Eliseo Zuniga

Eliseo M. Zuñiga, Jr.

Biography

Eliseo Zuñiga, Jr. is a partner in the Employment and Dispute Resolution Practice Groups. He is also a member of the Industrial, Manufacturing & Telecommunications and the Healthcare industry groups in Manila. He has 19 years of experience advising clients on general employment issues, employee termination, executive compensation, benefits transfers and terminations, and general litigation. He actively participates as a speaker and presenter in various regional and local seminars and conferences on labor and employment-related issues. He serves as a Chairperson of the People Management Association of the Philippines’ Labor Policy Reforms and Industrial Relations Committee and Co-Chairperson of the European Chamber of Commerce Human Capital Committee. He has been cited as a Leading Individual in Employment by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2019-2020) and the Chambers Asia Pacific (2018-2020).

Practice Focus

Eliseo's practice focuses on commercial and employment litigation, corporate compliance, and general dispute resolution. His practice includes procedures, strategies and negotiations for employee termination; illegal dismissal and labor standard cases; retrenchment, redundancy and downsizing of operations; labor relations/trade unions; executive transfers; and employment contracts, employee handbook and other employment-related documents review.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Assist a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company in responding to and addressing the issues on contractualization found by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and in a contractual dispute with one of its suppliers for a project for a Philippine-based telecommunications company.
  • Assist a utility company in investigating anomalies in its operations and financial reports that led to the dismissal of key officers.
  • Assist a Singapore-based oil trading company in a Petition for Interim Measure of Protection under the Special Rules of Court on Alternative Dispute Resolution filed by the Client against its former Philippines-based joint venture partner.
  • Act for a Fortune 500, diversified American company in connection with litigation and other dispute resolution matters in the Philippines.
  • Represent a multinational company manufacturing wire die in collective bargaining negotiations with the members of the union. 
  • Represent a leading Japanese global research-based pharmaceutical company, in notice of strike proceedings before the National Conciliation and Mediation Board. 
  • Successfully obtained a favorable resolution from the Supreme Court for the Philippine subsidiary of a US-based pharmaceutical company, upholding the dismissal of a union president who was dismissed by the company. 
  • Represent the main coordinating entity of a global accounting firm network in an illegal dismissal case filed by a former partner. 
  • Successfully defended a German wholesaler of hardware accessories, tools and retrieval systems in the illegal dismissal complaint filed by the client’s Chief Executive Officer. 
  • Assist an American chemical conglomerate in international commercial arbitration involving a non-solicitation clause in a contract with its local client, which is a subsidiary of a large conglomerate in the Philippines.

Professional Honors

  • Leading Individual in Employment, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2019-2020
  • Leading Individual in Employment, Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018-2020
  • Distinguished practitioner for Labour and Employment by Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2020
  • Dispute Resolution Star in Labour and Employment by Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific, 2019
  • Up and Coming Lawyer in Employment, Chambers Asia Pacific, 2015-2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • People Management Association of the Philippines - Chairperson - Labor Policy Reforms and Industrial Relations Committee
  • European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines - Co-chairperson
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines - Member
  • International Bar Association - Member

Admissions

  • Philippines (2001)

Education

  • University of the Philippines (LLB) (2000)
  • University of the Philippines (AB Political Science) (1996)

Languages

  • English
  • Filipino

Presentations

Co-author, "Guide to Philippine Employment Laws for the Private Sector", Quisumbing Torres, 2017

Co-author, "Guide to Philippine Employment Laws for the Private Sector", Quisumbing Torres, 2017

Co-author, "50 Greatest Supreme Court Decisions on HR", People Management Association of the Philippines, 2014

Co-author, "Guide to Philippine Employment Law: An Overview of Employment Laws for the Private Sector", Quisumbing Torres, 2012