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About me

I have been a criminal defense lawyer in Alaska for the last 20 years.  I continue to represent clients facing charges ranging from murder to dui.  I understand that your case is of the utmost importance to you and your loved ones, and will work tirelessly to obtain the best possible outcome for you.

I have tried cases all over the state, from Fairbanks to Sand Point.  I have appeared before the Alaska Court of Appeals and the Alaska Supreme Court and am licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

I know that being charged with a crime is a trying time.  I know the feelings of indignity and helplessness that arise during such times.  You are not helpless.  I believe it is my duty to stand up for my clients' rights and to treat every client with dignity and respect.  




Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    24 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 25%



Hourly ($275-375/hour), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Steven George Casanova

    I whole heartily endorse this lawyer. Not only is he very experienced, but he is friendly, knowledgeable, and Very familiar with the jurisdictions that surround his area. Great Attorney. If you need help in the Anchorage area, he is the person to call.


    Steven Casanova DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Philip E. Shanahan

    Wally Tetlow is most definitely an attorney that I would highly recommend for any criminal law matter. I often refer cases to Mr. Tetlow when a referral is necessary and I have never hesitated to do so. I've been co-counsel with Mr. Tetlow in the past and have been very impressed with his work.


    Philip Shanahan DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

745 W.4th Ave., Ste. 250
Anchorage, AK, 99501


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Champion of LibertyAlaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2015
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyer, Criminal DefenseBest Lawyers in America2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerTetlow Christie, LLC2011 - Present
AttorneyWilkerson Hozubin2004 - 2011
Trial AttorneyAlaska Public Defender Agency1993 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tetlow ChristiePartner2011 - Present
Alaska Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident2011 - 2012
Alaska Association of Criminal Defense LawyersVice President2010 - 2011
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2010 - Present
Alaska Bar Association, Fee Arbitration CommitteePanel member2009 - Present
Alaska Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard Member2009 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Smith v. State, 892 P.2d 202 (Alaska 1995)Sentence vacated
State v. Auliye, 57 P.3d 711 (Alaska 2002)Successful
State v. SmithNot guilty on all counts at trial
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of Alaska - FairbanksCreative writingBS - Bachelor of Science1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Young Lawyer TrainingCross Examination2012
Young Lawyer TrainingEvidence and Objections2012
Alaska Public Defender TrainingThree Judge Sentencing Panel2012
Alaska Public Defender Young Lawyer Trial SchoolRetaining and Preparing Experts2011
Alaska Public Defender Young Lawyer Trial SchoolCross Examination2011
Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers CLEMotions-What You Need to Know2011
Alaska Public Defender Young Lawyer Training SchoolClosing Arguments2008
Alaska Public Defender ConferenceDynamic Direct Examination2008
Alaska Public Defender Agency's Young Lawyer Training SchoolJury Selection2008