Partner of Carey and head of the Labor and Immigration Group and co-head of the Construction and Engineering Group. His practice also includes litigation and arbitration, contracts, and general civil practice.
His labor and immigration practice includes collective bargaining, union matters, unfair labor practices, compensation and benefits, discrimination and general violations of employee fundamental rights, employment termination, work related illnesses and accidents, labor related litigation of all types, as well as work permits and visas for foreign personnel.
In the construction and engineering practice, Mr. Aitken has vast experience in contracts for all phases of engineering work, as well as in all forms of construction and infrastructures related contracts including Design Built, EPC, EPCM and BOT. His practice ranges from experience with early stages of project development to bidding (including public concessions and PPP project), negotiation and preparation of contract documents, claims management and dispute resolution.
Mr. Aitken also has experience in real estate and has been involved in a variety of projects from development of natural conservation parks to housing projects, office and apartment buildings, hotels, industrial developments, etc.
Co-author of Chilean chapter, Outsourcing Book, Getting the Deal Through (2013-2015).
Frequent lecturer in seminars and conferences in Chile and abroad.
Activities and Memberships
Professor of Specialization in Construction Law, Law School, Universidad de los Andes (2015).
Past vice co-chair and co-chair of the Dispute Resolution Sub-Committee and International Construction Projects Practice Group, International Bar Association (2010-2014).
Assistant Professor of Labor Law, Universidad de Chile (1990-1999).
Arbitrator, Arbitration and Mediation Center, Santiago Chamber of Commerce.
Founder fellow and past Chair, International Academy of Construction Lawyers (IACL).
Founder fellow and president of the Chilean Society of Construction Law.Member and Chair of the Centro de Estudios de Derecho del Trabajo (CEDET).
Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Carey’s representative at Employment Law Alliance (ELA).