Delaney Wiles, Inc.

Anchorage and Alaska enjoyed sustained economic expansion during and after World War II.

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Firm Overview

This growth culminated in the discovery of oil in the Cook Inlet region and subsequent statehood for Alaska in 1959. Throughout this period, new businesses commenced operations in Alaska and looked to the Delaney Wiles law firm to provide professional legal services.

The founding partners committed the firm to the provision of superior legal services in exchange for reasonable fees. The firm retains its founders' commitment to consistently attract top quality lawyers and clients interested in furthering commerce and development in the state of Alaska. The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory gives the firm its highest AV rating. Many of its former Shareholders and associates have become prominent Alaska State and Federal judges.

The firm's practice is oriented toward business enterprises and governmental entities and is divided into four areas of practice: litigation, employment, commercial, and health care law. Within these broad-practice sections, attorneys handle a wide variety of complex legal matters. When advantageous to the client, attorneys from different sections collaborate on difficult cases.

Delaney Wiles, Inc. consists of 9 full time attorneys and 4 attorneys of counsel, supported by a full paralegal, secretarial, and administrative staff. The firm has broad experience handling large and small litigation cases. Its research capabilities are expanded by the in-house availability of Lexis and Westlaw computer services. Delaney Wiles is fully computerized, networked, and Internet ready and has the ability to connect with clients via Virtual Private Networks (VPN's). The firm provides its clients with the best possible legal services commensurate with economy and efficiency.
Main Office

Main Office
1007 West Third Avenue, Suite 400
Anchorage  AK  99501

Phone
  • 907-279-3581
Fax
  • 907- 277-1331
Employment
Employment Law in Alaska
The firm provides superior representation to a variety of private and public employers in the state of Alaska on employment issues.

The Employment Section is comprised of attorneys who have substantial jury trial experience and success in defending employment-related litigation on behalf of employers. The firm's clients include private employers, the State of Alaska, construction contractors and subcontractors, retail businesses, the resort industry, hospitals located in the state, physicians, and dentists.

The firm has represented employers in a variety of employment-related lawsuits including defense of wrongful discharge suits, defense of class actions alleging wage and hour violations, defense of sexual harassment and other discrimination lawsuits, and related tort and contract claims.

The services provided include audit review and preparation of personnel policies and employee handbooks, representation before municipal, state and federal administrative bodies including the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Alaska State Commission on Human Rights, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division.

Employers in Alaska can contact the firm for advice on avoiding employment lawsuits as well as a vigorous and often times successful defense of employment-related lawsuits. The lawyers in this section are authorized to practice in State Court, Federal District Court, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Accomplishments

Atkinson v. Metlakatla Indian Community, et al. Represented defendants, Metlakatla Indian Community Annette Islands Reserve and individual employees sued in wrongful death and negligent hiring and oversight action with claimed damages in excess of $5,000,000. Protracted litigation resulted in full summary judgment and case dismissal in defendant's favor. No appeal taken.

Doe v. Diocese of Juneau. Represented defendant sued for the alleged acts of a former employee under the doctrine of respondent superior, aided in agency, negligent retention, and negligent supervision. The plaintiff sought an award of compensatory damages and an award of punitive damages. Successfully argued dismissal on the statute of limitations, and summary judgment was granted in favor of the defendant. No appeal taken.

Ibale v. Safeway. Represented defendant in federal court in wrongful termination case, with plaintiff alleging Title VII violations of race and gender discrimination, age discrimination under the Age Discrimination Employment Act, breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and emotional distress. Summary judgment granted in its entirety by U.S. District Court. Plaintiff appealed to the 9th Circuit, which affirmed summary judgment.

Valentine v. ARC of Anchorage. Successfully defended complaint filed with the Alaska Human Rights Commission for wrongful termination under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Complaint summarily dismissed.

Perfetto v. Ryu. Successfully defended complaint of Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress. Defense verdict in October 2010.

