George Anthony specializes in providing legal consultancy services associated with space law and United States territorial law. He is admitted to practice in New York, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
George Anthony commenced his career as a commercial transactional attorney. A transition in his practice restyled him into a well-seasoned defense litigator with extensive advocacy experience in the United States federal and territorial legal systems at the appellate, trial, and administrative levels.
After more than 25 years in private practice George Anthony re-structured his career to encompass a long harbored interest in space law. Accordingly, he returned to school full time and in 2013 earned a LL.M in Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law, his second LL.M in the field of international law. Legal Parallax was formed to engage in legal consultancy services for matters which include litigation strategy and legal issues related to United States territorial law and policy in addition to domestic and international legal and policy issues associated with Earth orbit activities and other non-terrestrial ventures.
George Anthony has authored numerous papers and given a multitude of presentations on issues relating to space law and policy. He is a member of the International Institute of Space Law and is currently Co-Chair of the Space Law Committee of the ABA’s Science and Technology Law Section.
A.B. Duke University, Religion/Political Science, Durham, N.C. — May 1977
J.D. Syracuse University School of Law, Syracuse, N.Y. – May 1981
LL.M, International Legal Studies,
American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. – May 1985
LL.M, Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law
University of Nebraska College of Law, Lincoln, NE – May 2013
Summer 1979 – Eastern European Summer Law Program, Soviet Institute of Law and State, (USSR) and Warsaw University School of Law, (Poland), sponsored by American University Washington College of Law
Summer 1984 – Chinese American Summer Law Program, University of Beijing (Beijing) and Fudan University (Shanghai), sponsored by American University Washington College of Law
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Representative Litigation Matters
The below cases are a representative sample of judicial appeals successfully handled by George Anthony
United States v. Li, 643 F.3d 1183 (9th Cir. 2011) – reversal of an alien’s conviction for attempted unlawful entry into the United States in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a)(1)
United States v. Montgomery, 462 F.3d 1067 (9th Cir.2006) – reversal and remand on sentencing issue in bank fraud and money laundering case
United States v. Babauta, 183 Fed.Appx. 664, 2006 WL 1627289 (9th Cir. 2006)(unpublished) – reversal of conviction for making false statements in a matter within the jurisdiction of a federal agency in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands v. Bowie, 243 F.3d 1109 (9th Cir. 2001) – reversal of conviction for first degree homicide, kidnapping, robbery and lesser included offenses
Gorromeo v. Zachres, 15 Fed.Appx. 555, 2001 WL 884711 (9th Cir, 2001)(unpublished) – affirmed denial of qualified immunity in an alien’s claim under 42 U.S.C.§ 1983 for unlawful search and seizure for immigration purposes
United States v. Du Bo, 186 F.3d 1177 (9th Cir. 1999) – reversal of conviction for Hobbs Act extortion in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a).
Magana v. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 107 F.3d 1436 (9th Cir. 1997) – reversal of order dismissing employee’s discrimination claim against governmental agency alleging violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Tan v. Younis Art Studio, Inc., 2007 MP 11, 2007 WL 1598179 (NMI 2007) – affirmed summary judgment in favor of newspaper publisher in case asserting common law libel claims
Guerrero v. Tinian Dynasty Hotel, 2006 MP 26 (NMI 2006) – affirmed jury defense verdict on common law tort claims arising from a forced removal from a casino’s premises
Oriental Crystal Holdings Ltd. v. Lone Star Casino Corp. (CNMI), 1997 MP 25, 1997 WL 33480923 (NMI 1997) – affirming entry of default judgment in casino investment dispute.
TRIAL COURT CASES
The below cases are a representative sample of criminal and civil cases successfully handled by George Anthony as defense counsel in which the jury returned a defense verdict on all counts of the accusatory instrument or civil complaint presented to it:
United States v. Le, United States District Court for the N.M.I., Cr #03-00001 – Hobbs Act conspiracy in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a), Hobbs Act armed robbery of a non FDIC Bank in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a) and using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924( c)(1)(A)(iii)
Pariyar v. Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments, Ltd., United States District Court for the N.M.I., CV # 08-00026 — Title VII allegations (42 U.S.C. § 2000e) against a casino employer — appeal dismissed
Limbu et al v. Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments, Ltd.,United States District Court for the N.M.I., CV # 01-0050 — FLSA overtime allegations (29 U.S.C. § 207) against a casino employer — no appeal taken
Guerrero v. Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investments Ltd., Superior Court for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, CV # 98-1303 – common law tort claims arising from forced removal from a casino’s premises — affirmed on appeal
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands v. Chong, Superior Court for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, TC # 99-5535 — vehicular homicide charge which turned on mitochondrial DNA
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands v. Camacho, Superior Court for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, CR # 95-114 – first degree homicide charge and lesser included offenses
Managing Member — Legal Parallax, LLC, — Oct. 2013 – present
Solo Practitioner — Saipan, CNMI — June, 1998 – Present; Jan. 1992 – June 1994
Partner — Long & Brown, Saipan, CNMI — June 1994 – June 1998
Associate — Fitzgerald Law Office, Saipan, CNMI — April 1990 – Dec. 1991
Associate — Klemm, Blair, Sterling, & Johnson, Guam, — Aug. 1986 – Jan. 1990
Law Clerk — The Honorable Janet Healy Weeks, Superior Court of Guam — July 1985 – July 1986
Contract Attorney— Overseas Private Investments Corporation, Washington, D.C. — 1985
Internship — Overseas Private Investments Corporation — 1984-1985
- Member, International Institute of Space Law
- Member, American Bar Association, 1994 -present
- Co-Chair, Space Law Committee, Science and Technology Section, 2022-present
- Vice-Chair, Space law Committee, Science and Technology Section, 2021-2022
- Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 – present
- American Society of Innternational Law, 2011 – 2022
- Member, Beyond National Jurisdiction Steering Committee, 2018-2020
- Co-Chair, Space Law Committee, 2016 – 2018
- Vice Chairperson, Space Law Interest Group (2015-2016)
- 9th Circuit Appellate Lawyer Representative, Alternate (April 2009 – Oct 2011)
- Chair, Northern Mariana Islands Lawyer Representative to the 9th Circuit (2001-2003)
- Chair, CNMI Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure (2001-2002)