Mr. Elias has worked in the field of International Commercial Law for over four years, particularly in the areas of secured transactions, warehouse receipts, investment securities, and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Elias was a law clerk at the Labor Court of the State of Sonora from 2009 – 2011 during his law school studies in Mexico. After graduating from law school in Mexico, Mr. Elias studied at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law where he received a Master’s degree (LL.M) in International Trade Law in 2012 and completed his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree in December 2013. In January 2013, Mr. Elias took up an internship at the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade (NatLaw), a Tucson, Arizona based non-profit organization, and in January 2014 he began work as a full-time Research Attorney.
At NatLaw, Mr. Elias has worked on various law reform and research projects throughout Latin America and East Asia and has also been involved in Natlaw’s capacity building programs. Mr. Elias has participated in projects assessing recent legislative developments in Latin America on the topics of secured transactions, warehouse receipts, and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Elias has also worked closely with project managers on issues related to the extension of the Cape Town Convention to mining, agricultural, and construction equipment (MAC Protocol), and has contacted private sector enterprises involved in the manufacturing, sale, leasing, and financing of MAC equipment to elicit information needed for the development of the Cape Town’s MAC Protocol. Mr. Elias is currently the contract manager and leader of a legal reform project in Mexico on electronic warehouse receipts involving blockchain technology. Outside the commercial law sphere, Mr. Elias has conducted extensive research on the enforcement of child support orders across the US-Mexico border.
University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson, AZ
- Juris Doctorate (J.D.), 2013
- Master of Laws (L.L.M.) in International Trade Law, 2012
Universidad del Valle de México, College of Law, México
- Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), 2011
Professional Work Experience:
National Law Center For Inter-American Free Trade, Tucson, AZ
Research Attorney and Development Coordinator, 2013 – present
As a Research Attorney for NatLaw, Mr. Elias has worked on various law reform and research projects throughout Latin America and has also been involved in Natlaw’s capacity building programs. Mr. Elias has participated in projects assessing recent legislative developments in Latin America on the topics of secured transactions, warehouse receipts, and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Elias currently leads a legal reform project in Mexico on electronic warehouse receipts involving blockchain technology, working very closely with the Mexican Ministry of Economy, the Mexican Warehouse Association, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab. Mr. Elias has been integral to the following NatLaw Projects:
- NLCIFT – Government of Costa Rica, Secured Transactions Workshop, March 2015
Two day training hosted by the Costa Rican Central Bank and the Ministry of Economy on the new Costa Rican Secured Transactions Law aimed at bankers, legal counsel and public officials.
- NLCIFT – INL of the Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Mexico City’s Rule of Law, UNAM Criminal Litigation Workshop, March 2014
Two-week practical courses in Mexico City with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico teaching criminal oral trial advocacy and skills to federal and local prosecutors, public defenders and judges. Course design featured both lecture and practice sessions, focused on the resolution of hypothetical case, and included examples of reform interpretation based on Mexico’s recent legislation introducing oral trials.
- NatLaw – International Finance Corporation (IFC) Colombia, Secured Transactions and Registry Reform International Legal Consultant, 2011 – August 2013
Comprehensive secured transactions law reform in Colombia, including field studies to determine local lending practices, advising on the drafting and implementation of the secured transactions law, advising on the secured transactions registry and conducting capacity building activities.
- NLCIFT – Government of Costa Rica, Secured Transactions Law Reform, Legal Researcher, November 2012 – January 2013
Comprehensive secured transactions law reform in Costa Rica, including research to determine local lending practices and advising on the drafting and implementation of the secured transactions law.
Sonora State Office in Arizona
Tucson Assistant to the Director of the Office, 2011 – 2012
- Assisted in the export to Mexico of goods (ambulance, school materials, etc.) donated by different entities within Arizona and other States in the United States to different municipalities located in the State of Sonora, Mexico. Served as a staff member of the Arizona-Mexico Commission Plenary Session organized in the city of Tucson in 2012.
Employment Court of the State of Sonora
Law Clerk, 2009 - 2011
- Studied cases reaching the final stage of litigation and wrote first drafts for rulings.
Notary Public #39, Hermosillo, Sonora, México
Intern, 2008 - 2009
- Completed general activities, including administering paperwork of real estate properties acquired by foreigners on the Mexican coastline.
- Toastmasters International, 2013 – present
Asylum Program of Arizona Catholic Social Service, An Agency of Catholic Community Services, 2014
- English (Fluent)
- Spanish (Fluent)