Immigration, It's A Labyrinth...Let Villalobos And Moore Be Your Guide

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About Villalobos and Moore


Martha Angélica Villalobos-Murillo


Education & Bar Admittance

She received her Law Degree to practice law throughout Mexico, summa cum laude, from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, in 1997.

In 2008, with her dissertation “Analysis and Diagnosis of Knowledge Management and its Impact on Strategy: Case Study of a Mexican Law Firm”, she was awarded the degree of Master of Business Administration by Nottingham Trent University, in Nottingham, England.

Professional Experience

July 2009 – to date

Partner of the law firm Cereceres & Villalobos Abogados, S.C.

June 1997 – June 2009

Member of the law firm Baker & McKenzie Abogados, S.C.

Real Estate, Infrastructure and Mining Practice Group.

From June 1997 to April 2007 she worked in the Juarez office, and from April 2007 to June 2009 she worked in the Chihuahua office.

Experience in the Legal Practice

She has experience in corporate law, in mergers and acquisitions, incorporation and liquidation of companies, corporate housekeeping, corporate due diligence, public bids, governmental permitting and investment incentives, design and negotiation of contracts, including services agreements, manufacturing, distribution, supply and confidentiality agreements. In addition, she has knowledge and experience in environmental, labor, litigation and foreign trade.

In the real estate area, she has more than 12 years of experience in property development, construction, national waters and agrarian matters, as well as public contracts and utilities. She has wide experience providing legal advice to multi-national organizations and has participated in many multi-jurisdictional transactions in the corporate and real estate areas, including the development and coordination of due diligence and title search, planning and development of industrial and commercial projects and subdivisions, zoning matters, title insurance, contracting and development of utilities and infrastructure, acquisition of property between private entities and with the public sector, national and international public and private bids, governmental permitting and incentives to real estate investment, design and negotiation of contracts, including leases, lease built to suit transactions, construction contracts, purchase and sales of real estate property, usufruct contracts, sale lease back, financing of real estate projects, purchase options, rights of first refusal and preparatory agreements on real estate, real estate trusts, and purchase and sale of real estate portfolios.

In the mining industry, she has experience in the design and negotiation of exploration and exploitation contracts, mining concessions and compliance with obligations derived from mining concessions, assignment and renewal of mining concessions, design and negotiation of contracts for the access to superficial land whether private, agrarian or communal, construction contracts for the development of mining infrastructure and services agreements with suppliers of the mining industry.

Management Experience

Responsible for the management of the firm Cereceres & Villalobos Abogados, S.C., together with Rafael Cereceres and in addition to her legal practice.

Formerly, in parallel to her legal practice, she was coordinator of the Real Estate, Infrastructure and Mining Practice Group of the Juarez office of Baker & McKenzie during 5 years. During such term, she was in charge of the financial planning, business development and human capital of the members of the practice group. In addition and under the leadership of the national coordinator of the practice group and CFO and COO of the firm, she worked in the preparation and implementation of national business development plans of the firm.

While working in the Chihuahua office of Baker & McKenzie, she developed knowledge and skills in management through the development of analysis work for the firm, including, among others, market research and positioning of the firm at the national and local level; analysis, diagnosis and recommendations in connection with the strategic options for the sustainability and development of competitive advantage; analysis, diagnosis and recommendations on the structure of the firm at national and local level; analysis, diagnosis and recommendations on the management platform of the firm, including administrative roles and firm processes at national level; analysis, diagnosis and recommendations on the human capital management of the firm at national level, including motivation, training and performance appraisal of the professional personnel; and analysis, diagnosis and recommendations on knowledge management of the firm at national level.

Teaching Experience

She is professor of the International Contracts program at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Chihuahua.

Publications, Presentations and Articles

She is co-author of the chapters “Real Estate Foreign Investment”, “Mining”, and “Commercial Contracts” of the book “Doing Business in Mexico” by Juris Publishing Inc., 2001, and their respective updates. She has published articles and has been speaker in several specialized fora.

Professional Affiliations

She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Lawyers and the Association of Mining Engineers, Metallurgists and Geologists of Mexico.

John B. Moore

John B. Moore received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah in Speech Communication, with an emphasis in Argumentation. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, Mr. Moore was selected for the Attorney General’s Honors Program at the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review where he advised, and wrote decisions for, eleven immigration judges throughout Texas. Mr. Moore has worked for a variety of federal agencies integral to immigration law, including drafting decisions at the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals. Mr. Moore has also argued before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, opposing ICE’s detention and due process policies.

After leaving the government, Mr. Moore was the Managing Attorney of the El Paso and Albuquerque offices of one of the larger immigration law firms in the country, during which time he successfully prosecuted thousands of cases ranging from complex visitor visa cases, to work or investor visas, to bond proceedings and deportation defense, to family based cases at USCIS and the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Moore served as a sergeant in the United States Army at Ft. Bliss, and during four tours of duty to the Middle East. He also served in the AmeriCorps through the Teach for America program, where he taught Middle School English in the Rio Grande Valley. Mr. Moore has also been a community organizer, protecting the rights of immigrants and residents along the U.S. Mexico Border.

Mr. Moore is licensed by the Pennsylvania Bar and practices Immigration & Nationality Law in all U.S. jurisdictions. He is a member of the El Paso Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Alumni of the Ivy League.

Languages: English and Spanish.

Benjamin Magadan Beall

Director of Business Development

Benjamin obtained two Associates of Applied Science degrees while attending Eastern Arizona College; one of them in Business Administration and the other in Languages. While there, he was invited to become a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for his academic achievements. He then continued on to the University of Texas at El Paso, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a double major in International Business and Finance.

After graduating from UTEP, Benjamin began his professional career as Customer Service Specialist at the local branch of one of the most important immigration law firms in the country. While there, he consulted with prospective clients whose cases included complex visitor visas, work and investor visas, bond proceedings and deportation defenses, and family based cases at the USCIS and the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez.

Prior to enrolling in college, he volunteered to serve a 2 year, full-time mission for his Church. He served the Jalisco, Michoacán, and Colima region in Mexico. He looks forward to enrolling and completing his Law Degree in order to obtain a license to practice immigration law and be able to protect the rights of immigrants. Benjamin truly believes that every person has the right to choose their country and allegiance.

Languages: English and Spanish

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