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Richard William Postma Jr.

Family Attorney at Fairbanks, AK

5.0   13 reviews
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
  • State Years
    Alaska - AK 24 years
    Colorado - CO 29 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State AK
    Acquired 2000
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1994
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

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 I have practiced law since 1994.  My legal career began as a military attorney in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, where I was a prosecutor and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney.  I have been a civil litigation associate at a multi-state law firm, an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska, and was a District Court Judge for the Alaska Court System from 2007 to 2011.  I was in private practice from 2011 to 2016 primarily emphasizing Family law.  I’ve been the Chief of Client Services at the Baumholder Law Center since 2016, and in 2018 I became the Chief of Client Services at the Fort Wainwright Law Center.

I enjoy working with diverse clients from all walks-of-life who are eligible for assistance under the Army’s Legal Assistance program, and am motivated by the day-to-day challenge and satisfaction of helping others navigate through the legal system to help bring closure to their legal problems.  I help my clients to troubleshoot, critically analyze, problem solve, strategically plan, negotiate and (if necessary) litigate to protect their legal rights and interests.

As a proud father of three, I actively participate in community events, and I devote my spare time to coaching children’s soccer, volunteering at my children’s school, carpentry, hiking, biking, grilling and spending time with my family, friends and neighbors.


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Fort Wainwright Law Center
1046 Marks Road #5700 (Building 1562)
Fairbanks, AK, 99703
Richard William Postma Jr.
1306 Hampstead Ave.
Fairbanks, AK, 99701
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Posted by Eric | December 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding lawyer. Very quick study.
I presented Mr. Postma with an extraordinarily complex case that was essentially 30 cases in one. To defend this case required him to develop a good working knowledge of a subject that requires years of study to really understand. He had about a month. He was able to prepare a superb brief and present the facts in a compelling way. He maintained his credibility and objectivity. I don't know the outcome of the case yet but I can say that I was well represented. I have worked with a variety of attorneys over the years and Mr. Postma was the best I have ever worked with.
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Posted by Hector | November 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best attorney in town
I have to say, Mr. Postma's reviews are true. I fired my former attorney and had to find a new one. No one would take my case. Then Mr. Postma gave me a 30 minute consultation. He was suspicious of my reasons for firing my last lawyer but asked me to bring him some documents to verify what I was saying. He then took my case 2 weeks before trial. His cross examination of my wife was fabulous. He found some information on her that even I was not aware of. The judge granted me 50/50 shared parenting time and parental responsibilities, which my former attorney in Greenwood Village said was not likely. My former attorney made everything so complicated, but Mr. Postma simplified everything for the judge. I now realize I was sputtering whenever I talked about my wife's accusation, and Mr. Postma helped me realize this and helped my simplify was I was really upset about, which turned out to me something that surprised even me. He helped me calm down, helped me realize what was actually important at trial and what was not, and helped me simplify my own testimony at trial and during cross examination. Mr. Postma is personable and seems to have an actual real life example from his long experience as an attorney for what I was facing, how the judge would process the information, what my ex-wife's motivations were and how she would react at trial, and what the judge's likely decision would be. He is like a chess player who has thought out every possible move a dozen moves in advance. I can't say enough about this attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Out of state help
Mr. Postma was very helpful. After days of calling many attorneys, courts, and police in different states with each of them giving us the run around with what we should do. He was able to give us the answers that we needed. Beyond helpful with all the information and advice he was able to give us over the phone.
Posted by Arles Curtis Sutherland | December 16, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Former Reviews Hold True
I contacted Richard Postma Jr. after reading his reviews first. Everything that I read has been true. He is great to work with, listening to your needs and then responding quickly and efficiently. I have found his rates more than fair and his work is thorough. He is knowledgeable and hard working, making you feel as if your case is as important to him as it is to you. I highly recommend this attorney.
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Posted by James | November 30, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney a person could ever want. Excellent in court, very knowledgable in all aspects of court and the laws. I can say if you got bigger problems he is the man. Saved me from my exwife thats a fact.
Posted by Abdel | November 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Richard is hands down an amazing lawyer. He made a very stressful process very easy. Explained every step. His rate is very reasonable specially considering the level of service you get. I never had a question that wasn't answered. I never had any difficulty reaching him (I hear from a lot of reviews of other lawyers that this is a big problem). Hands down the best lawyer money can buy. I can't recommend him enough.
