Joseph E. Horey


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Attorney Joseph E. Horey
"The function of the lawyer is to preserve a skeptical relativism in a society hell-bent for absolutes." – Grant Gilmore
Joseph E. Horey is originally from Olean, New York. He lived in Japan from 1988 to 1991, and joined the Saipan office of Pacific Lawyers in 1995. Jed has been a partner in the firm since 2000. Jed maintains a general civil litigation practice, handling a wide variety of cases, including civil rights, family law, immigration and labor matters, with a special interest in constitutional issues. Jed also practices criminal defense, most notably securing an acquittal in the 2001 murder trial in Commonwealth v. Deleon Guerrero.

Practice Focus

He takes primary responsibility for the firm’s appellate practice.

Notable reported cases include:
Estate of Ogumoro v. Ko, 2011 MP 11 (briefed and argued);
Elliott Park v. Manglona, 592 F.3d 1003 (9th Cir 2010) (briefed and argued);
Ishimatsu v. Royal Crown Ins. Co., 2010 MP 8 (briefed and argued);
Hocog v. Mendiola, 2009 MP 20 (briefed and argued);
Bank of Saipan v. CNG Financial Corp., 380 F.3d 836 (5th Cir. 2004) (briefed);
United States v. Zhou Liang, 224 F.3d 1057 (9th Cir 2000) (briefed and argued).

Jed is the author of “The Right of Self-Government in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands” 4 Asian-Pac. L. & Pol’y J. 180 (2003)


University of Notre Dame (B.A. 1985)
St. Bonaventure University (M.A. 1987)
State University of New York at Buffalo (J.D.1994)


New York State (1995)
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (1996)
District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands (1996)
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1996)
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2003)
United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (2006)
Supreme Court of the United States (2014)

Professional Associations and Memberships

CNMI Bar Association since 1996

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