Edward Helms v. Alyeska Resort. OSHA Case No. 11-606 - Successfully defended complaints filed by former employees with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Complaint summarily dismissed

Damke v. Alyeska Pipeline Co., 137 P.3d 295 (AK 2006)
Miller v. Safeway
Clark v. Clarr Gottstein Foods, Co.
Business
Litigation Section
Delaney Wiles, Inc. has a national reputation as an outstanding litigation firm. The firm has handled many complex and difficult legal matters filed in Alaska. Typical of these matters are numerous cases involving the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, complex product liability questions, catastrophic personal injury, aviation, professional malpractice, admiralty, environmental incidents, governmental authority and responsibility, and oil and gas issues concerning the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The firm has a long history of representing the State of Alaska in numerous complex legal matters. These include the defense of various state agencies in tort litigation, asserting the State's interests in major road right-of way cases, and the defense of State officials in civil rights matters.

The firm's clients include many of the country's largest insurers, worker's compensation carriers, bonding companies, and a number of Lloyds of London underwriting syndicates. Delaney Wiles, Inc. has been AV rated for 20 years and recommended in Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys. Many of the Litigation Section attorneys are leaders in respected litigation societies and associations.

The Litigation Section represents many diverse clients before a variety of appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Alaska, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Accomplishments

Hathaway v. Alaska Interior Transport.
Defended a transportation company in an automobile accident case involving an alleged serious permanent cervical injury. At arbitration, successfully defended against the claim for several hundred thousands of dollars in future non-economic and economic losses.

Dan Hejl, Lisbeth Hejl, Jodi Hejl and Two Minor Hejl Children v. Wasilla Ministries, Inc.
Assisted lead counsel in defending a church and its officers and board members against accusations that the church was a cult that negligently interfered with plaintiffs' parental rights by allegedly enticing their then 16-year old daughter to run away from home and join the church; at the 10-week trial plaintiffs sought a $3,050,000 verdict, but the jury specifically found the church was not a cult, and the 16-year old girl was 25% at fault, and the church was only 10% at fault, resulting in a verdict for less than $25,000.

Walden v. State of Alaska, Department of Transportation
Defense verdict obtained on behalf of State of Alaska in case alleging negligent maintenance of Parks Highway, which resulted in vehicle passenger quadriplegia.

Domke v. Alyeska Pipeline Co.
Following five week trial alleging plaintiff was terminated for reporting safety concerns, defense awarded Rule 68 attorneys fees & costs, and obtained a judgment against plaintiff for $185,000.

Kendra E. Bowman

Shareholder

Ms. Bowman joined the firm in 2008 and specializes in Litigation, Employment Law and Health Care Law. She has obtained summary judgments for clients in a number of cases, including tort claims, employment law and medical malpractice claims. Ms. Bowman continues to help clients resolve matters quickly, in the most cost-effective manner possible.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Delaney Wiles, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska - 2008 to Present

Judicial Law Clerk for Hon. Stephanie E. Joannides
Anchorage Superior Court - 2005 to 2006

Assistant Public Defender
Douglas County Public Defender's Office
Omaha, NE. - 2007 to 2008

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:

Smith v. Radecki, 238 P.3d 111 (Alaska 2010)
Gefre v. Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, et al., 306 P.3d 1264 (Alaska 2013)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member - Alaska Bar Association
Member - Nebraska Bar Association (inactive)
Legal Advisor, Anchorage Youth Court
Color of Justice Program Facilitator

Practice Area(s):
-Litigation Section
-Employment Section
-Health Care Section

Educational Background:
-Juris Doctorate, Creighton University School of Law, 2005
-Bachelor of Arts, Washington State University, 2001

Admitted To Practice Law:
-Alaska - 2005
-Nebraska - 2006
-U.S. District Court, Alaska 2010
Education
  • Creighton University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Timothy W. Bowman

Associate

Mr. Bowman joined the firm in 2009 and specializes in Litigation, Employment Law and Health Care Law. He helps clients resolve matters quickly, in the most cost-effective manner possible.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Delaney Wiles, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska - 2009 to Present

