TEAM

Our team is made up of a diverse group of legal professionals. We have a special focus of bringing in experienced attorneys from different professional backgrounds in the law in order to enrich our practice.

PARTNERS

ILAN KATZ MAYO.

Mr. Katz is a trusted advisor for banks, insurers and high profile individuals. His focus is primarily on complex litigation, focused on criminal charges.

Ilan obtained his law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana. With more than 20 years of experience as a criminal litigator, he is an expert in property, banking and public servant crimes, serving as a whistleblower and defender in local and federal jurisdiction.

In 2005 he started the law firm Katz Abogados after starting other companies, in 2016 and until today he is a founding partner of Katz & Gudiño, S.C.

Among the multiple studies carried out by Katz, we would like to emphasize on: Diploma in Money Laundering and Compliance, National and International perspective, sponsored by the Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados, A.C. and the Asociación Iberoamericana de Derecho Penal Económico y de la empresa (August 2019 to February 2020); In December 2019, he received the title Doctor Honoris Causa, by the Claustro Nacional de Doctores Honoris Causa.

Mr. Katz had a notable participation as a speaker and has taught various courses at national and international level. He is also recognized for his significant legal contributions on television, radio and specialized legal magazines.

He currently works as Coordinator of the Criminal Law Commission of the Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados A.C. Ilan is also Director of the Fundación Barra Mexicana A.C., where he provides free professional services and without the expectation of financial compensation (Pro Bono Labour).

His social commitment also lies in the constant collaboration with non-profit institutions focused on issues of sexual violence committed against women, where he seeks to provide the correct advice to cases that require a gender approach, such as ADIVAC (Asociación para el Desarrollo Integral de personas Violadas A.C.).

He is fluent in English and Spanish.

e-mail: ikm@katzgudino.com

JUAN PABLO GUDIÑO CORONADO.

Mr. Gudiño is a true lawyer’s lawyer. He is the head strategist at the firm and takes a special interest in the development of every attorney at Katz & Gudiño.

He graduated from the Universidad Panamericana (1993-1998) where hereceived his law degree; he has participated extensively in criminal litigation focused on financial crimes, both in the State of Jalisco and in various States in Mexico. He has experience as a defense attorney at both local and Federal level.

In 1994, he began working at the 24th Public Notary of Guadalajara in the area of litigation with the Justice Sergio Aguirre Anguiano. In 1995 he worked at the firm Ogarrio y Asociados (1995-1997), later in 1997 he joined Medina Abogados (1997-1999), He is the founder of JGC Consultores, S.C. (1999-2015) and from 2015 has been a founding partner of Katz & Gudiño Abogados.

Juan Pablo Gudiño Coronado has studied the Specialty in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Universidad Panamericana (1996). Specialty in Constitutional Law and Amparo, Universidad Panamericana (2009). Specialty in Criminal Law, Universidad Panamericana (2010). Master in Public Law, Universidad Panamericana (2012).

Mr. Gudiño has been a Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Universidad Panamericana, teaching the subjects of Private Crime and Criminal Procedure Law (2011-2014).

He is fluent in English and Spanish

e-mail: jpg@katzgudino.com

JUAN ANTONIO BENAVIDES VELÁZQUEZ.

He is a graduate of the Law School of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2005-2009) where he received his law degree; he has vast experience in financial, fiscal, and banking criminal litigation, both in the local jurisdiction and in the federal jurisdiction.

In 2007, he began his professional practice at Ruvalcaba Villalobos y Cía, S.C., in 2008, he joinded the Federal District Attorney’s Office, in 2009, he joined Katz Abogados, S.C .; in 2010, he collaborated as an associate at Katz, Cerisola y Domínguez, S.C. and in 2014, he founded Katz, Benavides, Chávez y Rodríguez, S.C., he is currently a founding partner of the firm KATZ & GUDIÑO, S.C.

