Paula P. Plaza

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Ms. Plaza concentrates her practice on a broad range of litigation, including breach of contract, data security and privacy, e-discovery, white collar criminal defense and government investigations. She is also experienced in international arbitration proceedings and arbitral award enforcement, as advocate and tribunal assistant. Prior to joining Phillips Lytle, Ms. Plaza was a Senior Associate in the litigation group of the largest law firm in the Philippines.

Ms. Plaza has lectured on international law and dispute resolution in conferences held in Vietnam and Thailand, hosted by the Asian Development Bank Institute and the United Nations. She has also spoken about the regulatory framework of cryptocurrency in the Philippines, hosted by the Blockchain Applications and Economics Forum.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York (Admission Pending)
  • Philippines

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Power Millennials of the Philippines for Youth Empowerment, Lifestyle Asia, 2018
  • 30 Under 30 Game Changers of the Philippines, Lifestyle Asia, 2018


  • University of Michigan Law School, LL.M., 2022
  • University of the Philippines College of Law, J.D., 2015
  • McGill University, B.A., 2010


  • Filipino
  • Visayan

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Dispute Resolution
      • Technology in Alternative Dispute Resolution Fellow, 2023-2024
  • Asian American Bar Association of New York
  • ASEAN Law Association, Working Committee
  • ASEAN Law Institute, Working Committee
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines Makati Chapter, President’s Working Committee
  • Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration, Member


  • Author, “International Arbitration: A Comparative Analysis of the Rules of the ICC, HKIAC, and SIAC,” Michigan Journal of International Law, October 2021
  • Author, “Ease of Doing Business in the Philippines,” Asia Business Law Journal, January 2020
  • Co-Author, “Philippine Chapter, The ASEAN FinTech Ecosystem Benchmarking Study,” University of Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Asian Development Bank Institute, and Fintech Space, September 2019
  • Author, “Policy Brief, Building Food Security in Asia through International Agreements on Rice Reserves,” Asian Development Bank Institute, August 2018
  • Author, “Regulating Virtual Currency in the Philippines,” Asia Business Law Journal, March 2018
  • Author, “Jurisdictional and Evidentiary Issues in Prosecuting Internet-Facilitated Sex Trafficking,” Philippine Law Journal, University of the Philippines College of Law, December 2015

Past Activities

  • Data Governance and Protection, National University of Singapore, January 2020
  • Michigan Journal of International Law, Associate Editor, 2021 -2022
  • National Security, National Defense College of the Philippines, Class Officer, April 2019
  • Technology and Innovation, Fulbright University Vietnam, September 2022
  • Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI), Fellow