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Emerging as the lone representative from Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS) Law Offices to establish a place in the esteemed roster of Top 100 lawyers in the Philippines, Atty. Eduardo “Dindo” Martinez signals a new age for the firm he founded and currently leads as Litigation department head.

Apart from being actively involved in the Alternative Dispute Resolution and being an accredited Appeal Court Mediator by the Philippine Judicial Academy, the legal paragon adds another accolade to his exemplary career with his inclusion in the said list crafted by Asia Business Law Journal.

The extensive compilation was brought by global professionals and companies analyzing legal developments in the region. To be included in such a list is not only an honor but also reflects promising contributions made by legal professionals in the country.

Embarking on his legal journey
After finishing his Legal Management and Juris Doctor degrees at the Ateneo De Manila University, he immediately began his battle in the legal arena way back in 1992.

His first foray in the field was in Ponce Enrile Cayetano Reyes & Manalastas where he learned the different front of law practice areas. Thereafter, he went to Castillo Zamora & Poblador to sharpen his legal mind, concentrating on litigation, labor, immigration and intellectual property. He was also the first representative of the Philippines in the 1998 Intellectual Property Rights Training Course of the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation.

Taking all the courage and solid legal armor from years of primed experience, he founded his own firm in 2000 which later become MVGS after he was joined by lawyers Mark Vergara, Manuel Gonzalez and Elmer Serrano in 2006.

Currently, Martinez not only stands at the helm of the firm in general but also accelerates its family law practice, taking full responsibility of clients who need representation for adoption, annulment of marriage, legal separation and other domestic relations cases.

Making law understandable
While bearing the name of the firm in its legal service, Martinez also manages good public rapport as a regular columnist of Daily Tribune.

Through his “Anteroom” series, he effectively translates legal concepts to become less intimidating and more understandable for the readers.

Despite enlightening readers on business and labor laws through his column, Martinez does not forget to shape minds on current social issues.

In one of his recent columns, he wrote, “If we all have the discipline, and I mean all of us, the path towards eradication of the virus will be short. The trek will be faster,” as he talks about the continuing health crisis.

Clients also vouch for Martinez’s legal brilliance. Upon knowing that he was regarded as one of the top 100 lawyers in the country, Lexie Yllana, daughter of his former clients, shared on Facebook how he helped her parents overcome a hopeless case that was previously dismissed by the Regional Trial Court (RTC).

“My parents will always be grateful to Martinez for handling and winning a case from them on appeal more than 14 years ago. They thought it was a hopeless case after losing the fight in the RTC when it was handled by a different lawyer. He truly deserves the recognition.”

More than being on the prestigious list, Martinez’s greatness in the legal realm surpasses the halls of law offices and extends to touch the lives of people — may it be his clients or not. Truly, he gives a new light to how law in the country should be — for the greater good of the citizens.