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After more than a decade in the United States Army I made the decision to leave the military and pursue a new career in the law.  I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Alaska Anchorage and traveled with my wife and two small children to Macon, Georgia.  I graduated cum laude from Merrcer University's Walter F. George School of Law in 1999. 

Following my graduation from Mercer, I accepted a position with a top national firm in their Atlanta office, focusing on product liability and complex commercial litigation.  Over the course of five years at this firm I represented pharmaceutical manufacturers, contruction product manufacturers, and commercial enterprises involved in high stakes litigation. I represented these clients from the initial pleadings, through the discovery process, the hearing process, the mediation process, and the trial process.  During this period I learned how to properly evaluate cases and advise clients about the strengths of their case and the risks associated with their litigation.  I learned to handle matters efficiently and to pursue the client's goals by involving the client in each important decision, working with the other attorneys in the case when possible, and ardently and aggressively opposing those attorneys when my clients' needs demanded it.

For the full five years in Atlanta I also volunteered 200-300 hours per year with the Atlanta Family Court as a Guardian Ad Litem, representing the best interests of the child in divorces and other custody disputes.

In 2004 we returned to Alaska, where we had spent significant time over the past  20 years enjoying the outdoors and the smaller community.  I soon was accepted into ownership of one of the oldest firms in the state, focusing my practice on insurance defense work for Alaskans, commercial litigation, and the expansion of my family law practice.  In this practice I have spent much more time working with individuals, rather than large institutional clients and I have found my sensitivity to my clients' needs - expressed and unexpressed - has helped me provide effective and valued service to those individuals who placed their faith in me.



Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    17 years
  2. Family: 25%
    17 years
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
    17 years



Hourly ($300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Hughes Gorski Seedorf Odsen & Tervooren

3900 C Street
Suite 1001
Anchorage, AK, 99503


GAInactive Member in Good Standing 199908/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Leadership AwardDefense Research Institute2012
Super LawyerAlaska Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerAlaska Super Lawyers2011
Best Lawyer, Commercial Litigation & Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Lawyer, Commercial Litigation & Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2010
Leadership AwardDefense Research Institute2010
Top LawyersCorporate Counsel2010
Best Lawyer, Commercial Litigation & Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2009
Best Lawyer, Commercial Litigation & Personal InjuryBest Lawyers in America2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyHughes Gorski Seedorf Odsen & Tervooren2004 - Present
AssociateWomble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice1999 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Business Network InternationalMember2012 - Present
Defense Research InstituteN/A2005 - Present
Association of Defense Trial AttorneysN/A2005 - Present
State Bar of AlaskaN/A2004 - Present
Anchorage Chamber of CommerceMember2004 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaN/A1999 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1999 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Dixon v. BlackwellWin
Solodon v. Coachmen IndustriesWin
Ruby v. RayWin
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Publication nameTitleDate
Defense Research Institute (DRI)DRI Duty to Warn Compendium: A Fifty-State Compendium2007
The Tort Law Desk Reference (chapter)Tort Law Desk Reference - Alaska2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Mercer University - Walter F. George School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Alaska - AnchoragePolitical Science/HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Central Texas CollegeGeneral StudiesOther - Bachelors1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Alaska Bar Association SeminarTechnology In the Courtroom2012
ARMA Annual Conference facultyElectronic Record-Keeping Requirements and Litigation Preparation2005