BERNARDO PLACIDO CHAN & LASAM LAW OFFICES
THE FIRM YOU CAN TRUST
BPCL Law aims to continue being the law firm that its clients trust because of the manner in which it attends to its clients’ legal concerns and requirements. Its goal is to become the firm of choice of clients who need the high-quality legal services that they deserve and that BPCL Law provides.
BPCL Law is committed to be a full-service law firm that provides competent advice, effective solutions and prompt legal services tailored to the needs of its clients.
BPCL Law will consistently provide practical, innovative and comprehensive solutions to all legal issues that arise in the different aspects of its clients’ business and personal concerns.
BPCL Law will continue to apply the collective legal expertise and experience of all the members of its legal team in order to proactively deliver legal services beyond what its clients expect.
OUR CORE VALUES
In providing service to our clients, all the members of BPCL’s Legal Team, as well as its Support and Administrative staff, shall be guided by the following values:
Atty. Antonio M. Bernardo and Atty. Damian M. Placido, Jr. were high school classmates at the Don Bosco Technical Institute. They also went to the same university, Ateneo de Manila University, for their college studies. After college, they went to pursue different careers in the private sector. Eventually, they went to different law schools for their law degrees – Atty. Bernardo at the Ateneo de Manila School of Law and Atty. Placido at the University of the Philippines College of Law.
After passing the Bar examinations, the two pursued their careers in the corporate world and in different law firms. In 2002, Atty. Bernardo was appointed Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs. Shortly after his appointment, he invited Atty. Placido to join him at the Bureau as the Director for Legal Services. Two and a half years later, both of them returned to the private sector.
In 2007, Atty. Antonio M. Bernardo and Atty. Damian M. Placido, Jr. formed a law partnership, then known as Bernardo Placido Law Offices. It did not take long for the new law firm to expand with the addition of young and highly skilled lawyers. Atty. Luisito C. Deveza, Atty. Dennis L. Chan and Atty. Manuel L. Lasam, Jr. joined the Firm as associate lawyers in 2007, shortly after the Firm was founded. All three graduated from the Ateneo School of Law.
In the next few years, the Firm’s client base quickly expanded. The Firm began hiring more associate lawyers to provide legal services to the Firm’s increasing number of clients.
In November, 2010, Atty. Bernardo was appointed as Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB). With this development, the Firm was reorganized and renamed as Placido Deveza Chan Law Offices. When Atty. Deveza left the Firm in 2013 to join a private company as in-house counsel, the Firm became Placido Chan Law Offices.
Even during the absence of Atty. Bernardo, the Firm continued to expand, serving more clients in more areas of law practice.
Upon completion of his six-year term at HLURB, Atty. Bernardo returned to the Firm as Chairman of its Executive Committee with Atty. Placido remaining as the Firm’s Managing Partner. The Firm then became known as the Bernardo Placido Chan Law Offices.
In 2018, Atty. Lasam was elevated to name partner and the Firm adopted its current name, Bernardo Placido Chan Lasam Law Offices, also known as BPCL Law.
In late 2019, BPCL Law moved to its current and more spacious office where it now provides a comfortable workspace for its lawyers and staff and where they can receive clients in an atmosphere conducive to discussing and addressing their legal concerns.
Throughout its existence and in spite of the various organizational changes, BPCL Law has remained committed to its Firm Philosophy. It has continued to develop and train its lawyers and non-legal support staff to attain the level of competence required to provide its clients the level of service they deserve. It has continuously streamlined its office systems and upgraded its office equipment and facilities to ensure prompt and efficient delivery of services to its clients.
BPCL Law has continued to be the Firm that our clients can trust.
ANTONIO M. BERNARDO – Secretary, Commission on Appointments; Undersecretary, Department of Energy; Undersecretary, Department of Finance; Officer-in-Charge, Social Security System; Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs; Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board; Chairman, Member of the Board of Directors and President of various private corporations; Member, Management Association of the Philippines; Director, Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association; Director, Philippine Insurers Club; Charter and Honorary Member, Rotary Club of Makati Paseo de Roxas; Second Place, April, 1989 Real Estate Brokers Licensure Examinations; Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics, 1975, Ateneo de Manila University; Editor-in-Chief, Ateneo Law Journal and Ateneo Law Bulletin; First National President, Association of Law Journal Editors of the Philippines; Bachelor of Laws Degree, Class Valedictorian, 1988, Ateneo de Manila University, School of Law; Second Place, 1988 Bar Examinations; Admitted to the Philippine Bar.
DAMIAN M. PLACIDO, JR. – Director for Legal Services and Chairman of the Tax Credit Committee, Bureau of Customs; Senior Partner, Manalo Puno Jocson Placido Law Offices; In-House Counsel, FINMAN Group of Companies; Legal Consultant and Associate Professor, Rizal Technological University; Planning/Hearing Officer, Office of the Commissioner for Planning, Metro Manila Commission; Instructor, Polytechnic University of the Philippines; Project Coordinator, Department of Local Government and Community Development; Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics, 1975, Ateneo de Manila University; Bachelor of Laws Degree, 1983, University of the Philippines, College of Law; Admitted to the Philippine Bar.
DENNIS ARVIN L. CHAN – Arbitrator, Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc.; Member, Philippine Institute of Arbitrators; Associate Solicitor, Office of the Solicitor General; Associate, Fortun Narvasa Salazar Law Officers; Associate, Kalaw Sy Vida Selda Campos Law Offices; Assistant Corporate Secretary, various private corporations; Law Professor, Jose Rizal University and Philippine Christian University; Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, 2001, University of Santo Tomas; Juris Doctor Degree, 2005, Ateneo de Manila University, School of Law; Admitted to the Philippine Bar.
MANUEL INOCENCIO L. LASAM, JR. – Member, Philippine Institute of Arbitrators; Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Revenue Collection and Monitoring Group and Co-Chairman, Civil Cases Committee, Revenue Collection Monitoring Group and Assistant to the Chairman, Legal Working Group, ASEAN Single Window and Member, Anti-Oil Smuggling Coordinating Committee, Bureau of Customs; Associate, Camacho Associates; Founding Member, Marikina City Lawyers Association; Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Management, 2001, Ateneo de Manila University; Juris Doctor Degree, 2005, Ateneo de Manila University, School of Law; Admitted to the Philippine Bar.
ROMIR DAVID B. GAVINO – Associate, Chavez Miranda Aseoche Law Offices; Associate, Bernas Law Offices; Bachelor of Arts Degree in European Studies, 2008, Ateneo de Manila University; Juris Doctor, 2012, Ateneo de Manila University, School of Law; Admitted to the Philippine Bar.
ANDRES R. VIACRUSIS – Associate: Gana Atienza Avisado Law Offices; Associate: Chavez Miranda Aseoche Law Offices; Member: Integrated Bar of the Philippines; Member, Junior Bedan Law Circle; B.S. Legal Management – 2009 – San Beda College – Mendiola; Juris Doctor, 2016, San Sebastian College – Recolletos; Admitted to the Philippine Bar
JAN RURIK D. PADIERNOS – Intern, Romulo Mabanta Sayoc De Los Angeles Law Offices; Member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines; Director, Junior Chamber International, Manila Chapter; Member, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Co-Ed Business Fraternity; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, 2012, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America; Juris Doctor Degree, 2016, Ateneo de Manila University, School of Law; Admitted to the Philippine Bar.
JUAN LORENZO D. GODINO – member of the Honor Society of the Lyceum of the Philippines University – College of Law; Intern with Viola Law Office; Juris Doctor degree in 2019 from the Lyceum of the Philippines University – College of Law