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Ian Wheeles

Family Attorney at Anchorage, AK

4.5   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State AK
    Acquired 2008
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Law Office of Ian Wheeles
601 East 57th Place
Suite 101
Anchorage, AK, 99518

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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Efficient
Ian is a very professional lawyer who goes out of his way to explain what possible options are available and what he needs from his client. I spoke with many lawyers before settling on Ian and I am glad I found him. He works harder than anyone I have ever met to achieve your goals as efficiently as possible. He helped me settle a custody dispute resulting in exactly the terms I was looking for. I would highly recommend him for his knowledge of the legal process and the staggering amount of work that he gets done in such a short amount of time. I expected a long, expensive battle and Ian delivered in all ways for a fraction of the cost I had anticipated.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2015
Top-notch lawyer -- he's the reason I have custody of my kids
Ian Wheeles is a true professional. He helped me with my divorce case back in 2012 and ultimately helped me secure primary custody of my children shortly after (which, for a father, was an uphill battle). He was always very prompt and timely with his replies and even called me on the weekend to discuss my case. If you are looking for a reliable, trustworthy and knowledgeable lawyer, look no further.
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Posted by Chris | April 2, 2015
A True Professional
Ian has helped me with custody/child support issues this past year. Each time, Ian has been very prompt to reply, and always explains my options and the entire process with patience and professionalism. He goes above and beyond to help clients feel supported and well represented through new and unfamiliar proceedings. I truly appreciate everything Ian has done for my family.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2015
Ian continues to represent me personally and as corporate council for the last 6 years.
It's been my experience I can trust Ian to keep me informed. Ian is not adverse to suggesting another attorney when an issue comes up that he considers outside of his area of interest or expertise. His commitment to looking after his clients best interest is a priority to him. Ian's responsive and trustworthy. I have no reservations about Ian's ethics and skills.
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Posted by Molly | March 11, 2015
Very dedicated and professional
Ian is very friendly and knowledgable. He kept me informed at all times regarding my divorce and custody proceedings. He answered any and all questions thoroughly keeping the case on track for a resolution. Through this difficult divorce/ child custody case he always stayed honest, compassionate, and realistic. I felt very comfortable with him and his office staff. I would certainly recommend him to anyone that is looking or needing a attorney.
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Posted by Bill | March 9, 2015
Mr. Ian Wheeles is best described as honest, straight forward and easy to work with. I've hired Ian on several occasions for both contract talent negotiations, business taxes & personal representation and each occasion and transaction have left more knowledgeable and more than satisfied with the outcome or results of the pending litigation. Ian actually takes the time to LISTEN and then offers the best counsel to solve the situation or remedy the circumstances. Ironically, I use his name often when referring to an "HONEST" lawyer, he truly is just that and not in the game for the money, clearly IAN cares about people and helping people get passed sometimes very personal and difficult life changing issues with poise, grace & dignity. Watch this man's career, it would not surprise me in the least if he becomes the Governor of the Great State Of Alaska, someday! I'd vote for him and recommend anyone need legal advice to contact Mr. Wheeles with any type of business or personal matters, if he doesn't have the expertise, he will point you in the right direction. Best Lawyer in Alaska.
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Posted by Whitney | March 6, 2015
Helpful Beyond Words
My husband and I retained Ian Wheeles and his associate, Guy, to help us throughout a recent child custody case. Our case lasted a couple of years and, throughout the entire thing, not only was Guy responsive and informative, but Ian and the rest of Wheeles Law staff were as well. Although my husband and I felt very strongly that we had an open-and-shut case, Ian was able to show us what our legal options were. With Ian and his associate's comprehensive legal knowledge and their willingness to help us fully understand the legal aspects of our case, we were able to better navigate the situation. Our case is now closed, but Ian and his staff continue to provide assistance, advice, and support to my husband and I. During the actual hearings associated with our specific case, Ian remained professional and compassionate, even when questioning the opposing side. Ian did not resort to sarcasm, name-calling, and other emotionally-charged arguing tools as he thoroughly exposed the flaws in our opposing party's logic. Ian kept the case based solely on the details that were pertinent to the case and for that, my husband and I are both very grateful. Without hesitation, we would encourage anyone seeking legal advice and/or counsel to reach out to The Law Office of Ian Wheeles. Our family will forever be thankful for all of their dedication and hard work throughout our case.
