Justice Samuel H. Gaerlan was born on December 19, 1958 in San Juan, La Union. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from San Beda College in 1983 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar the year after.
He started his professional career as a private practitioner, serving as lead counsel, Executive Director and/or Corporate Secretary of various companies and associations. Among others, he worked for the Philippine Association of Securities, Brokers and Dealers, Inc. and Securities Investors Protection Fund, Inc.
Heeding the call and finding fulfillment in the greater goal of administering justice, he became Public Attorney II of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) under the Department of Justice (DOJ) from 1990 to 1993. Then, he joined the bench and climbed up the ladder by serving as Presiding Judge of the following: Municipal Trial Court of Bangar, La Union from 1993 to 2001; Regional Trial Court of San Fernando City, La Union, Branch 26, from 2001 to 2004; and Regional Trial Court of Quezon City, Branch 92, from 2004 to 2009.
Notably, he has proven to be an effective officer of the court as he bagged several awards, namely: Most Outstanding RTC Judge of La Union for the year 2003 by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), La Union Chapter and Judicial Excellence Award for the year 2007 by the Rotary Club. Likewise, during his stint as Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City, he was elected as Director for Quezon City of the Philippine Judges Association (PJA). Subsequently, he was given the mandate of judges all over the country and was chosen to be the Vice-President for Internal Affairs of the said association.
On July 15, 2009, he was appointed as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals. He served as Chairperson of the Seventeenth (17th) Division before being appointed to the Supreme Court as the 187th Associate Justice on January 8, 2020.
Given his expertise in various fields of law, he has been invited by several law schools to teach Constitutional Law, Obligations and Contracts, as well as Legal Ethics.
He is married to Ma. Nenette Almoradie-Gaerlan with whom he has two children, Shalom Christian and Shanon Christopher.