Dara C. Acusar

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Dara C. Acusar

Senior Partner / Resident Counsel

Practice Areas


  • Intra-Corporate Disputes
  • Family Law
  • Testate and Intestate Proceedings
  • Local Government, Election, and Administrative Litigation
  • Corporate and Special Projects

Corporate and Special Projects

  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate Services, Housekeeping, and Directorship
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Foreign Investments
  • Public-Private Partnership and Joint Ventures
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Public Bidding and Procurement
  • Real Estate and Development

Tax and Estate Planning

  • Estate Planning

Intellectual Property

  • Patent and Trademark Registration

Risk and Crisis Management

  • Crisis Communication

Professional Background

  • Former Consultant, Office of the Vice Governor of the Province of Cebu
  • Former Undersecretary for Internal Management, Department of Budget and Management
  • Former Finance Associate, Haynes and Boone, LLP, New York City, United States of America
  • Former Assistant Secretary, Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel of the President of the Philippines
  • Former Alternate Director, Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority
  • Former Legislative Staff Officer IV, Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives
  • Former Consultant on Systems Management, Office of the Mayor of Cebu City
  • Former Associate, Quisumbing Torres Law Offices (an affiliate of Baker & McKenzie)
  • Former Staff Auditor, Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. (an affiliate of Ernst & Young)

Educational Background

  • Master of Laws, General Studies, with concentration in Corporate and International Economic Law (Global Hauser Scholar), New York University School of Law, United States of America
  • Juris Doctor (Class Valedictorian), Ateneo de Manila University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (Class Valedictorian and Magna Cum Laude), University of San Carlos

Awards & Recognition

  • 2019 Outstanding Individual of Cebu City
  • Top 2, Philippine Bar Examination (1999)
  • Top 6, Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination (1994)

Bar Admissions / Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants