Maria Theresa C Gonzales is a partner in the law firm of VeraLaw. She has almost 17 years of legal experience in four practice areas: intellectual property law, commercial and maritime litigation, recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and foreign judgment, and construction arbitration. She obtained her law degree from San Beda College of Law and her master’s in international commercial law at the University of Nottingham.

Ms Gonzales was chair of the board of trustees of the Maritime Law Association of the Philippines in 2011 and president in 2010. She was a member of the Technical Working Group of the House Transportation Committee of the Philippine Congress in drafting the Proposed Maritime Code. She is regularly invited as a speaker on ship arrest, most recently at the Lloyd’s Maritime Academy in London. As a maritime litigator, she handles cargo claims, ship arrest and foreclosure of ship mortgages. She regularly advises foreign clients on a variety of wet and dry maritime matters.