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Ward M. Merdes

About Me

Board certified. AV Rated. Practice limited to Alaskan serious injury and death claims. We only represent folks we like and trust.


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Practice Areas


  1. Car Accidents: 60%
    27 years, 400 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    27 years, 100 cases
  3. Wrongful Death: 10%
    27 years
  4. Motorcycle Accident: 10%
    27 years, 100 cases



Contingent (33%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Michael C. Kramer

    Ward really cares about his clients and his fellow lawyers.


    Michael Kramer Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeff Gould

    Mr. Merdes really does have a history of helping Injured Alaskans. I have worked with, against and around him for nearly 20 + years and can say without reserve that his fierce advocacy and professionalism is a welcome addition to our profession. Anyone with legal needs and serious injuries would be well served with Ward Merdes as your counsel. I endorse this lawyer.


    Jeff Gould Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Po Box 71309
Fairbanks, AK, 99707-1309

Box 71309
Fairbanks, AK, 99707




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Advanced Studies in Trial AdvocacyAssociation Trial Lawyers of America2006
DiplomateAssociation Trial Lawyers of America2005
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerMerdes Law Office, P.C.2012 - Present
OwnerMerdes & Merdes, P.C.1988 - 2012
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocacyMember2011 - Present
American Association for JusticeGovernor2010 - Present
American Associaiton for Justice (AAJ)President's Club2006 - Present
San Antonio Trial Lawyers AssociationDirector2000 - 2002
National Board of Trial AdvocacyAlaska State Coordinator2000 - Present
Alaska Academy of Trial LawyersDirector1998 - 2012
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Teel v. Allstate - Alaska Supreme CourtPlaintiff/mother prevailed
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Publication NameTitleDate
Santa Clara Law ReviewArbital Forum in 12(b)(6) Disputes1988
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Cornell UniversityBusinessMasters In Business Administration (MBA)1990
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJuris Doctor1988
Santa Clara UniversityEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1985
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
AAJ Case WorkshopAuto & Commercial Trucking Workshop2008