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Posted by Josh | March 6, 2015
Ian represented me in several different hearings. I have worked with a variety of attorneys both personally and professionally. Ian is hands down the most responsive attorney that I have worked with. He is quick, responsive, and very knowledgeable. The judge in my case highly respected him and the motions that he filed on my behalf were well-received. Ian also seems to work very well with opposing counsel to come up with positive solutions. I would hand down recommend Ian to all of my friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2015
Caring, honest and well prepared in family Matters
Ian Wheeles was assigned to me by the firm he previously worked for after a domestic violence erupted issue. In such sensitive matters involving a family Ian was caring, thoughtful, and most capable. Our case had many court ordered events such a counseling, restraining orders, 3rd party visitation, custody schedules, separation, and divorce settlement. its was ugly to begin with and Ian was the rock which held both sides together. When we discussed options he would try to present both sides views so I may know what to expect, play out the scenarios in a calm precise manner. I always felt like the plan was solid, well prepared, with contingencies in place to react appropriately. He is always available by phone or text, has attention to detail, and remembered the facts of the case even months between domestic events. With his guidance our family has lived peacefully for 8 years. My child is now 18 and is grateful for the plan he crafted to make sure the parents were kept on task so my child would be not be put in a difficult situation. Last year we had a different need for simple estate matters for my husband mother. As dime tai and Alzheimers set in we found ourselves needing legal advice and more an honest person to guide us through what we needed to do with will, sibling, income properties in and out of state. Ian was up front about not specializing in certIain areas of this practice so would work with another lawyer if we needed him to. We were able to successfully navigate an LLC with the sibling to provide her most basic needs as she left her home for assisted living, progressing to the end of life. His compassionate guidance was so welcome. As we settle properties and learn more about the legal system Ian is a mentor, and is willing to do the daily work or inform you of the necessary steps so you can save money and execute simple parts of them yourself. I think that is his strength. Knowing his clients needs, exceeding them, staying informed and prepared, with compassion for all parties involved.
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Posted by Dawn | March 5, 2015
Through thick and thin...
Ian has been our attorney for over 4 years. He traveled to Fairbanks with us to fight for custody of my husband son. Now that we are in another battle with the same son he is now here in Anchorage fighting with us for our son. Ian's prices are reasonable and flexible. He is working day and night for us. He is always available via cell phone or at the office. Will take our calls anytime day or night. My husband and I are very happy that we have Ian in our corner.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2015
In good hands
Ian was my lawyer during my divorce. While divorces are stressful and scary, especially when children are involved, I feel that Ian helped me understand the process that I was going through in a thoughtful, calm and competent manner. It can be overwhelming when faced with massive amounts of documentation but Ian was efficient and clear and so the paperwork was completed and filed in a timely manner. He made sure that I knew what I could reasonably expect and explained the choices that I would likely have and how I could respond to different scenarios. His fees were fair and he clearly indicated how the funds were being utilized. I was kept informed regularly and he quickly responded when I had questions or concerns. I feel that I received good advice from him and have personally recommended him to people I know and will continue to do so.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2015
I recently completed the arduous journey that is Divorce. My ex and I had been separated for close to 3 years, during which time I'd repeatedly asked for an amicable agreement to be reached which would result in a Disillusionment. This simply was not doable, only because we were both so ill informed on what needed to be done legally, we were hesitant to move forward with much - thus the lengthy separation time. Enter Ian. He is very mild mannered and easy going but in the same turn, extremely knowledgeable and forthright. I had many questions during this process, which he was able to answer without hesitation. His fee's are in keeping with what I found was the average rate in Anchorage. I hired him in November 2014, and by February 2015, I was divorced (that is WITH a few delays that my ex and I imposed due to scheduling issues). Ian was wonderful throughout it all. I was afraid to even begin this process because of the shear amount of unknowns (and paperwork!)!!! He assuaged my fears and walked me through each and every step. As a bonus, due to the specifics of my case (everyone's will be different, I'm sure), I wound up with money back that was not used from the retainer. Ian's honesty, knowledge, integrity, understanding, and professionalism took a seemingly insurmountable task and transformed it into something we were able to conquer. I am exceedingly grateful that I was able to work with him. Thank you Ian.
