Francesco Rotondi

Founder – Managing Partner


Degree from the Catholic University of Milan, J.D. 1991.

Bar Associations

Member of the Bar Association since 1994.


English and French.


Francesco Rotondi is a Founder – Managing Partner of LABLAW – Studio Legale.

He provides 360° Labor Law and Industrial Relations counsel to numerous important Italian companies as well as international businesses with operations in Italy. He boasts a solid experience assisting with reorganization and restructuring plans, extraordinary operations, trade union litigation, the management of employment contracts, and with the organization of agency networks in the commercial and credit sectors.

Francesco is particularly well known for managing complex reorganizations and corporate restructuring, top management labor issues and litigation, in addition to providing counsel on future scenarios of labor law and the individual work contracts – advising on new types of employment contracts for the digital economy.


Francesco commenced his professional career in 1991 at Trifirò & Partners, where he became Partner. In 2001, he joined Hammonds Rossotto as a Partner and Head of the Employment and Industrial Relations Department. In 2006, Francesco Rotondi founded LABLAW – one of the top employment and labour law firms in Italy.


Professional associations

Francesco Rotondi is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Italian Employment Lawyers Association (AGI), the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA). In addition, Francesco is a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Personnel Directors (AIDP) of Lombardia, a Member of CONFINDUSTRIA, as well as being a member of the Scientific Committee of Employment Law & Practice at IPSOA – the Italian Professional institution of Corporate Organisation.



Francesco is extremely active in the academic world – teaching courses on diverse Italian Employment & Labour Law subjects at universities around the country. You will read more about this below.

In addition, he is also a licensed journalist in Italy and has published numerous articles and books on a number of industrial relations and trade union matters over the years. Of particular note, Francesco is the Director of the Licosia Edition series “The Work Has Changed. We Change The Rules” which aims to develop an evolutionary vision of labor law. A full list of these publications is provided below.


Accolades & awards

Francesco is regularly recognized by both the national and international legal communities as a leader in his field year after year:



  • Italian Employment Lawyer of the Year – LegalCommunity Labour Awards 2019.
  • Black Belt of Italian Employment Law | 100 Industry Leading Consultants – Forbes Magazine 2019

  • Lawyer of the Year | Trade Union and Industrial Relations – TopLegal Awards 2018.

  • AA Ranking for Italian Employment Law – LegalCommunity Labour Report 2018

  • Italian Employment Lawyer of the Year – LegalCommunity Labour Awards 2018.

  • Lawyer of The Year – Le Fonti Awards 2018.

  • Lawyer of the Year | Trade Union and Industrial Relations – TopLegal Awards 2017.

  • Lawyer of the Year | Counsel – LegalCommunity Labour Awards 2017.

  • LegalCommunity Labour Awards: Advisory Lawyer of the Year 2017.

  • Lawyer of the Year | Sport – TopLegal Industry Awards 2017.

  • Lawyer of the Year | Litigation – TopLegal Awards 2016.

  • Lawyer of the Year | Trade Union & Industrial Relations – LegalCommunity Labour Awards 2016

  • 40 Most Influential Lawyers Under 50

  • Italian Employment Lawyer of the Year – Premio Internazionale Le Fonte 2015

  • Special Award – LegalCommunity Labour Awards 2014

  • Lawyer of the Year – LegalCommunity Labour Awards 2012

  • Labour Professional of the Year FINALIST – TopLegal Awards 2010 – 2012


  • Chambers Europe 2007 – 2019

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2007 – 2019

  • Who’s Who Legal 2011 – 2019

  • Expert Guides 2007 – 2009 – 2011 – 2019

  • Best Lawyers 2010 – 2019

  • Best of the Best 2012

  • Employment, Labour and Benefits Lawyer of The Year – Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 2017.

  • European Managing Partner of the Year FINALIST – The Lawyer European Awards 2012

  • European Managing Partner of the Year FINALIST – Legal Week Awards 2010 – 2011

Board & committee membership

  • Member of the Board of Arbitrators of Assolavoro (Confidustria)

  • Member of the Labor Law and Practice Scientific Committee – IPSOA

  • Member of the Justice Commission of the 2° for the Federal Council of the Italian Kickboxing Federation

  • 2016 | Educational Coordinator for the Masters Course: Employment Law & Corporate Organisation – IPSOA

  • 2002 – 2005 | President of the Committee of Guarantors of the Region of Lombardy | Medical Management

Speaking engagements

  • University of Carlo Cattaneo LIUC – Adjunct Professor of Employment Law

  • AIDP (The Italian Association of Personnel Directors) – Lecturer

  • HRCommunity Academy – Lecturer

  • GIDP – Personnel Directors Group – Lecturer

  • European University of Rome – Adjunct Professor

  • International Research Institute – Lecturer

  • CEGOS – Lecturer

  • Paradigma – Lecturer

  • SDA Bocconi – Professor

  • University Carlo Cattaneo LIUC – Professor of Labour Law

  • University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ – Professor of Labour Law Master OPL.

