Clarence Darrow C. Valdecantos
Partner
Transactions/Cases Handled: 
Mr. Valdecantos has specialized in the past several years on the different areas of labor and employment laws, which include money claims and termination disputes; labor litigation; voluntary arbitration cases; certification elections; social security cases; overseas employment; collective bargaining negotiations; preventive mediation/conciliation of labor disputes, strikes and lockouts; union representation issues; conduct of administrative investigations; employee grievances; formulation of employee code of conduct/policies; conduct of labor audits; and implementation of corporate mergers and acquisitions. He has advised senior managements, board of directors and key officers of various multinational and domestic corporations on the legal aspects of employment-related projects and undertakings.
Education/Academic Attainments: 
Mr. Valdecantos obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the San Beda College in 1997 where he graduated among the top of his class. He graduated as a College Scholar from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication, major in Journalism, in 1993.
Professional Membership & Affiliations: 
Mr. Valdecantos is an active member of the PPLM Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and a charter member of the Parañaque City Bar Association. He is currently a Director and officer of the Rotary Club – Makati Central, and is also an active member of the People Management Association of the Philippines.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS:

Mr. Valdecantos has consistently been cited by leading legal publications as an excellent labor lawyer and litigator. In the 2009 edition of Chambers Asia (Asia’s Leading Lawyers for Business) publication, where the ACCRA Labor and Employment Department was again recognized as the top-tier labor and employment firm in the country, Mr. Valdecantos was commended for having “the necessary skills to assist with labour, employment and IP affairs, Clients point to his ‘proficiency and strategy’ and consider him a valuable component of the practice.” He was further recognized in 2012 by the leading legal publication, Asialaw Profiles, as the “leading lawyer” in Labor & Employment, where the Labor and Employment Department was also given a Tier 1 recognition in the country.