The Firm flourished under the Ramos administration, thanks to the political and business savvy of founding partner Antonio Carpio. During the short reign of deposed President Estrada, Carpio kept a low profile as a private practitioner and respected opposition figure. Soon after President Arroyo assumed the presidency in 2001, Carpio was appointed to the Supreme Court.
In the meantime, the Firm forged a strong relationship with the First Gentleman and long-time landlord, Atty. Mike Arroyo. The First Dude, as head of the presidential family and steward of the Arroyo interests, recognized the undeniable legal abilities of the thier tenants. The partnership between the Firm and the First Dude was further cemented by social and personal ties, including the Firm partners standing as wedding sponsors to the children of the presidential couple. The senior partners also served the Arroyo government in various capacities, notably Simeon Marcelo as Ombudsman and Avelino Cruz as Presidential Legal Counsel.