Work History

Work History
Aug 2008 - Present

Part-time faculty

Universidad de Monterrey

Designed and now presents required course for first-year law students entitled “Introduction to U.S. Legal System.”

§Organized summer internship programs with Local Electoral Court’s Judges; introduced non-traditional communications techniques, including social networking, to promote involvement and dialogue on class topics.

Oct 2009 - Present

Freelance Attorney

Independent Consultant

So far, I have assisted:-- Due diligence projects (Research for all legal and material issues at agreements with suppliers and customers, on-going litigations and claims, and IP-related matters, related to the Mexican Subsidiaries of a leading global automotive supplier).-- Academic Reseach (in collaboration with a private-held company and a private university, prepared a legal analysis for the financing of solid waste recollection and disposal).-- Real Estate affairs (elaboration and review of lease agreements for a Real Estate broker).

Jan 2008 - Sep 2009


Santos-Elizondo-Cantu-Rivera-González-De la Garza-Mendoza, Law Firm

Provided legal counsel and services to diverse client base, overseeing and mentoring two attorneys and two interns.

§Reviewed 350+ line of credit agreements between GMAC Financial Services Mexico and borrowers, including GM, Pontiac, Chrysler, Fiat, and Mitsubishi dealers.

§Turned around unprofitable flat-rate contract by introducing new legal strategy for visa processing, which halved time requirements and accelerated turnaround two weeks; freed 100,000 pesos in resources to devote to other clients;.

§Obtained 70 FM3-working visas and 150 business visas for Indian company; passed four migration compliance audits.

§Assisted HR in processing work permits for such countries as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and USA.

§Performed 18-month internship as firm associate while completing law degree; invited to return to firm as attorney.

Feb 2006 - Dec 2007

Legal Adviser

International Labour Office

Engaged for consecutive contracts for only UN office representing private-sector groups (governments, employees, and employers).

§Instrumental in updating Répertoire des Instruments Internationaux de Sécurite Sociale, BIT, Genève, 2000; authored “Termination of Employment Legislation Digest (Mexico)” published by ILO in 2006

§Conducted extensive research on bilateral social security agreements to evaluate coverage for relocating workers.

§Prepared papers on maternity protection in developing countries and ratification of Social Security Conventions.

§Provided legal assistance on extension of social security coverage to the government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Jul 2005 - Dec 2005


Mexican Mission to the World Trade Organization

Investigated international trade law, interacted with diplomats, and attended hearings of dispute settlement bodies.

§Supported Doha Round of international trade negotiations; reported progress to Mexican political leaders; contributed strategies to Mexican Ministry of Economy in Mexico City.


2002 - 2002


Tulane University - A.B. Freeman School of Business



Working for/at multinational company

  International Attorney leveraging cross-border knowledge of public and private law to guide multinationals’ decisions and actions.  Translates complex regulations for diverse audiences to mitigate risk and ensure compliance.  Cross-cultural leader helping companies adapt to economic/political environments and succeed in the court of public opinion.  Offers: §  Prestigious World Trade Organization and United Nations background, as well as private firm experience assisting Mexican subsidiaries of Italian, Indian, and U.S. firms in contracts and immigration. §  Extensive understanding of labor laws, including visa requirements, social security, and other protections. §  Negotiations abilities forged by supporting multilateral dispute resolution and treaty amendment proceedings. §  Fluent Spanish and English language skills, along with conversational French abilities.  


An attorney specializing in international and corporate law, I offer significant value as an in-house specialist with expertise in cross-border labor standards and industrial relations.To date, my work has involved companies, organizations, and government agencies from India, Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Switzerland, Mexico, and the USA, as well as research projects focusing on the developing world.


Professional interests: international trade law, international labour standards, migration and public affairs.

Personal interests: Beatles, all sorts of movies (from sci-fi to chick flicks), meeting new people.