Judicial Clerk for Judge William Morse
Anchorage Superior Court
August 2008 to September 2009

Plaintiff Attorney in Nebraska, July 2005 - June 2008

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member - Alaska Bar Association
Member - Nebraska Bar Association

Practice Area(s):
-Litigation Section
-Employment Section
-Health Care Section

Educational Background:
-Juris Doctorate, Creighton University School of Law, 2005
-Bachelor of Arts, Santa Clara University, 2000

Admitted To Practice Law:
-Alaska - 2009
-Nebraska - 2005
Education
  • Creighton University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Cynthia L. Ducey

Shareholder

Ms. Ducey has over 28 yeas of litigation experience, including 51 jury trials. Her practice includes defense of wage and hour class actions, sexual harassment cases, wrongful termination, audit and review of employer personnel policies, practice before the State Commission on Human Rights, Federal E.E.O.C., the National Labor Relations Board, and the State and Federal Department of Labor. She has extensive experience in defense of personal injury cases, including wrongful death, products liability, and premises liability.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Assistant District Attorney, State of Alaska

Alaska Superior Court
Law Clerk to the Honorable Karl Johnstone

Alaska Supreme Court
Law Extern to the late Honorable Justice Allen Compton and the late Honorable Justice John Dimond

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:

Clark v Carr Gottstein Foods Co. Lead counsel in FLSA/AWHA Class Action alleging employees worked off the clock. Partial summary judgment obtained and case thereafter settled.

Domke v. Alyeska Pipeline Co., 137 P.3d 295 (AK 2006)
Following five week trial alleging plaintiff was terminated for reporting safety concerns, defense awarded Rule 68 attorneys fees & costs, and obtained a judgment against plaintiff for $185,000.

Miller v Safeway, 170 P.3d 655 (AK 2007). Summary judgment affirmed on appeal on behalf of Safeway Inc. in case alleging grooming policy constituted discrimination and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Alaska Supreme Court held private employers have a right to enforce a grooming policy for employees.

Wade v Ilisagvik College. Partial summary judgment obtained in case alleging discrimination under Family and Medical Leave Act, leaving only a claim liquidated at $5000.

Pedersen v Kake Tribal Corporation. Obtained denial of class certification in Unfair Trade Practices Act claim on behalf of Native fuel corporation.

Charles v Credit Union 1. Summary judgment obtained in suit alleging holder of security interest was directly liable to plaintiff for financing load of defendants' vehicle.

Diocese of Juneau v Jane Doe. Summary judgment obtained for employer based on statute of limitations in case alleging sex abuse against religious organization.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS:

Safeway Inc., Carr-Gottstein Foods Corporation, North Slope Borough, Schlumberger, Alaska Neurology LLC, Alaska Neuro Sciences LLC, Comprehensive Pain Mgt LLC, Travelers Insurance, Chartis Insurance, Alaska National Insurance.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member - Alaska Bar Association, ABA

Practice Area(s):
-Employment Section
-Litigation Section
-Commercial Section

Educational Background:
-J.D., Arizona State University
-B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara

Admitted To Practice Law:
-Alaska - 1983
-California - 1983
-U.S. District Court, Alaska - 1984
-U.S. District Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit - 1984
Education
  • Arizona State University
    Juris Doctorate

Stephen M. Ellis

Of Counsel

Mr. Ellis' practice emphasizes litigation of complex cases, commercial litigation, environmental law, oil and gas law, mineral law, public utility law, and real property issues.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Delaney Wiles, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska - October 1975 to Present

ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Past Secretary - Resource Development Council

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Attend seminars on approximately annual basis regarding advanced discovery techniques; evidence and trial techniques; advocacy, and other matters of interest.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member - Alaska Bar Association

Practice Area(s):
-Commercial Section

Educational Background:
-Juris Doctor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1975
-Master of Arts, University of California at Los Angeles, 1970
-Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Los Angeles, 1966

