Leonor’s practice focuses on corporate immigration matters in Latin America.

Since 2007, Leonor has provided counsel to a wide variety of corporations and is in charge of supervising the firm's service delivery in Latin America and the Caribbean to ensure that each client’s international personnel transfer program is successfully implemented and supported.

She actively participated in the opening of Fragomen offices in Costa Rica (2007), Mexico and Brazil (2013) and our Member Firm Network offices in Chile, Colombia (2015), Peru and Panama (2016).

Leonor has experience in international trade matters as a negotiator for labor issues and as a former member of Costa Rica’s international trade agreements negotiating team (2002-2005).

In 2010, she was included by the Costa Rican Government in the roster of panelists who are willing and able to serve as panelist in a dispute settlement procedure of the Free Trade Agreement between Central America, the Dominican Republic and the United States (US- CAFTA-DR).

In 2006, Leonor attended the American Council on International Personnel’s Thirty-Second Annual Symposium for In-House Immigration Professionals. In 2004, she participated as a lecturer in Southeastern Louisiana University’s Costa Rica Business Study Abroad Program and completed the University of Ottawa’s “Taller sobre Solución de Diferencias,” “Siminario sobre Contratación Pública” and The Centre for Trade Policy and Law’s Certificate Program in Trade Policy and Commercial Diplomacy. In 2004, Leonor took part in the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development’s “The Link between trade and investment within the framework of the Doha work program: implications for developing countries in a strengthened multilateral cooperation” course.

Leonor speaks English and Spanish.

Education


Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy | M.A., 2009
University of Costa Rica | J.D., 2002, Academic Honors

Awards

Listed in Best Lawyers, Immigration Law, 2014 to 2020

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: Costa Rica

Member, Costa Rican Bar Association

Member, Costa Rican Notary Public Association

Publications and Lectures

Speaker, “La Nación y Fragomen le invitan a participar en el Foro Virtual: Nómadas Digitales.”  La Nación, 20 April 2021.

Quoted, “Empresas remozan edificios durante la pandemia para adaptarlos a ‘nueva realidad’.”  La Nación, 6 April 2021.

Author, “Nómadas digitales: un buen negocio.” El Financiero Costa Rica, 25 March 2021.

Author, “Digital nomads in the spotlight.”  La Nación, 12 February 2021.

Panelist, “The age of tech has arrived.” Latin America Corporate Counsel Association Panel, 16 December 2020.

Moderator, “Tech talks: the convergence of technology, law and knowledge in the new post-pandemic world.” Latin America Corporate Counsel Association Virtual Summit 2020: Tech Talks, 20 November 2020.

Speaker, ““Immigration Snapshot: On the Ground in Latin America.”  Worldwide ERC’s 2020 Global Workforce Summit: Talent Mobility in Latin America, São Paulo, Brazil, 11 November 2020.

Author, “Visa para el teletrabajo y la reactivación económica.” Delfino, 12 July 2020.

Author, “Covid-19 makes immigration policy more important than ever.” Latin Lawyer, 6 July 2020.

Quoted, “How Latin America could benefit from the US' anti-immigration stance.” IDG Connect, 29 May 2019.

Speaker, “Protectionism in the Current Era: An Integral Overview of Political and Legal Trends in Mexico and Latin America.” ABA International Conference, Mexico City, Mexico, 8 November 2018.

Speaker, “Immigration and Tax Bootcamp: Mexico, Peru and Columbia.”  Worldwide ERC’s 2015 Global Workforce Summit: Talent Mobility in Latin America, São Paulo, Brazil, 10 September 2015.

Speaker, “Immigration and Tax Bootcamp: Argentina and Chile.” Worldwide ERC’s 2014 Global Workforce Summit: Talent Mobility in Latin America, São Paulo, Brazil, 3-4 September 2014.

Guest speaker, Inter-American Development Bank (BID/INTAL) Free Trade Agreements Implementation Seminar, Buenos Aires, 2006.

Co-author, Estudios Jurídicos sobre el TLC entre República Dominicana, Centroamérica y Estados Unidos, Asociación para el Estudio Jurídico del TLC con EE.UU., Costa Rica: 2005.