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Posted by John | March 5, 2015
Ian represented me
I initially contacted Ian's practice to help write a will. The excellent advice and positive experience led me to contact him again when I needed representation with the sale of real estate. Both experiences exceeded my expectations and I will absolutely refer him to my friends and associates.
Posted by The Concerned Mother of Victoria | January 4, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Deadlocked in Alaska
Unfortunately, my daughter has yet to be granted a divorce from a man that has abused her and even pulled a weapon on her. She has filed, paid, proven no contact between the two of them for over 3 years, and has been continuously denied a divorce on several attempts based on the courts claim of failure to serve. My estranged son-in-law of Dillingham has just admitted to me two days ago in writing that he has informed the individuals that have served him that he will not give her a divorce ignoring the fact that he has abused and abandoned my daughter and has not fulfilled his marital obligations as a husband in over 3 years. Though she has gone to the courts several times for assistance, the results are the same—no one has neither sat down with her given her proper guidance, but the judge renders the same decision of divorce denied for failure to serve. Is it racial, gender bias, or a lack of concern for the well being of my daughter?
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Posted by NCO | March 27, 2013
If they don't care about veterans, why would they care about you?
I got referred to these guys by a friend of mine who lives in Alaska. I'm recently retired from the Army and needed local representation because my proceedings are still in Alaska. I called and these guys said they would charge $500 just to look at my case and wouldn't even guarantee that they would do anything about it. Then the hook came out: pay us $2000 and we can do more with it. I tried to explain that I'm in a really bad situation and just want help seeing my child more, but they were not even slightly interested. Worse yet, the one guy who is a former JAG made it clear that he didn't like to handle cases from NCOs. I was willing to pay, but not to get disrespected by someone who couldn't even say that they would earn my money. On their website, they say they're a "different ind of law firm," but the only thing different to me was that they cared even less after they found out I was a vet. Save your money. Find someone else.
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Response from Ian Wheeles January 20, 2014
This is not someone I spoke to or met with. Perhaps they had a consultation with my associate. I was alerted to this review just now by a prospective client who had read it. I am not clear on what the actual complaint was, and this person is welcome to contact me to discuss it. We routinely offer dual quotes for either unbundled work or full representation. As any lawyer would/should tell you, no one can guarantee anything in a case--that would be dishonest. The judge makes the decisions, not the lawyer, so we cannot ever make guarantees. I can speak very plainly in saying that we do care deeply about each of our clients, and my associate, Mr. Gautreau, as a veteran himself, has a very high regard for our men and women in uniform, both active, and veterans. Certainly at the outset of a case, we would not be in a position to tell someone over the phone how the case will play out. Until you start reviewing the evidence, prior orders and filings, and begin to work through the case, it is often unknown how things will play out. It sounds like this person has unrealistic expectations of what attorneys do and how the legal system works. I expect that the friend who referred this person knew that we are honest, caring, and do a good job for our clients.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 295-295 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)


  • University of Idaho College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Alaska - Anchorage
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
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Unknown Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ian is a very knowledgable attorney with impressive problem solving skills."
General practice Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ian is an able advocate coupled with a good nature -- not an altogether common combination."
Family Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I've worked with Ian on multiple cases and always found him to be a reasonable but staunch advocate for his clients, willing to litigate or settle matters on reasonable terms or to work with his opposing counsel on a resolution that meets everyone's needs."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have sent several people to Mr. Wheeles due to his professionalism and knowledge in the field. Ian is always prepared for trial, and yet remains open to work toward settlement in an effort to provide a resolution that benefits his clients."
Family Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Anchorage Family Lawyer Ian Wheeles
Ian Wheeles
Family Attorney
Anchorage, AK
Licensed for 15 years
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