Admitted To Practice Law:
-Alaska- 1975
-United States Supreme Court
-United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
-United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
-United States District Court, Alaska
Education
  • University of California at Los Angeles
    Juris Doctorate

James B. Friderici

Of Counsel

Litigation experience in the U.S. Coast Guard on government contracts, oil spill cleanups, administrative law concerning marine safety regulations, and fisheries laws including forfeiture actions against over twenty foreign flag vessels. Government contracts included claims on all new facilities built as part of the support by the Coast Guard for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

Private practice involves extensive litigation experience defending tort claims against architects, engineers, real estate brokers, and other professionals. Defense work includes defense of products liability and negligence claims for both personal injury and property damage. Defense work includes a speciality of fire litigation with involvement in many of the major fire losses in Alaska since 1982 throughout Alaska. Fire experience includes both structure fires and wild fires. Additional experience on negligence claims includes trial experience in both state and federal court including declaratory judgment actions for various insurers, concerning insurance coverage.

Private practice includes extensive dealing with coverage questions for various insurers on all types of insurance policies. This has involved coverage opinions, defense of bad faith actions, defense and prosecution of primary-excess litigation between insurers, and defense of insurance disputes which spin off from adverse trial results by others.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Delaney Wiles, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska - 1982 to Present

Commander (dl), 17th Coast Guard District
Anchorage, Alaska - 1978 - 1982

Commander (dl), 17th Coast Guard District
Juneau, Alaska - 1977 - 1978

Rescue Coordination Center Controller, Commander (osr), 9th Coast Guard District, Cleveland, Ohio - 1973-1974

Commanding Officer, USCG Loran Station
Cape Sarichef, Alaska - 1972 - 1973

Operations Officer, Navigator, USCGC CONIFER (WLB-301)
Portsmouth, Virginia - 1970 - 1972

CONTINUING EDUCATION:
U.S. Army Basic Procurement Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1977
U.S. Army Advanced Procurement Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1978
Various seminars since 1982 involving torts including liability and damages
Taught various seminars on insurance coverage in Alaska including bad faith litigation

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
Member - Alaska Bar Association

Practice Area(s):
-Litigation Section

Educational Background:
-J.D., magna cum laude, Cleveland State University, 1976
-B.S. with honors, U. S. Coast Guard Academy, 1970

Admitted To Practice Law:
-Ohio - 1977 (currently inactive)
-United States District Court, Alaska - 1978
-United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit - 1980
-Alaska - 1981
Education
  • Cleveland State University
    Juris Doctorate

Scott J. Gerlach

Shareholder

Scott J. Gerlach has an active practice that encompasses business and commercial law, complex civil litigation, natural resources, medical malpractice defense, and health care law. He assists business entities ranging from Fortune 500 companies and large financial institutions to local Alaska businesses and individuals with legal issues spanning from entity formation and capitalization, to compliance with securities laws and other governmental regulations, corporate governance, protection of intellectual property rights, commercial and real estate transactions, employment matters, asset sales, mergers and acquisitions, and dissolutions.

Scott also regularly assists clients with civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He practices before state and federal courts throughout Alaska and handles all aspects of the litigation process, at both the trial and appellate levels. Scott's litigation experience includes assisting clients with commercial and business disputes, medical malpractice defense, personal injury and wrongful death cases, and cases involving premises liability, construction defects, products liability, indemnification and subrogation, and environmental contamination.

Scott has attended the RMMLF's Oil & Gas Law Short Course and has assisted oil and gas companies and lenders with various issues relating to oil and gas leases located on federal, State of Alaska, Alaska native corporation, Mental Health Trust, and private lands, including, preparation of drilling title opinions, curing of title defects, entity qualifications and other regulatory compliance issues, lease assignments, and conveyances of overriding royalty interests.

