Mercedes Arauz de Grimaldo is a Partner at Morgan & Morgan and head of the Labor, Immigration and Real Estate departments.
Her career includes over 30 years of counselling and defending clients regarding a broad range of labor and employment matters such as drafting employment contracts, collective bargaining negotiations, work permit applications, administrative proceedings, and labor litigation.
On immigration matters, she concentrates her practice representing mainly international companies making business in Panama that need to relocate its executive staff and their families. She has extensive experience in all aspects of immigration law including residence permits, visas and citizenship applications, as well as interacting regularly with Panamanian immigration authorities.
In the public sector, Mrs. Arauz de Grimaldo has served several times as First Deputy of the Nation’s General Attorney (1994-2004); President of the National Bar Association (2005-2007); and President of the Inter-American Bar Association (2004-2005), among others. She also is the Latvian Honorary Consul in Panama since 2006 to present.
Mrs. Grimaldo is involved in pro bono activities of at firm serving as counsellor in Panama of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, an institution dedicated to understanding biological diversity.
Mrs. Arauz de Grimaldo has received several distinctions including the “Inter-American Jurisprudence Award” in recognition to her valuable contribution to the development of the Law and Jurisprudence in America, the “Justo Arosemena Medal” in recognition of 20 years of practice in the legal industry, the “Star Woman Award 2002” for her contribution with the advancement of women in the legal profession and her work to improve gender diversity in Panama, among others.
She is a member of the Employment Law Alliance, the Inter-American Bar Association, the Panamanian Association of the Intellectual Property and the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property.
Mrs. Araúz de Grimaldo is admitted to practice law in the Republic of Panama.