Mr. Benavides studied the Specialty in Accusatory Criminal System at the Escuela Libre de Derecho (2015); he holds a Master in Financial Law Institutions at the Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City Campus. (2017); Academy of Litigation Skills Course, California Western School of Law, ACCESS Training (2017); Specialty in Criminal Law at the Escuela Libre de Derecho (2018); Diploma of Money Laundering and Compliance, National and International perspective, sponsored by the Mexican Bar, Colegio de Abogados, A.C. and the Iberoamerican Association of Economic and Business Criminal Law (2020);

He routinely participates and constantly supports the Fundación Barra Mexicana A.C., in “Pro Bono” work, as well as other non-profit institutions focused on issues of sexual violence committed against women, where it seeks to provide the correct counsel to cases that require a gender equality approach, such as ADIVAC (Association for the Integral Development of Violated People AC).

e-mail: jbv@katzgudino.com

ENRIQUE NORIEGA SEGUROLA.

Mr. Noriega graduated from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (1964-1969).

In 1965, he joined the Manuel Ascanio González y Asociados firm. (1965-66). Later, he worked in the Legal Department of the Regional Chamber of the Food and Transformation Industry (1970-72). In 1972, he served as Manager of the Jalisco Delegation Chamber of the Rubber Industry (1972-73). In 1973 he collaborated in the García Rivera Law Office, and Associates (1973-76). He was Deputy Manager and Regional Manager of the Fiduciary Department of Banco de Comercio, S.A. Guadalajara, Regional Manager of the Department of Bancomer, S.A. Divisional Director and Fiduciary Delegate of Bancomer, S.A. Mexico, D.F. (1976-1993). He served as Executive Director of Administration and Fiduciary Operation Banco Unión, S.A. (1993 1994). Regional Director and Fiduciary Delegate Banco Internacional, S.A. (1994 1998) Director of Fiduciary Promotion and Appraisals Banco Bilbao Vizcaya, S.A. Subsequently Deputy Legal Director
of Fiduciary at BBVA Bancomer, S.A. Guadalajara. (1998 – 2009).

e-mail: ens@katzgudino.com

CARLOS ALBERTO AGUIRRE PELAYO.

Carlos Aguirre focuses his legal practice on commercial and civil matters as a consulting and litigator lawyer, mainly in the financial, real estate and pharmaceutical sectors.

He obtained a degree in Law (2002) and Diploma in Constitutional Law, Amparo and Constitutional Procedure (2002), both from the Universidad Autónoma of Baja California, he studied the Postgraduate in Corporate and Economic Law (2004), Postgraduate in Law of the Mercantile Corporations (2005) and Master’s Degree in Commercial and Business Law (2010) all from the Universidad Panamericana.

His professional practice began in the Pelayo Aguirre y Asociados Law Firm (1999-2004), continued in the Public Brokerage number 22 of Jalisco (2004-2006), JGC Consultores, S.C. (2006-2007), he was Trustee Officer of Scotiabank Inverlat, S.A. (2007-2012), collaborated in Mendoza & Sandoval Abogados Fiscalistas, S.C. (2012-2013), and in JGC Consultores, S.C. (currently Katz & Gudiño Abogados, S.C. (2013-to date).

In teaching, he collaborated as a professor of the subject: ‘Commercial Obligations and Contracts’ in the Master of Tax Law at the Universidad del Valle of Atemajac, UNIVA (2012), and from 2019 to date he collaborates as a professor of the subject of Banking and Monetary Law at the Universidad Panamericana, Campus of Guadalajara.

He constantly supports pro-bono services in litigation on family matters.

He is a member of the Association of Lawyers Specialists in Banking Law and he is an Expert Spanish-English Translator authorized by the Supreme Court of the State of Jalisco.

He is fluent in Spanish and English.

e-mail: cap@katzgudino.com

ASSOCIATES

BRENDA MELANY CAMPOS PALAFOX.

