Meet the Team

Justice Rodolfo G. Palattao

Founding Partner

Retired Justice Rodolfo G. Palattao, founder of the Law Office, has served the Judiciary for more than 20 years. He was appointed as a Regional Trial Court Judge in Lucena City and was reassigned to the City of Manila in 1990. He was promoted to the Sandiganbayan in 1998 and served until 2003. While in government service, he discovered his passion for teaching. He was a law professor, a bar reviewer and a bar examiner in criminal law in 2008. He is also the author of the book Criminal Law Made Easy Book I and II. He graduated law from the University of East Law School and became a member of the Bar in 1965.

Atty. Rodolfo John Paul C. Palattao III

Managing Partner

Atty. Rodolfo John Paul C. Palattao III is a graduate of AB Legal Management and finished his law studies at University of the East. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2006. He took his masters in maritime affairs specializing in maritime law and policy in World Maritime University in Sweden. He was a Legal Researcher in the Sandiganbayan and a Director at Department of Transportation and Communication. He specializes in Corporation law, Litigation and Maritime Law.

Atty. Melvin Cydrick M. Bughao

Partner

Atty. Melvin Cydrick M. Bughao finished his undergraduate studies at the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, and graduated in law as the first in his class at the University of the East. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2009. He was previously employed at the University of the Philippines, Department of Social Sciences, and Department of Transportation and Communication. He specializes in Litigation, Family Law, and Data Privacy.

Atty. Rodolfo John Robert C. Palattao IV

Partner

Atty. Rodolfo John Robert C. Palattao IV finished his undergraduate studies at Ateneo De Manila University. He finished law school and master's in business administration at De La Salle University - Far Eastern University MBA-JD program. After internships with Fortun, Narvasa & Salazar Law Firm, and the Intellectual Property Office, he was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2012. He specializes in Intellectual Property: Art Law, Corporate and Commercial Law. He is currently on leave.

Ms. Carisa Trina M. Lagman

Paralegal

Carissa Trina M. Lagman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy at the University of the Philippines. She is currently enrolled at the New Era University College of Law. She is a licensed real estate broker, and before joining the law office, she worked in Sandiganbayan, Philippine Senate and Unibersidad de Manila under Ret. Justice Rodolfo G. Palattao.

Ms. Cindy S. Bustamante

Paralegal

Cindy S. Bustamante finished her undergraduate studies at the University of Sto. Tomas. She finished law school and a master's in business administration at De La Salle University - Far Eastern University MBA-JD program. She was a legal intern at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles and the Intellectual Property Office.

Mr. Fernando Marasigan Delgra Jr.

Compliance Officer

Fernando Marasigan Delgra Jr. graduated with honors from the Technological University of the Philippines and passed the licensure examination for teachers in 2002. He has a masters degree in Management at Technological University of the Philippines and earned units at New Era University Law School. Before joining the law office, he previously worked at W. Brown Company, Philippine Red Cross, St. Peter Christian School and Central Institute of Technology.

Ms. Joan Faustine O. Reyes

Compliance

Joan Faustine O. Reyes is a Nursing graduate from St. Anne College Lucena Inc. She is currently taking law at the University of the East. She is a real estate broker and her previous work experience include Wee Community Developers Inc., Jforce Elite Brokerage Team, New Century Books and General Merchandise and SM Development Corporation.

Atty. Ed Warren L. Balauag

Special Counsel

Atty. Ed Warren L. Balauag finished his undergraduate studies at De La Salle University - Manila. He finished his law school and master’s in business administration at De La Salle University - Far Eastern University MBA-JD program. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2019. He previously worked at Punongbayan & Araullo (P&A Grant Thornton) and Pepsi Philippines. He specializes in Taxation and Corporate Law. He is currently on leave.

Atty. Joanna Krystle Mungcal

Associate

Atty. Joanna Krystle Mungcal finished her undergraduate studies at Ateneo de Manila University and graduated law school at Arellano University School of Law. She was previously employed as a Law on Persons instructor at OB Montessori Center before being admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2022. She was also a legal intern at The Law Firm of Baccay Hussin & Vizconde. She currently handles Litigation and Corporate Compliance matters.

Michelle Anne S. Truita

Finance Officer

Michelle Anne S. Truita graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Banking and Finance from New Era University. Before joining the law office, she worked at Dell Philippines and Lamonte Sales and Merchandising Specialists, Inc. as HR Assistant Manager.