Belinda M. Atienza

Position: Associate
Practice Areas:

  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Proceedings
  • Special Projects
  • International Law
  • Civil Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Labor Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Election Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Bankcruptcy or Corporate Rehabilitation
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Banking Law
  • Merger and Acquisitions
  • Special Proceedings
  • Estate Planning
  • Arbitration

Academic Attainments

Atty. Atienza obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Ateneo de Manila University School of Law in 2005. She was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2006.

While a law student, Atty. Atienza was an active participant in various international moot court competitions. In 2003, Atty. Atienza was part of the Ateneo-Philippine delegation to the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the most prestigious moot court competition, in Washington, D.C. In 2004, she again participated in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, where their team eventually became World Champions. Simultaneously, Atty. Atienza was part of the Philippine Team to the 2004 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Competition in Vienna, Austria.

Atty. Atienza obtained her undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 2000. She was a dean’s medalist and her standing was that of a cum laude.

In 2009, she received a scholarship grant from the International Committee of the Red Cross for a Post Graduate diploma on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) at NALSAR University, Hyderabad, India.

Coaching in the Law School

Atty. Atienza has been coaching several accomplished Ateneo de Manila University law school teams to international moot court competitions. In 2007, Atty. Atienza coached the Ateneo-Southeast Asian team in the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. Her team placed Runner-up overall and got 4th best memorial for Respondent.

The following year, Atty. Atienza served as a coach to the Ateneo-Philippine team to the 2008 Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. Her team won the Alona Evans Award for Best Memorial in the International Rounds and Richard Baxter Award for Best Overall Applicant Memorial. The team was also able to qualify until the quarterfinals of the competition, besting more than 500 teams worldwide.

In 2009, Atty. Atienza again coached the Ateneo team to the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria. Her team has the distinction of the being the first, and so far the only, Philippine team to break into the Octo-Finals of the competition out of 228 teams and won Honorable Mention for their Respondent Memorandum.

Professional Career

After graduation, Atty. Atienza joined Ongkiko Kalaw Manhit and Acorda Law Offices where she primarily assisted Atty. Mario Ongkiko, one of the country’s legal luminaries and was engaged in advocacy and litigation work by handling special proceedings, criminal, civil, labor, and intellectual property cases pending before the regular and appellate courts, the National Labor Relations Commission, and the Intellectual Property Office. She was also doing corporate practice by drafting and reviewing contracts, incorporating corporations, preparing board resolutions of corporations and other corporate housekeeping tasks, drafting opinions on client queries, handling petitions before the Securities and Exchange Commission, and evaluating the tax implications of certain corporate actions.

Atty. Atienza was also involved in a previous Philippine Judicial Academy Project with the Ateneo Law School and the British Embassy, Capacity-Building on Public and Private International Issues for the Philippine judiciary. She has been likewise involved with a project with T/A Trade Advisory Services sponsored by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade where she researched, assessed, and analyzed the existing level of liberalization and international trade commitments, specifically identifying and exploring the regulatory barriers that hinder growth in the retail distribution and construction services sub-sectors in the Philippines. She is currently part of the research team of a project of the Philippine Judicial Academy in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme and Supreme Court’s Program Management Office, Formulation, Adoption and Advocacy of a Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) for the Pillars of the Philippine Criminal Justice System. In that project, they are to enhance and update the existing MTDP by identifying specific problems in the Criminal Justice System and formulating new strategies to address them as well as assess the capacity of the key pillars to implement the Access to Justice Plan, especially as regards Violence Against Women and Children and Human Rights issues.

AFFILIATIONS

Atty. Atienza is a member the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and Federacion Internacional de Abogadas (FIDA). She is likewise an active alumni of Ateneo Society of International Law (ASIL).

Email: bmatienza@ferrerlaw.com.ph

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