Eliseo Zuniga

Eliseo M. Zuñiga, Jr.


Eliseo Zuñiga, Jr. is a partner in the Employment and Dispute Resolution Practice Groups. He is also a member of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications industry group in Manila. He has 18 years of experience advising clients on general employment issues, employee termination, executive compensation, benefits transfers and terminations, and labor 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. He has been cited as a Leading Individual in Employment by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2019) and the Chambers Asia Pacific (2018-2019). 

Practice Focus

Eliseo's practice focuses on procedures, strategies and negotiations for employee termination; illegal dismissal and labor standard litigation; 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) during the audits it conducted on the client's offices.
  • Assist a utility company in investigating anomalies in its operations and financial reports that led to the dismissal of key officers.
  • Represent a global manufacturer of industrial equipment and tools in the various proceedings that have arisen as a result of the retrenchment of 87 employees and the formation of a labor union.
  • 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.
  • Advise a US-based insurance, reinsurance and risk management services company on a labor complaint filed by employees of a local BPO against client. Assist in the mediation conference and negotiating and settling claims.
  • 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.

Professional Honors

  • Leading Individual in Employment, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2019
  • Leading Individual in Employment, Chambers Asia Pacific, 2018
  • Up and Coming Lawyer in Employment, Chambers Asia Pacific, 2015-2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

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


  • Philippines (2001)


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


  • English
  • Filipino


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