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Lawyers and Legal Assistance

The Embassy cannot represent U.S. citizens in court nor provide legal counsel. Instead, you may wish to consult with an attorney in Mexico, who can provide advice on your options and remedies within the Mexican legal system. The Embassy in Mexico maintains a list of local attorneys who speak English. However, the Embassy cannot recommend a particular attorney and assumes no responsibility for the quality of service provided. 

The U.S. Embassy Attorney’s List
Attached are lists of attorneys in Mexico City and the surrounding states within our consular district:

The list is the result of recommendations received by the Embassy, as well as direct contact by the Embassy to attorneys.  Attorneys are listed by state and within each state appear alphabetically; the order of the list has no other significance.  The specialization of each attorney is listed along with other relevant information.   

Any attorney about whom the Embassy has received complaints is not included in this list.  Also, we are mindful of the problem of coyotes and no individual believed by the Embassy to be a coyote or associated with the coyote trade has been included.  (Coyotes are persons claiming to be or represent influential attorneys who can arrange a quick release from jail in exchange for a large amount of cash, but whose successes are limited to draining friends and families of their resources.)

Although we have used care in compiling this list, we cannot guarantee nor assume responsibility for the competence or integrity of the individuals whose names are listed.  For this reason, we appreciate receiving comments, favorable as well as unfavorable, concerning the performance of attorneys on the list.  Such comments will assist us in the annual review of the list.

Attorneys Not On The List
This list is not exhaustive. Many reputable lawyers have chosen not to be included. Thus, no negative connotation can be drawn from the absence of a name from this list. If you choose a Mexican attorney whose name is not listed, you can verify his/her legal credential and any complaints that have been registered with the Mexican Bar Association.   

Attorneys in the United States
To locate attorneys in the U.S., we refer you to the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory which can be viewed at

In Mexico the title “Licenciado” (abbreviated Lic.) is used to indicate a professional person, not necessarily an attorney.  All “Licenciados” on this list are licensed to practice law.  The terms “bufete” and “despacho” refer to a law office or firm of lawyers.

U.S. Privacy Act
The U.S. Privacy Act, in general, precludes the Embassy from releasing information about U.S. citizens without their permission.