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Marván, González Graf y González Larrazolo

Highly respected boutique



Marván, González Graf y González Larrazolo is a highly regarded, fully dedicated labour and employment boutique. Its extensive team is spread across offices in Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Morelia.

Founding partners Héctor González Larrazolo, Héctor González Graf and Santiago Marván Urquiza are key names at the firm, which is a favoured choice for both national and international clients seeking local advice. 

José Genaro Pérez Velázquez, who leads the team in Guadalajara, became partner in the firm on 1 January 2022, further bolstering its capabilities.


In the past year, a key area of activity for the firm has been in advising clients on how to adapt processes and policies in light of recent labour reforms, such as the new rules relating to outsourcing.

On the corporate side, the team is well placed to support clients with M&A or restructuring procedures, as well as advise foreign clients seeking to enter the local market. As part of its expertise, it offers services in employee transfers and in aligning global policies to Mexican law.

The firm also deftly handles issues relating to the labour authorities – such as inspections, summons, and challenges to imposed administrative sanctions. 

The team is well-versed in acting for corporations in disputes. Notably, the group is active in litigation over wrongful dismissal or profit-sharing claims.

In addition, team members demonstrate considerable skill in matters involving trade unions – both to negotiate collective bargaining agreements and in disputes. This is particularly evident in its impressive track record in attaining the cancellation of planned strike actions.


  • CitiBanamex
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Avon Mexico
  • Xerox
  • LiomontNissan Mexicana
  • Chanel
  • Mead Johnson
  • Renault
  • Smurfit Kappa

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Marván, González Graf y González Larrazolo, S.C. (MGGL) is a large, highly specialized labor boutique that stands out for its institutionalized approach. With more than 100 professionals dedicated to labor and employment matters, the firm provides consistently high-quality legal services to leading multinational and national clients in a modern and efficient manner. The firm’s six partners all have PhD or masters degrees from leading universities, including Harvard and Tulane in the US.

MGGL was founded by three highly experienced partners with postgraduate degrees from top US universities, and a wide range of expertise in Mexican labor and employment law. Their goal was to build an institutionalized labor and employment boutique with a strong focus on providing world-class legal services. The firm has invested heavily in the education of its lawyers and in cutting-edge software for efficient and effective case management, and, following years of sustained growth, is widely considered a market leader in Mexico. The firm’s unique model and structure has proved highly successful, and its impressive client roster reflects its outstanding reputation.

MGGL represents leading multinational clients and some of the biggest employers in Mexico. The firm advises clients across a wide range of sectors, including the finance, insurance, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, energy and natural resources, and automotive sectors, and stands out for its market-leading experience advising insurance and financial services companies.

We handle complex, sensitive, and strategic labor and employment matters, ranging from high-profile disputes and collective bargaining agreements to the labor aspects of high-end M&A and corporate restructurings.

The firm is renowned for its expertise in labor litigation; it handles large, complex disputes before all levels of the court, recently representing clients in several cases before the Supreme Court of Justice and being called as expert witness in international arbitration cases. It also has the capacity to deal with a large number of concurrent lawsuits. The firm’s Mexico City-based team co-ordinates cases at a national level through arrangements with a network of firms across more than 40 Mexican cities.

MGGL has an equally strong practice in non-contentious labor matters, including labor consulting on matters such as major M&A and corporate restructurings, as well as collective bargaining. In this respect the firm has developed strong, longstanding working relationships with the unions.

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