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David Connell

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

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Address Icon Condominios Marina Golf, Paseo de la Marina S/N, Local 3, Marina Vallarta Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco 48354 Mexico

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Areas of Expertise:

Real Estate and Development Law, Foreign Investment, Tax Law, Corporate Law, Immigration Law, Federal Zone Concessions and Lands Gained from the sea, Agrarian Law, Trusts (Fideicomisos), Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation, Negotiation and Mitigation, Contracts and Negotiations, Environmental Law.


Mr. Connell has native fluency in English, fluency in Spanish and is certified by the Supreme Court of the State of Guerrero as an expert witness in matters of English-Spanish; Spanish-English translation. 

He did undergraduate studies at San Diego State University. Studied law at the Universidad Tecnológica de Mexico in Mexico City. Mr. Connell is a licensed Mexican attorney authorized to work in all 32 states. During and after his law studies, Mr. Connell worked for three years, first as a legal clerk and then as an attorney in the Mexico City law firm of Martínez del Campo del Rio, where he specialized principally in the areas of corporate law and real estate law. Mr. Connell had the honor and experience of working directly on several cases with one of the partners of these firms, Dr. Carlos del Rio, ex-Chief Justice of Mexico’s Supreme Court.

Mr. Connell has held positions on many different types of boards ranging from Corporate Boards of Directors, Non-Profit and Charitable organization, Home Owners Associates and Committees. He has also worked with local and state governments advising on foreign investment and development. He has considerable experience working with development, agrarian and ejido matters, investment, corporate, and commercial law matters, and lobbying for American companies in Mexico.

In 1996 he was offered the opportunity to become an associate of Dennis Peyton and open the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo branch of the firm. The Zihuatanejo office was opened in November of 1996. Mr. Connell and Mr. Peyton would later form the firm of Peyton and Connell and open a Mexico City branch of the firm to add to the existing branches located in San Diego, Tijuana, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, with associate offices in Guadalajara and Cabo San Lucas. In late 1999 Mr. Connell was asked to launch and manage the Puerto Vallarta office of Peyton and Connell as well as to maintain direct management of the Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo office and share in the administration and management of the Mexico City office. The Puerto Vallarta office of Peyton and Connell was opened in January of 2000. In 2003 Mr. Connell and Mr. Peyton agreed to separate and Connell & Associates now has offices located in Mexico City, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo and Puerto Vallarta.


Betsey Johnson

“I couldn’t have done Mexico without David! He has helped with all aspects of both my properties and it’s been a pleasure to work with him.”

Steve Paliska

“I recently regularized several Ejido parcels to individual titles along with a change in land use. This process is very complicated at best or litigious at worst. David and his bilingual team were indispensable on such issues as; environmental impact report, master plan, consultants, accounting and tax advice for the success of my project in Costa Alegre, Jalisco. There are many trap doors with regularization and permits, we navigated them all!”

Tere Kimball

“We have relied on Connell and Associates many times for their expertise in Mexican real estate. They have personalized service and their knowledge of Mexican law has made us feel at ease when dealing with difficult transactions. I would recommend them in a heartbeat.”

Greg Warnick

“David, I wanted you to personally know how valuable you and your team’s services have been over the last 10 years. I would not want to navigate the waters in Mexico without your advice. Thank you.”

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