Leslie Palma is a labor and benefits attorney in Holland & Knight's Mexico City office. She has more than 20 years of experience advising clients on employment matters in the corporate sector, including individual and collective procedures. Ms. Palma also is well-versed in labor and employment due diligence of domestic and foreign companies.

In addition, Ms. Palma is experienced in negotiations before the Employee's Defense Office, litigation before the federal and local labor boards in Mexico, and amparo appeals. She is highly knowledgeable in executive compensation, employee benefits, labor management relations, noncompete agreements, workforce reductions and helping companies manage other employee changes.

As part of her practice, Ms. Palma advises clients on the implementation of labor structures, compliance investigations, internal labor regulation, employee handbooks, labor restructuring and collective bargaining agreements, as well as policies, confidentiality agreements and employment contracts.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Palma worked for several law firms in Mexico and was in-house counsel for an international retailer.

Representative Experience

  • Advised a French company based in Mexico in all matters related to administrative restructuring, executive compensation and internal regulations
  • Represented PepsiCo Internacional México S de R.L. de C.V., on various legal matters, including labor and management issues such as executive benefits, severance pay, employee benefits and compensation, employee relations, noncompete agreements, layoffs and changes of control
  • Advised Stericycle Inc., on restructuring its executive organization chart, employee compensation, labor lawsuits filed by managers, conducting labor audits and changes in procedures
  • Represented Tiendas Soriana S.A. de C.V., owner and operator of grocery and department stores across Mexico, on individual and collective corporate procedures, as well as labor and employment matters
  • Represented Gamesa S de R.L. de C.V., on labor and employment issues, including individual and collective corporate procedures
  • Advised Comercializadora Soria S.A. de C.V., formerly known as Comercial Mexicana, on numerous legal matters, including workforce reductions, executive benefits, severance pay, employee benefits and compensation, employee relations, noncompete agreements, layoffs  and changes of control

  • Represented an international financial services company on managing labor litigation before the federal and local labor boards in Mexico
  • Represented a Mexican real estate trust before the federal labor board in Mexico, regarding labor management relations and amparo procedures


  • Universidad Iberoamericana AC, J.D.
  • Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Diploma, New Labor Reform
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Mexico
  • International Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Best Lawyers in Mexico, 2020, 2021
  • Los 300: Líderes Más Influyentes de México, Líderes Mexicanos, 2019-2021
  • Mexico Lawyer of the Year, Lawyer Monthly, Employment, Labor and Benefits, 2018
  • Mexico Lawyer of the Year Nominee, Chambers Women in Law Awards: Latin America, 2018
  • Chambers Latin America – Latin America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Labor & Employment, 2010-2015


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