San Nicolas is new IPI lawyer


Former CNMI attorney general and Tinian mayor Joey Patrick San Nicolas has been hired by casino/resort operator Pacific International (CNMI) LLC to replace Phillip J. Tydingco as IPI’s chief legal counsel.

A source in the CNMI Bar Association confirmed yesterday that San Nicolas is replacing Tydingco as IPI’s general counsel and that he will start part-time as he has to close down his law office.

San Nicolas

The source is not sure, though, as to when San Nicolas will start his part-time work with IPI.

Tydingco’s last day with IPI is this Friday.

Saipan Tribune sought to obtain comments from San Nicolas yesterday, but he had yet to reply as of press time.

IPI later confirmed San Nicolas’ appointment in a press release.

San Nicolas served as CNMI attorney general from 2012 to 2014 during the term of then-governor Benigno R. Fitial. While AG, San Nicolas was a member of the National Association of Attorneys General. He served as mayor of Tinian and Aguiguan from January 2015 to January 2019.

After his term as mayor expired, San Nicolas opened his law firm on Saipan that focuses on civil law, family law, criminal defense, probate law, and corporate law.

San Nicolas is a graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Minnesota in 2003. He is licensed to practice law in the CNMI Superior and Supreme courts, U.S. District Court for the NMI, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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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