María Elena Subero

Of Counsel
+58 212 2772255




Ever since she joined LEĜA in 1997, Maria Elena has been an important member of the Labor and Employment practice area. She offers clients all of her experience and they ask her advice as a valid reference for decision making. Her experience of over 20 years covers compensation and benefits, individual contracts, restructurings, downsizing, labor audits, and continuous advice on labor matters. Human Resources Managers rely on Maria Elena Subero as a trustworthy professional, who has great experience and knowledge of the area.
“Maria Elena Subero is appreciated by clients because she is ”very empathetic, professional and accessible.” She is an expert in labor audits and advising on the labor aspects of corporate restructurings and downsizing.”
Chambers Latin America 2018


Labor and Employment.
♦ Legal Compliance.
♦ Retail and Wholesalers


  • 45th Annual Academy of American and International Law. Texas. USA, 2008.
  • U.S. Legal English and U.S. Legal Methods: Introduction to U.S. Law. Intensive Summer Program for Lawyers. IUSLAW, Washington. USA, 2006.
  • Labor Law Specialist. Universidad Central de Venezuela, Venezuela, 2001.
  • Commercial Law Specialist. Universidad Central de Venezuela, Venezuela, 1998.
  • Law Degree. Universidad Central de Venezuela, Venezuela, 1994.


  • Bar Association of the Federal District and State of Miranda
  • Association of Labor Lawyers


  • Spanish
  • English


  • Assistance and representation of national and foreign clients in downsizing processes, from negotiations with employees to preparation of severance payments and execution of settlements with no subsequent claims.
  • Assistance to clients and intervention before the Labor Inspector’s Office in connection with petitions made by unions, obtaining favorable results for the clients that she represents.
  • Design of strategies to retain talent, by improving their income without affecting labor liabilities.
  • Assistance in processes for hiring foreign staff, while confirming that the termination method in Venezuela does not entail labor risks for the company and the parent company.


  • Maria Elena is frequently invited to speak by diverse chambers and associations, such as Legis, the Venezuelan-British Chamber of Commerce, VenAmCham, the Canadian Chamber, CAVECOL, the Construction Chamber, among others. She has also been a speaker in conferences abroad on labor law matters.


  • In addition to her work as partner of the firm, Maria Elena has an extensive teaching career in Universidad Metropolitana, where she is a lecturer on the Individual Labor Law and Collective Labor Law classes in the undergraduate program. She was recently recognized by the graduating class of 2018 of said university as their graduation patroness; and students highlighted her dedication to teaching that motivates all those that take her classes. Also, she is frequently invited by Universidad Catolica Andres Bello to lecture Social Communication students on basic principles.


  • She has been recognized by Chambers Latin America and The Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in the Labor law area.
  • She was awarded the Arminio Borjas Distinction by the Bar Association of the State of Miranda.


  • She has written several articles for “Ambito Juridico;” the most recent one addresses the norms for the Productive Council of Workers.