Mexican Law Firm Deforest Launches Technology Practice

Mexican law firm Deforest has launched a technology practice with the addition of two lawyers and consultants with a strong background in the sector.


The technology practice will be headed by Etienne Luquet Farías and Israel Cedillo Lazcano, specialists in the field who will offer comprehensive and strategic legal advice in all issues relating to innovation, both in the private and public sectors. They will be responsible for the design and supervision of projects relating to the development of technology-focused startups, software and hardware IP, technology transfer, privacy policies and venture capital, as well as fintech, crypto assets, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The technology practice will assist clients in the determination of possible civil or criminal liabilities arising from the creation and use of algorithms, the assignment of rights, the drafting of codes of ethics and regulation through the use of technologies, among other needs.

“Technology law involves a plurality of legal norms and technical issues, making it a particularly complex cross-disciplinary practice. Through the use of new technologies, legal problems can be solved in a new way, creating new opportunities,” the firm said in a statement.

Luquet Farías is the CEO of Legal Lab, a consultancy focusing on AI and blockchain applied to legal issues. He holds a bachelor of law degree from  ITAM university and a master’s degree from Harvard Law School, and for more than 18 years has held diverse posts in the public sector, as well as holding the post of professor of constitutional and procedural law at ITAM.

Cedillo Lazcano is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh and a professor at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico. He has presented research into AI and new technologies and published works in academic journals such as The International Review of Law, and has been called upon to give his opinion by bodies such as the Financial Conduct Authority and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Deforest, which offers counsel, consultancy services and risk prevention for national and international companies, has offices in Mexico City and New York, as well as in the Mexican cities of Puebla, Guadalajara, Querétaro and León, all of which are important manufacturing and technology hubs.