Hon. Roman Ozaeta
1938 – 1940
Born in San Jose, Batangas on 28 February 1891 to Julian Ozaeta and Florencia, Roman Ozaeta received his elementary education from the public schools of Batangas. His father was a farmer of moderate means. Consequently, higher education for his ten children in Manila was not an option for them. Roman ventured to Manila and worked his way through high school and graduated salutatorian of the Manila High School class of 1917. (Paras, Corazon de Leon and Salcedo, Ma. Corona: “The Justices of the Supreme Court”, A Biographical Directory; p. 126-127, 1971.) He obtained his bachelor of laws degree from the Philippine Law School in 1921 and passed the bar examinations that same year.
He practiced law from January 1, 1922 to November 6, 1936. He was appointed Judge of the Court of First Instance for Nueva Ecija in 1936 but was assigned to Malacanang as legal adviser. He was appointed Solicitor General of the Philippines on August 17, 1938. In 1941, he was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. He was appointed Secretary of Justice on May 29, 1946 but later returned to the Supreme Court in 1948. He resigned his position in October of 1950 to head the law office of Ozaeta, Gibbs, and Ozaeta.
Roman Ozaeta was married to Militona Hernandez with whom he had seven children.