We have skilled mediators and arbitrators on staff, with experience in complex industry cases. Julian Mason’s dispute resolution practice involves primarily large commercial cases that necessitate sophisticated financial arrangements, including North Slope oil royalty and tax issues. Don McClintock regularly arbitrates commercial cases involving real estate issues and serves as a court-appointed master in eminent domain cases.
We offer a full-service administrative and regulatory law practice and have extensive experience negotiating with and appearing in front of numerous state and federal agencies including:
We are one of the preeminent appellate firms in Alaska, with extensive experience handling appeals in state and federal court as well as before numerous state and federal administrative agencies, both in cases where we represented a party in the lower court and in cases where we were brought in specifically for our appellate expertise. We have briefed and argued numerous cases before the Alaska Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Our experience is broad and includes administrative appeals, oil and gas, family law, land use, commercial disputes, utilities, worker’s compensation, constitutional issues, and state and federal jurisdictional disputes over lands and resources in Alaska. Matt Findley, who has argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court, leads our appellate practice.
Notable cases include:
We assist large and small businesses and their owners in matters including business formation, corporate compliance, and commercial transactions, including:
We have a proven track record of successfully resolving complex commercial issues through negotiation, but will aggressively pursue matters in court if needed.
We have a wide breadth of experience in First Amendment matters and media litigation. Our team has successfully represented media clients in state and federal court, and counseled publishers, filmmakers, and journalists regarding access to constitutionally protected materials.
We have extensive experience representing clients who are under federal or state investigation, as well as individual and corporate clients charged with a variety of crimes, particularly regulatory and environmental offenses, white collar crimes, and other serious federal and state cases.
We represent individuals and organizations involved in all aspects of Alaska’s fisheries, including commercial permit holders, processors, guides and lodge owners, hatcheries, and fishing organizations. We were actively involved in the litigation over the Exxon Valdez oil spill and have represented the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation, Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, and Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association for many years.
Alaska Municipalities, school districts, and the University of Alaska have long turned to us for representation. We understand the unique challenges facing Alaska’s communities and the constraints faced by public entities. Specific matters handled include:
We represent employers and employees in every aspect of the employment relationship, including:
Litigation is a cornerstone of the firm’s practice. We have represented clients in hundreds of cases in state and federal court as well as before multiple state and federal administrative agencies. Our attorneys have obtained numerous jury verdicts and have handled bench trials, administrative hearings, arbitrations, and mediations. We litigate cases in virtually every practice area, including complex commercial disputes, construction, employment, land use, eminent domain, criminal, family law, procurement, oil & gas, fisheries, timber, and intellectual property. Our recent victories include favorable jury verdicts in a sophisticated contract case, a complex commercial lease dispute, and a real estate trespass case; a defense verdict in a wrongful death case; and successful summary judgment motion practice and a favorable bench verdict in an eminent domain case, upheld on appeal.
We have a wide-ranging oil and gas practice, including expertise in gas sales agreements, oil and gas leasing, unitization, and oil and gas royalty law. We represent the State of Alaska in a number of oil and gas matters, including the Point Thomson litigation and settlement. We have also negotiated numerous gas sales agreements and other contracts with producers on behalf of major public utility clients.
We represent a wide range of companies in various stages of the procurement process, including assisting government contractors in preparing contract bids and providing other procurement guidance, and litigating appeals, contract cost disputes, and debarment proceedings.
We have a long history of representing regulated utilities throughout the State of Alaska, including Alaska’s largest long-distance telephone, natural gas distribution, and natural gas storage utilities. Our experience includes electric power, water, sewer, district heat, cellular telephone, and solid waste utilities. Our attorneys regularly appear before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in matters varying from utility rate cases, to pipeline tariffs, to general permitting matters.
We maintain a distinguished real estate practice. Our clients include developers, commercial landlords, design professionals, real estate brokers, landowners, real estate appraisers, contractors, subcontractors, and agencies with the power of condemnation. We have assisted real estate interest holders in litigation in a broad range of related areas, including eminent domain, leasing disputes, partnership dissolutions, debt restructuring, and commercial FED actions. Our real estate practice includes experience in:
We have substantial experience litigating on behalf of trust beneficiaries, as well as defending trust fiduciaries. We have represented clients in various types of trust actions, including breach of fiduciary duty and trust misappropriation cases.