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Mariano Batalla


Partner, ALTA Batalla; Visiting Scholar (Spring 2022), Center on the Legal Profession

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Mariano Batalla was Visiting Scholar at the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School from January 2022-June 2022. He has over ten years of law firm management experience as a partner at Alta, one of the largest law firms in Central America, where he draws on his business training and expertise to represent large-scale clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and in establishing and restructuring business operations in Central America. At CLP and under the umbrella of the GLEE project, he studied the changing nature of corporate law firms in Latin America.

He is an active member of the Law Firm Management Committee of the International Bar Association, with over twenty keynote presentations on law firm management issues in ten different countries.

He is a contributing author of Leadership for Lawyers: Essential Leadership for Lawyers: Essential Leadership Strategies for Law Firm Success (Globe Law and Business) which explores the crucial elements of law firm leadership. He is a Visiting Professor of Service Design and Entrepreneurship at INCAE Business School, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of Costa Rica and a former instructor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Harvard University. In 2016, Mariano was recognized by Costa Rica’s leading financial newspaper El Financiero, as one of 40 under 40 business leaders and is a frequently quoted by major news sources, including La Nación, El Financiero and La República.

He received his law degree summa cum laude from the University of Costa Rica. He undertook his graduate studies in business and professional service firms at Harvard University and the Fletcher School at Tufts University; he also holds a Certificate in Advanced Negotiation from the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.