IGNATIUS MICHAEL D. INGLES
Ignatius Michael “Mickey” Ingles specializes in sports and tax law, and assists in tax advisory, retainer services, and contract review for ILC’s clients. He is considered the leading sports lawyer in the Philippines and in South East Asia.
His work in sports law is extensive. He has represented and advised Filipino, British, and Japanese professional football players both locally in the National Labor Relations Commission and the Court of Appeals and internationally with the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber. He has also advised professional basketball players in local tax and labor issues and international sports law matters such as doping, immigration, and visa issues. He currently represents a professional athlete in a cybercrime case with the National Bureau of Investigation and is working with professional athletes of a certain sport to establish a players association.
Mickey's sports law experience is also not limited to professional athletes. He has helped various national athletes in a wide array of issues and currently serves as the legal counsel of the Philippine Olympic Committee's Athletes Commission. He has also advised national sports associations in their relations with counterpart international sports federations. He also sits in the Committee of Sports Arbitration of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc.
His work in sports law has also extended to commercial matters. He has helped professional athletes with endorsements with international brands, personal brand protection through intellectual property advice, and contract review with international player-agents and teams. He also sits as counsel for a signature apparel-and-shoe deal for a local brand with a professional athlete.
Aside from his sports law practice, his sports law work involves teaching and writing. He teaches Emerging Issues in Sports Law in the Ateneo Law School, the only sports law-dedicated course in the country. He is the author of Laws for Sports and the Sporty, the definitive textbook on Philippine sports law. He is also the editor-in-chief of Batas Sportiva, the Philippines’ only sports law blog, and has written various sports law articles for Rappler.com and Spin.ph. His journal articles on sports law have been published both in the Philippines and the United States.
He also contributes in the international sports law scene. He sits in the editorial board of LawInSport. He regularly joins sports law conferences, such as the International Forum on Sports Law in the UK and the Sports Lawyers Association Conference, where he also presented a paper on sports unions in 2019. In 2020, he contributed the Philippine Sports Law section for the International Encyclopedia of Laws - Sports Law by Kluwer Law International B.V.
Aside from sports law, Mickey has also helped clients in tax matters. He has advised clients in corporate restructuring, tax planning, and estate planning. He has also represented clients in tax cases with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Court of Tax Appeals, and the Supreme Court. He is the author of Tax Made Less Taxing, a best-selling textbook on Philippine Tax Laws.
Mickey has also represented and advised clients in corporate and data privacy matters with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the National Privacy Commission. He serves as corporate secretary for various subsidiaries across multiple industries in the country.
He obtained his Master of Law (LL.M.) from the Georgetown Law Center in 2016. He graduated salutatorian from the Ateneo Law School in 2012 where he was also named the Most Distinguished Graduate.
He ranked 1st in the 2012 Philippine Bar Examinations.
He is a full-time professor in the Ateneo Law School where he currently teaches Constitutional Law, Emerging Issues in Sports Law, and Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and the Law. He previously served as an adjunct professor for Taxation Law in the Far Eastern University Institute of Law. His academic work extends to legal publications as has also written on various legal topics such as robotics and sports law for the Marquette Sports Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Ateneo Law Journal.
Mickey is also a licensed attorney in the State of New York.
He is also a published novelist. His novel Alinam was published in October 2020.
He was the team captain of the Ateneo Men's Football Team which won three straight UAAP championships from 2004-2006.