Patrick W. Munson
After a clerkship with Superior Court Judge Patrick McKay in Anchorage, Patrick joined the firm in 2011. Patrick counsels and represents a wide array of companies, municipalities, and Alaska Native Corporations. As a result, he is as comfortable advising public employers on the nuances of a discrimination claim as he is negotiating surface access and use agreements on behalf of landowners in the oil and gas industry. His practice includes litigation and transactional matters on behalf of small businesses and Alaska Native Corporations, with a particular emphasis on ANCSA, environmental permitting, and contracting. An experienced municipal attorney as well, Patrick regularly advises city councils, borough assemblies, and municipal officials on the “business” of running a local government, including labor and employment matters, port and harbor operations, election disputes, municipal taxation, planning and zoning, and drafting ordinances. He also sits on the other side of the table representing private citizens in matters before municipal boards and commissions, as well as candidates for public office in local elections.
Patrick takes a practical approach to the law and strives to provide clear, concise advice that is useful and cost effective. He takes the same approach to litigation by seeking the most efficient way to achieve a client’s goals, whether through negotiation or at trial. He has achieved favorable results for the firm’s clients in front of the Alaska Commission for Human Rights, in state court, and on appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court.
Never one to pass up a challenging legal issue, Patrick takes pride in working with clients to answer whatever difficult and unique question arises. His newest challenge is spearheading the firm’s growing reach to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, where Patrick lives with his wife, daughter, and a poorly behaved husky.
J.D. Vermont Law School, 2010 (magna cum laude)
Senior editor, Vermont Law Review
Winner of 2009 Vermont Law Review Note Competition
Master of Environmental Law & Policy, Vermont Law School 2010 (magna cum laude)
B.A. Washington and Lee University, 2005 (magna cum laude)
- Labor & Employment
- Natural resources
- Elections and campaign finance
- Commercial litigation and transactions
- United States District Court for the District of Alaska
- Vermont (inactive)