Gig, with his tact and diplomacy, expertly managed more than250 negotiations concerning Labor Union formation, Collective Bargaining Agreements and Renewals across various industries, to include among others – agricVultural, automotive, cement, electronics, food and beverage, mining, packaging, paper, pharmaceutical, steel.
Labor unions, employee issues and grievances, conciliation, arbitration, strikes, lock-outs, and worker discipline have been taken-up with much competency, thus, ably establishing and sustaining genuine industrial peace through highly operative labor relations strategies. . . this is where Gig is best known.
He is known as a “hands-on” leader managing the most challenging and most sensitive situations involving employer and employee relations.
Dennis was handpicked to be part of the Legal Team who defended some of the partners of ACCRA Law Office in the celebrated case of "Teodoro R. Regala, Edgardo J. Angara, Avelino V. Cruz, Jose C. Concepcion, Rogelio A. Vinluan, Victor P. Lazatin, and Eduardo U. Escueta, Petitioners, versus The Honorable Sandiganbayan, First Division, Republic of the Philippines, acting through the zPresidential Commission On Good Government, and Raul S. Roco, respondents." [G.R. No. 105938. September 20, 1996]. It is in this court case that the Supreme Court made doctrine and upheld “the sanctity of fiduciary duty in the client-lawyer relationship” and emphasized that “the fiduciary duty of a counsel and advocate is also what makes the law profession a unique position of trust and confidence, which distinguishes it from any other calling. In this instance, we have no recourse but to uphold and strengthen the mantle of protection accorded to the confidentiality that proceeds from the performance of the lawyer’s duty to his client.” In the final analysis, the Supreme Court dismissed the suit against the ACCRA partners.
He is a Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary of a publicly listed holding company and its affiliate companies. The affiliates which include an investment house, an open-end mutual fund, mining companies, hotels, a telecommunications company, a development bank, a gaming company, and a big group of real estate companies enhanced his corporate lawyering abilities.
He is most savvy in the areas of registration, incorporation, general legal documentation, and extending advice and counsel to diverse business entities including corporations and partnerships.
He is also a preferred legal counsel of non-profit entities like foundations, civic organizations, membership clubs, and educational institutions. Issuance, registration, listing in the stock exchange of shares, property-for-share swaps, rights offerings, corporate re-organizations and quasi-reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions are among his expertise.
Paolo’s vast experience as a corporate professional easily transitioned him to be a senior partner of the Law Office. His past professional involvement was as General and Corporate Counsel of a Group of Companies composed of several NVOCCs (Non Vessel Operating Common Carriers) that deal with both air and sea freights, and a Ship Management Company. The expanse of his practice as legal counsel is in the fields of customs brokerage, warehousing, ship management, real estate, and mining. Spanning more than a decade, Paolo’s litigation skills was refined from his stint with esteemed Law Firms. While in the law school, Paolo was a working student and part of an established Maritime and Litigation firm where he was given the chance to assist in litigating labor and maritime cases as well as give legal advice in the fields of vessel crewing and cargo management.
Allan is highly proficient in civil, commercial, and maritime litigation, he has remarkable know-how in collision, cargo, and marine insurance claims.
He is also well-versed at resolving critical issues in maritime-related labor litigation, as he represented several crewing companies, including their foreign principals, and the Protection and Indemnity (P&I) Clubs, especially in those situations where they had to protect themselves against claims of seafarers’ before the National Labor Relations Commission, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.
Marbert was a corporate professional prior to his becoming a legal practitioner. He has spent a few years as a Sales and Marketing person whose responsibility as a Dealer Sales and Service Coordinator for a big Japanese conglomerate – Matsushita Electric Philippines Corporation, enriched his entrepreneurial abilities.
His academic preparation, having a degree holder of Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Accountancy, helped him transition to the Legal profession if only because of the discipline, integrity, and analytical training that accountancy majors are subjected to from their years in the university to their actual practice in the work place.
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