Quichocho likely disbarred in fed court

After the Superior Court suspended him from the practice of law for three years, lawyer Ramon K. Quichocho may also likely be disbarred in the U.S. District Court.

This developed as U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona on Thursday directed Quichocho to explain why the Superior Court order that disbarred him should not be imposed by the federal court.

Manglona said she is in possession of a certified copy of the Superior Court’s disbarment order issued on July 16, 2014.

Manglona said any claim that the imposition of identical discipline would be unwarranted must be made within 30 days.

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho ordered the disbarment of Quichocho from the practice of law in CNMI courts for professional misconduct in representing his then-client, businesswoman Jung Ja Kim.

Last Aug. 13, Manglona suspended Quichocho from the practice of law in federal court for a period of three years following Camacho’s suspension of the lawyer.

Last May 28, Camacho suspended Quichocho’s license to practice law for three years for professional misconduct by using a legal tool to harass a former client to get payment.
Last July, Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman ordered a public reprimand against Quichocho for professional misconduct in connection with another Bar complaint filed by a couple.

Last March 28, a federal jury reached a unanimous verdict, holding Quichocho and his wife, and his law firm liable to pay $2.4 million in damages to Jung Ja Kim, who filed a racketeering lawsuit against them.

Attorney Michael Dotts, who served as counsel for Quichocho and his law firm in that racketeering lawsuit, recently filed a lawsuit against Quichocho for allegedly failing to pay $173,187.70 in attorney’s fees and costs incurred during his representation in that case.

Quichocho was last reported to be in Tacoma, Washington.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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