Michael J. Sipos

Attorney Michael J. Sipos
Mr. Sipos has been living in the Federated States of Micronesia practicing law & raising a family for the past 18 years.
Mr. Sipos has been living in the Federated States of Micronesia practicing law and raising a family for the past 18 years. Michael started his career in 1990 as a California trial attorney and product liability specialist at a large Los Angeles area law firm. He came to Pohnpei in 1998 on a planned one-year leave of absence from the U.S. to serve as the FSM Supreme Court's General Counsel. Mr. Sipos stayed on at the Court for three years, however, before making a permanent move to Micronesia re-entering private practice in 2001 and establishing his own law firm.

Practice Focus

Before coming to the FSM, Mr. Sipos was awarded the “AV” Preeminent peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell. According to Martindale-Hubbell, “An AV rating is a significant accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. This rating is the highest ranking attainable by an attorney for ability and ethics in the practice of law. It is a distinction reserved for a select few in the legal community.” In 2015, Mr. Sipos received the top ranking from Chambers & Partners in the General Business Law category for the Pacific Islands.

Micronesia - Badge 1AV Preeminent Michael Sipos Micronesia Attorney

Micronesia - Badge 5Top Ranked Chambers Michael Sipos Micronesia Attorney


Originally from Florida, Mr. Sipos received his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law (J.D., 1990) and graduated from the University of Florida in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology


FSM Supreme Court, 2001
Pohnpei Supreme Court, 2002
Chuuk Supreme Court, 2004
California, 1990 (Inactive)
Florida, 1992
U.S. District Courts for Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern districts of California, 1990-93

Professional Associations and Memberships

ALFA International 2014

  • General Counsel to the Pohnpei Port Authority
  • Regional Counsel to Bank of Hawaii
  • Legal Counsel to the FSM Social Security Administration
  • Legal Advisor to FSM National Elections Director

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