Before joining Landye Bennett Blumstein, David worked as an assistant attorney general in the Alaska Department of Law’s Civil Division. As an assistant attorney general, David built experience in appellate, environmental, and Alaska Native law. David has argued in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Alaska Supreme Court and has represented the State of Alaska in environmental enforcement matters and litigation. David is a lifelong Alaskan.
David clerked at the Alaska Supreme Court for Justice Daniel E. Winfree.
Alex joined the firm in 2019 and works in all areas of the firm’s practice. Prior to joining the firm, Alex served as a law clerk to the Honorable Yvonne Lamoureux of the Alaska Superior Court in Anchorage. While in law school Alex also interned for the Honorable Gregory Miller of the Alaska Superior Court in Anchorage, interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage, and worked as a summer law clerk at Landye Bennet Blumstein, LLP. Before pursuing a career in the law, Alex worked as a legislative aide in the Alaska State Legislature.
A member of the Washington and Alaska bars, Ben Spiess represents clients across the Pacific Northwest. Ben is a member of the real estate practice group. With a background in corporate law, he represents clients in all aspects of real estate transactions, including business formation, deal structuring, real estate purchase and sales, development, leasing, financing, business formation and structuring, mergers, equity and asset transactions, corporate reorganizations, and corporate governance.
Ben is experienced in structuring real estate investment partnerships, development joint ventures, syndications and all aspects of related securities law matters, including Rule 506 private placements. Ben also practices in the areas of land use and zoning, ANCSA, and public lands.
Ben is active in Arctic policy and development.
Michelle has been practicing in Alaska since 1986 and focuses on commercial litigation, lender representation, and creditor’s rights in complex bankruptcy matters. Before entering private practice, she clerked for U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Herbert A. Ross from 1986 – 1988, and served as head of FDIC’s Alaska legal department for four years (1989 – 1993). Michelle has represented creditors and bank creditors in Alaska’s largest bankruptcy cases, and has also served as trustee counsel. She is currently representing creditors in Alaska’s first “mega” Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, actively defending of preference claims and other complex issues.
Jennifer focuses her practice on business litigation and employment cases. Her recent commercial case experience includes an arbitration on behalf of a royalty owner that resulted in a $245 million award, an administrative hearing and subsequent appeals involving a significant state income tax dispute, and a variety of contract disputes and real property litigation. She has defended a range of employment law cases representing and counseling employers on discrimination and wage and hour issues in state and federal court, and before administrative agencies.
Jennifer has also been involved in class actions from both the plaintiffs’ and the defendants’ side, and has taken part in more than twenty trials, preliminary injunction hearings or complex administrative proceedings. In addition, she has successfully argued cases before the Ninth Circuit, and the state Supreme Courts in both Washington and Alaska.
Whether in natural resource or appellate law, Andy answers questions about the law to solve client’s legal issues. His ability to research and understand matters in depth is key to helping his clients understand complex problems and their solutions.
His extensive experience analyzing natural resource issues throughout Alaska and the western U.S. provides a foundation his clients know they can rely on. Andy focuses his practice on Alaska Native law, litigation, municipal law, bankruptcy, natural resource and appellate law.
Before moving to Alaska to clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court, Andy worked as a policy fellow in the U.S. Senate, focusing on natural resource issues. He is a 2007 Harry S. Truman Scholar from Montana.
Thane joined the firm as a partner on November 1, 1990. He had previously practiced with an insurance defense firm and for six years as a Washington state lawyer in Vancouver. Thane also had represented client involved in the fishing industry and environmental matters such as clean water advocates. Thane continued his trial practice with the firm representing clients pursuing personal injury and death claims; individuals and organizations making environmental claims; plaintiffs and defendants in business and labor disputes; Native Americans in tribal recognition claims; and Native and non-Native clients on issues related to clean water and fishery issues. Much of the latter was done pro bono.
