Cesar Ochoa

EC Legal Rubio Villegas

PO Box 9291
El Paso, Texas 79995


Bi-Lingual, Business, Construction, Contract, Employment, Energy, International, Investment, Labor, Real Estate, Shareholder Disputes

Mr. Ochoa has more than 30 years of experience counseling domestic and foreign companies doing business in México, helping them with issues involving foreign investment, international trade, corporate law, real estate, labor law, complex negotiations, and mediation.

Mr. César Ochoa cofounded EGAO, one of the predecessor firms of EC Legal in 1992. He acted as Managing Partner of the Firm from 1999 to 2013, and he is currently the head of its Mergers and Acquisitions Department. He routinely represents clients in complex trans-border transactions and negotiations including M&A transactions, maquiladoras, joint ventures, contracts, international trade, corporate law, tax and real estate matters.

Recognition and Memberships

  • Member of the U.S.-México Bar Association where he was the Co- Chairman of the Foreign Investment Committee (1999-2000).
  • Member of the American Bar Association and a member of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution International Committee where he served as Co-Chairman of the ABA NAFTA ADR Sub-committee.
  • Chairman of the Board (1998-1999) and Secretary (1997-1998) of the El Paso-Juárez World Trade Center.
  • Member of the Asociación Nacional de Abogados de Empresa, Sección Chihuahua, where he was President (1994-1997).
  • Head outside counsel for the Dioceses de Ciudad Juárez on a pro bono basis since 1992.
  • Co-Founder Deutéra, an organization comprised of prominent businesspersons and professionals, to address the crime problems of Ciudad Juárez, which is successfully implementing programs that engage the community in the search for public safety solutions.
  • Since 2009 he is also a member of the Mesa de Ciudad Juárez, the public-private board created by the Mexican Federal government to design and oversee its efforts to restore public order in the city. High impact crime rates in Ciudad Juarez dropped an average of 90% from January 2010 to February 2013.
  • First Mexican attorney to be designated as a Credentialed Mediator by Texas Mediator Credentialing Association.


  • Law Degree, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiors de Monterrey-Campus Chihuahua.
  • Master of Laws, Harvard Law School-Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Mediation Training required to mediate court-referred disputes, University of Texas at Austin School of Law.
  • Diploma in Energy Law, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez.


  • English and Spanish
PO Box 9291
El Paso, TX 79995

P: 915-613-9882
E: [email protected]