Atty. Al. S. Vitangcol III

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Atty. Al. S. Vitangcol III

Atty. Al. S. Vitangcol III is a practicing lawyer, a registered engineer, a contracts review expert, an academic scholar, an Information Technology (IT) specialist, and an automated elections guru in the Philippines. He finished his undergraduate degree at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City and his Master of Science in Computer Science degree at the De La Salle University. He is the only lawyer in the Philippines with a formal education in IT and a solid IT working experience behind him. Currently, he is the Philippines' first (and only lawyer) EC-Council certified Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI). He was nominated to the 2007 Ramon Ozaeta Most Outstanding Lawyer Award, which is annually sponsored by the Philippine Bar Association (PBA).

He is currently the managing lawyer of AVALaw. He is a former law professor at the Lyceum of the Philippines - College of Law and a former lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University – Graduate School of Business. He is a member of various local organizations and the Australian-based International Employment Relations Association (IERA).


He is the author of three books: 1) Computers for Lawyers, 2) technoLAWgy:A Lawyer’s Guide to Information Technology in the Practice of Law, and 3) Legal Research in Practice.

One of the noted speakers of ROOTCON Hacker Conference.

Claimed that he was forced to deface and hack a website in order to pass his course in CHFI.


Hired as a lawyer by some convicted hackers wherein none of them went to jail.

Hates cyber crime bills.