Attorney Profile

 The Law in her genes..

  • Hilda Surtida Agunday comes from a prominent family of lawyers in the Bicol Region in the Philippines.

  • Her father, the late Edgar Salazar Surtida, taught business law at the University of Nueva Caceres before serving as Provincial Fiscal, Municipal Judge of the Regional Trial Court in Naga City Philippines.

  • Her grandfather, the late Jose Taleon Surtida, was judge of the Court of First Instance in Camarines Sur and Dean of the College of Law of the University of Nueva Caceres, Naga City, Philippines.


  Bright in her own way!

  • Hilda graduated in the top 20 of the high school graduating class at the Catholic School, Colegio de Santa Isabel in Naga City, Philippines

  • She was a COCOFED scholar in college, graduating with magna cum laude honors with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Aquinas University , Legazpi City, Philippines

  • She placed second in the graduating class in law school at the University of Nueva Caceres College of Law, Naga City, Philippines


  • State Bar of California

  Multi-faceted legal experience -

  • Hilda was Trial attorney for the Philippine National Construction Corporation, handling labor and employment cases, civil case and criminal cases

  • She was Senior Legal Assistant to the Head of  Real Assets Division, Legal Department, Resolution Trust Corporation / FDIC, handling complex cases in corporate law, real estate law and banking law.

  • She was a Law Clerk at the Law Offices of Angel Rivera, handling cases in immigration, bankruptcy and personal injury law.

  • She has been a sole practitioner since 1995, handling case in immigration, bankruptcy and personal injury law.

Membership/Affiliations -

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

  • Immigration Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association

  • American Inns of Court

  • University of Southern California Legion Lex