Maria Luisa (Isa) Soter is a partner in the firm’s Rio de Janeiro office. She focuses her practice in the areas of corporate immigration and labour and employment law, advising international and Brazilian corporations on the complexities surrounding successfully navigating Brazilian labour law. Ms Soter also advises companies on immigration matters and manages multiple inbound cases annually for corporate clients across a range of industries, including banking, oil and gas, and telecommunications.
Ms Soter also has a dynamic and varied labour practice, advising Brazilian and international employers on issues related to outsourcing, overtime, collective bargaining agreements, terminations and drug testing. Clients from the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia rely upon Ms Soter’s expertise and knowledge of Brazilian labour codes. Ms Soter brings a unique perspective to clients based upon her early career experience as a labour judge and her knowledge of, and ability to interpret, key Brazilian labour laws. Serving on the bench from 1992 to 2000, she began her judicial career as a substitute judge in the trial courts and was elevated to presiding judge in 1994. Within two years, she moved to the appellate labour court, where she presided over four different groups of judges, as well as in the specialised section on individual labour disputes and in the specialised section on collective labour disputes.
Ms Soter is an active member of Ius Laboris, an international alliance of leading human resources law practitioners, with more than 2,500 lawyers providing local labour law knowledge and coverage in more than 100 countries. She is also an invited professor on the postgraduate programme at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation and taught labour law at the University of Saint Úrsula for three years.