Ana Lourdes Teresa Arnaldo Oracion
Ana Lourdes Teresa Arnaldo Oracion or “Anatess” is currently the Firm’s Co-Managing Partner and Hiring Partner. On top of her active litigation and advocacy work, she takes on the challenging role of managing the Firm alongside Emerico “Rico” O. De Guzman. Anatess is not new to herculean management tasks considering that she had earlier held key leadership positions. From 2016 to 2018, as the Head of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, she continued to steer the Firm’s largest practice department to maintain its highly regarded status. Under her watch, the Firm was recognized as the Litigation Law Firm of the Year for 2017 and 2018, by Asian Law Business. From 2003 to 2014, as Head of the Retainer Department, she ensured that the Firm efficiently served the day-to-day needs of the Firm’s over 400 Retainer clients, initiating many of the systems used by the department today.
She joined the Firm in 1982 after obtaining her Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines. She also completed her Master of Laws at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in 1984.
She acknowledges that early in her career in the Firm, she did not expect to survive the grueling work hours. She recalls that while an associate, she was not expected to specialize in any field of practice but was expected to deliver quality work product regardless of practice area. However, she learned to rise above the challenges and 37 years after her first day of ACCRA work, she continues to thrive in the Firm. On top of this, she continues to be recognized by international publications as a leading lawyer in the field of litigation and dispute resolution.
She is married to Jim Oracion and together, they have four children: Rafael, Massi, Denson and Ysabel.