Michael McLaughlin is a shareholder of the firm. After obtaining his BA degree at Stanford University and his JD and MBA degrees at Willamette University, he moved to Alaska in 1985 and began work with the firm. His practice areas are focused on regulated oil and gas pipelines, banking (in particular lender liability defense), regulated public utilities, real estate, ANCSA law, and other commercial practice areas. He represents some of the largest commercial interests in Alaska and has been a part of a number of the most important legal events in Alaska's recent history, including the fight over the constitutionality of the attempted endowment of 260,000 acres of state land to the University of Alaska, the battle over ballot measures regarding the regulation of large mines in Alaska, litigation over large timber sales by the University of Alaska, sales and financings of large Alaska infrastructure projects, defense of lenders and loan servicers sued under HAMP and otherwise as a result of the real estate crash in the Great Recession, and efforts to build a gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope to the gas distribution system in the Lower 48. In addition, he represents Alaska Native Corporations and other Alaska businesses both large and small with their ongoing legal needs.
Areas Of Practice
- Oil and Gas Pipelines 35%
- Banking 35%
- Public Utilities 5%
- Real Estate 5%
- Commercial 10%
- Natural Resources 5%
- ANCSA 5%
- Alaska, 1985
- U.S. District Court District of Alaska, 1985
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1993
- 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
- SEACC v. State of Alaska, 202 P.3d 1162, 2009, Alaska Supreme Court
- Aloha Lumber Co. v. University of Alaska, 994 P.2d 991, 1999, Alaska Supreme Court
- Stormont v. Astoria, Ltd., 889 P.2d 1059, 1995, Alaska Supreme Court
- BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc.
- Wells Fargo Bank, NA
- Municipality of Anchorage
- Doyon, Ltd.
Honors and Awards
- Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell which is “a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.” Legal ability ratings are based on performance in five key areas: legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience and are an objective indicator of a lawyer's high ethical standards and professional ability, generated from evaluations of lawyers by other members of the bar and the judiciary in the United States and Canada.