He holds the distinction of the first Ateneo Law Batch ’84 graduate who established his own law firm in New York City in 1989. He survived the stiff competition in marketing his firm while practicing law in the last three decades. He continues to thrive today in the midst of rigorous shambles to stay on top in the legal profession in the United States of America. He credits his survival instincts to the instilled discipline by his father (also a lawyer) and in his two years of training as an Associate at the New York Wall Street law firm of Lichtenberg & Goss prior to establishing his own.  His expertise is U. S. immigration law.  His Law Firm with other attorneys represents clients in matrimonial cases, real estate transactions, corporation & partnership matters, probate proceedings, and criminal law cases.

Ding Suba then to us in law school, Dean Suba as they fondly call him in New York and “Ferd”, a name coined by his son, bearing the same name.  I guess that’s the transition of trying to be Americanized. After a brief practice of law in the Philippines, he went to the United States to begin a new phase in his pursuit of the law profession. He took up postgraduates studies in Elder Law, Wills, and Trust at the New York University and also took Commercial Leasing and Residential Real Estate Law in the same university.

He was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 1989. In the same year, he was also admitted to practice law in Federal courts:  United States District Court, Southern District of New York and United States District Court, Eastern District of New York.

He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Association of the Bar of the City of New York (New York City Bar), and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

Despite his busy practice, he continues to serve the Filipino communities as legal counsel (pro-bono) to the following:  Association of Filipino Teachers in America, Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants International, Tri-State USA, University of Santo Tomas Association of Nurses in the East Coast of the U.S.A., and Eastern Association of Filipino Dentists in America. He sits as Trustee to the Society of Philippine American Artists.  He is also a Knight Commander of Rizal of the Order of the Knights of Rizal in New York.

He served for several years as legal counsel (pro bono) to the following organizations:  New York State Jaycees, Philippine New York Jaycees, Filipino American Association of Engineers, Filipino Club International, Kapatiran USA, and Ateneo (Eastern States) Foundations, Inc., New York.  He served on the board of directors of the Philippine Pastoral Center, San Lorenzo Ruiz Chapel in New York.

A proud father to two wonderful children, Katrina, a pre-med student at Stony Brook University in New York and Ferdinand Jr., a sophomore at the prestigious Regis High School (also a Jesuit school) in Manhattan.  His lovely wife, Carina is a Clinical Documentation Specialist at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health Care System in New York.

Atty. Ferdinand G. Suba, Esq. is a true mark of success. He is an acclaimed international lawyer having represented and continue to represent nationals and citizens from the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guyana, India, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Malaysia, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, St. Lucia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, and United States of America.  He remains humble in his accomplishments. His heart warming welcome to those of us who have visited New York and continue to visit New York is truly an inspiration and endearing trait.  Truly a blue blooded Atenean and epitome of “a man for others”.

By: Atty. Gideon Sison – LL.B ’90