The affiliate firm of Pacific Lawyers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (the “CNMI”) is O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes, LLC. Established in 1985, O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes has become the largest law firm in the CNMI because of the quality of the legal work its lawyers provide, and the success of its lawyers on behalf of its clients. O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes, LLC has an office on the island Saipan, the capital of the CNMI and the island in the CNMI with the largest population, in the Marianas Business Plaza.
O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes, LLC is a versatile full-service law firm of highly qualified and dedicated attorneys representing a diverse international and local clientele in different industries, who turn to us for a wide range of legal services and resources. Our clients include major corporations, privately held and family businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, and individuals.
The lawyers of O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes take a “team approach,” staffing a client’s matter to the full extent needed and as only a large firm can, under the supervision of one partner. The lawyers of O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes believe this approach provides their clients with the best legal representation possible.
The History of O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes, LLC and of the Lawyers with the Firm
O’Connor: Robert O’Connor is the founding lawyer of the firm O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes. Robert began as a lawyer with the Riverside and Ventura County District Attorney Consumer Fraud Division before coming to Saipan in 1983 to help establish the new Office of the Attorney General for the CNMI. Robert then opened his own private practice in 1985. Robert argued the first case before the CNMI’s Supreme Court and has been involved to some degree in every major lawsuit filed in the CNMI since 1985, including as Class Counsel for the Garment Manufactures in a class action brought against garment factories and their buyers alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act that was originally touted by the plaintiffs’ attorneys to be a billion dollar case (it wasn’t). Robert was involved with the enactment of gaming on Tinian and has, in the past, represented the Tinian Gaming Control Commission. Today, Robert focuses his practice advising on Gaming Law, and assisting construction companies, architects and engineers navigate the CNMI’s rules and regulations that apply to Construction Industry.
Berman: Michael Berman (the “Berman” in O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes) is a lawyer who has was admitted to practice in the CNMI in 1977 and has remained active in the CNMI, but who primarily practices on Guam with Berman O’Connor & Mann (Robert O’Connor is the “O’Connor” in Berman O’Connor & Mann and Robert is a member of the Guam Bar as well as the CNMI Bar). In 1996, Pacific Lawyers was formed by the CNMI and Guam firms and Michael Berman then joined the CNMI firm and Robert O’Connor joined the Guam firm. Michael has a long history of practice in Micronesia. As a lawyer practicing in Guam, Michael focuses his practice primarily on representing financial institutions.
Horey: Joseph Horey joined O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes in 1995 and became a partner in 1999. Joseph practices general civil litigation, including construction law litigation, civil rights, labor law and family law. Joseph also has vast appellate practice Experience.
Banes: David Banes joined O’Connor Berman Horey & Banes in 1992 as an associate attorney and became a partner in 1996. As a lawyer, David focuses his practice on insurance defense and criminal defense. David has obtained not guilty jury verdicts in cases brought by the United States Attorney in Federal District Court, including in a case that charged a police detective with extortion. David has settled numerous personal injury cases on behalf of insurance companies, including cases involving drowned scuba divers.
Koebel: Gregory J. Koebel worked in the Bangkok office of Baker McKenzie in the Summer of 1986, between his first and second years of law school. After graduating from Brooklyn Law School in 1988, he joined the Manhattan firm of Winthrop Stimson Putnam and Roberts where he worked for several years until returning to school, this time to New York University where he earned a Masters in tax law in 1992. Greg then relocated to Saipan where he has practiced with the firm since 1992, specializing in corporate, business, tax, banking and real estate law.
Nie: Denny Nie began his legal career as an intern with the New York Legal Assistance Group, providing immigration-related services to low-income people in New York. He later worked at a boutique law firm in New York, practicing commercial and intellectual property litigation. Denny moved to Saipan in 2015 to join our firm, and is now practicing (among other areas) litigation, and corporate and real estate law.