A year ago at this time we published a brief piece announcing that Chambers & Partners, a firm that specializes globally in assessing the reputation of law firms, had ranked Perkins Coie’s Alaska office among the best in the state for its Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries practice, and the Firm’s overall practice throughout all of its offices among the leaders in the same field nationally. The guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations worldwide, and is widely used by firms in all states for referral purposes.
Its time to renew that piece by noting that the Firm has done it again. Here is Chambers’ assessment of the Firm’s Alaska practice this year, ranking it with only two others in the top tier in the state:
THE FIRM This five-strong team is recognized as a dominant force in the Alaskan market, and has a particularly strong reputation in the areas of mining, oil and gas. Recent highlights include acting for Teck Alaska on the permitting and development of the Aqqaluk deposit. Notably, it is also representing Norwegian company Statoil in support of its efforts to explore its leases in the Chukchi Sea.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Eric Fjelstad earns praise for his deep experience in environmental law: “He is very good on environmental issues relating to Alaska, and very good across the board on federal environmental issues.”
Bradford Keithley is rated for his focus on oil and gas as well as regulated industry work. He recently advised Donlin Creek, a joint venture between Barrick Gold and NovaGold, on gas pipeline issues arising out of the development of gold deposits in Western Alaska. “He is a terrific lawyer,” sources say.
Chambers’ also renewed their assessment of the Firm’s National Environment, Energy and Resources practice, describing it this way: “Peers recognize this firm’s work in the renewable energy sector and its extensive experience handling the permitting for large energy projects. The team also offers expertise in compliance and litigation, advising on ESA, NEPA, transportation and coastal land issues. Sources say: ‘An excellent crop of practitioners that perform high-quality and respected work.'”
Based on the ranking, the Firm’s Alaska practice also was mentioned in a recent edition of the Alaska Journal of Commerce‘s “Movers & Shakers” column.