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James Russel D. Ligan - Lawyer Philippines
James Russel D. Ligan


Mr. Ligan is Ligan & Uy’s partner-in-charge for handling litigation, intellectual property, and labor cases.


He graduated with honors in Juris Doctor from Ateneo De Manila University after completing his undergraduate studies from the same university with a degree in Management Economics with a Minor in German Studies.


The services proven by the unceasingly growing name of Ligan & Uy law firm is largely contributed to the experience of Mr. Ligan. Having worked for a tier-one law firm, Mr. Ligan’s skills with handling complex litigation and arbitration cases have been well-honed.


Mr. Ligan’s reliable experience includes contributing to the labor, corporate and special projects, intellectual property, and litigation and dispute resolution departments of the said law firm. Each of these experiences allowed him to gain specialized knowledge and skills in multiple practice areas from highly regarded practitioners in the legal community.


Certainly, Mr. Ligan’s experience in litigation is unquestionable. Mr. Ligan has represented clients on a myriad of specialized legal matters, such as those on antitrust, energy regulation, and insolvency and rehabilitation, pending before regular courts and various quasi-judicial agencies. His practice also includes advising clients from the telecommunications, mining, and financial sectors.


Excellent, professional, and with integrity—Mr. Ligan and his exceptional legal expertise is the embodiment of our Law Firm’s founding values.

Jessamyn H. Uy-Ligan


Ms. Uy is the partner-in-charge of corporate and special projects, immigration, estate settlement, and family law.


She earned her Master of Laws (LL.M.) with a Certificate of Specialization in Business Law from the University of California – Berkeley School of Law in 2021. As an international student, Ms. Uy epitomized excellence and was privileged to be part of the Dean’s Circle. She was awarded Best Legal Memorandum when she earned her LL.M. degree.


Ms. Uy also graduated with honors in Juris Doctor from Ateneo De Manila University after completing her undergraduate degree in Legal Management at De La Salle University-Manila. Currently, with the sincere aim of offering her collective legal experience and expertise for the greater good, Ms. Uy is in her 3rd term as an elected official in a local public office.


The growing number of international clients, as well as multinational companies committing themselves to the quality service of Ligan & Uy, is by virtue of Ms. Uy’s distinguished experience in corporate practice. Before joining the Firm, Ms. Uy worked at one of the country’s best law firms known for handling complicated business and commercial projects and transactions.


Through her professional experience, Ms. Uy was able to assist clients in forming and structuring business entities, negotiating and finalizing mergers and acquisitions, government biddings, and conducting complex due diligence.


Ms. Uy’s considerable expertise in corporate practice is further evidenced by her competent representation of a diverse array of clients. These clients include real estate developers, financial institutions, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and IT companies, foundations, industrial conglomerates, and product manufacturers. Having a strong family and business law background, Ms. Uy has also advised clients on matters involving family constitutions, property relations between spouses, and estate planning.


Excellent, professional, and with integrity—along with Mr. Ligan, Ms. Uy is the embodiment of our Law Firm’s establishing values.

Jessamyn H. Uy-Ligan - Lawyer Philippines

Our Associates

Jhelsea Louise B. Dimaano


Jhelsea Louise B. Dimaano belongs to our team of innovative and dedicated lawyers. She is one of the 2020-2021 Exemplary Bar Passers.


Ms. Dimaano graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from San Beda University – Manila in 2020 after obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2015.

Edwin M. Canonizado Jr.


Edwin M. Canonizado Jr. is a member of the Philippine Bar and the Firm’s multidisciplinary and dedicated team of attorneys.


Mr. Canonizado obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the Arellano University School of Law in 2018 upon completing his Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship degree at Colegio de San Juan de Letran in 2013.

Danessa Anne David


Ms. David obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 2021 after completing her undergraduate degree in Legal Management at the Far Eastern University-Manila as magna cum laude.


Ms. David has received several academic honors, including the Parangal sa Mag-Aaral 2021 and Best Thesis for Legal Research.

Vener Angelo Margallo


Vener Angelo Margallo is a member of the Philippine Bar and a Licensed Professional Teacher. He completed his Juris Doctor degree from De La Salle University – Manila in 2021, following his graduation from the same university with a degree in Secondary Education-Major in English in 2015 and the distinction of Honorable Mention.


During his undergraduate year, Mr. Margallo was awarded several academic recognitions, including the Lasallian Scholar Program Winner.

Anne Louise T. Panaga


Anne Louise T. Panaga is a member of the Philippine Bar and one of our devoted lawyers in the Firm. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree at De La Salle University-College of Law in 2021 after finishing her undergraduate degree in Legal Management in 2015 from the same university.