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, bringing with her over 20 years of experience as a practicing lawyer and legal trainer.

Gloria has specialized in advising private and corporate clients on the UAE Labor Law, free zone regulations and generally all issues that affect the employment relationship between employers and employees. She develops and provides bespoke trainings on UAE Labor Law and employment issues, for corporate and commercial clients.

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

Gloria is also a resource to in-house counsels and Human Resource (HR) managers and staff regarding HR management consultancy issues including drafting/reviewing HR handbook content and company policy and procedures for legal compliance.

During her career, she was part of the management team as she directed the HR/Administration Department of a Qatari EPC Oil and Gas Company for over 2,000 employees and reported directly to the Executive Manager.

As a specialized employment lawyer in the UAE for so many years, Gloria has witnessed the development of the UAE Labor Law, free zone regulations, and laws of the DIFC. Throughout her tenure in the UAE she has advising over hundreds of clients on all employment legal matters; inclusive of Emiratization regulations, requirements for employee health insurance coverage, the wage protection system and on earning, compensation and benefits plans. She has also advised on succession plans vis-à-vis organizational development. She co-authored, “The UAE Labor Law Guide.”

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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