Littler Expands Client Service in Latin America by Teaming with Brazil’s Chiode Minicucci
Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, is pleased to announce a new correspondent counsel relationship with Chiode Minicucci, a leading labor and employment law firm comprised of 18 attorneys in Brazil.
The Chiode Minicucci team will partner with all the members of Littler’s global platform, which now includes a presence in 12 markets in Latin America and more than 1,500 attorneys across 24 countries. Littler recently announced an expansion into Spain, a move that further enhanced both the firm’s European and Latin American capabilities – given the strong ties between the two regions.
“We are excited to join forces with Chiode Minicucci and for our clients to benefit from the team’s deep knowledge of Brazilian labor laws and extensive experience counseling and defending employers across the country,” said Tom Bender and Jeremy Roth, co-managing directors of Littler, in a joint statement. “Working together, we can provide solutions to address the needs of clients operating in Latin America’s largest economy, while further strengthening Littler’s capabilities in the region.”
Chiode Minicucci is led by partners Daniel Domingues Chiode and Marília Nascimento Minicucci and has professionals in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul and Brasília. The firm represents management in both individual and class action litigation before Brazil’s Regional Labor Courts, the Superior Labor Court and the Brazil Supreme Court. Chiode Minicucci also provides counsel on employment and labor law matters to companies in a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, chemical, technology, aviation, insurance, infrastructure, energy and retail.
“Brazilian employers are navigating a host of novel workplace issues, from the substantial reforms to our labor and employments laws to the various challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Chiode said. “Our deep experience in Brazil combined with Littler’s global reach and vast resources will be a powerful platform from which to counsel employers. Marília, my colleagues and I have collaborated with several Littler lawyers over the years and we are thrilled to now work on an ongoing basis with such a talented, dedicated team.”
“Brazil is an important market for our clients and it was critical that we find the right firm to work with in the country,” said Stephan Swinkels, a Littler shareholder who helps lead the development and integration of the firm’s global practice. “Chiode Minicucci has developed a strong reputation among Brazilian companies and has attracted leading labor and employment law practitioners, including a former justice of the Superior Labor Court. We look forward to having them as part of our global client service team.”
“We’ve been impressed by Daniel, Marília and the team they’ve assembled and are eager to coordinate with them to serve the employment-related needs of companies in what is now the world’s ninth-largest economy,” Peter Susser, Littler’s Global Practice Leader and chair of the firm’s International Employment Law practice, added.
Chiode Minicucci and its attorneys have been recognized as leaders in labor and employment law by such organizations as Chambers & Partners, Análise 500 Advocacia, Legal 500 and Leaders League. The team will work closely with New York-based Littler shareholder Renata Neeser, a native of São Paulo who previously practiced in that city, in coordinating support of clients’ needs in Brazil.
Littler’s international operations span four continents – North America, South America, Asia and Europe – and (in addition to the new support in Brazil) include offices in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Poland, Singapore, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Venezuela. The firm’s global capabilities also include lawyers with exceptional international experience, including practitioners dually licensed in the U.S. and Australia, Brazil, Japan and South Africa, respectively.