Born 1970; admitted to bar 1997, Philippines.
Ms. Prodigalidad is a seasoned litigator handling a variety of cases. She specializes primarily in commercial litigation (white collar crime; intra-corporate disputes; banking, investments and securities litigation; anti-money laundering; corporate rehabilitation and insolvency), international commercial and construction arbitration, and even intellectual property and antitrust litigation. Ms. Prodigalidad represents multinational financial institutions and their officers in suits involving complex commercial agreements, foreign exchange transactions, financial derivatives (such as collateralized debt obligations), commercial papers, and other securities/financial instruments. She has likewise assisted clients in various congressional inquiries. Ms. Prodigalidad recently obtained a Supreme Court affirmation of the claim of one of the largest local banks as a mortgagee against an insolvent debtor. She led the team of lawyers that worked towards the approval of the rehabilitation plan of one of the oldest life insurance companies in the Philippines. Leveraging on her science degree, Ms. Prodigalidad also handles environmental law cases. She has successfully defended the country’s largest power distribution company against detractors of its substations and sub-transmission lines. Ms. Prodigalidad has extensive experience in construction disputes involving, among others, vertical and horizontal developments and turnkey projects before, among others, the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission. Ms. Prodigalidad headed the team that negotiated and drafted the various contracts (including the Particular Conditions of the FIDIC EPC Contract) relating to Stage 2 of the Skyway Project, the only elevated expressway in the Philippines to date. She has also successfully strategized toward, as well structured and drafted contracts relating to, the commercial resolution of disputes involving investments, trademarks, torts and contractual breach. Ms. Prodigalidad also acts as an arbitrator in international commercial and domestic arbitration, both institutional and ad hoc.
Ms. Prodigalidad obtained her Bachelor of Laws’ degree from the University of the Philippines in 1996, where she graduated cum laude and finished as the Salutatorian of her class. She then proceeded to rank 1st in the 1996 Bar Examinations. In 2004, Ms. Prodigalidad obtained her Master of Laws degree from the Harvard School of Law. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of the Philippines, where she graduated magna cum laude and finished at the top of her class in 1992. Ms. Prodigalidad is likewise an accredited arbitrator of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PDRCI), the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC) and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) as well as an accredited dispute board adjudicator.
Law Professorial Positions & Legal Publications:
As a legal practitioner, Ms. Prodigalidad is a prolific and accomplished writer and speaker. She has authored a number of legal articles published in both domestic and international publications on a diverse array of topics including particularly international commercial arbitration and other alternative modes of dispute resolution (ADR). Of recent vintage are Ms. Prodigalidad’s scholarly articles entitled “An Arbitrator’s `Expert, Yet Secret Knowledge’: Friend or Foe? (Lessons Learned From The Bankard Saga” [12(1) Asian International Arbitration Journal 1-20 (2016)] and “Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in the Philippines: Challenges after the 2009 Special ADR Rules” [6(2) Asian International Arbitration Journal 101-133 (2010)]. She likewise co-authored the Philippine Chapter in the Compendium entitled “ASEAN Product Liability and Consumer Product Safety Law” [Profs. Luke Nottage and Sakda Thanitcul (Eds.), pp. 151-195 (2016)], the work product of a conference funded by the Chulalongkorn University's ASEAN Studies Centre and hosted by Thailand's Ministry of Commerce, and the Philippine Chapter in the Eighth Edition of “The Private Competition Enforcement Review”[Ilene Knable Gotts (Ed.), Law Business Research, pp. 293-312 (2015)]. In 2013, Ms. Prodigalidad co-authored the chapter entitled “Arbitration in the Philippines”, which was published by the American Juris Publishing Inc. as part of the legal treatise entitled “International Commercial Arbitration in Asia”. Ms. Prodigalidad’s article entitled “Assimilating DNA Testing into the Philippine Criminal Justice System: Exorcising the Ghost of the Innocent Convict” [79 PHIL. L.J. 930 (2005)] has been cited no less than by the Supreme Court. Ms. Prodigalidad has likewise spoken in various local seminars and international conferences and colloquia on various topics but chiefly on credit transactions, international commercial arbitration, ADR, anti-money laundering and construction law. Among others, in 2013, Ms. Prodigalidad was a panelist at the 5th Annual FIDIC Asia-Pacific Contract Users’ Conference in Malaysia, particularly in the session on “The Use of DABs in South East Asia” and, in 2014, was a panelist in the session entitled “Tackling Fraud, Bribery & Corruption In South East Asia - The Road Ahead”, at a conference sponsored by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) FraudNet held in Bangkok, Thailand. Locally, Ms. Prodigalidad was recently chosen to be a panelist at the 9th Forum on Asian Insolvency Reform (FAIR) co-sponsored by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), INSOL International and The World Bank. In addition, Ms. Prodigalidad has assisted in the drafting of certain rules including the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Philippine ADR Act of 2004 and the Supreme Court Rule on DNA Evidence. Ms. Prodigalidad is an accredited Mandatory Continuing Legal Education lecturer and was, at one point, a professorial lecturer in the University of the Philippines College of Law teaching Special Problems in Commercial Law.
Professional Membership & Affiliations:
Ms. Prodigalidad is currently a Trustee and the Corporate Secretary of the PDRCI, the leading arbitral institute for commercial arbitration in the Philippines. She likewise sits as a Trustee of the U.P. Women Lawyers’ Circle (or WILOCI). She is currently also a Trustee of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association, Inc. She has served as the Co-Chairperson of the ADR Committee of the Philippine Bar Association (PBA) and continues to serve as a member of the ADR Standing Committee of the ASEAN Law Association - Philippine Chapter. After several years as its Assistant National Secretary, Ms. Prodigalidad was appointed as National Secretary of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) in 2015, a position she continues to hold. Ms. Prodigalidad is likewise a member of the UP Sigma Delta Phi Sorority and other professional organizations including the PBA, International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), and Iota Tau Tau International Legal Sorority (Rho Chapter). She is the Philippine delegate of FRAUDNET, a network under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce-Commercial Crime Services that specializes on globalized fraud litigation and asset recovery. She has served as a volunteer lawyer of the Child Justice League, a non-profit and nongovernmental organization committed to protecting the rights of, and obtaining justice for, all abused and neglected children.
AWARDS AND CITATIONS:
Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2016 ranks Ms. Prodigalidad as one of the leading lawyers in the field of Dispute Resolution in the Philippines. She was described as a “very bright and very active" commercial litigator and further praised for her "imaginative and creative" arguments.
Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2015 identified Ms. Prodigalidad as one of the most highly acclaimed legal experts in the field of Dispute Resolution. While in 2014, Asialaw Profiles cited Ms. Prodigalidad as among the leading lawyers of the Firm in the field of litigation and was described as “good in terms of strategy” and great in handling complex litigation involving cross-border issues.
Since 2012 to the present, Ms. Prodigalidad has been cited as among the key practitioners and experts in the field of Asset Recovery by Who’s Who Legal 100.
In 2013, Ms. Prodigalidad passed the Fédération Internationale Des Ingénieurs-Conseils [FIDIC] Dispute Board Adjudicator Assessment Workshop sponsored by FIDIC and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency and was one of four (4) Philippine delegates accredited as a dispute board adjudicator.
Ms. Prodigalidad ranked 1st out of 3,900 examinees of the 1996 Philippine bar examinations. She was awarded the UP Chancellor’s Award for the Most Outstanding Student in 1996 as well as the Elphick Award in 1995 for being the Chairperson of the Philippine Law Journal.