Thane received a B.A. from Santa Clara University in 1968, an M.P.A. from Golden State University in 1973 and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1977. He served in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Vietnam where he served with distinction and received two Purple Hearts for his injuries in battle.
Outside his law practice, Thane was a devoted and caring father to his two children. He had a lifelong love of politics and was a friend to many elected and non-elected local, state, and federal officials. In short, Thane was a political junkie, but one with great knowledge and insight. Thane was an inveterate runner. He traveled to many countries for fun and education and as an official fair-election observer. For all the years he was a partner in the firm, Thane lived in Northwest Portland, but he was raised in Astoria and he remained an Astoria boy. He planned to retire near the Pacific Ocean and his beloved Columbia River.
Sky litigates in the federal district courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Alaska Superior Courts and the Alaska Supreme Court, and appears before state and federal administrative regulatory boards and agencies. He advocates before the Alaska Legislature and the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch.
He has decades of experience representing Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations, local rural governments and Native corporations on a wide variety of issues, including tribal and subsistence rights, Indian Child Welfare Act cases, natural resource protection and allocation, state and federal political and legislative actions, Native allotments and co-management opportunities.
Sky is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Tribe, Eagle Butte, South Dakota.
Lauren works with Alaska Native corporations, private entities, and other businesses in managing their corporate affairs, real estate transactions, Alaska Native law issues, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactional work. Lauren also works with tribes, municipalities, and individuals on a regular basis to meet their business and transactional needs.
Lauren has handled real estate transactions involving the purchase and sale, lease, and management of commercial and residential properties, medical office space, commercial condominiums, mixed-use properties, warehouses, and undeveloped land in rural Alaska. She also works on property matters involving lease-backs, trust lands, government-owned property, and the sale of real estate in conjunction with asset sales.
Prior to joining the firm, Lauren was a law clerk for the Honorable Deputy Presiding Judge Vanessa White of the Alaska Superior Court.
For over 40 years, Joe has served as counsel to local and national banks in Alaska, representing clients on regulatory matters, loan documentation and collection projects involving commercial and residential transactions and financing to business entities. Joe also advises telecom and refuse public utilities, and has a wide range of experience in real estate secured transactions, lien law and foreclosure matters.
Matt guides clients through the challenges of business, government, and litigation in Alaska. He has a general civil litigation and general counsel practice, representing clients on various commercial, land, and corporate matters.
Matt’s practice focuses on Alaska Native, municipal, and land-related issues. He delivers both consistent litigation results and insightful and practical general counsel advice. His clients appreciate that he provides the highest quality legal advice on an efficient and cost-effective basis.
His practice frequently involves traveling to remote villages to assist his Alaska Native clients. He is devoted to clients and has the experience and foresight to help them through a variety of challenges common in Alaska.
Matt is a regular presenter on Alaska land and municipal law issues.
Tom was with the firm from 1968 to 2019. He represented clients in business transactions, securities regulations, corporate reorganizations, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act matters, seafood processing enterprises, and mergers and acquisitions of domestic businesses. Tom was a graduate of Reed College and received his law degree from the University of Chicago in 1968.
Outside his legal practice, Tom was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was part of the management team for timber, fishing, and barge businesses, and was an owner or investor in real estate and exploratory mining ventures. He was also part owner of a fishing vessel in Alaska.
We at Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP are grateful for Tom’s years of leadership at the firm and for his enduring legacy.
Karl’s practice emphasizes tax planning and advice, wills, trusts and probate administration, tax-exempt organizations, and Alaska Native law.
Karl is a past president of the Anchorage Estate Planning Council, and he is a frequent speaker on federal and state tax issues, estate planning and probate, and other topics.
He entered private practice in 2010 in Portland, Oregon, after receiving his LL.M. in taxation from New York University. Before attending NYU, Karl clerked for the Hon. Walter Edmonds on the Oregon Court of Appeals.
