Markus Sajogo first wrote ‘Da Mihi Facta Dabo Tibi Ius’ as a foreword in his bachelor’s thesis. As a young law graduate, his passion and dedication for law and justice drove him to start a career as an advocate, a profession that was not popular back in the 1960’s. His law career as a counselor was mentored by Buddi Tedjamulia, S.H. and Prof. MR. (Meester in de Rechten) J. Hardjawidjaja (Oey Pek Hong), senior procureur and prominent law professor. Since 1967, his practice was carried out in his home at Jl. Untung Suropati 64, Surabaya, an address which is preserved as the address of the firm up to the present day.
During the early years of his career, Markus Sajogo worked on various areas of law, generally on civil, criminal, real estate, and family law. Building trust from his clients and experience from his cases, his esteemed reputation constantly grew among the people of Surabaya and East Java. Due to his high-profiled cases and social activities as well as his close relationship with the media has completed his profile as one of the most prominent attorneys in Surabaya.
After succinctly gaining popularity among those who seek justice, he welcomed fellow professional associates in his law firm, a firm which has always been known as MARKUS SAJOGO & ASSOCIATES. With God’s grace, Markus Sajogo and his associates have extended their services and maintained professional relations with government institutions and various social organizations, both domestic and internationally. He was acknowledged as the only Melvin Jones Fellow who also held the recognition of a Paul Harris Fellow which awarded by two of the world’s most prestigious social organizations, Lions Clubs International and Rotary Clubs International. He is also a recipient of ‘Satya Lencana Award’, the highest award recognition on social contribution from the President of the Republic of Indonesia.
He wrote several publications, and his last book ‘Memoir of an Advocate’, was published before he passed in 2016. The book was his personal testament comprising his experience as a lawyer where he explained that his cases were indeed his thesis. His life’s work, passion, personality, experience, track record, and reputation are corner stones that he pledged in the firm, allowing the firm to grow as a leading domestic firm with international recognition.
Having practiced law for almost 50 years, his life was a testimony of his persistence and passion for law. A legacy that he left with his partners, associates, and juniors in his firm, all who agree to preserve the name of the firm as an emblem of quality legal representation.
His life as a testament is reflected in the wordings of the first chapter in his book:
“You cannot judge a man's life by the success of a moment,(WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN)
by the victory of an hour, or even by the results of a year.
You must view his life as a whole.
You must stand where you can see the man as he treads
the entire path that leads from the cradle to the grave
- now crossing the plain, now climbing the steeps,
now passing through pleasant fields,
now wending his way with difficulty between rigged rocks –
tempted, tried, tested, triumphant.”
In 2008, E.L. Sajogo became the Managing Partner of his firm, carrying a message with words of wisdom from Markus Sajogo