Maria Cecilia Romoleroux exclusive interview, partner at the firm CorralRosales and INTA (International Trademark Association) Board Member

With more than 25 years of experience in the Intellectual Property area, Maria Cecilia co-leads the Intellectual Property and Regulatory Law areas at the firm CorralRosales in Ecuador.

With more than 25 years of experience in the Intellectual Property area, Maria Cecilia co-leads the Intellectual Property and Regulatory Law areas at the firm CorralRosales in Ecuador.

Under her leadership, CorralRosales has become an indisputable leader on intellectual property at the local and regional level. Maria Cecilia represents many of the largest companies worldwide offering advice and protection of intellectual property portfolios in Ecuador and Latin America. Likewise, Maria Cecilia is widely recognized for her fight against piracy and contraband, with exceptional results.

Maria Cecilia has been recognized in legal directories such as Chambers and Partners Global and Latin America, IP Stars, Latin Lawyer, LACCA, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, and WTR 1000. In addition, Maria Cecilia received the Chambers – Women in Law Award Ecuador 2018. She has been the only Ecuadorian recognized among the 250 most influential women in the world in intellectual property by IP Starts, and is the first Latin-American woman to be a part of the INTA’s Board of Directors.

Q – What would you highlight of your professional career during your years as partner at CorralRosales, and on being the first Ecuadorian – Latin American member of the INTA Directory?

A -It has been a long road where I have had to fight to excel in an area of the law where family firms are the ones who predominate, and where women had no place. The fact of being a part of the INTA Directory fills me with pride, not only on the personal level, but for putting my country on the map.

Q – How do you think that women’s role in society has evolved since the beginning of your career, and until today, and what do you think that women’s role can be in overcoming a situation as complex as the one we have been living since the beginning of 2020?

A -Women have taken a great leap in the last few decades, better understanding their true role in society. 2020 has put us through difficult tests, ones that can only be overcome with bravery and intelligence, without letting fear creep in. We have to live every day with joy and never go to sleep without a new project in mind.

Q – How has the culture of remote work changed at your firm and your clients in the last few months? Do you think we will return to working how we used to, or do you think this is a definitive change that is here to stay?

A -Our firm supports women and mothers, and we have been doing so for many years; so, we had remote work plans already established and it ended up being easy for all of us to work in this manner. We’ve already returned to face-to-face work, but we will maintain remote work for vulnerable employees.

Q – What would you recommend to young women who want to move up the corporate ladder into leadership positions that in the past have been usually occupied by men, or to women who want to start their own businesses?

A -My recommendation is hard and constant work with a global vision of the business that will allow them to grow beyond borders.

Q – In its 5th anniversary, MY BRAND looks to firms like CorralRosales as a reference of future growth. What should a boutique form like ours do to have sustainable growth that will allow us to maintain our good quality and customer service standards?

A -We were all a boutique firm at some point, which shows that growth is possible with effort, responsibility, and dedication.