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G. Patrick Civille, Esq.
Attorney Patrick Civille was born in Dayton, Ohio. He received a B.A. degree from the University of Dayton in 1973, and a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1977. He was admitted to bars of Ohio and the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, in 1977, the District Court of Guam and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1985, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands in 1986, and the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000.
Mr. Civille is currently an active member of the Guam Bar Association, CNMI Bar Association, and American Immigration Lawyer’s Association. He served as the Guam Bar Association’s Vice President from 1986 to 1987 and President from 1988 to 1990, and was a member of the Supreme Court of Guam’s Rules Committee in 1993. He is also a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel for the District Court of Guam. Mr. Civille also serves on the board of Girl Scouts of Guam.
Areas of Concentration:
Mr. Civille has a broad based litigation practice. For the past 25 years he has litigated and tried civil and criminal cases covering a wide spectrum of areas. Among other matters, he has litigated cases involving claims for lender's liability, violations under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, criminal and civil RICO violations, Fair Labor Standards Act violations, Federal False Claims Act violations, employment discrimination under Titles VII & IX and 1983, and "Olmstead" violations in the field of mental health. His clients include corporations, institutions, government agencies, and individuals. He has also served as co-class counsel in class action cases. His practice regularly involves insurance defense, construction and commercial disputes, employment discrimination and white collar criminal defense. Mr. Civille routinely appears before local and federal courts, statutory boards such as the Civil Service Commission and licensing bodies.
Mr. Civille handles appellate oral arguments for the firm and has successfully argued appeals before the Supreme Courts of Guam and the CNMI, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Mr. Civille's insurance law practice includes advising and acting for several major insurance companies in all classes of insurance, including General Commercial Liability, Contractors' All Risk Insurance, Business Interruption Insurance and Fire Insurance. His practice in this area encompasses advising insurers on coverage issues, strategizing the best way forward for insurers, defending first and third party claims and recovery actions under the insurers' subrogation rights.
Mr. Civille often works closely, as local counsel, with some of the most respected law firms in the country to provide representation in Micronesia to clients of those firms. Among the firms Mr. Civille has teamed with are: Paul Hastings Janofsky and Walker, LLP; Jones Day; Shearman & Sterling; Greenburg and Taurig, LLP; Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, LLP; Costa Abrams & Coate, LLP; and Baptiste & Wilder, P.C.
Mr. Civille is a member of the federal Criminal Justice Panel and does pro bono work for non-profit corporations and indigent domestic clients.
Joyce C.H. Tang, Esq.
Ms. Tang was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She received a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Southern California in 1989, and J.D. from Golden Gate University in 1993. Attorney Tang is admitted to the bars of California, Guam, District Court of Guam and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and she is a member of the American Bar Association.
In 2003, Ms. Tang was awarded the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for her work in connection with a class action lawsuit involving garment workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Ms. Tang serves as a member of the Ethics Committee and IT Committee for the District Court of Guam. She has also served as a board member of StayWell Guam, Inc. since 2006 and for non-profit organizations such as the Big Brother Big Sister of Guam and the Chinese Merchant Association.
Areas of Concentration:
Banking and Finance
Ms. Tang represents banks and private lenders in connection with foreclosures, debt restructuring and loan workouts, enforcements of loan and security agreements, and seeking appointment of receivers pending foreclosure. She regularly provides bank and finance company clients with advice relating to general banking and regulatory matters, and prepares loan documentation and security agreements for loans or debt refinancing of loans up to $250 million.
Real Estate and Commercial Transactions
Ms. Tang advises investment companies, developers, banks, and private individuals and performs due diligence work relating to the sale and acquisition of real property, partial or 100% acquisition of closed corporation shares, and sale and acquisition of businesses. Recent transactions include:
Acted for the company selling specialty assets in excess of $200M
Acted for the seller and purchaser in the stock acquisition of several large hotels
Acted for the lender in connection with refinancing of hotels loans
Acted for a domestic bank in connection with merger with an international bank
Acted for a healthcare company in negotiating government healthcare contracts in the $50M-60M range
She also provides advice to petroleum companies in connection with PMPA issues, retail station leases, commercial transactions, dealer and agency agreements, oil terminal leases and related agreements, government bids, environmental issues, and marketing issues. She also routinely provides advice on different types of leases (commercial and residential) for major commercial owners, private investors, and developers.
She provides general advice concerning incorporations, partnerships, capital increase and decrease, sale and purchase of shares, corporate governance, and shareholder and partnership disputes.
