Mr. Vinluan is an active and prominent litigation lawyer who has been involved in several famous and landmark cases in the Philippines. In Saniwares Manufacturing Corp. v. Aurbach, et. al. (180 SCRA 130 ), Mr. Vinluan successfully handled trial in the Securities and Exchange Commission and the appeal in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court as counsel for Sanitary Wares Manufacturing Corporation and its Filipino stockholders. Mr. Vinluan acted as private prosecutor in the case of People v. Teehankee. Claudio Teehankee, Jr. was convicted of multiple murder and frustrated murder, which conviction was affirmed by the Supreme Court in 249 SCRA 54. In People v. Manalili, et. al., in collaboration with Atty. Antonio M. Llorente, Mr. Vinluan prosecuted this case as private prosecutor against the murderers of Cochise Bernabe and Beebom Castanos to a successful conclusion. The conviction of the accused for murder was affirmed by the Supreme Court in 294 SCRA 220. Mr. Vinluan acted as private prosecutor in the case of People v. Bryan Dy & Giovanni Bernardino for the American student who was raped in Baguio by the son of Governor Dy and his brother-in-law. The conviction of the two accused for rape was affirmed by the Supreme Court in 375 SCRA 15. The case People v. Luis Beltran, Maximo Soliven, et.al. was the criminal case for libel filed by President Cory Aquino. Mr. Vinluan acted as defense counsel for Maximo Soliven and the other officers of the Philippine Star. On appeal to the Court of Appeals from a judgment of conviction by the lower court, the Court of Appeals acquitted Luis Beltran and Maximo Soliven (C.A.-G.R. No. 40496; 25 March 1996). The case of Wenceslao v. Art Borjal and Maximo Soliven was a civil action for damages for an alleged libel committed by Maximo Soliven and Art Borjal. Mr. Vinluan acted as counsel for Messrs. Soliven and Borjal. The unfavorable judgment in the trial court and the Court of Appeals which awarded a substantial amount of damages in favor of the plaintiff was reversed by the Supreme Court in 301 SCRA 1.
Mr. Vinluan obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines, graduating cum laude. He also earned is Bachelor of Science degree in Jurisprudence from the same University. Mr. Vinluan obtained his Master of Laws degree from Yale University on a Sterling Fellowship. Mr. Vinluan was admitted to the Bar in 1961.
Law Professorial Positions & Legal Publications:
Mr. Vinluan currently teaches in the University of the Philippines College of Law and the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law. He has been teaching in the said universities since 1995 and 1996, respectively. Mr. Vinluan has authored a number of articles, among which are the following: “Public Policy: An ‘Unruly Horse’ in Regala Case”, Philippine Law Journal, September 1959; “Survey of 1959 Supreme Court Decisions in the Law of Elections and Public Officers”, Philippine Law Journal, February 1960; “International Aspects of Intellectual Property Protection”, Journal of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, 3rd and 4th quarters, 1985; “Towards Global Standards (Philippines)”, Intellectual Corporate Law Supplement, June 1992; and “Protecting and Enforcing Trademarks in the Philippines”, IPASIA, June 1995.
Professional Membership & Affiliations:
Mr. Vinluan was the Executive Vice President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (“IBP”) from 2007 to 2009. He served as the Director for Bar Discipline of the IBP from 2003 up to 2007. He also served as the President of the IBP Makati-Pasay Chapter from 1983 to 1985. Mr. Vinluan was also an active member of the Philippine Bar Association, serving as President from 1998-1999, Vice President 1997-1998, and Director-Treasurer from 1996 to 1997. Mr. Vinluan also served as the President of the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines in 1985. Mr. Vinluan is also affiliated with the International Trademark Association, the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, the Association Internationale pour la Protection de Propriete Industrielle, the Licensing Executives Society, and the Philippine Society of International Law.
AWARDS AND CITATIONS:
Mr. Vinluan was Roman Ozaeta Awardee of the Philiippine Bar Association. Mr. Vinluan was also was considered the Outstanding Alumnus of the University of the Philippines in Criminal Law Practice in 1996