She is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she received a law degree, having specialized studies at the same institution in business and administrative law.

Ms. Campos has practiced civil, commercial and administrative litigation in various legal firms, with the primary purpose of analyzing the possible contingencies that a company may incur in the development of their commercial activities, as well as advising clients in litigation and mediation.

Ms. Brenda Campos has taught various courses and seminars for human resources departments, for the prevention of environmental offenses and crimes; finally, She holds a Diploma in Money Laundering and Compliance, National and International perspective, sponsored by the Mexican Bar, Colegio de Abogados, A.C. and the Iberoamerican Association of Economic and Business Criminal Law (August 2019 to February 2020).

e-mail: bcp@katzgudino.com

GLORIA GUADALUPE GARCÍA SANDATE.

Graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Guanajuato (2011– 2016), where she received a law degree; She has worked in public and private practice.

Ms., García joined Katz & Gudiño in 2019, where she specializes in domestic violence cases.

She has international experience, winning first place in various competencies in oral litigation in the Accusatory Criminal System, in Argentina (2015) INECIP, together with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Buenos Aires, Argentina and in the United States of America (2016), California Western School of Law, San Diego; Acceso Training and American Bar Association, ABAROLI. Likewise, he has won the first ALUMNI National Oral Litigation Competition, in 2018 (Mexico), American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative.

She has extensive experience in the Accusatory Criminal System, actively participates with Non-Governmental Organizations specialized in the implementation of the Accusatory Criminal System in Mexico, such as the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, in which within his Criminal Litigation program he serves as an assistant judge since 2017 in the national oral litigation competitions focused on law students. She is also an evaluating judge in the oral litigation competitions organized by the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

She routinle works with non-profit institutions focused on issues of sexual violence committed against women, where she provides legal assistance, such as ADIVAC (Association for the Integral Development of Raped Persons A.C.).

Ms. Gloria Guadalupe García Sandate has participated in the following postgraduate courses and courses:

Training of Trainers Course in the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative program, ABA ROLI Mexico.(July 2015); Trainer in Oral Litigation Techniques, for the intramural contest organized by the University of Guanajuato. (September 2015); Master of Laws with Specialization in Oral Litigation at California Western School of Law. (August 2017); Diploma in Money Laundering and Compliance, sponsored by the Mexican Bar, Colegio de Abogados, A.C. and the Iberoamerican Association of Business and Enonomic Criminal Law. (February 2020).

She is currently completing her Master`s in Compliance in Criminal Matters at the University of Castilla- la Mancha, Spain. (January 2020); Course on Children’s Rights and access to Justice, taught by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation. (April 2020).

e-mail: ggs@katzgudino.com

JULIO ALBERTO ALBA FERMAN.

He is a graduate of the Law School of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he received the Law Degree (2005-2009). He has a specialty in Criminal Law, from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2013); Specialty in Accusatory Criminal System, by the Escuela Libre de Derecho (2017); and the Specialty in Money Laundering Prevention and Litigation, at the National Institute of Criminal Sciences (2019-present). In addition to various Diplomas in Accusatory Criminal System, Penitentiary Law, as well as Money Laundering and Compliance, National and International Perspective, taught by the Mexican Bar, Bar Association (2019-2020).

He has served as a Trial Lawyer and Public Servant. He was a partner in the law firm González Castro & Abogados from 2011 to 2017; He was also a Trial Lawyer within the firm GHP & Abogados from 2010 to 2011. As a Public Servant, he held the position of Legal Judge, in the Directorate for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions, Dependent of the Undersecretariat of the Penitentiary System of the Federal District (now Mexico City).

Mr. Alba has extensive experience in the Penitentiary Law in both the common and federal courts.

e-mail: jaf@katzgudino.com

AXEL RUBEN CARRILLO BELTRAN.

He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2007-2012), in which he received the title through thesis elaboration in electoral-procedural matters, supporting it in a professional examination.

