Those of you who read these pages will know that I am transitioning from my role as Partner and Co-Head of the Oil & Gas Practice at Perkins Coie, LLP, to my own consulting firm effective at the beginning of June (now, just 6 days away). I am looking forward to the transition and having more time to focus on, write about — and work to provide leadership on — what I believe are important issues facing Alaska. This week I agreed, for example, to move from a bi-monthly to regular monthly column in the Alaska Business Monthly effective July 1, and expand the column to include fiscal issues.
In the course of starting to pack up, however, I learned that Perkins Coie once again has been named by Chambers and Partners, a firm that provides global rankings of firms and lawyers, as one of the top law firms in Alaska for “Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries.” Their summary of the firm’s Alaska practice in the area:
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THE FIRM Perkins Coie is highly active in the mining and oil and gas sectors, where it acts for impressive clients such as BP and Statoil. It has been involved in large mining projects of late, as well as gas pipeline work. The considerable size of the team, backed by the firm’s strong national network of resources, contributes to the wealth of expertise it offers.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Eric Fjelstad is one of the top lawyers in the field. He recently successfully represented Teck Alaska in litigation before the EPA and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and defended Usibelli coal mine in another successfully resolved case.
Practice area veteran Bradford Keithley mainly focuses on oil and gas matters. Clients praise his high levels of subject matter expertise and astute understanding of the related political issues.
This year’s announcement follows similar recognition also in 2012 and 2011. As in those years, the firm’s Environmental, Energy and Resources also has been ranked at a national level.
The repeated recognition is humbling. It is great to know that I am transitioning on such a high note.
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