RAFAEL VILLANUEVA

RAFAEL VILLANUEVA

SPECIAL COUNSEL

Atty. Rafael Villanueva is a lawyer and consultant with over seven (7) years experience. Much of his career focused on alternative dispute resolution. He has been involved with the Philippine Government in various positions, the most recent of which was as a Director for Public Information and Promotions at the Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution — an office attached to the Philippine Department of Justice, which aims to promote the use of non-litigious forms of resolving conflicts. He was also a committee member for the revision of his country's criminal code, and a part of a presidential committee promoting civil and political rights. He trained at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, and is an alumni of the US State Department's International Visitor's Leadership Program. Both experiences gave him a unique exposure to the international justice system and the international commercial arbitration scene. Among his other interests are renewable energy development, construction and finance. He holds a business administration degree from the University of the Philippines, and a law degree from San Beda College.

Harold Respicio

Harold Respicio

CPA (La Salle), J.D. (Ateneo Law)

Atty. Harold Respicio advises on matters about tax, corporations, special projects, commerce and banking, real estate, international and local immigration, intellectual property and land registration. He handles investigative work, dispute resolution, litigation and appeals for civil, criminal, administrative, family, labor and special proceedings, including those for malpractice and cybercrime cases. He had worked with Ernst & Young (SGV & Co.) and Deloitte (MDA & Co.). He finished his Juris Doctor degree with honors from the Ateneo de Manila University Law School. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He earned his degree in Accountancy from the De La Salle University, College of Business and Economics. He obtained 96% in Taxation Law and 94% in Commercial Law in the Bar Exam.

Leslie Ann Pacheco

Leslie Ann Pacheco

LAWYER

Atty. Leslie Ann Pacheco is an alumna of the prestigious Ateneo De Manila University Law School. She finished her undergraduate degree in International Studies from the De La Salle University, College of Liberal Arts. She handles taxation, criminal litigation, drug cases, special proceedings and special projects. Prior to joining the firm, Atty. Pacheco worked with the Nograles Law Offices and Nisce Mamuric Guinto Rivera Alcantara Law Offices. She also had the opportunity to intern at Villanueva Gabionza and De Santos Law Offices. Her stint with these top firms enabled her to gain solid experience in labor, immigration, corporate and litigation practice.

Hazel Marasigan

Hazel Marasigan

LAWYER

Atty. Hazel Marasigan has more than 15 years of experience in the judiciary. An expert in court proceedings, she served as an attorney at the Supreme Court. Atty. Hazel’s key areas of practice include commercial and banking laws, litigation, special proceedings, civil law, family law, criminal law, labor law, land registration and real estate transactions.

Paolo Carlo Lim

Paolo Carlo Lim

LAWYER

Atty. Paolo’s rich professional career includes stints at AIG, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., and China Banking Corporation. He dealt in matters concerning maritime, shipping and transportation law, insurance, bankruptcy, finance, investments, banking, restructuring, taxation, real estate, corporate law, BOI, PEZA, and civil, criminal and administrative litigation and appeals. Atty. Paolo graduated with honors from San Beda Law School.

NEIL DEONA

NEIL DEONA

LAWYER

Atty. Neil Owen Deona served as attorney at the Supreme Court of the Philippines. His stints at Philippine courts allowed him to develop a keen grasp of the inner workings of the judiciary. His key areas of practice include general litigation, criminal law, civil law, corporation law, BOI, labor law and intellectual property law. He earned his bachelor of laws degree from San Beda School of Law.