  • Italian Employment Lawyers Association (AGI) of Lombardia – Professor

  • University of Milan ‘degli Studi’ – Professor for the Masters Course: Sport Law

  • Executive Studies Institute (ISTUD) – Professor

  • Institute of Personnel Management (ISPER) – Professor

  • University of Milan – Sacro Cuore – Scholar at The Labour Law Institute.

  • 2017 | IPSOA – Professor for the Masters Course: The Work Relationship During a Company Crisis

  • 2017 | IPSOA – Professor for the Masters Course: The Work Relationship and Corporate


Francesco Rotondi is the author of numerous books and articles on employment and trade union matters. He regularly publishes commentary in the following professional journals and newspapers:

  • AIDP | HR Online

  • AIDP | Dir. Pers

  • Il Sole 24 Ore | Guida al Lavoro,

  • Il Sole 24 Ore | Avvocati 24

  • IPSOA | Diritto & Pratica del Lavoro

  • IPSOA | Il Lavoro nella Giurisprudenza

  • IPSOA | Il Quotidiano Unico

  • IPSOA | Guida alle Paghe

  • Leggi di Lavoro, rivista giuridica dei consulenti del lavoro, Fondazione Studi Consulenti del Lavoro

  • Sintesi, rassegna di giurisprudenza e dottrina, Commissione Studi e Ricerche dell’Ordine dei Consulenti del lavoro

  • Italian Employment Law and Industrial Relations – IPSOA 2017
  • Job rules in Italy. Labour law and industrial relations – IPSOA Guide Operative 2015
  • Comments on the Codes of the Working Relationship: Doctrines and Jurisprudence – IPSOA 2014
  • Italian Employment Law and Industrial Relations – IPSOA 2014
  • Individual Dismissals n Italy published in the eBook “Labour and Social Security – Wolters Kluwer 2013
  • The New Labour: What will Change for Companies and Employees. Law n.92 of June 28, 2012 – IPSOA July 2012 (co-author)
  • Outsourced Labour: The Difference between Fixed Term Contracts and Service Contracts – Giuffre Editore, 2012
  • Contract Work, Outsourced Work, Fixed-Term Contracts – IPSOA, 2012 (co-author)
  • Italian Labour Law, co-written by Luca Failla and Francesco Rotondi – Globe Law & Business 2011
  • Breaking with Tradition: Competitive Strategies for European Law Firms, co-written by Luca Failla and Francesco Rotondi – Ark Group July 2010
  • Expert Opinion: Themes that have emerged in both the US and UK as a result of the credit tsunami (as described by Alan Greenspan) and how the Italian system addresses these issues, co-written by Luca Failla and Francesco Rotondi – The New Economy 2009
  • Commented Codes of Employment Relationships, IPSOA 2008
  • A Course of Labour Law, CEDAM 2008
  • Collective Dismissals, IPSOA 2008
  • Codes of Law, IPSOA 2007
  • A Practical Guide to Labour Law, CEDAM 2005
  • Anti-Union Conduct, CEDAM 2004
  • Codes of Employment Law, La Tribuna 2003 (Co-author)
  • Temporary Work, IPSOA 2000


  • Introduction of the book of Pino Mercuri, “The future of the work explained to my daughter”-Licosia editions, necklace “The work has changed. Let’s change the Rules “, November 2018

  • Jobs App, a new contract of work for the digital economy – Edizioni Guerini Next, 2018 (co-authored with Luca Solari);

  • Work and industrial relations at the time of the crisis and the Jobs Act – Welfare Annual Report 2016. The point of view of the professionals of the work – Franco Angeli, 2016 (co-author)

  • Flexibility vs Insecuerity: Which Side is Matteo Renzi’s Jobs Act on? – Rubbettino Editore, 2015

  • Dialogues on Industrial Relations: Collective Bargaining After Marchionne, MIND 2012