ARMAND H. MEJIA
Private Practitioner | Legal Consultant | Part-time Senior Lecturer
Skills / Expertise
Private practitioner, Mejia Law Office, November 2014- present.
••Practicing lawyer with the following practice areas: civil and criminal litigation, administrative, labor, family and environmental law.
Legal Consultant, Office of the Undersecretary for Legal Affairs (ULAO), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), August 2017- present
••Reviews decisions on appeal with the Office of the Secretary, DAR. Provides opinions on various legal questions and queries of the Office of the Secretary, DAR.
Part-time Senior Lecturer, Miriam College (MC) College of Arts and Sciences, June 2014- present
••Teaches Constitution and Economics in the MC Higher Education Unit.
Executive Director, Mediators’ Network for Sustainable Peace, Inc. (MedNet), Quezon City, May 2013 - October 2014.
••Conducted trainings on mediation, negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Legal Writing, Conflict Diagnosis and Negotiation Skills for personnel of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), local officials and community-based organizations.
Law Firm Partner, Astive Mejia and Velasco Law Offices, Quezon City, June 2008-May 2013.
••Litigation lawyer and legal consultant for various clients. Engaged in training and education for NGO clients on environmental law, para-legal training, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
Director IV, Senate of the Republic of the Philippines, Office of Senator Richard J. Gordon, Pasay City, January 2008- June 2008
••Drafted bills and resolutions for the Senator, and provided legal input for the Senator’s legislative team.
Law Firm Partner, Tagum del Rosario Mejia and Velasco Law Offices, Quezon City, May 2004- May 2008.
••Private practitioner in criminal, civil, labor, family and environmental law.
Branch Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court of Quezon City, Branch 90 (Special Corporate/Intellectual Property Court), February 2003-May 2004
••Assisted the Presiding Judge in the preparation of decisions, resolutions and orders in corporate rehabilitation cases pending before the Court.
Associate Lawyer, Lagmay and Associates Law Offices, Makati City, August 2001-January 2003.
••Assisted law firm partners in handling civil, criminal and labor cases.
Staff Lawyer, Tanggol Kalikasan (TK) Inc., Quezon City, February 2001-July 2001.
••Litigator, legal adviser and paralegal trainer on issues of environmental law, protected areas law, fisheries law and bioprospecting.
Staff Lawyer, Haribon Foundation Inc., Quezon City, October 1997-January 2001
••Provided legal support for the Foundation in environmental law, paralegal training and advocacy.
Private Practitioner, Uribe Mejia Batara Law Offices, Quezon City, October 1993- October 1997
••Engaged in private law practice in litigation, labor and election law.
Associate Solicitor, Office of the Solicitor General, Makati City, May 1991-October 1993
••Represented the State in criminal and civil cases on appeal and in land registration cases, expropriation, adoption and other special proceedings.
Associate Lawyer/Paralegal, Arcinas Lagmay and Arcinas Law Offices, October 1990-April 1991
••Performed paralegal duties, legal research, drafting pleadings and appearances in administrative agencies.
Experience in Mediation
Other related experiences or Achievements:
Legal Consultant, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), May 2015-July 2016.
••Reviewed agrarian cases on appeal with the Office of the Department Secretary.
Legal Consultant, City Budget Office, Quezon City Hall, June 2013-July 2016.
••Rendered legal opinions, reviewed cases and drafted legal correspondence for the Quezon City Budget Office.
Legal Consultant, World Wildlife Fund Marine Law Enforcement Project, Butanding (Whale Shark) Protection Project in Donsol, Sorsogon, April -November 2005
••Provided legal consultancy and training services for the local government of Donsol’s Whale Shark protection project.
Legal Consultant, CEPPS Philippine Election Observation Mission, International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), National Democratic Institute (NDI), International Republican Institute (IRI), May- July 2004.
••Assisted foreign election observers of the 2004 elections. Oriented foreign advisers on Philippine election law and the local political process.
Legal Consultant, NGO’s for Integrated Protected Areas/Conservation of Priority Protected Areas (NIPA/CPPAP)-DENR, July 1998-February 2000.
••Legal consultant for priority protected areas in the Philippines declared under the NIPAS Law (RA 7586).
>Speaker, “Conflict Diagnosis (Alternative Dispute Resolution)”, at the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), April 19, 2017 at the UP Law Center, UP College of Law, October 25, 2018.
>Speaker, Philippine Alternative Dispute Resolution Laws (ADR) at “Training on the Mainstreaming of Mediation and Healing Mechanisms in Local Governance” for local government officials and employees of Kalinga, Lanao del Norte and Capiz sponsored by the Local Government Academy- Department of Interior and Local Government (LGA-DILG) in Quezon City, August 9, 2017.
>Speaker, “Conflict Diagnosis (Alternative Dispute Resolution)”, at the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), April 19, 2017 at the UP Law Center, UP College of Law, April 19, 2017.
>Speaker, Philippine Alternative Dispute Resolution Laws (ADR) at “Training on the Mainstreaming of Mediation and Healing Mechanisms in Local Governance” for local government officials and employees of Davao del Norte, Zamboanga del Norte and Samar sponsored by the Local Government Academy- Department of Interior and Local Government (LGA-DILG) in Quezon City, November 22, 2016.
>Speaker, “Mediation in Agrarian Reform Cases”, delivered before a Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) training sponsored by the UP Law Center for DAR legal officers, at the Sequoia Hotel in Quezon City, October 30, 2014
Training & Education
Bachelor of Laws (Ll.B.),
College of Law,
University of the Philippines, 1986-1990.
Bachelor of Arts (AB) in Economics,
School of Economics,
University of the Philippines, with units in Political Science, 1979-1984.
Secondary and Elementary education,
San Sebastian College,