Sep 24, 2020 @ 12:24
Lakas! Sigma Rho leads frats in Top 100 Lawyers list; Portians bag four slots
Ten of the Philippines’ Top 100 Lawyers this year are alumni of the Sigma Rho Fraternity, making it the fraternity with the biggest number of brothers in the prestigious annual list by Asia Business Law Journal.
The University of the Philippines College of Law-based fraternity shared in its Facebook post that it “continues to dominate the legal profession as the fraternity with the most Brods ranked among ‘The Philippines’ Top 100 Lawyers.'”
The list was compiled by one of the region’s leading law magazines based on “extensive research conducted and nominations received from in-house counsel based in the country and elsewhere, as well as Philippine-focused partners at international law firms based outside the jurisdiction.”
The magazine cited comments submitted by clients who “not only look for lawyers with an extensive knowledge, but those that also provide well-founded and well-grounded legal advice: a professional who provides a client with realistic risks, which the company highly appreciates as helpful in making its decisions.”
The so-called A-List included Hector Martinez and Carlos Platon, both Batch ’59 members and founding partners of Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño Law Offices.
Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW) of counsel Victor Lazatin of Batch ’63 and managing partner Emerico de Guzman of Batch ’78 also made it to the list.
Former Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz, Jr. and former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo II, founding partners of Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia and Batch ’75 batchmates, were likewise cited.
So were Villaraza & Angangco founding partner Raoul Angangco of Batch ’77 and senior partner Bienvenido Somera of Batch ’82.
Also cited were Llewellyn Llanillo (Batch ’65), name of Salvador Llanillo & Bernardino, and Alfredo Molo III (Batch ’00), founding partner of Molo Sia Dy Tuazon Ty & Coloma Law Offices (MOSVELDTT Law).
“We congratulate them for embodying the excellence of the Sigma Rho in their pursuit of justice and the right,” the fraternity said.
Meanwhile, four alumni of the UP Portia Sorority were also included in the list: Lady President Mia Gentugaya of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, Lady President Susan Villanueva of CMT, Estrella Elamparo of Divina Law and Yolanda Mendoza-Eleazar of Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose.
“You have inspired us to serve with a continued commitment to honor and excellence. We are proud of you!” the UP Law sorority said.
Other UP-based fraternities were also represented in the list.
The three Upsilon Sigma Phi Fraternity alumni who placed in the list were Enrique Quiason (Batch ’79) of Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres & Ibarra, and Carlos Alfonso Ocampo (Batch ’85) and Manolito Manalo (Batch ’87), both of Ocampo & Manalo.
Alpha Phi Beta Fraternity alumni landed in two slots: Ramon Esguerra of Esguerra & Blanco and Alexander Poblador of Poblador Bautista & Reyes.
Alex Erlito Fider of Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos and Rafael Morales of Morales & Justiniano were alumni of Alpha Sigma Fraternity.
Meanwhile, UP Vanguard, Inc. alumnus Philip Sigfrid Fortun of Fortun Narvasa & Salazar also made it to the list.