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“He is a key person for advice on negotiations with unions and labour matters in general. José Luis Zapata is a magnificent lawyer.”

Chambers & Partners

José Luis Zapata


Phone +5411 4346-1071


  • Labor Law


  • Spanish
  • English

Professional Experience

José Luis Zapata is the Partner in charge of the Labor Law Area at O’Farrell.

His activity focuses on advising companies, settling labor disputes, whether individual or collective, managing labor proceedings, and negotiating collective bargaining agreements with labor unions.

Mr. Zapata is a legal adviser to companies engaged in different economic activities in Argentina, such as the automotive, oil, gas, electricity, textile, chemical and petrochemical, retail, construction, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, gastronomy, insurance, railway, and services industries, always in relation to labor and litigation issues, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and management of collective labor disputes.

He is currently part of the negotiation group of the collective bargaining agreement between YPF Energía Eléctrica S.A. and the union Federación Argentina de Trabajadores de Luz y Fuerza.

José Luis was appointed by ADEFA (Association of Automotive Manufacturers) as its representative in the Social Policy Department of Unión Industrial Argentina.


He is a lawyer graduated from the Law and Political Sciences School of Universidad Católica Argentina.

He took post-graduate and specialization courses at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Austral, Universidad Católica Argentina, and Instituto para el Desarrollo Empresarial de la Argentina (IDEA).

He attended the professional update program offered by the Academy of American and International Law, Institute for International and Comparative Law, sponsored by the Center for American and International Law, Dallas, Texas.


Mr. Zapata works as a teacher at Instituto para el Desarrollo Empresarial de la Argentina and at the Master’s Degree Course in Corporate Law of ESEADE University Institute.



He has been recognized as an expert in his practice areas by the following international publications:

  • Chambers & Partners Latin America 2023: Labor and Employment
  • The Legal 500 2023: Labour & Employment (Leading Individual)
  • Latin Lawyer 250 2023: Labour
  • Leaders League, 2023: Labour & Employment (Recommended)

Professional Entities and Associations

  • Technical delegate member of the Social Policies Department of the Argentine Industrial Union (Unión Industrial Argentina – UIA) and representative of the employers sector at the International Labor Organization (ILO)
  • Attorney-at-law of the Chamber of Oil Industry (Cámara de la Industria del Petróleo, CIP), participating in all collective bargaining proceedings within the oil industry.
  • Attorney-at-law of the Argentine Chamber of Casual Food Restaurants (Cámara Argentina de Establecimientos de Comida Casual, CAECC)
  • Attorney-at-law of the Argentine Chamber of Renewable Energies (Cámara Argentina de Energías Renovables, CADER).
  • Member of the Argentine Association of Labor Law (Asociación Argentina de Derecho del Trabajo)
  • Member of the Argentine Association of Labor Law (Sociedad Argentina de Derecho Laboral)
  • Member of the City of Buenos Aires Bar Association
  • He has an active role in various chambers of commerce, such as the British, Spanish, American, and Dutch Chambers of Commerce