For exemplifying competence, commitment, and compassion in their personal life and professional practice which are hallmarks of the Catholic and Thomasian identity, lawyer Nilo T. Divina was recognized as Outstanding Thomasian Alumni for Law and Justice during the recently concluded The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL Awards) of the University of Santo Tomas (UST).
The TOTAL Awards is the highest alumni recognition that can be bestowed by the university and the UST Alumni Association.
A seasoned corporate law and banking lawyer with more than 30 years of experience, Divina has been equally active in the academe as the dean of the UST Faculty of Civil Law since 2009 and a professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law.
Divina graduated cum laude from UST in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science. In 1989, he obtained his Bachelor of Law from the UST Faculty of Civil Law where he graduated magna cum laude and class valedictorian.
He established DivinaLaw in 2006 and it has since grown into one of the biggest law firms in the country.
In 2021, he was named Managing Partner of the Year at the Asian Legal Business (ALB) Philippine Law Awards and was also among the highly recommended lawyers in ALB magazine’s Philippines Client Choice Lawyers.
He has consistently been named among the Top 100 Lawyers in the Philippines by the Asia Business Law Journal since 2018.
Other recipients of this year’s TOTAL Awards are Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, DTI Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, Wilcon Depot Chairman Emeritus Engr. William T. Belo, Mr. Jeffrey O. Tarayao, Mr. Nemesio R. Miranda, Jr., and Mr. Crispin C. Maslog.