PRESS RELEASES - Governor Eddie Calvo appointed Attorney James L. Canto II Superior Court of Guam Judge. Judge-nominee Canto was the Guam Bar Association's top pick for Judge.
"Judge-nominee Canto has extensive legal experience in many fields of law," Governor Calvo said. "I chose him to be my Legal Counsel because of his vast knowledge and his respect for the law. Today I'm losing a great Legal Counsel, but the people of Guam will be gaining a fantastic judge. He holds all the qualities best suited for the position: legal acumen and experience, well-balanced temperament, compassion, upstanding character, and ingrained sense of fairness, and a passion for the law. He is a man of integrity."
Judge-nominee Canto, who is from Dededo, graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 1986 before serving in the Army. He then attended and graduated from the prestigious University of California Hastings College of Law. He immediately moved back home to begin what would become to this day his 15-year legal career.
During his legal career, Judge-nominee Canto was a public defender, an advocate for the defense of those who could not afford an attorney, and a very successful defense attorney. He has extensive trial, arbitration, and mediation experience in criminal law, domestic and family law, juvenile law, corporate and business law, administrative public agency law, telecommunications law, class actions, and employment law.
Noteworthy in his career is the work he did for victims of domestic violence, and for at-risk children whose future depended upon the guidance and care of the juvenile justice system.