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OUR LAWYERS

BEDA G. FAJARDO
Founding and Managing Partner

LEGAL PRACTICE

  • Over 40 years of legal practice
  • Renowned expertise in maritime, admiralty, insurance, corporate, commercial, construction, immigration and arbitration law
  • Currently a graduate professor of Transportation Law, San Beda College Graduate School of Law

EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD OF ARBITRATION

  • Member of the country’s first batch of construction arbitrators
  • Has arbitrated over fifty (50) construction cases, whether as chairman, sole arbitrator or member of the arbitral tribunal, since 1989
  • Elected as President of the Philippine Institute of Construction Arbitrators and Mediators Inc. (PICAM), the country’s foremost construction arbitration center
  • A commercial arbitrator of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PDRCI) and a member of its Board of Trustees
  • Appointed member of an international arbitral panel instituted in London to resolve a maritime dispute regarding the sale of a vessel by a Taiwanese owner to a Filipino buyer

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

AB and Bachelor of Law degrees, University of the Philippines
Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Harvard Law School
Special program in Admiralty Law, Tulane University

AFFILIATIONS

  • Lifetime member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)
  • Served for three (3) terms as member of the IBP’s National Board of Governors (1986; 1987-1989; 1991-1993)
  • Served as Chairman of the IBP’s Committee on Administration of Justice
  • Former Chairman of the Editorial Board of the IBP Law Journal
  • Elected President of the Maritime Law Association of the Philippines (MLAP) in 1987
  • Elected President of the Philippine Bar Association (PBA) in 2014
  • Member of the New York Bar
  • Proctor in Admiralty of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, with the rare distinction of being its lone Filipino member
  • Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar
  • Chairman of the Inter-Pacific Bar’s maritime law committee for two (2) terms (1991-1994), having received an award for his dedicated and distinguished service

JUAN PAOLO F. FAJARDO
Partner

ACADEMIC DEGREE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters of Law with special focus on Information Privacy and Competition Law – Columbia Law School, New York, NY
  • Juris Doctor – University of the Philippines, College of Law, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Economics – Ateneo de Manila University
  • Member, Philippine Bar, Philippine Bar Association, International Association of Privacy Practitioners
  • Certified for Admission, New York Bar

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Civil, Criminal and Commercial Litigation
  • Corporation Law
  • Information and Communications Technology Law
  • Information Privacy Law

LEANDRO ANGELO Y. AGUIRRE
Partner

ACADEMIC DEGREE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters of Law in Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions and Competition Law – Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
  • Juris Doctor – University of the Philippines, College of Law, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
  • Bachelor of Science, Major in Communications Technology Management – Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines
  • Member, Philippine Bar, Philippine Bar Association
  • Member, New York Bar

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Civil, Criminal and Commercial Litigation
  • Corporation Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Venture Capital
  • Information Privacy Law

ARTHUR S. ALICER
Partner

ACADEMIC DEGREE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Juris Doctor – University of the Philippines, College of Law, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science – Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines
  • Member, Philippine Bar, Philippine Bar Association, and JCI Manila.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Civil, Criminal and Commercial Litigation
  • Corporation Law
  • Information and Communications Technology Law
  • Election Law
  • Information Privacy Law

CHRISTIAN JOSEPH MARIE F. FAJARDO
Partner

ACADEMIC DEGREE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Laws – University of Santo Tomas, College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts – University of the Philippines, Philippines
  • Member, Philippine Bar, Philippine Bar Association.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Corporation Law
  • Maritime Law
  • Labor Law
  • Insurance Law

RAFAELITA F. FAJARDO
Partner

ACADEMIC DEGREE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Laws – University of the Philippines, College of Law
  • Member, Philippine Bar, Philippine Bar Association.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Corporation Law
  • Real Estate Law

JACINTO G. FAJARDO
Partner

ACADEMIC DEGREE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • On leave, serving as Regional Trial Court judge in Talisay City, Cebu
  • Bachelor of Laws, San Beda College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, San Beda College
  • Member, Philippine Bar

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Maritime Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Labor Law
  • Agrarian Law
  • Civil, Criminal, Corporate and Construction Law

ADOLFO G. FAJARDO
Partner

ACADEMIC DEGREE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Currently on leave after being appointed as Regional Trial Court Judge in Sorsogon
  • Bachelor of Laws, San Beda College of Law
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Management), University of the East
  • Member, Philippine Bar

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Civil Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Real Estate Law

DIANA F. FRANCO
Partner

ACADEMIC DEGREE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of the Philippines
  • Gained international experience as a member of several San Francisco law firms before eventually joining the firm
  • Previously served as Editor of Bar Briefs, formerly the official organ of the IBP
  • President of the U.P. Women Lawyers’ Circle (WILOCI)
  • Member, Philippine Bar

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Family Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Corporate Law

 

JOEL ENRICO N. SANTOS
Senior Associate

ACADEMIC DEGREE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Lyceum College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, Colegio San Juan de Letran
  • Member, Philippine Bar

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Immigration Law
  • Transportation Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Law

JOSE EMMANUEL PALCONIT
Associate

ACADEMIC DEGREE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Laws – Arellano University School of Law, Pasay City, Philippines
  • Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management – San Beda College, Mendiola, Manila, Philippines
  • Member, Philippine Bar

MARK A. LAYUG
Associate

ACADEMIC DEGREE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Laws – Philippine Law School, Pasay City, Philippines
  • Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science – Far Eastern University, Manila Philippines
  • Member, Philippine Bar