Atty. Vanessa G. Fermil-Cervantes


322-6724 ext 104

Practice Areas

Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, Transactional Law, Immigration Law, Election Law, and Corporate Law



Previous Employment

Atty. Vanessa mainly handles civil and criminal litigation matters. And with over a decade of legal experience, she has represented and assisted numerous clients in different stages of litigation. 


Before setting up FFOA Law with her partners, Vanessa began her private practice as associate lawyer in two litigation firms in Davao City where she represented plaintiff and defendant individuals and corporations particularly on land registration and property-related disputes, family law, immigration law and employment law. She has also served as election lawyer for different election candidates. 


To further broaden her legal practice, she joined a local electric company as their in- house counsel. She later joined a legal outsourcing company as their commercial attorney, where she reviewed and negotiated commercial contracts and provided advisories to recruitment firms on legal, compliance and risk assessments in doing business, employment and data privacy laws in the Philippines and other countries in the Asia Pacific Region.

Fake Field
Litigation. Vanessa has litigated land, property and contract disputes, collection of debt transactions, injunctions and damages. She also has prosecuted and defended individuals for syndicated estafa, falsication, concubinage, child abuse, among others.

Transactional Law. As to her transactional law practice, she has conducted various due diligence review over properties to be acquired or leased by individuals, start-up companies and established local corporations. She has also reviewed, drafted and negotiated contracts on behalf of her clients not only to ensure that they get the best deals out of the agreements but to guarantee that their rights were protected and that the contracts were compliant of the Philippine laws and rules.

Labor and Employment Law. Her labor and employment law practice includes advisories to clients on employee disputes and illegal dismissal cases. She also provided assistance in the drafting of employee manuals and employee code of conduct.
  • University of the Philippines, Manila, Bachelor of Arts in Area Studies, Dean’s Lister (2004 to 2006)
  • 2013 Elections, Poll Watcher Orientation Seminar (2013)
  • Davao del Norte Electric Cooperative (DANECO), Membership Seminar (2012)
  • The Global Legal Post, “New Law: The Quiet Revolution” (2016)
  • Davao Lady Lawyers (DALLAS) (2012 to Present)
  • Integrated bar of the Philippines, Davao Chapter (2012 to Present)