Thomas C. Sterling

Thomas C. Sterling: Attorney with Blair Sterling Johnson & Martinez A Professional Corporation


Mr. Sterling is a principal in the firm of Blair Sterling Johnson & Martinez. He obtained a B.S. degree in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1973 and his J.D. degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1977.
While at UCLA, he participated in a student intern program working for the Attorney General's Office of the Trust Territory Government in Saipan which first introduced him to this area of the world. After graduation, his first legal position was as a Law Clerk for the Superior Court of Guam after which he returned to California where he practiced with a surety and fidelity bond firm in Westwood, California. He came back to Guam in 1981 and joined the firm, then known as Klemm Dear & Lawrence.
Mr. Sterling's practice is primarily litigation with an emphasis on insurance defense and construction litigation. He represents a number of insurance and construction companies and has handled numerous large cases involving a broad range of insurance and construction issues. He also is an active participant in alternative dispute resolution and has arbitrated and mediated many cases. He is a member of the Construction Industry Arbitration Panel of the American Arbitration Association and has been trained as a mediator by the AAA and the United States District Court of Guam.
He is a member of the Bars of Guam, the CNMI, the Republic of Palau, and the State of California and has tried cases in each of the jurisdictions.

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Insurance Law
  • Construction Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
671-477-7857  Phone
671-472-4290  Fax
University Attended:
University of California at Santa Cruz, B.A., 1973
Law School Attended:
University of California at Los Angeles, J.D., 1977
Year of First admission:
1978, California, U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of California and U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands; 1979, Guam; 1981, U.S. District Court, District of Guam and Superior Court for the Northern Mariana Islands; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1983, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; 1985, Supreme Court of The Republic of Palau
State Bar of California, Guam, Republic of Palau, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Bar Associations.
Birth Information:
Oxnard, California, February 27, 1951
Reported Cases:
Apusento Garden (Guam) Inc. v. Superior Court of Guam, 94 F.3d. 1346 (9th Cir. 1996); Morta v. Korea Insurance Corp., 840 F.2d 1452 (9th Cir. 1988).

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