Mr. Carrillo in focused on civil and commercial litigation.

He has extensive experience in handling proceedings and hearings in civil and commercial litigation, from the ordinary instances to the process of the amparo trial in these matters; finally, he completed the Diploma in Money Laundering and Compliance, National and International perspective, sponsored by the Mexican Bar, Colegio de Abogados, A.C. and the Iberoamerican Association of Economic and Business Criminal Law (August 2019 to February 2020).

e-mail: acb@katzgudino.com

ALFONSO FRANCISCO GARDUÑO CANSECO.

He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the Michael Faraday A.C. University, receiving his law degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

His practice is focused on civil, commercial and family litigation, He holds a Diploma in Money Laundering Prevention taught by the Mexican Bar Association in the period 2019-2020.

e-mail: agc@katzgudino.com

EDUARDO DANIEL CASTAÑEDA REYES.

Graduated from the Technological University of Mexico (2012 – 2015) where he received a Law Degree.

He has past experience in civil and fiscal matters; In January 2016, he joined Katz & Gudiño, S.C., specializing in criminal defense litigation.

Mr. Castañeda has taken various courses and diplomas, among them the Diploma in Tax Law at the Technological University of Mexico (2015 – 2016); the Diploma in Tax Law at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (2015 – 2016); the forensic graduate of the Accusatory Criminal Procedure System at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2016 – 2017); the International Workshop on Oral Litigation Skills, by The InterAmerican Alliance of Oral Advocacy (2019); the Diploma of Money Laundering and Compliance, National and International perspective, sponsored by the Mexican Bar, Colegio de Abogados, A.C. and the Iberoamerican Association of Economic and Business Criminal Law (2019 – 2020); online course “Criminal Enforcement”, organized by Legal Assistance for Human Rights A.C. -ASILEGAL-, with support from the United States Agency for International Development -USAID- (2020).

He routinley supports the Barra Mexicana A.C. Foundation in providing professional services “Pro Bono”.

e-mail: dcr@katzgudino.com

BRENDA VALDERETT FLORES ARROYO.

She is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), where she received her law degree.

She has been in practice since 2018, specializing in counseling and litigation in Family law in the Superior Court of Justice of Mexico City.

She has worked as a lawyer in various firms, helping in different areas of Law, such as: Civil, Family, Commercial, Amparo, Industrial Property, Copyright, Agrarian and Labor; before authorities of the common and federal jurisdiction, both in Mexico City and throughout the country.

Ms. Valderett Flores has various diplomas, courses and seminars, among which are: Oral Trial in Family and Civil matters; Oral trials; Amparo trial; Personal Data and Business Compliance; Scientific Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship; Diploma of Money Laundering and Compliance, National and International perspective, sponsored by the Mexican Bar, Colegio de Abogados, A.C. and the Iberoamerican Association of Economic and Business Criminal Law (2020).

e-mail: bvf@katzgudino.com

ANDREA MÉNDEZ MARTÍNEZ.

She is a graduate of the Universidad del Valle de México campus Lomas Verdes (2014-2018) where she received a law degree; She has practiced as a legal advisor and private defender in financial, fiscal and domestic violence crimes, in both the local and federal courts.

In practice since 2016 when she joined Katz & Gudiño, S.C.

Ms. Méndez has taken various courses, including the Diploma in Money Laundering and Compliance, National and International perspective, sponsored by the Mexican Bar, Colegio de Abogados, A.C. and the Iberoamerican Association of Economic and Business Criminal Law (2020).

She constantly engages in “Pro Bono” work for the Barra Mexicana A.C. Foundation.

e-mail: amm@katzgudino.com

MAURICIO HABER MAY.

He is a graduate of the Escuela Libre de Derecho. He studied the Specialty in Accusatory Criminal System in Mexico, from which he graduated from the Escuela Libre de Derecho. He has participated in various forums on issues of the Accusatory System and Criminal Law. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Amparo Trial and Accusatory System at the National Institute for Higher Studies in Criminal Law.

