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Richard Vollertsen
  • Consumer Law, Personal Injury, Products Liability
  • Alaska
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Mr. Vollertsen received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1975, and went on to complete his law degree at the University of San Francisco in 1981. Upon graduation, he was invited to serve as law clerk for Chief Justice Edmond Burke of the Alaska Supreme Court. At the close of that clerkship, he joined the firm of Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon, Inc., in 1982 and was quickly made a partner in 1985. He currently serves as a managing partner of the firm, and has served in that capacity since 2000.

Mr. Vollertsen has received the highest possible rankings for legal ability ("A" for high to preeminent) and ethical standards ("V" for very high) from Martindale-Hubbell, a national peer-review organization. Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Mr. Vollertsen has been listed for many years in Best Lawyers in America. In 2009, Best Lawyers in America selected him as Alaska's "Personal Injury Litigator of the Year". In both 2007 and 2009, Mr. Vollertsen was selected as one of Alaska's Super Lawyers in the specialty practice of personal injury.

A life-long Alaskan, Mr. Vollertsen arrived in Alaska in 1957, living in Bush Alaska initially in Bethel and then a homestead in Stoney River before moving to Anchorage. He graduated from West Anchorage High School in 1971. He was able to pay for his education while working as a construction laborer through the Laborer's Local 341, and worked in many parts of Alaska—Glennallen, Valdez, Palmer, Moose Point and Anchorage. His wife Linda's Alaskan roots run even deeper. Her grandfather operated the first air taxi service in Nome, Mirow Air Service, which ultimately became part of Alaska Airlines. Her great grandfather, Charles Calkins, arrived in Nome for the Gold Rush in 1898, mining out of the Daisy Mine on White Mountain. Mr. Vollertsen is also a commercial fisherman, operating a set net site in Cook Inlet, and is an accomplished amateur photographer.

Practice Areas
Consumer Law
Class Action, Lemon Law
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Products Liability
Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English
Professional Experience
Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon, Inc.
- Current
Alaska Court Review
Law Clerk to Chief Justice Edmond Burke
Alaska Supreme Court
University of San Francisco School of Law
J.D. | Law
Honors: Editor-in-Chief, University of San Francisco Law Review; Moot Court Oral Advocacy Award
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Brown University
B.A. | Philosophy/Education
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AV Rated: Martindale-Hubbell, Multi-Year Rating
1999-2009 Listing, Best Lawyers In America
Best Lawyers in America
2008, 2009 America's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys
Benchmark: Litigation
2009 Multi-Million Dollar Advocate
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Top 100 Trial Lawyers 2009
American Association of Trial Lawyers
Alaska "Lawyer Of The Year" in Personal Injury Litigation 2009
Best Lawyers in America
2007 Listing, Alaska "Super Lawyer"
Super Lawyers
Professional Associations
American Trial Lawyers Association
- Current
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Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers
- Current
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American Association for Justice
- Current
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Alaska State Bar  # 8111135
- Current
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Articles & Publications
The NEPA and Energy Legislation: The Preemption of Judicial Review
University of San Francisco Law Review
Speaking Engagements
Legal Research and Writing, CLE
Northern Justice, Northern Justice Conference
Preparing For And Attending Trial, CLE
Symposium on Legal Issues and Oil Spill Response, CLE
Voir Dire, Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers Conference
Expert Witnesses, Alaska Bar Association Conference
Invited Speaker, Judicial Installation
2003, 2004
Websites & Blogs
Richard Vollertsen's Website Profile
Alaska Personal Injury Law Group Website
Alaska Injury Law Blog
Contact & Map
Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon, Inc.
420 L St
Anchorage, AK 99501
Telephone: (907) 276-1700
Fax: (907) 921-7438