Ignacio Cruz Aguigui, Esq.
Ignacio (“Ike”) Aguigui has successfully represented and assisted clients in various matters including complex civil litigation, business transactions, class action cases, contract law, health care and pharmaceutical law, trusts and estates, lender liability cases, real property, arbitration, probates, government law, and administrative agency law.
Attorney Aguigui was born in Guam, and was valedictorian of his high school class. In high school, he received numerous awards including the Principal’s Award, U.S. Congressional Award, and the Guam Merit Scholarship Award. He was one of 56 students nationwide named as a U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centennial Scholar. His academic achievements won him admission to Yale University, where he received his B.A., magna cum laude. As a student at Yale, he won prizes and research fellowships for study at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at San Francisco.
After Yale, Attorney Aguigui returned to Guam and served in various high-level Government of Guam positions. He was a Special Assistant to former Governor of Guam Joseph F. Ada, Director of the Guam Medical Referral Office in Los Angeles, and Acting Director of the Guam Health Planning & Development Agency.
In 1994, Attorney Aguigui secured admission to another Ivy League Institution – Columbia Law School in New York City. At Columbia, he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served as an extern law clerk to the Hon. Barrington D. Parker Jr. (now Senior Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit). During law school, he studied French law and European Community law at the University of Paris (Paris II - Panthéon-Assas) – widely regarded as the top law faculty in France.
After earning his Juris Doctor from Columbia in 1997, he served as an associate attorney at the international law firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. He then returned to Guam to accept a position as a research attorney for the Hon. Katherine A. Maraman, Judge of the Superior Court of Guam (now Justice, Supreme Court of Guam). He entered private practice in Guam as an associate attorney at Calvo & Clark LLP. In November 2002, he became legal counsel to the gubernatorial transition committee of Governor-elect Felix Camacho and Lieutenant Governor-elect Kaleo Moylan, and then served as chief legal counsel at the Office of the Governor of Guam, leaving in July 2003 to return to private practice. He was a partner in another Guam firm until he established the Law Offices of Ignacio Cruz Aguigui.
Attorney Aguigui has served on various boards including the Guam Election Commission, the Guam Legal Services Corporation, and the Guam Public Library. He has served on the Guam Supreme Court’s Subcommittee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Arbitration Internal Subgroup, and former Guam Governor Felix Camacho’s Executive Committee on Government Reorganization. His accomplishments have won him recognition in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.
Attorney Aguigui has studied music since childhood, and enjoys playing the piano, cello, violin, and flute.
Columbia Law School, New York, NY
Juris Doctor (J.D.), Achievement with Honors, International and Foreign Law, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; Studies at Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), Paris, France
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), magna cum laude
BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco)
U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles)
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California (Sacramento)
U.S. District Court, Guam
Subject to admission pro hac vice, Attorney Aguigui may be able to represent individuals in cases pending in other U.S. courts on a case-by-case basis.