William M. Wuestenfeld is Of Counsel at the firm, and works as a trial lawyer in Alaska’s state and federal courts. His mission is to provide the highest quality representation in an efficient, effective fashion.
Mr. Wuestenfeld moved to Alaska in 1981 fresh out of The University of Michigan Law School. His practice has expanded from a focus on fishery litigation into representing professionals in malpractice matters and insurance coverage matters. Alaska law practice always seems to experience new developments and trends, and clients continue to need an experienced litigator with knowledge of the local courts, customs and people.
Mr. Wuestenfeld has represented clients in over 25 jury and non-jury trials in the federal and state courts of Alaska from Dillingham to Kodiak, from Homer to Valdez, in Juneau and in Anchorage.
Specific cases include:
- Defending a major foreign processor and its vessels in a federal quasi-criminal and civil claim involving a dispute as to fishery boundaries and catch limits.
- Defending, through jury trial, commercial fishermen in civil and criminal fisheries violation prosecutions brought by the State of AK.
- Defending, through jury trial, an international engineering firm in professional liability claims arising out of the design of the Park’s Highway (which is the only highway between Wasilla and Denali National Park.)
- Defending, through jury trial, an international contractor in a multi-million dollar personal injury claim arising out of construction of the major mall in Anchorage.
- Defending, some through jury trial, one of the scuba certification entities and its instructors in a number of suits involving the death of students during scuba instruction and training.
- Defending state licensed marine pilots in administrative proceedings seeking revocation of licenses in matters involving marine casualties.
- Co-counsel for a major processor in a very large antitrust price fixing claim case involving purchase of red salmon in Bristol Bay.
- Defending through jury trial a major processor in claims involving personal injury and involving release of ammonia gas at a cannery.
- Representing myriad insurers in some cases, and their insureds in other cases, in matters involving disputes over insurance coverage, bad faith handling of claims.
- Representing an insurance carrier through trial in a claim alleging bad faith claims handling and refusal to settle.
Mr. Wuestenfeld aspires to clear communication, fair treatment of others, doing everything with a sense of humor. He hopes that everyone he deals with will look back at the experience as profesional, honest and successful.
J.D., University of Michigan School of Law, 1981
B.S., Finance, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1972
U.S. District Court, Alaska
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
Phone: (907) 261-6632
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (907) 261-6629
Email: [email protected]