Manglona: Hillbroom’s lawsuit will proceed as a jury trial


The lawsuit filed by a son of the late DHL co-founder and former owner Larry Lee Hillblom against his two former lawyers and trustee will proceed as a jury trial.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona informed yesterday all the parties in the case about her decision.

At a motions hearing, Theodore Frank, counsel for lawyer Barry J. Israel, and lawyer David J. Lujan informed the court that they do not waive a jury trial.

Keith Waibel, who is the former trustee of Junior Larry Hillbroom, informed the court that he waives a jury trial.

Hillbroom is suing his former counsel, Israel and Lujan, and his former trustee, Waibel, accusing them of mismanaging approximately $90 million that he inherited as Hillblom’s heir.

The trial is set to start on Nov. 19, 2019.

According to the minutes of the hearing, Manglona postponed the hearing originally set for today, Oct. 11, on Israel and Lujan’s motion for summary judgment to Oct. 23, 2019, at 9am.

Hillbroom, a Palauan, is one of the four DNA-proven children of Hillblom. His name is spelled differently from that of Hillblom. The three other children are Jellian Cuartero, a Filipino; Mercedita Feliciano, a Filipino; and Nguyen Be Lory, a Vietnamese.

Hillblom died in a seaplane crash off Anatahan waters on a flight from Pagan to Saipan on May 21, 1995, leaving behind an estate worth approximately $550 million. The bodies of the pilot and a business partner were found, but Hillblom’s body was never recovered.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at

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