Mr. Haber has worked as a criminal litigator in various law firms, representing both individuals and companies, in every aspect of criminal litigation. He previously held the post of legal director of procedural strategies in the Accusatory System for the company IKÉ Asistencia, where he was in charge of training land coordinating lawyers.

He is fluent in English and Spanish.

e-mail: mhm@katzgudino.com

GEORGINA IKERNE AVILÉS IRACHETA.

Graduated from Universidad Anahuac México, North Campus, where she received a Law Degree (2001-2009), she has extensive experience in immigration and criminal matters.

She has experience in immigration and gaming law and is part of Katz & Gudiño S.C. since 2019, where her main focus is Domestic Violence cases.

Ms. Avilés has taken various courses, including the Diploma in Money Laundering and Compliance, National and International perspective, sponsored by the Mexican Bar, Colegio de Abogados, A.C. and the Iberoamerican Association of Economic and Business Criminal Law (2020).

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Barra Mexicana A.C. Foundation.

She is fluent in English and Spanish.

e-mail: gai@katzgudino.com

MARIANA AYALA CÁRDENAS

Graduated from Universidad Latina S.C., receiving her law degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2012 – 2017), she has extensive experience in criminal matters.

She has worked in specialized criminal law firms, and was an associate of Peñúñuri Abogados S.C. since 2016, joining Katz & Gudiño S.C. as an associate in 2020.

Ms. Ayala, has completed various postgraduate courses, including the Diploma in the Accusatory Criminal Procedure System, at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2018) and the master’s degree in Criminal Law with Emphasis in Adverse Trials, at the Universidad Latina S.C.

e-mail: mac@katzgudino.com

ÁLVARO GÓMEZ LÓPEZ.

Mr. Gómez studied law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Guadalajara (2012-2018).

He has participated in various seminars and courses, such as the Human Rights in Criminal Procedure Course (2015), as well as the Seminar The Investigative Stage in the Accusatory Criminal System (2016), both organized by the Supreme Court of Justice de la Nación, Diploma in Hereditary Law organized by the Bar Association Mtro. Dionisio Nuñez Verdín from the State of Jalisco, A.C. (2016), Course of Oral Litigation Skills by California Western School of Law (2016), Diploma The Accusatory Criminal System in Mexico at the University of Specialties (2016), Diploma in Procedural Law of Amparo (2017), as well as the Diploma of Amparo Especializante (2018), both taught by the University of Guadalajara. Currently, he is studying the Specialization in Criminal Law at the Universidad Panamericana, Campus Guadalajara.

Mr. Gómez has been with Katz & Gudiño since January 2014.

e-mail: agl@katzgudino.com

EDUARDO LÓPEZ RIOS.

Mr. López is a graduate of the University of Guadalajara (2012-2017), where he coursed the pre-course in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Amparo from the Panamerican University, Guadalajara campus.

He has participated in various seminars and courses aimed at updating the adversarial accusatory system, and litigation skills in said system.

He holds a master’s in public law from the Universidad Panamericana Campus Guadalajara.

He has worked as a lawyer responsible for the areas of civil, commercial and amparo litigation in various legal firms and has been part of the Katz & Gudino firm since June 2017, working in the area of criminal defense.

e-mail: elr@katzgudino.com

JUAN GERARDO DE LEÓN CASTRO.

Mr. de León graduated from the Universidad Del Valle de Atemajac. He has served as a trial lawyer and public servant.

Mr. Gerardo de León practiced within the Jalisco State Prosecutor General’s Office from 2013 to 2018, in May 2018 joined Katz & Gudiño.