Ms. Tang represents creditors in complex Chapter 7 liquidation and Chapter 11 reorganization matters, including matters relating to the sale (auction) and purchase of large assets in bankruptcy, enforcement of creditor and landlord rights. She has also represented appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Trustees in successfully recovering preferential transfers and fraudulent transfers in adverse proceedings.
Ms. Tang provides advice relating to drafting of construction and development agreements, enforcement of mechanic's liens, and contractual disputes between contractors, owners and architects.
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Sirena Perez Cassidy, Esq.
Attorney Cassidy was born in Tamuning, Guam. She received a B.A. from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, in 1997, and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., in 2000. Attorney Cassidy is admitted to practice law in the local and federal courts of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and is also admitted to the bar of the Republic of Palau. Ms. Cassidy is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.
Ms. Cassidy worked as a Research Attorney for the Supreme Court of Guam from 2000 to 2001, and served as the Clerk of Court of the Supreme Court of Guam, and Secretary to the Guam Board of Law Examiners, from 2001 to 2005. Ms. Cassidy currently serves on the Guam Legislature's Uniform Commercial Code Revision Task Force, the Supreme Court of Guam's Bar Admissions and Attorney Discipline Rules Subcommittee, and the Guam Bar Examination Drafting and Grading Subcommittee. She is also a member of the Pacific American Inns of Court. Ms. Cassidy previously served on the Supreme Court of Guam's Subcommittees on Judicial Discipline Rules Revisions, Information Technology, and Appellate Rules Revisions.
Areas of Concentration:
Business Law, Real Estate, Civil Practice
Attorney Cassidy advises clients on real property, business law, maritime, transactional and litigation matters.
Attorney Cassidy represents insurance companies on coverage matters, subrogation, and bad faith litigation. She also has experience in insurance defense.
Ms. Cassidy drafts agreements concerning government and privately-owned real property, including deeds, leases, easements, mortgages, and licenses, and advises clients on land use regulations, land registration requirements, title matters, zoning and subdivision issues. She drafts residential purchase agreements and construction contracts, and advises clients regarding construction disputes.
Ms. Cassidy drafts stock and asset purchase documents in connection with the sale of businesses. She has conducted extensive due diligence in connection with the sale of petroleum facilities and has provided advice to buyers in the acquisition of telecommunications assets and the transfer of telecommunications licenses.
Ms. Cassidy represents clients with regard to maritime matters, including drafting of vessel purchase agreements, pursuing marine cargo insurance claims, and pursuing and defending claims related to damage to cargo and marine accidents. She has also assisted clients on U.S. Coast Guard regulations. She has also assisted clients in responding to government bid solicitations, and drafting of final contracts, for the management of petroleum and marine facilities.
Attorney Cassidy has extensive experience in conducting legal research and drafting pre-trial memoranda, pleadings, motions, and briefs for writ proceedings, trial and appellate cases, and arbitration proceedings. She has assisted in breach of contract, mortgage foreclosure, mechanics' lien, unlawful detainer and eviction, trespass, negligence, defamation, guardianship, divorce, probate, employment discrimination, shareholder derivative action, and criminal litigation. She has prepared pre-litigation memoranda and litigation papers in cases involving the Guam business and contractors license laws, Guam mechanics' lien laws, the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, civil claims under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, claims under Palau's anti-trust statutes and Foreign Investment Act, § 1983 claims, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and federal criminal sentencing.
Ms. Cassidy has worked closely as Guam-based counsel with internationally respected law firms, including Latham & Watkins, LLP, to provide representation to clients of those firms.
Traylor T. Mercer, Esq.
Mr. Mercer was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1970 (Senior Fellow), and a J.D. from Duke University in 1974. He is admitted to the bars of Guam, the District Court of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the United States District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, North Carolina, the U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
Mr. Mercer served as Staff Counsel for the Marshall Islands Constitutional Convention, Nitijela and Political Status Commission in 1978. He was a District Attorney for the Marshall Islands from 1978 to 1979, and the Attorney General for the Marshall Islands from 1979 to 1980. He served as Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Attorney General, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, from 1980 to 1981, and Chief of the Legal Division, Office of Attorney General, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, from 1981 to 1984.
Mr. Mercer is a member of and serves on the Legislature of Guam's Uniform Commercial Code Revision Task Force. He previously served on the Supreme Court of Guam's Rules of Civil Procedure Revisions and Rules of Evidence Revisions Subcommittees.
