MENARDO I. GUEVARRA received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science (Magna Cum Laude) in 1974 from the Ateneo de Manila University. In 1977, he completed his Masters in Economics at the University of the Philippines.
Atty. Guevarra worked at the National Economic and Development Authority from 1977 to 1983 and at the Central Bank of the Philippines from 1983 to 1986. Atty. Guevarra obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree (with honors) from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1985. He placed second in the bar examinations given in the same year.
He started his career in law with the legal staff of the 1986 Constitutional Commission and then worked as an associate at the Ponce Enrile Cayetano Bautista Picazo & Reyes (PECABAR) Law Offices until 1990. In 1999, Atty. Guevarra underwent an intensive practical training in maritime and admiralty law in London under the auspices of the Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Bermuda) Limited.
When he was still a partner of the Firm, Atty. Guevarra co-headed the Firm’s Litigation Department. He also became a faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law. He has taught a wide range of subjects, including Property, Civil Procedure and Evidence.
Atty. Guevarra is a lecturer in the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Program supervised by the Supreme Court and an Accredited Arbitrator of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc., the arbitration arm of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He left the Firm in May 2015 upon his appointment to the Office of the President, as the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs. In February 2016, he became a Commissioner of the Philippine Competition Commission.
He rejoined the Office of the President on 30 June 2016 as the Senior Deputy Executive Secretary of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and was appointed as Secretary of Justice on 05 April 2018.