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Posted by Tim | August 29, 2014
Well worth the money
I hired Richard Postma for a custody case. Another attorney who turned down my case recommended him. Mr. Postma gave me an initial consult unlike any of the other attorneys I spoke with. He took me from where I was at (Point A), where I wanted to go (Point B) and then explained the obstacles in my way and how could get around them if I accepted his advice. It was frustrating, and it took more than a year, but now I have shared custody of my daughter. Looking back, I appreciate the advice Mr. Postma gave me because by telling me to treat the custody case like a marathon and not a sprint and to be patient and take it one step at a time, he got me where I wanted to go. His bill was high, but when my ex-wife asked the court for her attorney fees I realized she had spent almost twice on her attorney that I spent on Mr. Postma, and Mr. Postma found a way to convince the court to not make me pay for her attorney. Overall, I am very satisfied.
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Posted by Jose | April 15, 2014
Ex cellent
Richard is not only a fantastic lawyer but a great person. He is articulate and extremely knowledgeable of the law. He is attentive and responds with not just the legal, but the human character. He helped me when I was down and in a dark place with no light at the end of my case. Divorce is never a happy place, but he inspired me and helped me fight for what I needed. He is honest, fair, and just. Sometimes we do not like the answers we get; Richard will tell you what you need to know good or bad. Without his help it would have been impossible to accomplish what I needed and where I am today.
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Posted by Steven | June 16, 2013
Knows his stuff
My auto insurance declined coverage after I was in an accident. Said the car I was in was not insured under my policy. Get sued by the other drivers insurance company. I hired Postma, and within a few weeks after Postma sent my insurance company a scathing letter, my insurance company reversed its coverage decision and is defending me in the lawsuit. Postma get results, and saved me a ton of money. Great lawyer, best I've ever hired.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2013
Wise, experienced and loyal to the client!
Richard first stepped into me and my kids lives in August of 2012, at the beginning stages of a horrible child custody case that would make most attorneys run for the hills. My ex wife had made false reports that made me out to be the equivalent of a modern day Charles Manson, minus the crazy beard. I was accused of sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence and every sort of crazy thing she could think of to smear my name and ruin my military career in her bid to keep the kids prior to my leaving the state for another military station. My ex also enjoyed a pro bono lawyer awarded to her for making false claims of domestic violence via a charitable agency in the state, almost assuring a legal victory despite her obvious fabrications. She did succeed in stopping my move, but this lead to two things; an investigation that cleared my name in full, and allowing Richard time to work his magic within the civil legal system. Things Richard did: - Took a mountain of evidence and sorted out the fact from the fluff, knowing exactly what to present to the judge to the best effect. He completely cleared my name on a civil level based on our evidence, to the point that the Judge did indeed include in his order that my ex had no credibility on any of her claims. He didn't overwhelm the Judge with information, he directly targeted our exhibits to make the best impression against whatever narrative the other side was trying to build. In the end, Richards judgement was spot on, as the Judge was not able to note one instance where my ex's claims were crdible in any way. - Took an aggressive stance to get the truth out on my behalf. Where many lawyers would just wait till hearing day to get the story told, Richard released key pieces of info out at key points in order to make it clear that my ex was lying. Richard crafted each and every motion, and his attention to detail and masterful writing made a big difference in making good material into great material. All the way up to our hearing date, Richard laid the groundwork for putting the opposition's credibility in the dirt. More importantly, he took our testimony and kept it clear and concise for the Judge., key to keeping our momentum moving forward. If your evidence is the Orchestra, you want this man as Conductor. - King of cross examination. Richard argued our case like a force of nature, making them fight for every inch, all while leading them to a place they never intended to go. Example: a so called expert witness was so wrapped up into trying to have her non- expert opinion included into the courts dialouge that she ended up being considered a non-expert in her own profession, which ended up being revealed as something they weren't even qualified to testify about! In the end, this witness admitted that they didn't care about the truth involved...they considered the truth irrelevant, and said so while on the stand. All because of Richards masterful handling of this witness. The opposition had a massive pile of people they kept throwing on the stand, all of which Richard turned on the opposing sides case in short order. Richard knows how to interview and cross examine witnesses, and this was a key factor in getting us a fovorable outcome. - Richard kept my bills low, and got me a great result. I'm a single dad, and from what I'm told, its almost impossible for a dad to get custody, but here I am, taking care of my little people and seeing them succeed in life. All of this was because Richard did such a great job. There are not enough superlatives to describe his accumen and work ethic, but then, I knew from the first day he came out to represent my case that he was the right man for the job. During the case, Richard did what he had to do, when he had to do it to save you money. At the end of the day, having Richard as my rep made the difference. Without him, things would have gone very differently. Be truthful with him, put the case in his hands and you can't go wrong.
