Michael Dotts

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Attorney Michael Dotts
Be influenced by nothing but your clients' interests. Tell them the truth.
- Arthur C. Nielson, Businessman
Michael practiced in San Francisco with a large employment law firm then came to Saipan to assist in securities litigation in 1988. He was then involved in litigation over land alienation (Article XII). Beginning in 1995, Michael was heavily involved in the estates of Larry Hillblom. In 1999 he and the whole firm defended manufacturers in a large class action that had targeted the garment industry. In 2005, Michael became involved in mass torts litigation involving a drug manufacturer and also began taking medical malpractice cases. Today, Michael focuses on real estate, corporate law, and employment law.Attorney Michael Dotts 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. Michael works with the other lawyers of O’Connor Berman Dotts & Banes, and with the other lawyers of Pacific Lawyers.

In the News:

Imperial Pacific Sues Skywalker CommunicationsLaos Trumped Up Charges vs. BaldwinOwnership of Hotel Riviera Disputed in CourtCastle-shaped Hotel Near Airport Sold for $820,000South Pacific Fund Has Sinking Feeling (Wall Street Journal article about the lawsuit filed against Merrill Lynch)Merrill Lynch Reaches Settlement with NMI Retirement Fund (announcing the $7.4 Million Settlement)Judge Wiseman on Enactment of Casino Law

Practice Focus

Michael obtained a jury verdict in a personal injury case of $3 Million and a judgment for land compensation in excess of $14 Million. Michael led six employers to election victories against labor unions and has defended numerous Title VII cases against the EEOC and FLSA cases against DOL. Michael has obtained not guilty verdicts after jury trials for clients in cases involving both violent crimes and drug related crimes. Michael practices before appellate courts and has obtained precedent-setting decisions in the areas of wrongful death, defamation, and unjust enrichment.

Michael Dotts America's Most Honored Professionals Award Saipan Lawyers

Michael Dotts Martindale-Hubbell Award CNMI Attorneys


  • University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1984)
  • Golden Gate Law School (J.D., 1987)


  • Admitted to the State bar of California, the District Court for the Northern District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, in 1987
  • Admitted to the bar for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands in 1989
  • Admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeal, Fifth Circuit in 2003
  • Admitted to the State Bar of Hawaii in 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney, 2010
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