Juan Carlos Varela is an international attorney licensed and admitted to practice before the courts in Venezuela and Colombia. He focuses his practice on representing and advising global clients on matters throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, involving:

  • Labor and employment law
  • Executives' and workers' compensation
  • Employment taxes
  • Labor litigation matters
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Labor arbitration
  • Labor audits

Juan Carlos is the office managing shareholder of Littler Mendelson's Venezuela offices in Caracas and Valencia, and he also works out of the Miami office. He co-chairs the firm's Latin America practice and supports the interests of clients throughout the entire Latin America region. He is actively involved in the firm's International Employment Practice Group and also serves on the firm’s board of directors.

Juan Carlos is a labor law professor at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello. He has written numerous articles on labor-related issues and is regarded as one of the best labor lawyers in Venezuela.

*Not licensed to practice law in Florida


Named, Best Lawyers in Venezuela©


Named, Labour and Employment

Chambers Latin America


Named, Leading Lawyer in Venezuela

Legal 500 Latin America


Named, Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers



Named, International Who's Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers

Who's Who Legal


Named, World’s Leading Business Lawyers, Corporate/M&A


Chambers Global


Named, Excellence in Client Service

Client Choice International


News, Analysis & Press

Pensions & Retirement Plans 2016

Getting the Deal Through

May 1, 2016

Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers


January 13, 2016

Venezuela: Useful online resources on employment law


November 2013

Outsourcing in Latin America

Latin American Law & Business Report

July 1, 2012

Books & Book Chapters

  • Pensions & Retirement Plans - Venezuela, Getting the Deal Through, Law Business Research Ltd., chapter author, 2013 and 2014

Speaking Engagements

Inaugural Europe Conference - Germany


November 10, 2016

The Art of Global Restructuring and Global Workforce Integration

The 2016 Executive Employer® Conference

May 5, 2016

Venezuela Labor Outlook 2016

Boleita, Caracas

February 24, 2016

Perspectivas Laborales 2016 - Venezuela

Boleita, Caracas

February 24, 2016

Latin America HR Challenges and Solutions

Latin America Employee Relations Group, Miami, FL

February 25-26, 2016

Littler Global Mexico Conference

México City

November 11, 2015

Littler Global Primera Conferencia en México y Monterrey

Nuevo León, C.P.

November 10, 2015

Littler Global Mexico Conference

Nuevo León, C.P.

November 10, 2015

Littler Global Colombia Conference


September 10, 2015

Labor Update

Boleita, Caracas

May 27, 2015

Perspectivas Laborales 2015

Boleita, CaracasValencia

February 24, 2015

Compliance and Liability Fundamentals

Association of Corporate Counsel, South Florida Chapter

May 2, 2014

Out & About: LGBT Issues and the Globally Mobile Workforce

Global Employer Institute

Littler Mendelson, Washington D.C.

November 9, 2012

Protecting Your Operations in Latin America: Risks and Opportunities in the Region’s Current Legal Landscape

Global Employer Institute

Littler Mendelson, Washington D.C.

November 8, 2012

Sustainable Innovations for a Changing Global Workforce

Global Employer Institute

Littler Mendelson, Washington D.C.

November 8, 2012

Nueva Ley del Trabajo en Venezuela

Boleita, Caracas

July 17, 2012

New Labor Law In Venezuela

Boleita, Caracas

June 29, 2012

Doing Business South of the Border

The 2012 Executive Employer® Conference

Littler Mendelson, Scottsdale, AZ

May 10, 2012


  • LL.M., University of Miami, 2011
  • LL.M., University of Illinois, 1995 summa cum laude
  • J.D., Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, VZ, 1992 cum laude


  • Spanish
  • English
  • Portuguese

Bar Admission



  • Supreme Tribunal of Justice of Venezuela
  • Supreme Court of Justice of Colombia