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Posted by Jerry | May 11, 2013
Tenacious attorney
I hired this attorney because a JAG at Fort Bragg recommended him. He really came threw for me after my wife kidnapped the kids, ran to Alaska, and filed for divorce. Met him for the first time when i came to alaska for trial. Totally prepared for the expert retirement evaluator and my wife's lies. Someone says he was not afraid of judges, and boy is that the truth. He would whisper to me what he was about to do and how the judge would react or rule, and he was right every time. One time postma told me he wanted the judge to rule one way but that the judge would never rule in his favor, so he asked the judge to rule the completely opposite way, knowing that when the judge denied his objection Postma would actually got the decision that he wanted in the first place. The other attorney actually asked the judge to admit document into the evidence, and then an hour later realized his mistake when Postma used the very same document against my ex wife's expert witness. it was unreal.
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Posted by Samantha | March 13, 2013
My attorney
Represented my in my divorce with an abusive husband. I hired him after the judge denied my petition for a protective order. He gave me great advice about how to deal with my husband, his attorney and the judge. Represent me at the long term hearing and got my long term protective order. Richard dug into my husbands background, and caught him red handed lying under oaths about his spanking and beating our son. About a dozen times in court he told me what he thought the judge was about to say or do, or how the judge would react, and then the judge would do or say exactly what Mr. Postma said he would do. After about the 6th or 7th time this happened I stopped questioning Mr. Postma's advice and strategy and just watched him work the witness, the judge and the other attorney. Postma also seemed to know what my husband and his mother would say on the stand, and what questions to ask or not ask better than I did. It was as if Postma knew my husband and mother in law better than i did. It was amazing. Postma got the judge to award me about 55% of marital estate and some temporary alimony while I get some medical done, which two other attorney i interview said would not likely happen. Mr. Postma is a very good attorney? At first, my concern was that Postma handles too many cases. At first I resented his returning my calls and emails at the end of the day, and sometimes it was hard to schedule an appointment because he seemed to always be out of the office or with another client. However as my court approached he was 100% available during the two weeks prior to trial. in court he turns off his cell phone so he could give my case 100% of his attention and focus, which means Mr. Postma didn't call his other clients back until the end of the day after he was done with court in my case. I appreciated his diligence and focus in my case, and how he manages time to keep my bill down. I think Mr. Postma should tell his clients this up front so they better understand why he waits until the end of the day to return phone calls and emails when you first hire him, because I think most of his clients will understand and appreciate his focus and hard work at the end of the case. I rate him a top attorney.
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Posted by Jerry | January 24, 2013
Very good divorce lawyer.
Great attorney. Well prepared, excellent briefs, very good when cross-examining my ex-wife, and absolutely fearless in dealing with the judge. I got my money's worth.
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AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney-Advisor
  • U.S. Department of the Army
  • 2016 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Richard Postma
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Of Counsel
  • Law Office of Dan Allan & Associates
  • 2011 - 2016
  • District Court Judge
  • State of Alaska Court System
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Assistant Attorney General
  • State Of Alaska Department Of Law
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Lane Powell Spears Lubersky
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Trial Counsel
  • U.S. Army JAG Corps
  • 1995 - 2000
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  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Colorado
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Schaub v. Schaub, 305 P.3d 337 (Alaska 2013)
  • Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded for further proceedings
  • Stephanie W. v. Maxwell V., 274 P.3d 1185 (Alaska 2012).
  • Reversed and remanded for additional proceedings
  • VECO Alaska, Inc. v. State, Dept. of Labor, 189 P.3d 983 (Alaska 2008)
  • Reversed and remanded
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  • Anchorage Bar Association
  • President
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Anchorage Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Law Review
  • University of Denver College of Law
  • 1993


Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (18)
Endorse Richard
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Postma is a valuable resource for the citizens of Alaska."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Postma always impressed me with his kindness, his patience, his thorough preparedness, and his quick mind."
Family Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Well prepared, excellent briefs, very good when cross-examining witnesses."
Fairbanks Family Lawyer Richard William Postma Jr.
Richard William Postma Jr.
Family Attorney
Fairbanks, AK
Licensed for 29 years