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About me

I take great pride in zeaoulously representing individuals who have been accused of criminal wrongdoing.  Standing up on behalf of Alaskans against the police, the prosecuting authorities, and the government is why I became a lawyer, and is the single most rewarding aspect of my career.


I was born and raised in Alaska, and am familiar with the unique challenges and opportunities our great state has to offer.  


While no attorney can promise you a particular outcome, I make the same promise to all of my clients: I will zealously and aggressively represent you to the best of my ability, communicate with you and thoroughly explain your options, and work with you in pursuit of the best possible outcome to your case.


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Practice areas


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



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

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Cynthia L. Strout

    Mr. Christie is an outstanding defense lawyer, with excellent trial skills. I have personally observed his dedication to defense work, his strong work ethic and his personal commitment to his clients. I highly recommend him.


    Cynthia Strout Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Philip E. Shanahan

    If you need an attorney for any criminal matters, you could not go wrong hiring James Christie. He's dedicated, aggressive and well-respected throughout Alaska.


    Philip Shanahan DUI and DWI Attorney
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Contact info

Tetlow Christie, LLC

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


WISuspended Cle200403/26/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2015
Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2014
Alaska Champion of Liberty AwardAlaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers2013
Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2013
Clients' Choice AwardAVVO2012
Top 40 Lawyers Under 40National Trial Lawyers Association2012
Certifcation of Appreciation for Service to AlaskaGov. Sean Parnell, State of Alaska2011
Phi Kappa PhiThe Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi1998
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Appreciation CitationUniversity of Alaska Anchorage1998
Oustanding Sholastic Achievement and ExcellenceGolden Key International Honour Society1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerTetlow Christie, LLC2011 - Present
Felony Trial AttorneyAlaska Public Defender Agency2006 - 2011
Law Clerk to Hon. Chief Judge John W. SedwickU.S. District Court for District of Alaska2003 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMembership Committee Member2013 - Present
Alaska Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors2010 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Alaska Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Alaska Association of Criminal Defense LawyersFounding Member2010 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. LordFound Guilty But Mentally Ill of Murder following trial
State v. Johnson, 3AN-09-6363CRClient acquitted of Murder and Tampering charges following jury trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
AVVO Legal GuideAlaska Bail Law 101: A Brief Overview of Bail in Alaska2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
NACDL Seminar Defending the Unthinkable: Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault and Child Victims CasesN/ASexual Assault Defense2013
National Criminal Defense College - Macon, GAN/ATrial Practice Institute2006
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Guest lecturer at UAA criminal justice classTrial Procedure in Alaska2014
Guest Lecturer at UAA Substantive Criminal Law ClassThe Law of Murder in Alaska2013
AKACDL CLETechnology in Courtroom Advocacy2013
Guest Lecturer at UAA Substantive Criminal Law ClassThe Law of Insanity & Mental Illness in Alaska2012
Alaska Public Defender Young Lawyer Trial SchoolPreparing Effective Closing Arguments2012
Alaska Public Defender Young Lawyer Trial SchoolX-Exam and Impeachment Technique2012
Alaska Public Defender Young Lawyer Trial SchoolPreparing Effective Closing Arguments2011
Alaska Public Defender Young Lawyer Trial SchoolX-Exam and Impeachment Training2011
2011 Alaska Public Defender ConferenceInformation Technology for Criminal Investigators and Paralegals2011
2011 Alaska Public Defender ConferenceEffective Utilization of Technology in the Courtroom2011
Guest Speaker at UAA Criminal Justice ClassInsanity Law in Alaska2010