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Mary Grace R. Hicban
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Grace’s practice areas include litigation as well as labor and employment.

Grace graduated with honors from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law in 2017 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2018.  She obtained her degree in Legal Management from San Beda College-Manila in 2013.

During law school, Grace participated in several international moot court competitions where she was awarded Best Oralist (Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition) and Best Memorial (European Law School Association Moot Court Competition on WTO law).  In 2016, Grace also attended specialized classes on WTO Law at the University of Barcelona in Spain.

Prior to joining C&G Law in April 2019, Grace was a junior associate at Ponce Enrile Reyes & Manalastas Law Offices.

Qualifications

  • Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, Juris Doctor (Class of 2017, Second Honors); San Beda College-Manila, BS Legal Management (Class of 2013, with Academic Distinction)
  • Admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2018

Experience

  • Grace has a wide range of litigation experience. She has handled criminal cases, civil actions (including land and property disputes, annulment cases, and medical negligence cases), employment disputes, intellectual property disputes, deportation cases, unsound banking practices cases, and administrative charges against government officers.
  • Grace has also rendered legal opinions and advised and clients on Philippine reclamation laws, election laws, and labor laws.
  • Grace has also assisted and advised foreign nationals regarding Philippine immigration laws, rules, and regulations. Grace has also represented foreign nationals before various government agencies and quasi-judicial tribunals.

Memberships

  • Member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (2018–present)

Publications

  • Author, The Green Subsidies Exception: Applying GATT: XX to Justify Subsidies Supporting the Establishment of Renewable Energy Markets under the SCM Agreement (2016), Juris Doctor thesis, Ateneo de Manila University School of Law.
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