The Next Level
Columbia Law School, ’07 LL.M
As told to ColumbiaYOU
I came to Columbia University in 2007 to study LL.M. My grandfather was a lawyer in Mexico, my father was a lawyer, my older brother is a lawyer, so it is in my genes to be a lawyer. At first I wanted to be a notary because in Mexico notaries are very well respected attorneys. But then I realized that I wanted to practice internationally, and so I decided to come to Columbia. I am a corporate lawyer and have been practicing for 15 years, and so I was aware that the best place to study law was Columbia University. Today, I am a senior associate with DLA Piper in Mexico City. I moved back home after my degree because there are many foreign investments there right now. There are many energy companies and private equity funds coming to Mexico, and there is a very good prospective for Mexico in the coming 25-30 years. It’s the right place at the right time to be there.
There are many students who work with me at the firm, and I always tell them to keep studying hard. Now, when you’re in school, is the best time to learn because later, when you graduate, all you will do is work. But now, it’s a time to study, explore, and to get involved with the school and with clinics and with teachers. You have to take advantage of Columbia while you have the chance. Those years at law school were the best years of my life. I have these friends, these crazy guys as friends, and it’s been very rewarding. Also having classes with such great professors like Melvin Eisenberg, Zohar Goshen, it was an incredible experience. I believe the whole experience is my best memory. Columbia changed my life for good. I was very successful as a lawyer before, but coming to Columbia took me to the next level. Soon I hope to become a partner at DLA Piper and start teaching in Mexico. I hope to share in Mexico what I learned in Columbia.
Watch a short documentary about Melvin Eisenberg, Garcia-Moncada’s mentor, below.