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Atty. Francisco Chavez

FRANCISCO I. CHAVEZ – (Feb. 06, 1947 –  Sept. 11, 2013)

Francisco Ibrado Chavez (also known as Frank Chavez”) — dubbed and conferred the title “Tribune of the People” by the National Union of People’s Lawyers and by the Philippine Senate Minority block led by Senator Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr., Senator Manuel Villar and Senator Francis Pangilinan — is the Founding Partner of the Chavez Miranda Aseoche law firm.

At age 14, he left his family home and fended for himself to seek his fortune and confront his destiny. Under extremely adverse conditions, he completed AB English summa cum laude and, later went to Manila and finished Bachelor of Laws cum laude at the University of the Philippines.

He was chosen Bar Examiner in remedial law in 1985 (youngest at 38) and appointed Solicitor General of the Philippines in 1987 (youngest at 40). For law, justice and people, he fought the abuses and corruption of the governments of Marcos, Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo — in the process contributing to Philippine jurisprudence no less than seventy (70) cases decided by the Supreme Court. In December 2008, he was conferred a lifetime achievement award as “Tribune of the People” in recognition of Atty. Franz Chavez’s unwavering fight these past 38 years for freedom, justice, human rights, honesty in government service and Constitutional advocacy.

Frank devoted himself exclusively to private law practice and filed with the Supreme Court several public interest cases involving Constitutional and human rights, anomalous government contracts, dishonesty in public service, among others. He likewise apportioned some of his time providing free legal services to the poor, the needy and the oppressed with particular concern for sexually abused children by providing free legal services for the prosecution, conviction and imprisonment of offenders. He undertook various community projects involving housing, education and livelihood services as an active Director of the Rotary Club of Makati, the premier Rotary club in the City of Makati.

Frank also spent his free time to long-distance running; assault, speed and combat shooting; poetry writing; song recording; reading and writing. Before he died, Frank wrote his one and only novel entitled “Blighted”, about the corruption that has metastasized almost the entire government bureaucracy and the Filipinos’ way of life.

Frank died on 11 September 2013 due to a lingering illness. He is survived by his wife Jean, and three daughters Katrina, Stephanie and Ingrid, all of whom have their own families.

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Carl Mucho

Senior Associate

Atty. Carl Jon P. Mucho obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature, with honors, from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He then enrolled in the UP College of Law with exemptions after ranking in the top one percentile of those who took the Law Aptitude Exams (LAE) of that year.

In the law school, Atty. Mucho pursued scholarly and advocacy work with positive results. His dissertation on Tobacco Regulation, for instance, was awarded best paper for its category. The ideas presented in his paper would later be validated with the passage of legal reforms emulating his proposals on the ideal tax rates for the sale and purchase of tobacco products in the country.

After finishing his Juris Doctor degree program in the UP College of Law, Atty. Mucho took the bar examination and passed. He was admitted as a member of the bar the following year.
At present, Atty. Mucho devotes his undivided attention to criminal, civil and labor litigation for the law firm with relevant emphasis on pre-trial, trial and appellate work. He also handles public commercial transactions involving the procurement of goods and services of national importance for the government. On a regular basis, Atty. Mucho manages the evolving concerns and issues of the retained clients of the law firm at any given time of all days in a week.

Juan Paolo B. Tumbali

Junior Associate

Paolo graduated from Ateneo de Manila University in 2012 with a degree in Psychology. He took up law at the Ateneo de Manila Law School where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 2016. He took the Bar examinations that same year and and was admitted to the bar in 2017.

Paolo immediately joined the firm after his admission to the bar. His practice focuses on litigation across various fields of law. Even at this early stage of his career, he has personally handled and represented clients in numerous cases requiring appearances in regular courts and administrative agencies around the country.

He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Utopia.

Jose C. Laureta

Of Counsel

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After their respective stints in the Cory Aquino administration, Atty. Joe Laureta (as commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Good Government and later of the Securities and Exchange Commission) and Atty. Frank Chavez (who was Solicitor General) decided to form their own law office in 1992, which was named as “Chavez Laureta & Associates”. .

Joe, like Frank, was formerly a partner at the Sycip Salazar Feliciano & Hernandez Law Office (now Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Law Office).

Atty. Jose C. Laureta finished law at the University of the Philippines in 1956 and later took up masteral studies at the Yale University Law School in 1964.

With the retirement of Atty. Laureta in 2002, the firm was re-named to Chavez Miranda Aseoche Law Offices. He however continues to be associated with Chavez Miranda & Aseoche as the firm’s Of Counsel.

Atty. Laureta served as a faculty member of the UP College of Law from April 1960 until October 1987 when he had to give up his faculty position following his recruitment into the Cory Aquino administration as member of the Presidential Commission in Good Government or PCGG. Among Atty. Laureta’s students were such disparate and famous personalities as Chief Justice Reynato Puno, the late Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, and the late Frank Chavez.

Professor Laureta resumed teaching at the UP College of Law since 2005.