Scott also maintains an active health care law practice and has assisted clients with navigating through the complexities of STARK, HIPAA, the NPDB, the State of Alaska Certificate of Need (CON) program, and with various issues before the State of Alaska licensing boards.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Delaney Wiles, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska - 2008 to Present

Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot, P.C.
Anchorage, Alaska - 2007 to 2008
Associate Attorney

Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Louisville, Kentucky - 2006
Summer Associate

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:

Provided legal assistance for local business that purchased substantially all of the assets of one of its competitors.
Obtained summary judgment in medical malpractice litigation on the issue of whether the loss of chance doctrine is cognizable under Alaska law and also briefed the issue before the Alaska Supreme Court, which ultimately determined that it was evenly divided on this issue.
Prepared drilling title opinion for energy company exploring for natural gas on the Nenana Basin.
Obtained summary judgment in suit against financial institution alleging violation of various lending laws and wrongful foreclosure.
Obtained dismissal with prejudice of personal injury action filed against hospital pending ruling on motion for summary judgment.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS :
Member - Alaska Bar Association
Member - American Bar Association

Practice Area(s):
-Litigation Section
-Employment Law Section
-Commercial Law
-Health Law Section

Educational Background:
-Juris Doctorate, cum laude Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, 2007
-Bachelor of Arts, Campbellsville University, Louisville, Kentucky, 2003

Admitted To Practice Law:
-Alaska - 2007
-U. S. District Court, Alaska - 2007
Education
  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville
    Juris Doctorate

Timothy J. Lamb

Shareholder

Mr. Lamb joined the firm in 1988 and specializes in tort and business civil litigation, with an emphasis in personal injury issues. His practice also focuses on medical malpractice defense, sports related litigation and complex litigation cases.

Mr. Lamb served as lead defense counsel for one of the largest class action trials in Alaska. Defense verdict obtained in 2003 after a 10 week trial ("Millers Reach" Class Action vs. State of Alaska). He obtained defense verdicts for ski resorts and physicians in Alaska in over 15 complex jury trials two weeks or longer.

Mr. Lamb's experience also includes defending commercial truck drivers and drivers of rental cars; defending architects, physicians, and hospitals against professional negligence claims; defending wrongful termination cases against the State of Alaska and medical professionals; defending negligence cases against Alyeska Ski Resort and Hilltop Ski Resort; defending the State of Alaska, Department of Transportation against negligent highway design and maintenance claims; defending the Alaska Railroad and Municipality of Anchorage against negligent operation and maintenance claims; and defending the State of Alaska, Department of Natural Resources against claims it negligently fought a wildfire in 1996, that resulted in the loss of over 330 structures. Tried (through verdict) over twenty complex civil matters. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Lamb is a lifelong skier, biker and outdoor enthusiast.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Delaney Wiles, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska - 1988 to Present

Schaible, Staley, Delisio & Cook
Anchorage, Alaska - 1984 - 1987

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
Member - American Bar Association
Member - Alaska Bar Association
Member - Association of Ski Defense Attorneys

Practice Area(s):
-Litigation Section
-Commercial & Health Law Section

Educational Background:
-Doctor of Jurisprudence, Willamette University, 1983
-Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Alaska, 1980

Admitted To Practice Law:
-Alaska - 1984
-United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit - 1985
-United States District Court, Alaska - 1985
Education
  • Willamette University
    Juris Doctorate

Howard A. Lazar

Shareholder

Thirty-three years of both civil and criminal litigation experience defending claims against physicians, hospitals, manufacturers, and other organizations. During the past twenty years, tried and won medical negligence, products liability, wrongful termination, and contract cases against the most prominent plaintiffs' attorneys in Alaska, Michigan and Washington. While a Member of the U.S. Air Force, defended the only capital murder case brought during term of service. Mr. Lazar became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2005. He has served as Alaska State Chairman for the ACTL from 2006 to 2014. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Delaney Wiles, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska - 1986 to Present

Captain, United States Air Force, Circuit Defense Counsel
Travis AFB, CA - 1983 - 1986

