Eminent lawyer Gatmaitan, 78

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LAWYER ANDRES G. Gatmaitan, senior counsel of the country’s largest law firm, Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, passed away on July 25 at age 78, his family announced.

Mr. Gatmaitan graduated cum laude at the University of the Philippines, where he also served as editor-in-chief of the university’s student publication, the Philippine Collegian. He was the class valedictorian of the UP College of Law in 1961.

Right after earning his Master of Laws and Doctorate degrees from Yale Law School, he started his career as a lawyer in New York, where he worked as a foreign associate for the Wall Street law firms such as Winthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts (1962) and Cahill Gordon Reindel & Ohl (1964-1965).

According to his family, he returned to the Philippines to join the Sycip Law firm “(u)pon the invitation of the late Supreme Court Justice Florentino P. Felciano.”

Mr. Gatmaitan also served as chairman of the Pacific Rim Advisory Council for three years. He was a member of the Executive Council of Multilaw and president of the Yale Club of the Philippines.

He is survived by his wife, fellow lawyer Asuncion Yatco, and their eight children.

His family and friends are invited to the memorial service to be held Tuesday, July 31, at the Sanctuario de San Jose in Greenhills starting at 12:00 noon. There will also be a mass at 7:00 p.m. — Arjay L. Balinbin