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Richard E. Vollertsen

Personal injury Attorney at Anchorage, AK

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State AK
    Acquired 1981
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Atkinson Conway & Gagnon
420 L St
Suite 500
Anchorage, AK, 99501-1968


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Posted by Vickie | September 11, 2014
Highly recommend
Rick Vollertsen was referred to me bay highly rated law firm in Anchorage. He was instrumental in a successful medical settlement. He was always professionals with positive attitude, paid attention to detail with upmost integrity. He is highly skilled in his field and an effective communicator . I very much appreciate his skill and knowledge and his efforts to help me. I definitely would recommend him.
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Posted by Cory Zernia | April 2, 2013
Extremely Professional !
I was referred to Mr Vollertsen by several of his peers the referral was based on his knowledge and skill pertaining to my situation. I soon realized that what I was getting far exceeded the recommendation. A true professional and one who cares. Thank you Richard!
Posted by Brant | March 29, 2013
The best trial lawyer I know
I have known Rick for nearly 20 years in connection with his representation of catastrophically injured children. As the guardian ad litem in some cases and the eventual guardian in others, I have had many opportunities to observe his fine legal skills, including negotiations, motion practice, trial, and his extensive post-judgement work with children and families in securing optimal financial, social, health, and family outcomes for his clients. He is really smart, thoughtful, candid, insightful, charming, humorous, conscientious, and absolutely and continuously committed to every aspect of his clients' welfare. I know many excellent lawyers but Rick is in a class by himself.
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Posted by Dulce | March 26, 2013
Awesome personal injury lawyer
My daughter and I worked with this attorney for over four years on a claim involving an auto accident where she was injured. He is professional, thorough, personable, and patient - he took all the time necessary to make sure we understood the proceedings. His medical knowledge and understanding is extensive and impressive. He was also wonderful with my teenage daughter. He was straightforward, honest, and perceptive. The claim was resolved in a very positive manner; we couldn't be more pleased with the results and with our attorney.
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  • Contingency 33%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon
  • 1981 - Present
  • Editor
  • Alaska Court Review
  • 1983 - 2000
  • Law Clerk to Chief Justice Edmond Burke
  • Alaska Supreme Court
  • 1981 - 1982
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Univeristy of San Francisco Law Review
  • 1980 - 1981
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  • University of San Francisco School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Brown University
  • Undergraduate
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • A.A. v. United States
  • $7.5 million dollar settlement
  • Fay v. Alaska West Express
  • Confidential Settlement
  • A.N. v. United States
  • $9.6 million dollar settlement
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  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • United States District Court: Alaska
  • Member
  • 1981 - Present
  • Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Board of Trustees
  • N/A
  • Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Vice President
  • N/A
  • Alaska Supreme Court
  • Member, Discovery Abuses Committee
  • N/A
  • Alaska Supreme Court
  • Member, Time Standards Committee
  • N/A
  • University of Alaska Paralegal Program
  • Board Member
  • 1996 - 2003
  • Brother Francis Shelter
  • Board Member
  • 1994 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Personal Injury Litigator of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Alaska Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Litigation Star
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • 2015
  • Personal Injury Litigator of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009
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  • University of San Francisco Law Review
  • The NEPA and Energy Legislation: The Preemption of Judicial Review
  • 1981

Speaking Engagements

  • Judicial Installation
  • Invited Speaker
  • 2004
  • Judicial Installation
  • Invited Speaker
  • 2003
  • Alaska Bar Association Conference
  • Expert Witnesses
  • 2003
  • Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers Conference
  • Voir Dire
  • 2003
  • CLE
  • Symposium on Legal Issues and Oil Spill Response
  • 1997
  • CLE
  • Preparing For And Attending Trial
  • 1993
  • Northern Justice Conference
  • Northern Justice
  • 1990
  • CLE
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • 1984
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Richard
Personal injury Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
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Anchorage Personal injury Lawyer Richard E. Vollertsen
Richard E. Vollertsen
Personal injury Attorney
Anchorage, AK
Licensed for 42 years