Experienced Alaska Attorneys

Established soon after Alaska became a state, Guess & Rudd provides experienced legal representation in Anchorage and throughout Alaska, in practice areas that include natural resources law, administrative law, mining law, general litigation, insurance defense, environmental law, real property law, commercial law, employment or labor matters, ANCSA law, insurance coverage disputes, personal injury, estate and probate law, product liability and aviation accidents.

Our extensive experience in natural resources law includes large transactions, title work, multi-party trials, complicated administrative and regulatory hearings and disputes, and lawsuits involving pollution and environmental issues. This breadth of experience has helped us establish a reputation as one of Alaska’s leading law firms in complex litigation and significant legal transactions.

We handle a very wide spectrum of claims and potential claims. Using considerable experience in diverse areas of law, our attorneys serve as Alaska defense counsel for insureds ranging from large commercial companies, through labor and employment defendants, to individual insured drivers involved in serious automobile accidents, to banks and other financial institutions, to air carriers involved in aviation accidents. We also serve as coverage counsel for various insurers in Alaska and as defense counsel for insurers in coverage and bad-faith litigation.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Alaska Native Law/ANCSA
  • Alaska Mining Law
  • Alaska Oil and Gas Law/Pipelines
  • Natural Resources/Environmental Law
  • Litigation/Insurance Defense
  • Banking Law
  • Employment Law
  • Commercial, Real Estate Law, Construction Litigation and Transactions
  • Municipal and Education Law

We tailor our approach to meet your needs and choose effective strategies that have been proven to achieve results efficiently and effectively. To talk about your needs, we invite you to contact Guess & Rudd‘s Anchorage office at 877-310-6183 to schedule a confidential consultation with a lawyer from our firm.

Attorney Christina A. Rankin

Bar Admissions:

  • Alaska, 2003
  • New York, 2004
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska, 2005

Education:

  • Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York
    • J.D. - 2002
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Dean's Scholarship
  • University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science 

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Defense Counsel of Alaska, Member, 2003 to Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Member, 2006 to Present

Attorney George R. Lyle

Bar Admissions:

  • Alaska, 1984

Education:

  • Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon
    • J.D. (Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law) - 1984
    • Honors: Cum Laude
  • Dartmouth College
    • B.A. - 1980
    • Major: Earth Science 

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Alaska Bar Association
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Attorney Traci N. Bunkers

Bar Admissions:

  • U.S. District Court District of New Mexico, 2012
  • Pueblo of Laguna Tribal Court, 2012
  • Santa Clara Pueblo Tribal Court, 2014
  • New Mexico, 2011
  • Acoma Tribal Court, 2012

Education:

  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
    • J.D. - 2011 
  • Texas A&M University
    • B.A. - 2007
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: Political Science 

Attorney Kristin E. Crabb

Bar Admissions:

  • Alaska, 2010
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska, 2010

Education:

  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
    • J.D. - 2010
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List 2008; 2010
    • Honors: Justice of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity 2009-2010
    • Honors: Honor Council 2008-2009; 2009-2010
    • Honors: The Center for Computer Assistance Legal Instruction Award (CALI) for Products Liability 2009
  • Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington
    • B.A. - 2007
    • Honors: Received a 4-year Gymnastics Scholarship 2003-2007
    • Honors: Academic All American 2007
    • Honors: Academic All Conference (MPSF) 2005, 2006, & 2007
    • Honors: Three Time All American Athlete on Vault & Beam
    • Honors: Conference Champion 2007
    • Honors: All Conference 2005, 2006, and 2007
    • Major: Public Policy and Law 

Attorney Adam Harki

Bar Admissions:

  • Alaska, 2014
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2017

Education:

  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Juris Doctor - 2014
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Dean’s list 2012, 2013, 2014 
  • Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington
    • B.A.
    • Major: Finance
    • Major: Business Management 

Attorney Michael S. McLaughlin

Bar Admissions:

  • Alaska, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1993

Education:

  • Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon
    • J.D. & MBA - 1985
    • Honors: MBA with honors
  • Stanford University, Stanford, California
    • B.A. - 1981
    • Major: International Relations 

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell 

Attorney Gary A. Zipkin

Bar Admissions:

  • California, 1974
  • Alaska, 1975
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2007

Education:

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1974
    • Honors: Thurston Society (Honor Society)
  • University of California, Berkeley, California
    • A.B. - 1971
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Political Science
    • Minor: Rhetoric 

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Alaska Bar Association, 1975 to Present
  • State Bar of California, 1974 to Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate, 1995 to Present
  • Defense Research Institute, 1990 to Present
  • Federal Bar Association, 2004 to Present

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish

Attorney James D. Linxwiler

Bar Admissions:

  • Alaska, 1976
  • District of Columbia, 1976

Education:

  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. - 1974
  • University of California at Berkeley
    • B.A. - 1971 

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Alaska, Natural Resources Law Section, Chairman, 1988 to 1992
  • Alaska, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section, Co-Chairman, 2013 to 2013
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Foundation

Attorney Robyn Linxwiler

Bar Admissions:

  • Utah, 1984
  • Alaska, 1986

Education:

  • University of Utah College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • J.D.
  • University of Utah
    • B.A.
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Office Locations

Anchorage Office
1029 W 3rd Ave
Suite 400
Anchorage, AK 99501
Fairbanks Office
100 Cushman Street
Suite 500
Fairbanks, AK 99701

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