Paolo Miguel Francisco Sumilong - Disini Law Office
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Paolo Miguel Francisco Sumilong

Mid-level Associate

Paolo is currently engaged in litigation practice involving cybercrimes, software licensing, IT finance leasing, and large-scale IT projects. He regularly leads data privacy compliance projects and advises clients on data privacy, IT contracts, IT project management, and corporate matters.

Lawyer Profile

Paolo graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in Speech Communication in 2013. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 2017 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2018. Prior to becoming an associate in January 2018, Paolo first started at the firm as a Research Assistant in 2015, writing legal articles and doing policy work for the firm. In 2018, he officially joined Disini & Disini as an associate.

 

Paolo regularly handles litigation matters in the firm, and has experience in both trial litigation and appellate practice, with a specialty in cases involving electronic evidence, cyber crime litigation, software licensing, IT finance leasing, and large-scale IT projects.

 

Paolo is also well-versed in data privacy practice, including drafting consent forms and privacy manuals, conducting Privacy Impact Assessments, and handling security breach incidents.

In addition to handling litigation and data privacy, Paolo also has experience in corporate practice, mergers and acquisitions, labor law, and tax assessment disputes.

 

Paolo’s recent work with the firm includes:

  • Acting as both prosecution and defense in cybercrime cases, including hacking, cyberlibel, computer-related fraud, and system interference
  • Representing clients in large-scale IT procurement projects with government agencies
  • Assisting a multinational company in settling infringement claims of a global software company
  • Assisting a virtual asset service provider duly registered with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in recovering digital assets which were unlawfully taken by its users
  • Conducting data privacy compliance audits for an international school and for a global non-profit organization
  • Preparing privacy impact assessments in relation to processes involving online platforms
  • Creating data sharing agreements in accordance with the National Privacy Commision’s latest advisories on data sharing
  • Assisting clients in data breach reporting issues with the National Privacy Commission
  • Assisting employers in implementing retrenchment and redundancy programs due to the ongoing quarantine
  • Drafting terms and conditions and privacy policies for online e-commerce platforms

Education

University of the Philippines College of Law
(Juris Doctor, 2017)
University of the Philippines Diliman
(BA Speech Communication, 2013)