He has completed the postgraduate course in constitutional and constitutional protection given by the Universidad Panamericana campus Guadalajara, Diploma in the New System of Adversarial Criminal Justice carried out by the CNOP, Diploma in Service to users in public dependencies by part of the Secretary of Public Education National Educational System, participated in the Seminar on selected topics of Criminal Law in the XXI century taught by the Universidad Panamericana Campus Guadalajara, completed the course on human rights, electoral crimes course, course of introduction to the new Criminal Accusatory System, all taught by the Institute of Training and Professionalization of the Attorney General of the State of Jalisco, as well as various online courses taught by the same Institute of Training and Professionalization of the General Prosecutor of the State of Jalisco.

email: jdc@katzgudino.com

CAROLINA CERVANTES MORA.

Ms. Cervantes is a graduate of the University Center of Social Sciences and Humanities of the University of Guadalajara.

She has practiced as in the judiciary at Family Court. She joined Katz & Gudiño, in 2016, advising clients in Civil and Commercial litigation. Her focus lies advising clients in at trial and mediation.

e-mail: ccm@katzgudino.com

TRAINEES

IRVING OMAR ALAMILLA GATICA.

He is a graduate of the Universidad del Valle de México, with a Law Degree (2013-2017); he joined Katz & Gudiño in 2019, working mainly in the field of criminal litigation.

Mr. Alamilla has woked in the legal department of the Mexico City Penitentiary (2013); as an Assistant in the Federal Court of Conciliation and Arbitration (2014); and as a Collaborator in GRUPO TENIENDO CERCA, mainly supporting the monitoring of commercial lawsuits.

He has completed the following diplomas: Criminal Procedural diploma at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2016) and Money Laundering and Compliance Diploma, National and International Perspective, sponsored by the Mexican Bar, Bar Association, AC and the Iberoamerican Association of Law Economic and Business Criminal Law (2020).

e-mail: iag@katzgudino.com

ALEJANDRO CURIEL CAMPOS.

Mr. Curiel is currently studying Law at the Universidad Iberoamericana.

He has interned at several firms specializing in civil, commercial and administrative matters, the most relevant being Ramı́rez Ornelas (2017- 2018); he joined Katz & Gudiño in September 2018, focusing on criminal law.

He has completed the Diploma in Money Laundering and Compliance, National and International Perspective, sponsored by the Mexican Bar, Bar Association, AC and the Ibero-American Association of Economic and Business Criminal Law (2020). the Mexican bar of lawyers, as well as the political negotiation course, taught by the Universidad Iberoamericana (2017); finally, he studied 1 year of study abroad at the Rumsey Hall school located in Connecticut, United States (2011), and culminated his high school studies with the International Baccalaureate (IB) recognition.

Fluent in English and Spanish.

e-mail: acc@katzgudino.com

JESÚS ALFREDO GASTÉLUM VEGA.

Graduated from the Law Degree at the Universidad Panamericana, Campus Guadalajara (2014-2019); standing out his participation in the oral litigation team of Mr. Gerardo Ignacio de la Cruz Tovar in the fourth National Oral Litigation Competition organized by the American Bar Association.

Since 2016, he has worked as a lawyer in specialized firms in commercial and criminal law, being part of Katz & Gudiño since September 2019.

He completed a year of education at St. Francis, Calgary AB, Canada (2012); participated in the Tenth American Congress of Agrarian Law; participated in the fourth Conference on International Arbitration and the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods; participated in the Seminar on Selected Topics in Criminal Law in the XXI Century, among others.

Fluent in Spanish and English.

e-mail: Jag@katzgudino.com

DIEGO PELABEZ CONTRERAS

Mr. Peláez is currently studying law at the Anahuac Mexico University, North Campus.

He has a high level of English since he lived and studied at St Andrews

College in Canada for one year (2013); During his high school at the Cumbres México Institute, he participated and stood out in different competitions of the International Anahuac Baccalaureate Award (PIBA) in public speaking and debate at the national level. Fluent in Spanish and English language.

e-mail: dpc@katzgudino.com