Philip A. Okney


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Attorney Philip A. Okney
Mr. Okney applies a forward looking approach to modern international issues facing small island countries.
Mr. Okney is an original member of the Marshall Islands Bar Association, which he chaired 1988 to 1991 and also served on the Judicial Standing Committee on Professional Conduct for five years. The Marshall Islands Government approved his appointment as Registrar of Corporations from 1986 through 1993 and Chairman of the Board of the Land Registration Authority from 2006 to 2010. In 1994, the Government approved Mr. Okney as an officer before the Republic of the Marshall Nuclear Claims Tribunal, as Defender of the Fund. Mr. Okney has written on the nuclear legacy in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Practice Focus

Mr. Okney has practiced before all RMI courts, tribunals and administrative bodies, as well as being active at legislative hearings. As legal counsel and delegate, he has represented the RMI before the World Health Organization, International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and numerous United Nations conferences. Mr. Okney has tried all manner of cases, including complex commercial litigation, and customary land matters. Mr. Okney defended the $150MM Nuclear Claims Fund against claims resulting from the islanders exposed to excessive doses of radiation.


University of Minnesota (B.A., 1966)
University of Minnesota (J.D., 1969)


State of Hawaii, United States (1988)
District Court of Hawaii, United States (1988)
High Court and Supreme Court, Republic of the Marshall Islands (1983)

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Immigration Lawyers Association

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