CALINISAN, Rafael Vicente R.

Part Time

Ralph Calinisan is both a Certified Public Accountant and a lawyer.  In 2001, he obtained his BS Business Administration and Accountancy degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, cum laude, where he was a consistent scholar.  In 2008, he obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo Law School, where he graduated as President of the Student Council and recipient of the Evelio Javier Award for Leadership.  He was also the chair of the Law Student Government Coordinating Council, a consortium of all the major law schools in the Philippines, and a founding member of the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE).  Ralph was also a recipient of the most distinguished Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (National Capital Region) Award.  He obtained his Master of Laws degree and completed the Wharton Business and Law Program from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was President of the international batch of lawyers, and where he delivered the commencement speech for the graduating class.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked for Unilever Philippines.  After which, he worked for the prestigious ACCRALAW Offices.  He also served as the spokesman and lawyer for the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino of former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada and former Vice President Jejomar C. Binay.  He served for six years in the Office of the President, with the rank of Assistant Secretary. 

Ralph teaches Legal Accounting in Ateneo Law. He is also a senior lecturer in the University of the Philippines Diliman where he teaches the Law on Business Transactions (Obligations and Contracts), the Law on Business Organizations (Partnerships and Corporations) and other electives to undergraduate and MBA students. 

Ralph is currently the managing partner of Calinisan Domino and Beron Law Offices. He is looking forward to returning to government service in the near future. 

Areas of Specialization: 

Government Relations

Political Law

Civil and Criminal Litigation

Corporate Law


Courses Taught: 

Legal Accounting (Ateneo Law School)

The Law on Business Transactions (Obligations and Contracts)  (UP Diliman)

The Law on Business Organizations (Partnerships and Corporations) (UP Diliman)

Special Topics on Business Law (UP Diliman)

Master of Laws with the Wharton Business and Law Program from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA (2014); Juris Doctor, Ateneo de Manila University School of Law (2008); Business Administration and Accountancy, University of the Philippines, Diliman (cum laude) (2001)