David J. Cibrian

Of Counsel


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (with honors) 1990

Loyola Marymount University, B.S. Accounting (with honors) 1985

Bar Admissions




David has participated in a broad range of domestic and international negotiated transactions, including the representation of U.S., Latin American, European and Asian clients in the planning, structuring, negotiating, and implementing of joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, commercial lending transactions, trade, financing, and contract matters in each of these regions. David's prior experience as a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young, Los Angeles, allows him to use a financial-oriented approach to his law practice. David was formally President of a power electronics, energy efficiency technology company.  David has appeared on FOX Business Network and been quoted in international business and legal media including The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Newsweek and Mexico’s EI Financiero.

David serves as the Practice Chair of Chamberlain Hrdlicka's International Group.

Representative Clients

  • Start-up energy technology venture which designs, develops and operates Digital Utility Platforms in the U.S. and India.
  • Diversified Chinese plastics and mining enterprise with its U.S. matters.
  • A Florida-based clean-tech power electronics company whose products serve the international oil & gas, mining and process manufacturing industries.
  • A New York-based hedge fund with a specialized mezzanine lending program.
  • A Texas-based publicly traded natural gas distribution and marketing company as its external general counsel.
  • The U.S.'s largest, privately-held medical products manufacturer and distributor regarding its Texas and Mexico matters.
  • A Mexico City-based private equity fund regarding its U.S. and Mexican portfolio.
  • The Canadian, Mexican and U.S. subsidiaries of a German automotive parts manufacturer regarding its Texas and Mexico matters.
  • A U.S.-based bank regarding its Latin America Lending Program.
  • Numerous manufacturing concerns regarding their day-to-day legal affairs.

Representative Transactions

  • Represented a publicly-traded Mexican manufacturer in its acquisition of a privately-held Mexican company that owns the largest aluminum smelter and rolling mill in Mexico.
  • Represented a Latin American private equity fund investing in various U.S.-based intellectual property assets related to electricity transmission.
  • Represented a U.S. private equity fund in the private placement of securities the proceeds of which were used to finance the fund’s Brazilian subsidiary’s development of a biodiesel manufacturing facility.
  • Represented a U.S. private equity group regarding their investment in and development of Costa Rican tourism properties.
  • Represented a publicly-traded U.S. consumer finance company in its acquisition of all of the assets of a Mexican consumer finance firm from a U.S. holding company and its Mexican subsidiaries.
  • Represented a publicly-traded U.S. oil and gas company in its sale of pipelines, real estate and related assets used for the transport of natural gas from Texas to Mexico.
  • Represented the largest privately-held medical products manufacturer in the U.S. in its acquisition of all of the assets of a privately-held Latin American medical distribution company.
  • Represented several U.S. investors in establishing Mexican limited liability companies as vehicles for joint venture investment in various enterprises in Mexico.
  • Represented a U.S. financial institution in the documentation of an amendment to a multi-million dollar credit facility for a Mexican commercial vehicle lessor, secured by assets in the U.S. and Mexico, including vehicle leases, accounts receivable and other assets of the borrower held in a Mexican payment trust.

In The News

  • FOX BUSINESS NETWORK, Stanford Financial Ponzi Scheme, October, 2009 (interview with David J. Cibrian, advisor to Stanford victims)
  • FOX BUSINESS NETWORK, "Fidel Castro Steps Down", February 19, 2008 (featuring interview with David J. Cibrian)
  • NEWSWEEK:  A Tale of a Fateful Trip: In his new movie, "Sicko," director Michael Moore takes a group of Americans to Cuba for medical care. Uncle Sam is not happy., by Tony Dokoupil, Newsweek, June 13, 2007

U.S. Congressional Testimony

  • Panelist during a briefing for members of Congress and staff regarding pending Cuba Embargo reform legislation on July 15, 2003 - Washington, D.C.
  • Testified before Subcommittees of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding U.S. Economic and Trade Policies toward Cuba on May 7, 1998 and March 17, 1994.
  • Participation as a principal speaker in a briefing for members of Congress and staff regarding the Helms-Burton legislation on April 27,1995 - Washington, D.C.


  • Fluent in Spanish - Native Speaker

Community Involvement

  • Former member of the Texas Finance Commission and the Texas Credit Union Commission.  Appointed by Governor Rick Perry.
  • Board of Trustees: The University of the Incarnate Word (the fourth largest private university in Texas).

Professional Affiliations

  • Admitted to practice law in Texas and California and before the U.S. Court of International Trade - New York; Formerly a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young, Los Angeles.