Captain, United States Air Force, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Area Defense Counsel Mountain Home AFB, Idaho - 1980 - 1983

Lecturer, Business Law, Boise State University - 1981 - 1983

Peace Corps Volunteer, Chad, Africa - 1974 - 1976

Personal: Married to Dorthy Shea Lazar since 1977, and has three children - Dara, Joshua, Jessica

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:

Dobbins v Smalley. Obtained defense verdict in medical malpractice trial where plaintiff alleged death resulted from failure to diagnose bacterial endocarditis.
Marsingill v O'Malley. Obtained defense verdict in medical malpractice trial against general surgeon where a patient suffered severe neurological injury after torsion of the bowel. The case was tried twice, with two reported decisions by the Alaska Supreme Court.
Vincent v Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Obtained defense verdict in medical malpractice trial against hospital emergency department where patient suffered severe neurological injury after suffering cardiac arrest in the ER.
Odom v Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Obtained defense verdict in case brought by anesthesiologist against defendant hospital for refusing to renew hospital privileges.
Giles v Coachman Industries. Obtained defense verdict in case alleging faulty design and construction of RV, which allegedly resulted in the death of a ten-year old and severe burns to 47 year old male.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member - Alaska Bar Association
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Member - DRI, ABA

Practice Area(s):
-Litigation Section
-Employment Law Section
-Health Care Law Section

Educational Background:
-Juris Doctor, Washington College of Law, American University, 1979
-Bachelor of Arts, Colby College, 1974
-Exchange Student, University of Copenhagen, 1972

Admitted To Practice Law:
-State of New York - 1980
-State of Idaho - 1983
-State of Alaska - 1986
-United States District Court, Alaska - 1986
-United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit - 1990
Education
  • Washington College of Law, American University
    Juris Doctorate

Donna M. Meyers

Shareholder

Over twenty-two years of combined criminal and civil litigation experience, including three years defending military members in the U.S. Air Force against misdemeanor and felony charges, and nineteen years defending civil claims against physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, governmental entities and other organizations on claims ranging from medical negligence, personal injury and insurance bad faith. Civil litigation experience includes, trial experience defending an aircraft maintenance company in a jury trial resulting in a split verdict, and litigation experience preparing and defending a small claims matter for a national airline in a bench trial resulting in a defense verdict, presenting numerous oral arguments on dispositive motions with an emphasis on medical negligence actions, and arguing several appeals before the Alaska Supreme Court.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Delaney Wiles, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska - September 1990 to Present

Captain U. S. Air Force JAG Corps
Elmendorf AFB, Alaska- 1986-1990
Assistant Judge Advocate/Military Defense Counsel

Personal: Married to Michael G. Meyers since 1989, with five children - Rachel, Nicole, Mariah, Sonia, Lucas

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:

Hathaway v. Alaska Interior Transport. Defended a transportation company is an automobile accident case involving an alleged serious permanent cervical injury and at arbitration successfully defended against the claim for several hundred thousands of dollars in future non-economic and economic losses.

Mendenhall v. Mat-Su Valley Medical Center, LLC d/b/a Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, et al, Case No. 3AN-08-8548 CI 2010 Result. Assisted Lead Counsel in representing a hospital in a birth injury case involving a minor plaintiff born with cerebral palsy with significant neurological injury. Confidential Settlement.

Faber v. Ketchikan General Hospital, et al. Summary judgment obtained on behalf of the hospital and orthopedic surgeon who provided treatment to a plaintiff claiming permanent injuries from alleged negligent treatment of calcaneus fractures in her left foot.

Greywolf v. Carroll, William, M.D., 151 P.2d 1234 (Alaska 2007). Obtained summary judgment for hospital psychiatrist on claims alleging malicious prosecution, abuse of process, invasion of privacy, and medical malpractice and judgment affirmed on appeal.

