Established in 1993, and drawing upon the senior partners’ decades-long experience in major law firm practice, the TAN ACUT LOPEZ & PISÓN Law Offices (formerly named Escueta Tan Acut & Madrid Law Offices) quickly developed into a full-service law firm with a wide client base.
Messrs. Edmundo L. Tan and Sabino E. Acut, Jr. were former partners of Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRA) who later co-founded with others the Ponce Enrile Cayetano Reyes & Manalastas Law Offices (PECABAR).
In July 1993, a handful of lawyers coming from big law offices decided to put up their own practice. The first few months were spent in a small condominium unit lent by a client and where a single table was shared. The firm eventually transferred to the Tektite Towers where it continues to hold office. It would still be a few more months of sitting on plastic chairs and borrowed tables in a temporary warehouse-type of unfurnished unit at Tektite before the lawyers would move into their new office. Their file inventory: nothing more than an arm’s span of folders.
In six months, the firm’s core complement was completed: four senior partners, a partner, a senior associate, and an associate for each for the three major fields of practice: corporation law, labor law, and litigation. With this lean assemblage of committed lawyers, we agreed on the principles of our practice:
In the next years after setting out, the striving was hard, and respite was little. We toiled day and night — many sleepless ones — and day and night again, providing the best legal service our small group could possibly give, and executing the final unexpressed sentence of the iconic statement engraved into the wall of Malcolm Hall: to practice law in the grand manner. Inspired by the trust placed in us by our clients, we pushed forward to give the law a direction pointed towards the strongest possible advocacy of their causes, through the precise expression of the written word, creative approaches to complex legal problems when convention fell short, and effective oral delivery of legal positions in open proceedings, all in a manner that has been noted by both magistrate and clientele.
This was the work ethic that we fostered, and around this was light and informal atmosphere that ensured openness and approachability of the partners, to the extent of openly shunning knightly titles such as “Sir.” We were generous when we could be, and treated everyone as family.
Our dedication delivered clients. For a law firm of our size to be sought after in some of the most high-profile cases validated our efforts. No law firm wins all its cases, and as in most things in this grinding stone we call life, we take the rough with the fine — the good with the bad, and we are grateful for being given the opportunity to stand out.
From virtually an all-U.P. Law alumni core group, we later adopted inclusiveness and embraced associates from different law schools, knowing that diversity would be beneficial to law practice. On this platform, we intend to provide the quality of legal service our clients fully deserve, and continue to explore new areas of law in keeping pace with the rapid changes brought about by radical transformations in technology and business. In 2017, after a busy and long twenty-four years, we were finally able to acquire new office units and renovate our old one in line with our continuing efforts at growing the practice.
We therefore continue to be heavily committed to our clients, so that we may be part of their continuing success; to the training of our associates, so that they may find their stay with us professionally and personally enriching; to the general business of our practice, so that the continuing viability of our work may be assured; to creative advocacy, so that new approaches to challenging legal problems are explored without the constraint of convention; and to our non-legal staff, so that all the benefits and successes we enjoy are fairly shared with all who contribute to our practice.
In July 1993, a handful of lawyers coming from big law offices decided to put up their own practice. The first few months were spent in a small condominium unit lent by a client and where a single table was shared. The firm eventually transferred to the Tektite Towers where it continues to hold office. It would still be a few more months of sitting on plastic chairs and borrowed tables in a temporary warehouse-type of unfurnished unit at…READ MORE
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