JOSEPH OMAR A. CASTILLO

Joseph Omar "Jomar" Castillo currently heads the labor relations practice for the Firm. He has over 10 years of proven track record and solid experience in the field of labor relations, contract support, immigration, and corporate fraud. Recognizing one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy and emerging area of the law, he captains the BPO industry practice of the firm. Jomar began his career with ACCRA law firm and then with international firm, Quisumbing Torres/ Baker & Mckenzie.

Jomar received his Juris Doctor degree in 1997 from the Ateneo School of Law and became member of the Philippine Bar the following year. He likewise received his undergraduate Bachelors of Science major in Business Management degree from the same university in 1993. He is a member of the Labor Market Reform Committee of the Employers' Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and is an active participant in congressional hearings on legislation and reform. Jomar was recently chosen as the Philippine delegate to the ASEAN - International Labor Organization (ILO) regional conference for Global Industrial Relations.

Relevant Experiences

  • Acted as local legal counsel to international companies for its proposed bid for public-private partnerships, such as: conversion of military facilities into private use and providing secure identification card solutions to government.  Work includes assisting the Client in the review, analysis and compliance with Philippine laws and regulations; conduct due diligence review of documents in relation to the Transaction; liaise with government agencies and assist the Client in meetings in relation to the Transaction.
  • Acted as local legal counsel to a global mining company in its proposed acquisition of equity interest and mining rights of a listed company.  Work included assisting client in conducting due diligence on the corporate and financial documents of Target Company; review of and advice on permits, licenses and government regulations; and provide legal opinion on the viability of investing in Target Company.
  • As Vice President in the downstream operations of PNOC Exploration Corporation, he managed the company's Energy Supply Base, a private commercial port in Mabini, Batangas. The work included crafting port policies procedures, ensuring compliance with port regulations in the Philippines, management of port personnel and overseeing operations and programs of the port. The work also included management of four coal terminals of the company in various parts of the Philippines.
  • Advises one of the largest information technology company in the world for their legal compliance requirements in the Philippines.  Work includes contracts support, employment law advice, and consumer complaints.
  • Advises a number of companies with both domestic corporation and ROHQ presence in the Philippines.  The work included legal advice on the distinctions between local entity and ROHQ work in terms of employment law.  The advice included assistance in the consequent transfer of employees from the local entity to the ROHQ.  Immigration work is also included for these companies.
  • Advises a customer service center of a multi-national bank for their legal requirements.  Work includes contracts support, legal advice on PEZA registrations and local government regulations and employment law advice.
  • Handles employment litigation matters for various business process outsourcing companies before the National Labor Relations Commission regarding termination disputes arising from issues such as: failure to reach performance targets or KPIs, serious misconduct and neglect of duties.  The work includes prosecution of former employees for corporate fraud.