David George Banes


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Attorney David George Banes
"Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." - Henry Russell Sanders
David graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Law in 1986. He then practiced on Wall Street in New York with the litigation department of a large law firm for six years. David came to Saipan to join the firm in 1992 to head up its insurance defense and complex commercial litigation section which he still leads. David is a practicing lawyer and an active member of the CNMI Bar, and appears as a lawyer before all of the courts of the Commonwealth. As a lawyer, he adheres to the highest ethical standards that apply to all lawyers in the CNMI. David works with the other lawyers of O'Connor Berman Horey & Banes, LLC and with the other lawyers of Pacific Lawyers.

Practice Focus

David has defended wrongful death, medical and legal malpractice and other personal injury cases as well as several class action suits. He has won multiple defense verdicts in jury and bench trials. David has also handled litigation involving mass torts, commercial law, breach of contract, construction law, actions involving bonds, and criminal defense. He also has an active appellate practice and appeared numerous times before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the Commonwealth’s Supreme Court.


  • University of Pennsylvania School of Law (JD 1986)
  • University of Maryland (BA History 1982)


  • New York, First Judicial Department, October 1987
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts, March 1988
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Supreme Court, October 1992
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, August 1993

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Bar Associations

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