Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations worldwide. It is also widely used by firms in all states for referral purposes.
As in prior years, this year Chambers USA once again ranked Perkins Coie’s Alaska Environmental, Natural Resources and Regulated Industries’ practice as one of the state’s best. This year’s comment by Chambers:
THE FIRM Five local attorneys are bolstered by a further 45 nationally in this firm’s environment, energy and resources practice. The group works for major clients across the three main industrial regions of the state: the North Slope (where it represents BP and smaller independents), the Cook Inlet (Chevron) and the emerging Alaska Outer Continental Shelf (Statoil).
Sources say: “Well resourced with some very skilled individuals. It’s always responsive to clients’ needs.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Eric Fjelstad is managing partner of Perkins Coie’s Anchorage office and “a practical, efficient and responsive attorney who is great at working both with government regulators and with legal personnel.” Bradford Keithley cochairs the firm’s oil and gas practice and, among other engagements, has represented BP in Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline matters.
Chambers also ranked Perkins Coie’s national environmental practice as among the country’s best. “This broad department provides clients with comprehensive depth of knowledge. It tackles the full range of environmental issues including clean air, water, resources and the Endangered Species Act. … The practice is spread through the firm’s extensive network of offices with core teams in Oregon, Alaska and Washington. Clients were quick to praise the firm’s responsiveness and impressive network of contacts.”