Firm Profile > Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell > Manila, Philippines

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell

Philippines > Intellectual property Tier 1

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell, the oldest law firm in continuous existence in the Philippines, has a long history of advising major brands on the establishment and protection of intellectual property rights, in particular patents and trade marks. Many of the firm's clients are household names in their sectors; for example, the group registers and maintains the names of all the teams in the NBA and implements anti-counterfeiting measures to guard against unauthorised distributors. Renato Calma, Roane Lopez and Virna Emeline Caringal-Divino are the key practitioners and all handle non-contentious and disputes work.

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Key clients



Lincoln Electric

The Harris Group

Emperador Distillers


NBA Properties, Inc.

President and Fellows of Harvard College

Philippines > Shipping Tier 2

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell's admiralty and maritime department acts for clients before courts and administrative or governmental agencies in matters relating to collision, vessel arrest, smuggling and pollution. Pedro Carbonell is a litigation specialist and is well regarded for his work in cargo and crew claims. Founding partner Benjamin Bacorro remains a key practitioner; his practice also extends to intellectual property matters.

Key clients

P & I Clubs based in UK and Asia

Eastern Mediterranean Manning Agency

Grace Marine Shipping Agencies

C-Man Maritime, Inc.

TCM Tsakos Maritime Philippines, Inc.

Fil-Star Maritime Corporation

88 Aces Maritime Services, Inc.

SITC Container Lines Phils, Inc

Orient Overseas Container Line

COSCO Shipping Lines

Heung-A Shipping

Benline Agencies Phils., Inc.

Philhua Shipping, Inc.

Wallem Philippines Shipping, Inc.

One Stop Logistics Solutions

Lorenzo Shipping Corp.

Fil-Pride Shipping, Inc.

Malayan Towage & Salvage Corporation

Philippines > Dispute resolution Tier 3

One of the oldest firms in the Philippines, Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell has a strong reputation for acting for local companies and individuals in a variety of disputes, most particularly those relating to shipping and intellectual property. A recent highlight was representing an individual in a dispute in the Supreme Court against a bank regarding the cancellation of a contract of sale on the grounds of fraud. Founding partner Benjamin Bacorro specialises in maritime law in addition to criminal litigation. Pedro Carbonell is noted for cargo and crew claims

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Key clients

Del Monte

Insular Oil Corporation

Petro Gazz

Ram Foods

Orica Explosives

Western Shipping

Inter-Argo Ph., Inc

Quadra Commodities S.A

Camel Appliances

Samsung Electronics

Philippines > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell provides corporate advice to clients from the maritime, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and chemical sectors. A particular specialism is corporate compliance work and the group regularly reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission on behalf of its clients. Renato Calma, Aleli Militsala Boniol and Virna Emeline Caringal-Divino lead the team.

Key clients


Del Monte Philippines, Inc.

Amkor Technology Philippines Inc.

Golden Arches Development Corporation


Stamm International


Samsung Electro Mechanics Philippines Corporation




Infineum Singapore Pte Ltd

SumikaChemical Analysis Service, Ltd.

TCM Tsakos Maritime Philippines, Inc.

C-man Maritime, Inc.

Inter orient Maritime Enterprises, Inc.

Fil-Star Maritime Corporation

The firm has the distinction of being the oldest law firm in continuous existence in the Philippines. It was established in the Philippines in 1901 by American law practitioners when the Philippines was ceded over to the United States by Spain.

The firm has a diversified general law practice and corresponds with leading law firms in major cities of the world.  It handles all aspects of corporate, commercial and international business transactions, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, licensing and technology transfers, civil and criminal litigation, admiralty, labor-management relations, and taxation.  It also acts as legal adviser to the American, British, German, Swedish, and Greek  Embassies in the Philippines.

The firm’s partners are supported by associates and assistants, technical consultants and administrative and secretarial staff.  Each case or assignment is handled by a team supervised by a partner.  If required by the nature, magnitude and complexity of the work, more than one partner or team may be involved.  Every client has access to a partner for advice on urgent matters.


Department Name Email Telephone
Labour Gregorio F Ortega
Labour Elizer A Odulio
Admiralty Gregorio F Ortega
Admiralty Benjamin T Bacorro
Admiralty Pedro M Carbonell II
Admiralty Ferdinand G Domasing
Admiralty Fortunato C Pagdanganan
Intellectual property Renato G Calma
Intellectual property Roane Alfredo P Lopez III
Intellectual property Virna Emeline C Divino
Corporate Renato G Calma
Corporate Roane Alfredo P Lopez III
Corporate Aleli Militsala T Boniol
Taxation, estates and trusts Gregorio F Ortega
Taxation, estates and trusts Renato G Calma
Taxation, estates and trusts Virna Emeline C Divino
Taxation, estates and trusts Aleli Militsala T Boniol
Civil and criminal litigation Gregorio F Ortega
Civil and criminal litigation Pedro M Carbonell II
Civil and criminal litigation Ferdinand G Domasing
Civil and criminal litigation Virna Emeline C Divino
Civil and criminal litigation Fortunato C Pagdanganan
Aviation Gregorio F Ortega
Aviation Pedro M Carbonell II
Aviation Ferdinand G Domasing
Banking and finance Gregorio F Ortega
Banking and finance Renato G Calma
Mining Gregorio F Ortega
Mining Benjamin T Bacorro
Mining Renato G Calma
Number of lawyers : 25
International Trade Mark Association
Association Internationale Pour la Protection de la Propri?t? Industrielle
Asian Patent Attorneys Association
Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce (New York)
Licensing Executives Society International
American and European Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines
Maritime Law Association of the Philippines