Bob focuses on representing local, regional, and national businesses respecting sales and acquisitions, security, lending, and other contractual relationships and commercial transactions; real estate sales, leasing, financing and development; corporate, LLC and partnership organization and operation; and bankruptcy. Many of his clients are Alaska Native corporations facing issues unique to Native corporations.
Bob has presented continuing education programs on ANCSA, commercial real estate leasing, secured transactions, and bankruptcy matters.
Bob created and maintains, as a primary resource for information about Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (“ANCSA”), the ANCSA Resource Center.
Josh works collaboratively with his clients to structure, negotiate and close commercial transactions, from the complex to the simple, in a practical and cost-effective manner geared to achieve his clients’ goals.
Josh advises his corporate and individual clients through all facets of commercial real estate, business and private equity transactions, including entity formation and organization, purchases and sales, and lending arrangements. He also works with Alaska Native corporations on their unique range of legal needs, including commercial and government contracting, land use, and shareholder issues.
Keeping an open mind to unique solutions, Anna approaches legal issues with logic and focus, whether in Alaska Native law, labor and employment law or in litigation. Anna’s practice focuses on Alaska Native, Tribal, and Municipal Law, Business Litigation, and Labor and Employment Law.
Anna is experienced in defending clients against liability claims. She has also represented Alaska tribes protecting fishing rights in federal court; represented local business in small claims actions, seeking full remuneration for their services; and assisted organizations in eviction and detainer cases.
Anna clerked for the Honorable Anna M. Moran of the Alaska Superior Court and worked in the Tulalip Tribal Court in Tulalip, Washington, defending tribal members against misdemeanor criminal charges.
David Blount, chair of the firm’s environmental law department for over twenty years, is perennially considered by his peers as one of the top environmental lawyers in the Pacific Northwest. A former enforcement counsel with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., David has represented private and public clients in the environmental arena throughout the country focusing on the application of most major environmental laws.
For thirty years, David has passionately applied his knowledge of life sciences with his environmental legal training to craft federal waste policy and regulation, promote cost-effective compliance for the firm’s industrial clients, litigate when necessary for clients seeking recovery of their cleanup costs from responsible parties and insurers, and counseling clients on the strategy and resources required to acquire contaminated brownfields for their redevelopment needs.
His professional experience emphasizes working collaboratively especially with technical environmental experts, whether in house or at large, to resolve complex cutting-edge technical matters.
David has written and spoken extensively on environmental law throughout his career including authoring EPA’s first RCRA Permit Writers Guidance Document and the Oregon Environmental Law Desk Book Chapter on Private Party Cost Recovery.
David Bennett is the senior member of the real estate department at Landye Bennett Blumstein, where he has practiced since graduating from law school in 1971. He has extensive experience representing clients in real estate transactions and in real estate-related business matters, including residential and commercial real estate development, real estate financing, income taxation affecting real estate transactions, acquisitions, sales, and leasing.
One of the first lawyers in Oregon to devote a substantial part of his practice to representing the developers of condominiums, David has long played a leading role in efforts to modernize and improve Oregon’s Condominium and Planned Community Acts. In addition to his work representing developers, David is an active member of the firm’s condominium and homeowner association practice group.
David has written or co-authored numerous articles on real estate-related matters, including key portions of the Oregon State Bar’s Continuing Legal Education publications on condominiums, planned unit developments, and homeowner associations.
With more than 30 years of experience, Bruce gets tremendous satisfaction from sharing success and accomplishment even in the most difficult cases. He takes pride in understanding, communicating and representing his clients’ interests with clarity and economy.
Bruce’s practice includes commercial litigation, creditor bankruptcy, appeals, banking, Alaska Native law, and real property litigation.
Kim focuses her practice on employment, labor, housing, and nonprofit organization law.
Kim serves as general counsel to a number of nonprofit and public institutions, including clinics, social service agencies, housing authorities, municipalities and tribes. She serves as litigation defense and arbitration counsel for a variety of Alaska employers and project owners.
Kim also provides continuing education presentations in areas of employment, risk management, fiduciary duties of directors, and federal housing programs.