Miguel E. Urriola M. is a partner in FABREGA MOLINO and head of the Labor department of the Firm.  He has more than twenty years of professional experience, focusing his practice in litigation, commercial, labor issues, and those concerning asset recovery.

Miguel has impressive experience handling complex strategic and reorganizational issues, trade union rights, consultation on redundancies and business transfers, industrial action, balloting, and collective labor law. Since 2005, he has participated as arbitrator in several arbitration proceedings at the Conciliation and Arbitration Centre of Panama.

Miguel has conducted complex and high-profile employment tribunal claims and employment litigation.  He is a distinguished negotiator of collective labor agreements in Panama.

Before FABREGA MOLINO, he was a partner of a prestigious law firm in Panama for sixteen years, representing local and international clients including multinational companies, family groups amongst others, in commercial, intellectual property, labor, and consumer protection disputes, both in Civil Courts as well as in Commercial Courts. He has been distinguished by prestigious international publications and directories such as Chambers Global, Chambers Latin America, and Who’s Who Legal in the area of dispute resolution and asset recovery.


  • The University of Panama, Panama(LL.B., 1994).
  • University of Science and Technology of Latin America, Panama (LL.M Corporative Law, 1999).
  • Las Americas University, Panama. (Diploma in Panamanian Labor Law and Collective agreements Negotiations, 2005).
  • Santa Maria la Antigua University, Panama (LL.M, Labor Law).


  • Spanish
  • English

Relevant Transactions

  • The Firm represented a major advertising company in Panama in a lawsuit regarding an alleged US$40 million breach of an advertising contract.
  • The Firm represented an insurance company claiming payment of a bail related to a billionaire lawsuit between an electric company and an energy concession company.
  • The Firm represents a transnational company in a US$7 million claim due to alleged damages derived from accidental death.
  • Legal advisors of a multinational company dedicated to the Industry and Construction of automotive, metal, and wood, advising the company in labor organization, labor audits, organizational structure, and internal controls to prevent conflicts employer-employee. Besides, we advise the company in litigation matters before Panamanian courts and negotiations on labor terminations.
  • Legal advisors of a leading pharmaceutical company under the special regime in Panamanian territory, which was provided ongoing advice in all matters related to severance payments during employment terminations and contract rescissions, either on occasion to dismissal, resignation, or mutual agreement, strategic advice on issues of termination individual labor contracts, recruitment of foreign workers, frequent legal consultations on questions according to special legislation.