Romelio Hernández

President

Mr. Romelio Hernández was born in Tijuana, Baja California. He got his Law Degree (Licenciatura en Derecho) from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Mexico) in 1997, and holds a Masters Degree in Comparative Law (LL.M.) from the University of San Diego School of Law (2011), with concentration on International Law.

He is based in Tijuana, where he works extensively with foreign exporting companies, financial institutions, and collections agencies and law firms, assisting them with their out-of-court and legal collection efforts throghout Mexico. His litigation experience of fifteen years and daily exposure to international commercial law has allowed him to provide guidance and general counsel to foreign companies in mitigating the various risks of selling to international markets. Romelio is a frequent speaker with ICTF, FCIB, NACM, and other recognized organizations in the areas of international credit management and debt collection.

Romelio is fluent in English and Spanish. He specializes on international law, commercial litigation, secured transactions, credit management, and commercial debt collection.

Jesús Raúl Merigo Villa

Head of Administrative Litigation

Mr. Raúl Mérigo was born in Tijuana, Baja California. He got his Law Degree (Licenciatura en Derecho) from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Mexico) in 1997 and holds a Masters’ Degree in Taxation from Instituto de Especialización para Ejecutivos, A.C. Mr. Mérigo has been practicing since 1994, specializing in tax and administrative law, providing legal advice in tax planning, as well as legal representation in litigation.

Mr. Mérigo is based in Tijuana, where he has counseled many major companies in Mexico in diverse areas including government procurement contracts; legal procedures from Mexican customs authorities; official audits by the Mexican revenue authorities; non-fiscal administrative inspections; audits to accountants’ tax opinions submitted to the Mexican revenue authorities on both national and international trade taxes. His extensive experience and insight have positioned him as a key partner of HMH Legal, assisting on projects related to foreign investment and secured transactions, as well as in complex litigation in civil, commercial and administrative law, including cases related to government procurement and related transactions. 

Mr. Mérigo is an active member of the top organizations for fiscal studies in the region, including Academia de Derecho Fiscal de Baja California, and Academia de Estudios Fiscales de Baja California. He is fluent in English and Spanish and he is a frequent speaker on topics related to tax and administrative law.

Claudia Rodríguez

Director of Debt Collection

Ms. Claudia Rodríguez was born in Morelia, Michoacán (México). Her devoted investment in studying law at Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo (U.M.S.N.H.) in Morelia, made her an outstanding student obtaining her Law Degree (Licenciatura en Derecho) with Honors in 2008. While completing her degree, she worked for three years at the criminal court for the State of Morelia, and subsequently working in two of the top criminal Law Firms in the city of Morelia.

In late 2008, she changed her residence to Tijuana, Baja California. Claudia began working immediately at HMH Legal as legal advisor and debt collection representative. Her extensive experience and dedication have positioned her as a notable member of HMH Legal, leading a multi-talented collections department and region-wide network (throughout Mexico and Latin America), attaining the role of Director of Commercial Collection. Claudia’s fluency in English and Spanish languages has allowed her to thrive successfully with international negotiations.

The General Bar (USA), several international collection agencies, and major exporting banks have commended Claudia for her professionalism, perseverance, and collection-nous. With more than 10 years of experience, Claudia has supported clients strongly and diligently during negotiations in hard and complex debt collection cases, while providing reassurance with sound legal advice and representation in reaching settlements and in the area of secured transactions, as service she also provides on an ongoing basis to these national and foreign companies.

Liliana Hernández

Mediation-Conciliation Expert

Ms. Liliana Hernández Favela was born in the city of Tijuana, Baja California. She got her Law Degree (Licenciatura en Derecho) from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Mexico) in 2001, with a Specialization Degree in Civil Law in 2007 from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, in coordination with the Institute for the Judiciary of the Baja California State Judicial Branch. She has pursued further education in the area of Alternative Methods for Dispute Resolution, obtaining her certification as an official Mediator and Conciliator.

Her career initiated strongly in the public sector, including positions at the legal department of the Municipal Social Development Office for Tijuana, the Federal Institute of Public Defenders with headquarters in Tijuana, and 7+ years as clerk at the Civil Courts for the State of Baja California, gaining extensive knowledge and experience in litigation cases related to civil and family law. For a term of 6+ years she served as Mediator-Conciliator at the State Center of Alternative Justice of the State of Baja California, helping settle various conflicts in the areas of civil, commercial and family law, gaining a commanding understanding of the various methods for resolving sensible disputes in the most cost-effective way.

Liliana’s wide experience in the public sector and specifically within the courts and mediation centers has provided her with a better perspective, expertise, and the required skills sets to provide clients with the opportunity to mediate their conflicts and reach amicable solutions, thus avoiding litigation and the greater economic and emotional wear and tear that comes with it.

Liliana is fluent in English and Spanish. She adds HMH Legal her specialization in mediation, conciliation, and secured transactions.

Erik Alberto Pichardo Andrade

Commercial Litigation

Mr. Erik Pichardo was born in Tijuana, Baja California. He graduated and got his Licenciatura Law degree from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC) in 1997. As part of his ongoing legal education he has pursued several diplomas: in Commercial Law from Consultora Facthum (1998); in Civil & Commercial Procedure Law from UABC (1999); and in Legal Issues in International Commerce from UCSD La Jolla (2000).

He started in 1996 with the firm of Corrales, Delgado y Asociados, where he oversaw litigation matters in civil and commercial law. His wide experience and success in civil and commercial litigation since 1997 has won him a lead counsel position for debt collection matters with many national companies such as Xerox Mexicana, Fianzas Comercial América, Microformas, Concretos Cachanilla, Lapsaco, and Sinbros. He is now a partner and head of the commercial litigation department with HMH Legal.

Mr. Pichardo is also fully bilingual in English and Spanish.

Luis Alberto Becerra Reyes

Commercial Litigation

Mr. Luis Alberto Becerra Reyes was born in Mexico City. He followed his professional studies in the City of Tijuana, Baja California at Universidad de Tijuana (CUT) where he graduated from in 1999. As part of his on-going legal education and professional development he has taken different courses and seminars in commercial law, foreign trade, civil litigation and constitutional injunction proceedings. His professional thesis “Insolvency Proceedings New Law” explains the true misconceptions that our innovated legislation presents on bankruptcy matters.

He began his professional practice since 1989 in the City of Tijuana, Baja California, as an assistant and legal advisor to The Acevedo Industrial Group, one of the leading national lumber companies in the country at the time. His experience and development on the fields of foreign trade, commercial law and civil litigation has enabled him to represent many local companies with litigation problems in the areas of collections and contract enforcement.

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