Gloria Estolano


  • Employment Law
  • UAE Labor Law and Employment Practices
  • Earning, compensation and benefits schemes plans
  • Employment Law trainings


  • Juris Doctor University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, CA May 1986;
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Los Angeles Political Science and Specialization in Women’s Studies 1983.


  • English


Gloria works at Mahmood Hussain Advocates and Legal Consultancy as its Employment Specialist, she has over 20 years of experience as a practicing lawyer and legal trainer.

Gloria advises private and corporate clients on the UAE Labour Law as well providing Employment Law advice to clients in the DIFC. She works with onshore as well as with offshore (free zone) companies and individual clients addressing their employment concerns.

She has experience developing and providing specialized trainings on any employment related issue that the client requires. This includes providing advice on the ramifications of the cyber-crimes and privacy laws as they relate to employee use of social media at work as well as how it affects an employee’s private use of his/her social media accounts.

She also provides practical legal advice to expatriate employees throughout the entire employment life cycle.  This includes reviewing pre-employment offers, drafting employment contracts, advising on specific employment contract terms, termination issues, restrictive covenants and providing exit strategy counsel on all related employment issues.

Gloria assists in-house counsels and human resource managers in reviewing HR management consultancy issues including reviewing and updating HR company handbooks, policy and procedures for their legal compliance and effectiveness.

During her career, she managed the HR/Administration department for a Qatari EPC oil and gas company and worked with approximately 2100 employees and reported directly to the Executive General Manager.

Throughout her many years in Dubai Gloria has specialized in employment and labour law issues. She has served as a panel member for employee discipline hearings, worked with individual clients and companies involving issues of earning, compensation and benefits schemes plans and succession plans vis-à-vis organizational development.

Prior to moving to the Middle East, Gloria was a Civil Rights Lawyer at the US Department of Education – Office for Civil Rights-SF, CA and an attorney at the US Department of Justice – US Attorney’s Office – SF, CA.



  • Bar Admission Hawaii, 1989;
  • Court license – United States District Court, District of Hawaii 1989, United States
  • Court of Appeal for the 9th Circuit 1991

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