Diega D. Villanueva is a Senior Associate whose practice covers various fields of law, including civil and criminal litigation, intellectual property law, and corporate and regulatory law.
Her specialization in litigation involves cases before trial and appellate courts all over the country, the Sandiganbayan, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), and the Intellectual Property Office (IPOPhil), among others. She handles retainers and special projects of corporate clients, has extensive experience in mining and real estate corporations, and has considerable practice in patent prosecution and trademark applications. Diega has also assisted foreign companies in incorporation of Philippine subsidiaries.
Diega earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in 2008 and 2009 as part of a five-year invitational fast-track program. She obtained her law degree in 2014 from the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law as a working law student, balancing law school and a full-time job as a researcher at the Ateneo School of Government, a professor at ADMU’s Department of Political Science, and a political and legislative affairs officer for AKO Bicol Party List at the House of Representatives.
In 2014, Diega was awarded the Dean’s Award for Service for her commitment to the UP Law Student Government and recognized as a Distinguished Intern by the UP Office of Legal Aid. She also headed the bar operations for evening students and was active in several causes, including collegiate political affairs and human rights, having been a member of UP Organization of Human Rights Advocates, UP ALYANSA, and the Paralegal Volunteers Organization.
Diega is a theatre enthusiast and has extensive experience in theatre acting, theatrical movement, and dance. She also has professional experience in acting for theatre and hosting events. She was voted by her UP Law batch as “Best in Comedy” and “Miss Congeniality.”
She was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2015 and joined the Firm in the same year.
Diega can be reached at [email protected]