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Our Team 2018-02-09T04:04:07+00:00

OUR TEAM

We are committed to deliver specialized and attentive legal services to our clients by ensuring work continuity and hands-on case management. An essential element of our services is our team system approach, whereby a team of at least two or three lawyers, chosen for their individual skills and expertise, is assigned to each of our clients. Our greatest legacy is our dedication to our clients’ cause.

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LAWYER PROFILES

Our team is composed of veteran lawyers who graduated from the top law schools in the Philippines and have built sterling reputations in their respective fields of specialization:

NEPTALI M. GONZALES II

He is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws (Honors) degree in 1979. His undergraduate studies were at the Far Eastern University where he graduated in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Major in Political Science. He was admitted to the Bar after successfully passing the Philippine Bar Examinations the same year with a grade of 86.48% (among the Top 25 examinees). Mr. Gonzales immediately immersed himself in the practice of law under the watch of his eminent father, the late Senate President Neptali A. Gonzales.

Mr. Gonzales co-founded the firm Gonzales Batiller Bilog & Associates and, as its principal partner, handled commercial laws and litigation for the firm. Apart from his legal practice, Mr. Gonzales served as a professor of laws and a Criminal Law Bar reviewer at the Far Eastern University Institute of Law.

In 1995, Mr. Gonzales entered government service when he was elected as the Representative of the Lone District of Mandaluyong City. He served in this capacity from 1995-2004, and from 2007-2016. He was elected for a term as Mayor of the City of Mandaluyong in 2004. During his stint in Congress, Mr. Gonzales was elected as Majority Leader of the 11th, 12th, 15th, and 16th Congresses, earning for him the distinction of serving as such for the longest period.

After completing his third and final term as Representative in 2016, Mr. Gonzales returned to private practice. He is the partner in charge of criminal cases.

Email address: nepgon2@yahoo.com.ph

GREGORIO M. BATILLER JR.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1975, and his Bachelor of Laws, Valedictorian, in 1979, at the Ateneo de Manila University, School of Law. He topped the BAR examinations of 1979 (First Place) with a general average of 91.4%. He has built a career with a specialization in corporate and commercial laws.

In 1985, Mr. Batiller served as Deputy General Counsel of the Commercial Bank of Manila, and also served as Corporate Secretary and Head of its Legal Division, in charge of corporate and banking laws, taxation, documentation, labor, and corporate litigation.

Together with Mr. Gonzales and Mr. Bilog, III, he co-founded the Law Firm of Gonzales Batiller Bilog & Associates in 1987. He is the partner in charge of commercial and corporate, tax, and commercial arbitration cases.

Until recently, Mr. Batiller was the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He is likewise a member of several trade and professional organizations and served in recent years in various capacities either as President, Governor, Director, or General Counsel, of the Metro Manila Chambers of Commerce & Industry – South Sector, Paranaque City Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Rotary International – District 3830, Rotary Club of Paranaque – Sucat, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (Pasay, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Muntinlupa Chapter), and the Ateneo Law Alumni Foundation, Inc. He is a guest lecturer on Criminal Law Review of the Center for Global Best Practices, Inc. and a professor at FEU Institute of Law in Statutory Construction and Legal Ethics.

Email address: gregorio.batiller@gblrlaw.com

JOSE C. LEABRES

He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration from the Philippine Maritime Institute – PMI Colleges in 1976 and Bachelor of Laws and took units in Master of Laws from the Manuel L. Quezon University in 1981 and 1997, respectively. He was admitted to the Bar in 1982.

Mr. Leabres’ principal areas of practice have been in Litigation, Corporate & Commercial Laws, Customs & Tariff, Maritime & Admiralty, and Transportation, counseling and representing local and multinational companies engaged in various industries and business operations. He is the partner in charge of Customs and Tariff, Maritime and Admiralty, and Transportation cases.

He was the former President of the Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc., the only accredited integrated professional organization (AIPO) of customs brokers by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). Mr. Leabres was former professorial lecturer in Tariff & Customs Laws, Maritime Commerce and Transportation at the PMI Colleges.

Email address: jose.leabres@gblrlaw.com

GAVINO F. REYES

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of the East in 1984 and his Bachelor of Laws at the San Beda College in 1988. He was admitted to the Bar in 1989.

Prior to joining the firm, he honed his research and writing skills with the Court of Appeals as Court Attorney V. He joined the firm in 1993 as a litigation lawyer, handling corporate, criminal, civil, family, and labor cases. He also represents clients in commercial arbitration cases.

He is the Managing Partner of the firm.

Email address: gavino.reyes@gblrlaw.com

PAUL EDWIN D.S. BAUTISTA

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of the East in 1985, and his Bachelor of Laws, under the Juris Doctor (JD) Program from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1991. He was admitted to the Bar in 1992.

As one of the Firms’ litigation lawyers, he principally handles labor cases, and labor-related matters, like CBA negotiations. He also handles civil and criminal cases, as well as intellectual property cases

Email address: pauledwin.bautista@gblrlaw.com

CLINT L. ESTANDARTE

He obtained his Bachelor of Mass Communication in 1991 and his Bachelor of Laws in 1997 from Silliman University. He was admitted to the Bar in 1998.

He joined the firm in 2001 as a litigation lawyer handling criminal, civil, labor, family law, housing and land use, and tax cases. He also represents clients in commercial arbitration cases and negotiates collective bargaining agreements. He is currently a Senior Associate of the firm.

Email address: clint.estandarte@gblrlaw.com

ANNA CRISTINA B. DE LA PAZ

She obtained her Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, in European Studies with Minors in History and Hispanic Studies in 2010 from the Ateneo de Manila University and a Juris Doctor from the same University in 2015. She joined the firm and was admitted to the Bar in 2016. She is currently an associate of the firm.

Email address: cristina.delapaz@gblrlaw.com

LUIS FRANCISCO T. ALMEDA

He obtained his Bachelor of Sciences in Legal Management in 2012 and Juris Doctor from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2016. In 2017, he was admitted to the Bar and joined the firm. He is currently an associate of the firm.

Email address: luis.almeda@gblrlaw.com

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