Education, distinctions and affiliations

  • J.D. (with honors) Universidad Iberoamericana
  • LL.M. Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Universidad Iberoamericana Merit-Based Scholarship Recipient
  • Wake Forest University Merit-Based Scholarship Recipient
  • Admitted to practice law in all states and courts in Mexico
  • Tlaxcala Government Certified English – Spanish Translator and Interpreter
  • Recognized by the Greenspoint District Houston as International Partner of the Year in 2012
  • Member of the International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Named one of Houston’s Top Lawyers by H Houston in 2006
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston Board of Directors 2005 – Present
  • International Advisory Board Member Greenspoint District Houston
  • Houston Bar Association – Member
  • American Bar Association – Member
  • Hispanic National Bar Association – Member
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston – Member

Manuel Moctezuma Villarreal

Avenida Santa Fe 495, 4th Floor, Col. Cruz Manca
Mexico City, Mexico 05349
Tel. 5255 3300 5504
mmoctezuma@moctezumacastro.com

Manuel Moctezuma leads the transactional practice group at his firm and focuses his transactional practice on structuring, documenting, and negotiating domestic and international business transactions in real estate, energy, shipping, aviation, services, telecommunications and construction industries.

He is authorized to practice law in all states and courts in Mexico. He enjoys a good mix of business and international litigation work. He has succesfully enforced multimillion-dollar foreign judgments in civil and commercial matters. Furthermore, Mr. Moctezuma has been appointed in numerous instances as an expert witness in Mexican law with respect of taking of evidence in civil and commercial matters to be used in foreign judicial and arbitration proceedings.

Mr. Moctezuma is also an avid contributor to the South Texas College of Law, and has spoken at numerous presentations in both Mexico and the United States of America on Mexican law at the Houston Bar Association, the Greenspoint District in Houston and has presented numerous CLE programs in Houston.

Manuel Moctezuma published an article in a Currents– International Trade Law Journal, and has contributed on several other articles published by the American Bar Association which focus in oil and gas topics.  On December 2013 Manuel made a presentation before the Houston Bar Association discussing energy law issues; and published an article entitled “Mexican Oil Law: Protecting Foreign Investors Through International Arbitration Agreements” that appeared in the summer 2011 edition of the ABA’s Section of Litigation newsletter.

Manuel practiced law as a foreign legal consultant with Ajamie LLP in Houston, Texas from 2004 to 2007. In 2004, he practiced with Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice PLLC in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as part of Wake Forest University Litigation Clinic program. Before joining Moctezuma Castro, Manuel practiced law in Mexico with Chalela y Moctezuma, S.C., as named partner, White & Case, S.C. and Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, S.C.