Attorneys

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Marie Christine Duran-Schulze, J.D.

Managing Partner

 

Atty. Marie Christine Duran-Schulze obtained her Dual Degree in Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A) from the Far Eastern University-Makati and De La Salle Graduate School of Business- Makati, Philippines in 2008. She was admitted into the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in 2009. Atty. Duran-Schulze completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines School of Economics in 2003.

Atty. Duran-Schulze heads the corporate practice of the firm. Her field of expertise spans mergers and acquisitions, international taxation and venture capital investments. She assists multiple startup companies in their investment rounds and represents high-growth companies in their due diligence efforts. She has assisted retained clients in their PEZA and BOI registrations and compliances and has also assisted their establishment of holding or investment companies offshore. Atty. Duran-Schulze also works with foreign entities doing business in the Philippines, particularly those wanting to participate in government public bidding.

Atty. Duran-Schulze is also a licensed Real Estate Broker having passed the Board Exam in 2015.

Mary Wendy A. Duran

Partner

 

Atty. Mary Wendy Duran obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree Non-Thesis from San Beda University, Mendiola, Manila, Philippines and was admitted as a member of the Philippine Bar in 2007. Atty. Duran completed her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.S. CS) from AMA Computer University, Quezon City, Philippines in 2001.

Atty. Duran currently heads the litigation team of the firm which focuses in following areas of law: Family, Civil, Criminal, Special Proceedings, and Property. Atty. Duran has an extensive fifteen (15) years of trial exposure and experience involving Annulment / Declaration of Nullity of Marriage, Adoption, Change of Name, Cancellation or Correction of Entries in the Civil Registry, Guardianship and Custody of Minor Children, Temporary and Protection Order Proceedings, Partition of Estate, Probate of Last Will & Testament, Cancellation and Quieting of Title, Recovery of Ownership / Possession, and Eviction Disputes.

She has also successfully assisted corporate clients in the dissolution and bankruptcy proceedings, corporate and commercial transactions i.e., joint ventures, licensing arrangements, mergers & acquisitions, and counseled clients with tax issues before the Court of Tax Appeals.

Atty. Duran is also a licensed Real Estate Broker having passed the Board Examination given by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in 2015. She is also a Chartered Trust Estate Planner, a professional accreditation offered by the American Academy of Financial Management (AAFM) US, and a member of the Registered Financial Planner Philippines (Batch 25th).

Rhonaliza B. Burce

Junior Partner

 

Atty. Rhonaliza B. Burce received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from De La Salle University – Manila in 2016 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2017. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies major in European Studies degree from De La Salle University – Manila in 2011.

She joined the firm in September 2017. Atty. Burce is part of the corporate team. Her field of practice includes corporate law, commercial Law, labor law and special projects (e.g. PEZA registrations, DOLE licenses, and tax clearances in preparation for government public bidding).

She renders corporate housekeeping services and gives legal advice to clients intending to do business or invest in the Philippines. She is also involved in the drafting and review of commercial contracts, rendition of legal opinions on corporate structuring, due diligence involving mergers and acquisition, tax planning, and liaises with relevant government agencies for regulatory requirements.

Sarah Jean Zerossa Tali

Junior Associate Lawyer II

 

Atty. Sarah Jean Zerossa A. Tali obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D) Degree Non-Thesis from the University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila Philippines, and was admitted into the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in 2020. Atty. Tali completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science also from the University of Santo Tomas in 2013.

She joined the firm in 2021 January and has been part of both the Litigation and Corporate Team. She has been assigned to the different fields of practice such as corporate law, tax law, labor law, civil law, criminal law, and special projects (e.g. PEZA requirements, DOLE licenses, PEA licenses).

She assists other lawyers on their pending tasks and gives legal advice to clients intending to file a civil or criminal case in the Philippines. She also does the drafting and review of commercial contracts.

Tzarlene Cambaliza

Junior Associate Lawyer I

Atty. Tzarlene Cambaliza obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D) degree from San Beda College-Alabang in 2021 and was admitted to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in 2022. She received her Bachelor of Science in Legal Management from De La Salle University Manila.

Atty. Cambaliza is part of the corporate and litigation team. Her field of practice includes family, civil, and criminal law. She has assisted clients in their PEZA registrations and compliances and is also involved in reviewing and drafting commercial contracts.

Joyce Ann Marie Almazora

Junior Associate Lawyer I

Atty. Joyce Ann Marie Almazora received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from San Beda College-Alabang in 2020 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2022. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from De La Salle University-Dasmariñas in 2015.

Her practice focuses on litigation, special projects, and local immigration.

 

Elise Rozel Dimaunahan

Junior Associate Lawyer I

Atty. Elise Rozel D. Dimaunahan obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from University of San Carlos, Cebu City in 2021 and graduated among the top ten students of her class. She was admitted to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in 2022 and was recognized for her Exemplary Performance in the 2020/2021 Bar Examinations.

Atty. Dimaunahan is part of the corporate team. Her practice primarily focuses on corporate law, commercial law and labor law. She is involved in assisting clients with corporate governance matters and commercial contracts issues.

Off-Counsel Lawyer

Atty Vladimir

Australia-Based Lawyer

  • CPA-Lawyer in the Philippines
  • Solicitor in New South Wales
  • Registered Migration Agent in Australia
Currently a Senior Research Contracts Officer at the Australian Catholic University
Investigator at IFW Global on transnational organized crime involving serious fraud

Atty Cherie Gail Diaz

U.S.-Based Lawyer

She is a licensed lawyer in California and Washington State. She graduated in June 2021 with a Juris Doctorate degree, admitted to the California State Bar in December 2021 and Washington State Bar in March of 2022. She is also an Educator with a Masters degree in Education Administration. She started my solo practice in March of 2022 and my areas of practice are on Estate Planning, Immigration and Family law.

She have made numerous appearances representing clients in Immigration Court and Superior Courts of California on Family matters.

Team

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Accounting

The Accounting Team is composed of CPAs and financial experts who have a deep understanding of the intricacies with regard to numbers and taxation. They are specialists who are in charge of payroll processing, bookkeeping, auditing, tax consultation, and tax services, among others. Most of the time, they work closely in tandem with the HR team in handling employee information.

Human Resource

Running a firm is no walk in the park. That’s why our Human Resources Team is here to help manage Duran & Duran-Schulze Law’s employees. From the screening, recruitment, employment, and termination stages; disciplining and setting the office decorum, internal dispute resolutions, among others – the HR team has got it covered. Most of the time, they work closely in tandem with the Accounting Team in handling employee information.

Operations

The Operations Team keeps the Firm running smoothly. They see to it that the business is always up and running by making sure that the Firm’s operations are always effective and efficient. Managing a business is not an impossible feat when you have an efficient and effective operations team, like what we have in DDS Law.