juan francisco vazquez lavista

Juan Francisco Vázquez Lavista

Baker & McKenzie Abogados, S.C.


Juan Francisco Vázquez Lavista is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Mexico City office. He is a litigation lawyer focused on civil and commercial matters, with more than 12 years of experience representing corporate and individual clients in complex litigation, including cross-border litigation and national and international arbitration. Currently, he is an assistant professor of Civil and Commercial Procedural Law at the Escuela Libre de Derecho and has taught Civil and Commercial Procedures at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico from 2011 to 2014.

Practice Focus

Juan’s practice encompasses civil and commercial litigation, bankruptcy and restructure, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, with ample experience in financial (banking and insurance), energy, construction, healthcare, tourism and hospitality, industrials, manufacturing, transportation and technology.

He has acted before federal and local courts throughout the Mexican Republic, including: collection in ordinary and executive actions, foreclosure procedures, mortgage, complex shareholders’ disputes, insurance disputes, lease actions, family trials, liability actions, obtaining preventive, interim and temporary measures, processing of preparatory (pre-trial) procedures and the "amparo" trial.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represented an international insurance company in a USD 100 million title insurance dispute, involving a property in Mexico subject to an expropriation decree. The claim was filed before the State District Court of Harris County in Houston, Texas, and the defense involved obtaining evidence throughout the Mexican courts in different states of the Mexican Republic, with active participation of Houston court officers.
  • Represented an affiliate company of an international hotel group, and obtained precautionary measures with federal courts to preserve the operation of a hotel located in Los Cabos, related to an ICC arbitration and a trial in New York City.
  • Represented the main supplier of ATMs in the United States of America in several complex shareholders’ disputes, involving actions in Mexico, the US and an ICC Arbitration.
  • Represented an international pharmaceutical company in a commercial and contractual dispute, claiming the payment of damages and losses due to the defendant’s breach of contract and civil liability.
  • Represented several creditors in restructuring and bankruptcy procedures in several states of the Mexican Republic.
  • Represented several international insurance companies in insurance coverage disputes.

Professional Honors

  • Recognized lawyer in Real Estate for Mexico 2013, Legal 500

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Mexican Bar Association - Member


  • Mexico~Mexico (2005)


  • Universidad Panamericana (Post Graduate Degree Advanced Studies: Civil and Commercial Procedural Law with honors) (2014)
  • International Chamber of Commerce of Mexico City and Escuela Libre de Derecho (Diploma International Arbitration) (2014)
  • Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados (Diploma Class Actions) (2012)
  • Il·Lustre Col·legi d’Advocats in Barcelona with the Institut de Drets Humans of Catalunya (Diploma XXVII Diplomat on Human Rights) (2009)
  • Instituto Federal de Especialistas en Concursos Mercantiles (Diploma Second Latin American Congress on Bankruptcy Law) (2006)
  • Escuela Libre de Derecho (LLB) (2005)


  • English
  • Spanish


Author, “The International Comparative Legal Guide to Class & Group Actions,” ICLG, Global Legal Group - Mexico Chapter, 2016

Co-Author, “Report of Significant Legal Developments in Mexico During 2011 and Expected in 2012,” [Published by Gardere] 31 December 2011


Speaker, Legal Culture House of the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico, Conference: “General issues of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms,” ADR Seminar, Villahermosa, Tabasco, November 2015

Speaker, “An Overview of the Dispute Resolution Mechanisms and Challenges,” Mexico Energy Reform Seminar, Gardere, Mercer, Rigzone and Oliver Wyman, Houston, Texas, and Denver, Colorado, October 2014

Speaker, Legal Culture House of the Supreme Court of Justice of Mexico, Conference: “Arbitration, Mediation, Conciliation and Negotiation,” Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms Seminar, Villahermosa, Tabasco, 30 September 2014