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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 60%
    36 years
  2. Brain Injury: 20%
    36 years
  3. Car Accident: 10%
    36 years
  4. Spinal Cord Injury: 5%
    31 years
  5. Aviation: 5%
    21 years



Contingent (33-40%)

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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    I have known Richard Vollertsen for over 15 years. I first met him when we were on opposing sides of a case. Later we had occasion to work together on several cases, most recently on two very difficult complex pediatric brain injury cases. Mr Vollertsen distinguished himself in several important areas. First, he showed exemplary concern for the clients and their families. By that I mean her really cared about their welfare, more than any attorney that I have ever worked with. Truly, the attorney fees were a secondary matter for him. In addition, he has a prodigious work ethic and is a gifted lawyer when it comes to understanding the medical aspects of injury cases. He digs out the details and works at them until he understands them, then continues to work at trying to simplify the medicine so a jury can understand what went wrong and how the injury could and should have been prevented. He is unafraid of trial and is willing to stand before a jury if the case requires it.


    Kenneth Roosa
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Atkinson Conway & Gagnon

420 L St
Suite 500
Anchorage, AK, 99501-1968


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Personal Injury Litigator of the YearBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerAlaska Super Lawyers2015
Litigation StarBenchmark Litigation2015
Personal Injury Litigator of the YearBest Lawyers in America2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerAtkinson, Conway & Gagnon1981 - Present
EditorAlaska Court Review1983 - 2000
Law Clerk to Chief Justice Edmond BurkeAlaska Supreme Court1981 - 1982
Editor-in-ChiefUniveristy of San Francisco Law Review1980 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Distinguished CounselMember2015 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Alaska Academy of Trial LawyersMember1985 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1985 - Present
Alaska Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
United States District Court: AlaskaMember1981 - Present
Alaska Academy of Trial LawyersVice PresidentN/A
Alaska Supreme CourtMember, Time Standards CommitteeN/A
Alaska Academy of Trial LawyersBoard of TrusteesN/A
Alaska Supreme CourtMember, Discovery Abuses CommitteeN/A
University of Alaska Paralegal ProgramBoard Member1996 - 2003
Brother Francis ShelterBoard Member1994 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Adams v. Illinois Valley Paving, et al., Missouri Circuit Court, Cause no. 052-8536$13.5 million settlement
Talbert v. E'ola Products, Inc., 3AN-97-4046Jury award: $1.3 million in compensatory damages and $12 million in punitive damages.
Durand v. ERA Aviation, Inc., 3AN-03-12347Confidential multi-million dollar settlement.
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Publication nameTitleDate
University of San Francisco Law ReviewThe NEPA and Energy Legislation: The Preemption of Judicial Review1981
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Brown UniversityPhilosophy and EducationUndergraduate1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Judicial InstallationInvited Speaker2004
Judicial InstallationInvited Speaker2003
Alaska Bar Association ConferenceExpert Witnesses2003
Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers ConferenceVoir Dire2003
CLESymposium on Legal Issues and Oil Spill Response1997
CLEPreparing For And Attending Trial1993
Northern Justice ConferenceNorthern Justice1990
CLELegal Research and Writing1984