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List of notable or famous lawyers from the Philippines, with bios and photos, including the top lawyers born in the Philippines and even some popular lawyers who immigrated to the Philippines. You might also be interested in famous Filipino judges and famous professors from Philippines. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Filipino lawyers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These lawyers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known lawyer from Philippines is included when available.

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This historic lawyers from the Philippines list can help answer the questions "Who are some Filipino lawyers of note?" and "Who are the most famous lawyers from Philippines?" These prominent lawyers of the Philippines may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Filipino lawyers.

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Abdulwahid Bidin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 74 (1925-1999) Abdulwahid A. Bidin was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Appointed by President Corazon Aquino in 1987, he was the first Filipino Muslim named to the country's High

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Adel Tamano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 47 Adel Tamano is a Filipino lawyer and politician. He is the spokesperson of the United Opposition and also one of its candidates running for the position of Senator of the Philippines in the 2010 ...more

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Alex Lacson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 53 Alexander L. Lacson is a Filipino lawyer, author, lecturer, philanthropist and politician best known as the author of "12 Little Things Every Filipino Can Do To Help Our Country.", and ...more

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Alvaro Antonio is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Alvaro Antonio age 66 Alvaro Trinidad Antonio, also known by his nickname Bong or Ambong is a Filipino politician, who is the incumbent Governor of Cagayan. He is a former pro-bono lawyer at the Citizen's Legal ...more

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Jose Diokno is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 65 (1922-1987) Jose "Pepe" Wright Diokno was a Filipino nationalist. He served as Senator of the Philippines, Secretary of Justice, founding chair of the Commission on Human Rights, and founder of ...more

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Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 95 Ameurfina Aguinaldo Melencio-Herrera served as an Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court from 1979 until 1992. She was the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, filling the ...more

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Anacleto Díaz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 67 (1878-1945) Anacleto Díaz was a Filipino jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

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Andres Narvasa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 85 (1928-2013) Andres dela Rosa Narvasa was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from December 1, 1991 to November 30, 1998. He served as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for ...more

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Antonio Carpio is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 68 Antonio Tirol Carpio is an incumbent Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He was appointed to the Court by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and assumed office on ...more

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Aquilino Pimentel III is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 54 Aquilino Martin de la Llana Pimentel III commonly known as Koko Pimentel, is a Filipino politician, a member of the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, and serving as member of the ...more

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Carlos P. Garcia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 75 (1896-1971) Carlos Polístico García, commonly known as Carlos P. García, was a Filipino teacher, poet, orator, lawyer, public official, political economist, organized guerrilla and ...more

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Carmelino Alvendia, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 76 (1906-1982) Justice Carmelino Gomez Alvendia, Sr. was a justice of Court of Appeals of the Philippines, a founder of Quezon City Academy and a co-founder of the Manuel L. Quezon University, formerly Manuel ...more

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Cecilia Muñoz-Palma is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 93 (1913-2006) Cecilia Muñoz-Palma was a Filipino jurist and the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of the Philippines. She was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Ferdinand Marcos on ...more

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Antonio Villa-Real is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 65 (1880-1945) Antonio Villa-Real was a Filipino jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

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Artemio Panganiban is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 81 Artemio V. Panganiban, "The Renaissance Jurist of the 21st Century" was the 21st Supreme Court Chief Justice of the Philippines.

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Arturo Brion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 71 Arturo D. Brion is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He took his oath as a member of the Supreme Court on March 17, 2008. From 2006 until his appointment to the ...more

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Benigno Aquino, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 53 (1894-1947) Benigno Simeon "Igno" Aquino, Sr, also known as Benigno S. Aquino or Benigno S. Aquino, Sr., was a Filipino politician who served as Speaker of the National Assembly of the Second ...more

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Adolfo Azcuna is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 79 Adolfo S. Azcuna is a Filipino jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 2002 to 2009. He was appointed to the Court by President Gloria ...more

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Bernardo P. Pardo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 86 Bernardo Pardo is a former Philippine Supreme court Associate justice and a former Comelec Chairman. He was appointed by former Philippine President Joseph Estrada. He was born in Manila, to San ...more

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César Bengzon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 96 (1896-1992) César Bengzon was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from April 28, 1961 until May 29, 1966. In November 1966, a few months after his retirement, he became the ...more

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Cipriano P. Primicias, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 64 (1901-1965) Cipriano Purugganan Primicias, Sr. was a Filipino politician who was best known for his service as a Senator of the Philippines. He was born in 1901 at Alcala, in the northern Philippine ...more

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Claudio Teehankee, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 71 (1918-1989) Claudio Teehankee, PLH was the 16th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 1986 to 1988. He was also the most senior associate justice and chairman of the First Division of ...more

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Conchita Carpio-Morales is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 76 Conchita Carpio-Morales is the current Ombudsman of the Philippines. She was previously an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Carpio-Morales is married to Eugenio T. ...more

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Alfredo Benipayo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 79 Alfredo Logronio Benipayo is the former Dean of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law, the oldest law school in the Philippines. He is a former magistrate and a respected law ...more

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Conrado M. Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 93 (1913-2006) Conrado M. Vasquez was the first Ombudsman of the Philippines and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

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Dante Tiñga is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 78 Dante O. Tiñga is a Filipino politician and jurist. He served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 2003 to 2009.

