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

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell

Philippines > Intellectual property Tier 1

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell‘s wide-ranging practice is equally strong in patent law and trademark law, with Roane Lopez specialising in patent work and Virna Emeline Caringal-Divino leading the trademark team. The team has grown substantially in recent years with three new associates joining to train as IP practitioners. The firm advises major multinationals in the Philippines such as Samsung and Bayer.

Key clients

Isuzu Japan

Isuzu Motors Philippines



Lincoln Electric

The Harris Group

Emperador Distillers


NBA Properties

President and Fellows of Harvard College

Philippines > Shipping Tier 1

As one of the oldest active firms in the Philippines, Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell has extensive experience in shipping and maritime law. A majority of the firm’s lawyers are specialised in this area. The firm handles cases involving collision, attachment or arrest of ships as well as smuggling and illegal importation charges against shipowners and charterers. Representing the Owner of MV “Bourbon” regarding the computation and collection of terminal fees in a dispute against Harbour Center Terminal, the firm was able to reduce the claim by almost half.  Gregorio Ortega is the managing partner of the firm and has expertise in admiralty law. Benjamin Bacorro and Pedro Carbonell lead the practice alongside Ortega.



Key clients

P & I Clubs

Eastern Mediterranean Manning Agency

Grace Marine Shipping Agencies

C-Man Maritime

TCM Tsakos Maritime Philippines

Fil-Star Maritime Corporation

88 Aces Maritime Services

Clio Shipping and Logistics Philippines

Orient Overseas Container Line

COSCO Shipping Lines

Heung-A Shipping

Benline Agencies Phils

Philhua Shipping

Wallem Philippines Shipping

One Stop Logistics Solutions

Lorenzo Shipping Corporation

Fil-Pride Shipping

Malayan Towage & Salvage Corporation

Philippines > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Philippines > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

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