Attorney Joseph C. Razzano was born in Alexandria, Virginia. He received a B.A. degree from St. Louis University in 1994, and a J.D. and LL.M. in Tax Law from Southern Methodist University in 1998 and 1999 respectively. He is admitted to the bars of Guam, the District Court of Guam, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, all courts in the State of Texas, and the United States Tax Court.
In 1999 Mr. Razzano moved to Guam and worked as a law clerk for the Honorable John Unpingco in the District Court of Guam. He has been in private practice since 2001.
Mr. Razzano taught International Arbitration Litigation as an adjunct professor for Michigan State University in Kyoto Japan.
As an accomplished litigator, corporate lawyer and tax attorney, Mr. Razzano’s practice focuses primarily on civil litigation, with an emphasis on disputes involving real property, corporate disputes and admiralty claims. Mr. Razzano also provides advice regarding tax structuring and financing.
Mr. Razzano was lead trial counsel in a breach of Contract and Tortious Interference with Contract action in Hawaii in which he successfully obtained a jury verdict worth more than $2,000,000.00. As lead class counsel in 2011, he obtained a class action judgment for the People of the Municipality of Gilman, Yap for more than $900,000.00. In 2012, Mr. Razzano was appointed the Trustee Ad Litem for the Northern Mariana Islands Retirement Fund by Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, and he has been successful in securing more than $8 million in cash and cost savings for the Fund.
Recently, Mr. Razzano won trial victories against the Government of Guam in a Quiet Title action and successfully defended a major Japanese construction company against a race discrimination claim. In 2019, Mr. Razzano won a case of first impression regarding the calculation of tax basis for returned ancestral lands to dispossessed Chamorro landowners saving the Estate over $3 million dollars in tax liability. Additionally, Mr. Razzano negotiated a class action settlement against a shipyard in Guam of more than $700,000.00 for the violation of the WARN Act recovering significant payments to each employee wrongfully terminated.
Areas of Concentration
Civil Litigation, Real Property, Tax and Estate Planning, Insurance law, Federal Criminal Defense and International Arbitration and Litigation.
Rules of Civil Procedure Committee for the Superior Court of Guam and the Local Tax Rules Committee for the District Court of Guam.
Attorney Joshua D. Walsh was born on Guam, with a family history that spans from upstate New York to the Caroline islands in Micronesia. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 2001, and a J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of law at the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa in 2008.
He is admitted to practice law in the local and federal courts of Guam, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has been admitted pro hac vice to several matters before the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Pohnpei State Court, and has been accepted as class action counsel in matters before the District Court of Guam, and the Supreme Court of the Federated States of Micronesia. He serves on both the appellate rules review committee of the Supreme Court of Guam, and the continuing legal education committee of the Guam Bar association.
Among his community interests, Mr. Walsh is an active member of the governing body for rugby on Guam, and a board director of the Micronesian Legal Services Corporation serving the indigent community of Guam. He is also a lecturer at the University of Guam whose classes have included studies in intergovernmental relations, administrative thought, and legal writing.
Areas of Concentration
Mr. Walsh has a general litigation practice. His work involves assisting clients navigate all stages of complex civil litigation and dispute resolution, as well as assembling legal teams and instructing other counsel in foreign jurisdictions as may be required to meet those client needs. Mr. Walsh provides counsel in business disputes, contractual breaches, federal and local procurement protests, and maritime claims. He also provides general business and corporate advice, and represents clients in criminal matters involving DUI defense, felony defense, and appeals.
Attorney Edwin J. Torres was born on Guam. He received his B.S. in business administration and B.A. in philosophy from Boston College in 2013 and obtained his J.D. cum laude from Boston College Law School in 2017. He is admitted to practice law before the local and federal courts of Guam, the state and federal courts of Hawai’i, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Areas of Concentration
Mr. Torres practices both civil and criminal law at the trial and appellate levels. He assists with litigation that includes tax matters, complex corporate disputes, and probate issues. He also assists with various transactions such as corporate structuring, commercial leases, and property purchases. Mr. Torres also represents clients in DUI defense, misdemeanor defense, and felony defense.
Tabitha H. Madarang began her legal career in 2005 focusing on collections, and began working with Mr. Joseph C. Razzano in 2008 on specialized litigation and transactional matters. Ms. Madarang was born in Honolulu, Hawaii with family ties to the Philippines, and grew up in Guam where she graduated from Simon Sanchez High School. Ms. Madarang has worked as the lead legal assistant in several Guam firms, and in 2015 earned her degree in Paralegal Studies from National Paralegal College. As a paralegal and a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Ms. Madarang uses her knowledge and skills to assist the attorneys of Razzano Walsh & Torres in meeting the varied needs of the firm’s clients.
Claire J. Pollard was born on Guam. She attended the University of California, Irvine from 2016-2017 and the University of Guam from 2017-2020, where she graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Law. She has worked with the firm since May 2020.