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Diosdado Macapagal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 87 (1910-1997) Diosdado Pangan Macapagal was the ninth President of the Philippines, serving from 1961 to 1965, and the sixth Vice-President, serving from 1957 to 1961. He also served as a member of the House ...more

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Dong Puno is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 72 Ricardo "Dong" Puno, Jr. is a Filipino television public affairs host, media executive, newspaper columnist, and lawyer.

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Elpidio Quirino is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 66 (1890-1956) Elpidio Rivera Quirino was a Filipino politician, and the sixth President of the Philippines. A lawyer by profession, Quirino entered politics when he became a representative of Ilocos Sur from ...more

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Enrique Fernando is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 89 (1915-2004) Enrique M. Fernando was the 13th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. A noted constitutionalist and law professor, he served in the Supreme Court for 18 years, including 6 ...more

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Etta Rosales is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Etta Rosales Etta Rosales is a Filipino activist, teacher and politician who has served three terms as the party-list representative of the Akbayan Citizens' Action Party to the Philippines' House of ...more

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Evelio Javier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 44 (1942-1986) Evelio Bellaflor Javier was a Filipino lawyer, civil servant, politician, and an opposition leader during the regime of President Ferdinand Marcos. His assassination on February 11, 1986, ...more

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Felipe Agoncillo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 82 (1859-1941) Felipe Agoncillo was the Filipino lawyer representative to the negotiations in Paris that led to the Treaty of Paris, ending the Spanish–American War and achieving him the title of ...more

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Felix Makasiar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 77 (1915-1992) Félix Valencia Makasiar was the 14th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, serving in that capacity for four months in 1985. His 85-day stint as Chief Justice, ...more

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Ferdinand Marcos is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 72 (1917-1989) Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos was a Filipino lawyer and politician who served as President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. In the earlier part of his presidency, he was known for his ...more

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Ferdinand Topacio is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Ferdinand Topacio age 52 Ferdinand Sumague Topacio is a Filipino lawyer and managing partner of the Topacio Law Office. At present, around 40 percent of the office’s clients are pro bono.

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Florentino Floro is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 64 Florentino V. Floro, Jr. is a former Filipino judge who achieved notoriety after being suspended from the Philippine judiciary in 2006 due to mental illness. Floro made several statements that ...more

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Francis Escudero is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 46 Francis Joseph "Chiz" Guevara Escudero is a member of the Philippine Senate since 2007. He previously served as a member of the Philippine House of Representatives from the 1st ...more

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Francis Pangilinan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 54 Francis Nepomuceno Pangilinan, also known as Kiko Pangilinan, is a Filipino politician and was a Senator of the Philippines from 2001 to 2013. He was the Senate Majority Leader until 2008. He ...more

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Cancio Garcia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 76 (1937-2013) Cancio C. Garcia was a Filipino lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He was appointed to the Court on October 6, 2004 by President Gloria ...more

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Consuelo Ynares-Santiago is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 78 Consuelo Ynares-Santiago is a former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. She was appointed to the Court by President Joseph Estrada.

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Alicia Austria-Martinez is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 77 Ma. Alicia Austria-Martinez is a Filipino jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 2002 to 2009. She was appointed to the Court by President Gloria ...more

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age 80 Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez is a Filipino jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 2000 to 2008. She was the last appointment to the Court made by ...more

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age 76 Antonio Eduardo B. Nachura was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines until his mandatory retirement in June 13, 2011. He had been Solicitor-General of the Philippines at ...more

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Francisco Villaruz, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 74 Francisco H. Villaruz, Jr. is a Filipino justice. He was appointed on October 5, 2011 by President Benigno Aquino III as Presiding Justice of the Sandiganbayan replacing Justice Edilberto ...more

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Franklin Drilon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 72 Franklin Drilon is a Filipino Politician who served as President of the Senate of the Philippines in 2000, from 2001 to 2006, and again from 2013. Drilon currently serves his third term in the ...more

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Fred Ruiz Castro is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 65 (1914-1979) Fred Ruiz Castro was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from January 5, 1976 until his death on April 19, 1979 while on an official trip to India.

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Gilbert Teodoro is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 53 Gilberto Eduardo Gerardo Cojuangco Teodoro, Jr. PLH, or more commonly known as Gilbert/Gibo, is the former secretary of the national defense of the republic of the Philippines, having assumed ...more

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Gregory S. Ong is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
age 64 Gregory Santos Ong is a Filipino jurist and a former Justice of the Sandiganbayan. He was initially appointed as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines by President Gloria ...more

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Irene Cortes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Lawyers from The Philippines
Died at 75 (1921-1996) Irene R. Cortes was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and a respected law academician. She was also the first female dean of the University of the Philippines College ...more