legal services.

As a team, we assist our clients in analysing the risks involved in their transactions; and we mitigate and hedge those risks by strategizing different types of risk management tools.

At Templars, we pride ourselves on our sector strengths which cover diverse areas of the law including Corporate and Commercial, Energy and Natural Resources, Telecommunications.