Areas of Concentration:
Attorney Mercer advises clients in litigation, corporate and transactional matters. He has significant experience in insurance defense, real property, employment law, banking law, corporate structure and governance, bankruptcy, Petroleum Marketing Practices Act, and environmental law.
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Joseph C. Razzano, Esq.
Attorney Joseph Razzano was born in Alexandria, Virginia. He received a B.A. degree from St. Louis University in 1994, and a J.D. and LL.M. in Tax Law from Southern Methodist University in 1998 and 1999 respectively. He is admitted to the bars of Guam, the District Court of Guam, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, all courts in the State of Texas, and the United States Tax Court.
Mr. Razzano moved to Guam in 1999 and worked as a law clerk for the Honorable John Unpingco in the District Court of Guam. He also serves on the Rules of Civil Procedure Committee for the Superior Court of Guam and the Local Tax Rules Committee for the District Court of Guam. He has been in private practice since 2001.
Areas of Concentration:
Mr. Razzano is an accomplished litigator, corporate lawyer and tax attorney. His practice focuses primarily on civil litigation, with an emphasis on disputes involving real property, corporate disputes and admiralty claims. Mr. Razzano also provides advice regarding tax and estate planning, structuring and financing, and insurance law.
Recently, Mr. Razzano was lead trial counsel in a breach of Contract and Tortious Interference with Contract action in Hawaii in which he successfully obtained a jury verdict worth more than $2,000,000.00. As lead class counsel in 2011, he obtained a class action judgment for the People of the Municipality of Gilman, Yap for more than $900,000.00. In 2012, Mr. Razzano was appointed the Trustee Ad Litem for the Northern Mariana Islands Retirement Fund by Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, and he has been successful in securing more than $8 million in cash and cost savings for the Fund.
Leslie A. Travis, Esq.
Attorney Travis was born in Lemoore, California. She received a B.A. from University of California, Berkeley, in 2002, and a J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School, the State University of New York, in 2005. Attorney Travis is admitted to practice law in the local and federal courts of Guam and is also admitted to the State Bar of the California..
Ms. Travis worked as a Staff Attorney for the Superior Court of Guam from 2005 to 2006, serving as Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael J. Bordallo. Ms. Travis served on the Adjudicative Panel of the Guam Bar Association’s Ethics Committee, and is also a member of the Pacific American Inns of Court. She is an active member with the Rotary Club of Guam.
Areas of Concentration:
Leslie A. Travis is a trial attorney whose practice is concentrated in the areas of insurance defense and commercial law. In addition to her work in these area, Ms. Travis has assisted in the prosecution of two major class action cases on Guam, and has successfully presented anti-SLAPP defenses in the Superior Court of Guam. Ms. Travis’ practice includes appellate briefing and arguments before both the Supreme Court of Guam.
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Joshua D. Walsh, Esq.
Attorney Joshua D. Walsh was born on Guam. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 2001, and a J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of law at the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa in 2008. He is admitted to practice law in the local and federal courts of Guam, and has been admitted pro hac vice to several matters before the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Pohnpei State Court.
Areas of Concentration:
Mr. Walsh has a general practice. His work involves assisting clients navigate all stages of complex civil litigation--litigation that includes business disputes, contractual breaches, federal and local procurement protests, and maritime claims. He also provides general business and corporate advice. Mr. Walsh also represents clients in criminal matters involving DUI defense, felony defense, and appeals.
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William L. Ridpath, Esq.
Mr. Ridpath was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1976, and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1984. He was admitted to the bars of California in 1984 and the Republic of Palau in 1986.
Mr. Ridpath has worked in private practice from 1984 to 1986, and from 1991 to the present. He served as the Palau Senate Legal Counsel from 1986 to 1991. He is currently a member of the Republic of Palau Bar Association and California Bar Association (inactive). He is a Board Member of the Palau National Olympic Committee, and is a member of the Palau Swimming Association and Palau Triathlon Federation.
Mr. Ridpath has represented or currently represents numerous government clients, including the Social Security Administration, various Palau state governments, the House of Delegates and Senate of the Palau legislative branch, the National Development Bank of Palau, the U.S. Department of State, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. Present and past private clients have included Shell Company (Pacific Islands), Ltd., Bank of Hawaii, Bank of Guam, Palasia Hotel Palau, Outrigger Hotels, Mitsubishi Corporation, Black Micro Construction, Western Caroline Trading Company, the NECO Group, Clear Water,Inc. and Big Fish, Inc. (producers of the two Survivor television shows filmed in Palau), and Palau Shipping Co., Inc.
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION: General Civil Practice.
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