JOSE RAULITO E. PARAS
Bachelor of Arts - University of the Philippines Diliman
Bachelor of Laws - San Beda College of Law 1997; Class Valedictorian
Masters of Law - Sydney University, Australia
Atty. Paras obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the San Beda College of Law in 1997 where he graduated as class valedictorian. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993 from the University of the Philippines. He is a member of the UP Upsilon Sigma Phi fraternity. He was admitted to the Bar in 1998 after placing 5th in the bar examinations. In 2003, he obtained his Masters of Law with distinction at the Sydney University, Australia.
In 1997, Atty. Paras joined the litigation group of the Ponce Enrile Cayetano Bautista Reyes & Manalastas Law Offices (PECABAR). He moved on to become the Legal Manager of the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company and the Manila Mining Corporation. He concurrently served the same position for Lepanto's subsidiary companies. Thereafter, he established co-founded the law firm of Quial Ginez Paras and Beltran.
In March of 2004, together with his former superiors at PECABAR, he co-founded the APP Law Offices, and is now assigned to supervise all the firm's industrial relation cases. He directly handles various civil and criminal cases, either at the trial or appellate stages. He also sits in the board of several private corporations, either as director or corporate secretary. Finally, Atty. Paras was part of the legal academe, having taught in a few law schools. He is also member of various law and bar associations.
Atty. Paras is both a litigation lawyer and a labor practitioner. As a trial lawyer, he is well versed in criminal law and procedure. He prosecutes civil cases with emphasis in family and marital law, land acquisition and tenancy issues, estate and expropriation proceedings, and tort and damage actions. He further counsels and represents private employers in their labor-management relations and employment law concerns. Moreover, he has significant experience in handling administrative matters relating to public officers, mining, land reform, environment, and natural resources.