Marsingill v. O'Malley, 128 P.3d 151(Alaska 2006) Assisted trial counsel in representing general surgeon on appeal of a defense verdict where plaintiff alleged significant neurological injury resulted from the general surgeon's alleged failure to provide adequate advice to patient.

Estate of Nick Wright and Janet and George Wright (individually) v. Dr. Matsutani & Dr. Lester. Assisted lead counsel in obtaining a defense verdict on behalf of a psychologist after a 4-week trial involving allegations of negligence in providing psychotherapy to a 12-year old boy who committed suicide.

Dan Hejl, Lisbeth Hejl, Jodi Hejl and Two Minor Hejl Children v. Wasilla Ministries, Inc. Assisted lead counsel in defending a church and its officers and board members against accusations that the church was a cult that negligently interfered with plaintiffs' parental rights by allegedly enticing their then 16-year old daughter to run away from home and join the church; at the 10-week trial plaintiffs sought a $3,050,000 verdict, but the jury specifically found the church was not a cult, and the 16-year old girl was 25% at fault, and the church was only 10% at fault, resulting in a verdict for less than $25,000.

Estate of Strong v. University of Washington Medical Center, Mary Stewart, M.D., et al., Case No. 3AN-96-8977 Civil. Assisted lead counsel defending the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) against allegations of physician negligence in recommending chemotherapy dosage to local treating physicians that resulted in repeated overdoses of chemotherapy drug that allegedly hastened the death of 32-year-old mother and wife. After a 3-week trial, jury awarded plaintiffs $1,640,000 with UWMC being found only 10 percent liable, and UWMC settled before entry of final judgment for $200,000.

Ward v. Lutheran Hospitals & Homes Society of America, Inc., d/b/a Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Case No. 4FA933046 Civil/Supreme Court Case No. S7592 [reported as Ward v. Lutheran Hospitals & Homes Society of America, Inc., d/b/a Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, 963 P.2d 1031 (Alaska 1998)]. Obtained summary judgment for hospital against allegations that the hospital was negligent and failed to obtain informed consent from a patient who allegedly contracted Hepatitis C from several blood transfusions during a hospitalization. Judgment affirmed on appeal.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS:

Medical Insurance Exchange of California, PeaceHealth/ PeaceHealth Medical Center, National Claims Management, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Norcal Insurance Company, Chugiak Senior Citizens, Inc.
Education
  • University of Virginia
    Juris Doctorate

William E. Moseley

Of Counsel

Mr. Moseley has over thirty years of litigation experience defending claims against employers, insurance companies, contractors, manufacturers, attorneys, and physicians, including claims alleging strict liability, breach of contract, bad faith, personal injury, wrongful death, wrongful termination, product liability, negligence, violation of professional standards of care, and violations of unfair trade practices and consumer protection laws. Mr. Moseley has also handled contribution and indemnity claims, as well as environmental claims and claims involving landlord/tenant law.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Delaney Wiles, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska - 1978 to Present

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member - Alaska Bar Association

Practice Area(s):
-Litigation Section

Educational Background:
-Juris Doctor. Cum Laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 1978
-Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, University of Alaska, 1975

Admitted To Practice Law:
-Alaska- 1978
-United States District Court, Alaska - 1978
-United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit - 1978
Education
  • Northwestern University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Donald C. Thomas

Shareholder

Mr. Thomas has been with the firm since 1985. His practice focuses primarily on Litigation Law, defending tort lawsuits in the fields of personal injury, automobile and other products liability, premises liability, and property damage, as well as representing insurers in UIM, bad faith and declaratory judgment actions. He has acted and assisted as local counsel on behalf of such companies as General Motors and Toyota. He is counsel to the state-mandated property/casualty insurance guaranty association, and he is both counsel and administrator for the state-mandated life and health insurance guaranty association. He has drafted bills making significant changes to the Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association Act and the Alaska Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association Act. His work has taken him throughout the State of Alaska, where he has resided since 1965.

