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Adriana Escobar


CMS Rodríguez-Azuero
Carrera 11 #77a-99
Edificio Revista Semana
Languages Spanish, English

Adriana is a Partner for the Firm and leads the Employment & Pensions practice. She is a lawyer, with more than 18 years of experience advising national and multinational clients on labour law, comprehensive social security and immigration law. She also has extensive experience advising companies on due diligence processes in labour and social security matters and managing legal and operational processes. Adriana has directed the study of public policies for the Colombian pension system and has also participated in labour negotiations for relevant clients.

She has extensive experience in comprehensive advice on labour litigation in the field of social security and labour law for individuals for their pension planning, both in Colombia and abroad. Also, Adriana is a specialist in Labour Law and Social Security from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She is a founding member of the Centre for Procedural Law Studies, (CEDEP, acronym for its Spanish, Centro de Estudios de Derecho Procesal) and Director of the Labour Law chapter.

On 2023, she participated as a speaker at the International Latin America Employment Summit in the Diversity and Inclusion panel for firms held in Sao Paulo and is also a member of the D&I committee as a representative of guidelines and policies for Latin America. Finally, she is a member of the D&I Committee of CMS Colombia.

Professional Experience

  • 2019-present – Partner, CMS Rodríguez-Azuero, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2013-2019 – Managing Partner, Escobar García Abogados S.A.S, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2012-2013 – Legal Consultant, Escobar & Granados Abogados, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2009-2012 – Legal Consultant, Aegis Consultores Abogados, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2006-2008 – Benefits Coordination Attorney, BBVA Horizonte Pensiones y Censantias S.A, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2005-2006 – Legal Vice Presidency Attorney, Colfondos, Bogotá, Colombia
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member of the Colegio de Abogados del Trabajo y la Seguridad Social
  • Director of the Labour Law chapter of CEPED
  • Currently main Professor of Integral Social Security Professorship in the Specialization in Human Resources Management, Universidad Externado of Colombia
  • Invited professor for the topic of Pension Social Security. Postgraduate studies training for Colpensiones employees     


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Awards & Rankings

  • Adriana Escobar, Chambers and Partners Latin America 2024, Labour & Employment
  • Area Recognition: Chambers Latin America 2024, Labour & Employment.
  • Legal 500 Latin America 2024 Recognition in the area of Labour and Employment.
  • Adriana Escobar, Legal 500 Latin America 2024, recommended lawyer in the area of Labour & Employment.
  • Leaders League 2024 Recognition in the area of Labour & Employment (Highly Regarded)
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  • Co-author from the special report, "Claves del debate en torno al piso de protección social”, Legis, No. 222. December, 2020
  • Author “The imminent technology leap, a challenge for the judicial branch” Asuntos Legales, La República, April 14th, 2020
  • Author, “The Pensions in Colombia”, La República, April 25th, 2019.
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  • 2019 - Labour and Social Security Law Master´s degree, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2016- Diploma in Labour Law Update, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2008- Specialization in Private Law, Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2004- Lawyer, Universidad de la Sabana, Bogotá, Colombia
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