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      I was born in Alaska and have been practicing law here since 1976. I am an elected Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (, a select group of attorneys who are nationally recognized in the practice of estate planning, probate and trust law. I am also one of only two Alaskans elected as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel (


     I am active in drafting and promoting legislation to keep Alaska in the forefront of modern developments in estate planning and trust administration law. I was the primary drafter of Alaska’s laws governing modification of irrevocable trusts, the Alaska 529 College Savings plan and pre-mortem trust and will validation. I was also instrumental in drafting the Alaska Limited Liability Company legislation and secured the first IRS private letter ruling on conversion of a partnership into a LLC.  I was intensely involved in the revisions to Alaska Trust Company laws and formed the first Private Trust Company established in Alaska.



Practice areas


  1. Probate: 25%
  2. Tax: 25%
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
  4. Business: 25%



Hourly ($300-350/hour)

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Manley & Brautigam, PC

845 K Street
Anchorage, AK, 99501


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lawyer of the Year - TaxationBest Lawyers2014
Super Lawyer - Estate Planning & Probate, Tax, BusinessAlaska Super Lawyers2014
Lawyer of the Year - Estate PlanningBest Lawyers2012
Order of CoifUniversity of North Dakota1975
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Estate Planning and TaxationBest LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/AManley & Brautigam P.C.2004 - Present
PartnerHughes, Thorsness, Gantz, Powell & Brundin1976 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Health Lawyers AssociationMember2005 - Present
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow1986 - Present
American College of Tax CounselFellowN/A
Rules Advisory Committe to Alaska Supreme CourtProbate Rules Advisory Committee, memberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State, Dept. of Revenue v. Amoco Prod. CompanyAffirmed in Part, Reversed in Part.
Bevins v. Peoples Bank & Trust CompanyAffirmed in part, reversed in part,
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Law JournalTrusts & Estates: Alaska Trusts1997
Alaska Bar RagThe Simple Ancillary Non-Administration -- Qualifications by Filing1992
Alaska Bar RagKey Probate Factors in Identifying Family1991
Alaska Bar RagThe Emotional Landscape1991
Aspen Law & BusinessState Limited Liability Company & Partnership Laws, Alaska sectionN/A
Aspen Law & BusinessState Limited Partnership Laws, Alaska sectionN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1992
University of North Dakota School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
LLC’s: Advising Start Ups and Larger Businesses in AlaskaLimited Liability Companies2004
Qualified State Tuition Plans Under I.R.C. Sec. 529Qualified State Tuition Plans2001
Alaska Bar AssociationSinfully Simple Wills Revisted2001
Alaksa Bar Association Annual ConventionFiduciary Litigation Issues2001
Estate Planning TechniquesEstate Planning With Self-Settled Spendthrift Trusts: Steering Clear of Debts and Taxes and The Impact of Ethical Rules on Estate Planning1999
Amecican College of Trusts and Estates Counsel Annual MeetingHot Topics: Non-Tax: Recent Developments in the Struggle to Win Your Trust1999
33rd Annual Philip E. Heckering Institute on Estate PlanningAsset Protection and Dynasty Trust Venues: A World of Choices1999
Third Biennial Advanced Elder Law InstituteEstate & Asset Protection Planning1998