Mr. Thomas's personal interests include family, travel, motorcycling, reading, and listening to Teaching Company lectures.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Delaney Wiles, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska - 1985 to Present

Alaska Superior Court
Anchorage, Alaska - 1984 - 1985
Law Clerk to The Honorable Milton M. Souter

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:

Maasen v. R&R Scaffold Erectors, Inc.: obtained defense verdict in jury trial regarding claims for personal injuries arising from the plaintiff's fall off of scaffolding.

C&D Moonlighting, Inc. v. Gamel: obtained defense verdict in jury trial involving a claim for property damage. The plaintiff used an expert at trial, whereas the defendant did not.

Makarka v. Great American Insurance Co.: obtained summary judgment for insurer in negligence case where the insured had confessed judgment in the amount of $1.5 million and then assigned its claims against the insurer to the plaintiffs in exchange for a covenant not to execute. The issue was whether the insurer properly denied coverage on the basis that the alleged negligent act did not occur within the policy period. Summary judgment was upheld on appeal, 14 P3d 964 (Alaska 2000), which Mr. Thomas defended.

Planck et al. v. Isbell: negotiated resolution, prior to the filing of a lawsuit, of all claims in a complex personal injury matter where there were numerous injured claimants whose total claims exceeded the available insurance limits.

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS:

Alaska Insurance Guaranty Association
Alaska Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association
Alaska Commercial Company
AIG Insurance
The Hertz Corporation
IFG Companies
Metropolitan Group Property & Casualty Insurance
New York Life
Sentry Insurance

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member - Alaska Bar Association
Member - American Bar Association, Section on Litigation
Defense Counsel of Alaska

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Evidence in Trial Practice in Alaska, 1991
Civil Practice and Litigation in Federal and State Courts
ALL/ABA, Scottsdale, Arizona, 1992
Emerging issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation, TIPS/ABA, 1996 Annual Legal Seminar, National Organization of Life and Health Insurance
Guaranty Association, 1993 to Present

Practice Area(s):
-Litigation Section

Educational Background:
-Juris Doctor, Brigham Young University, cum laude, 1984
-Bachelor of Science in Justice Administration, Brigham Young University, summa cum laude, 1980

Admitted To Practice Law:
-Alaska - 1985
-United States District Court, Alaska - 1986
Education
  • Brigham Young University
    Juris Doctorate

Whitney L. Traeger

Associate

Ms. Traeger joined the firm in 2012 and specializes in Litigation, Employment Law and Health Care Law. She helps clients resolve matters quickly, in the most cost-effective manner possible. .

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Delaney Wiles, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska - 2012 to Present

Judicial Law Clerk for Honorable Andrew Guidi
Anchorage Superior Court - 2011 to 2012

Delaney Wiles, Inc. (Intern)
Anchorage, Alaska - 2009 and 2010

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member - Alaska Bar Association

Practice Area(s):
-Litigation Section
-Employment Section
-Health Care Section

Educational Background:
-Juris Doctorate, California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA, 2011
-Bachelor of Arts, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 2008

Admitted To Practice Law:
-Alaska - 2011
Education
  • California Western School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Clay "Alex" Young

Of Counsel

Over thirty five years of litigation and trial experience defending claims against businesses, manufacturers, professionals, and individuals including claims alleging negligence, product liability, violation of professional standards of care, and numerous types of physical injuries.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Delaney Wiles, Inc.
Anchorage, Alaska - 1976 to Present

Law Offices of Murphy L. Clark
Anchorage, Alaska - 1975 - 1976

Hughes, Thorsness, Lowe, Gantz, & Clark
Anchorage, Alaska - 1974

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Member - Alaska Bar Association

Practice Area(s):
-Litigation Section

Educational Background:
-Juris Doctorate, Willamette University, 1974
-Master of Arts (Economics), University of Washington, 1971
-Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington, 1970

Admitted To Practice Law:
-Alaska- 1974
-United States District Court, Alaska - 1974
-United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit - 1974
Education
  • Willamette University
    Juris Doctorate
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