Birch, Ronald G.
Ronald G. Birch
  • Of Counsel

Biography

Mr. Birch is president of the firm which he founded in 1971. He is an experienced civil litigator of recognized superior ability and also serves as a lead arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association on major business contractual and employment disputes. He has negotiated or litigated the resolution of both domestic and international disputes, including matters involving the State of Alaska's export of oil to the Pacific Rim and the claims of the U.S. Virgin Islands against Lloyd’s of London for hurricane damage. He has appeared before state and federal courts throughout the country on behalf of the firm's diverse client base. The main focus of his litigation practice currently involves the employment relationship and its termination. He has also successfully presented claims involving government contracts, the federal-state relationship and general transactional matters.

On the legislative front, Mr. Birch lobbies on behalf of clients on land and natural resources, transportation, commerce, defense, communications and appropriations issues before various agencies and before the House Committee on Natural Resources, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, Senate Committee on Appropriations and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Education

  • Columbia Law School, New York, New York
    • J.D. - 1965
  • Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
    • B.A. - 1962
  • Political Institute of the University of Paris

Admitted to Practice 

  • Alaska, 1966
  • District of Columbia, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1975
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1975
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska, 1975
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of Maryland

Practice Areas

Professional Associations

  • District of Columbia Bar, Member
  • Alaska Bar Association, Member
  • Natural Resources Section of the Anchorage Bar Association, Past Chairman, 1965 to 1965
  • Corporate Counsel Institute, Member
  • Columbia University School of Law, Jerome Michael Competition, Judge
  • Natural Resources Section of the Anchorage Bar Association, Former Chairman
  • Corporate Counsel Institute, Northwestern University

Past Positions

  • U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, Chief of Staff
  • Juneau, Alaska, District Attorney
  • General for Public Lands, Alaska Assistant Attorney
  • Alaska Lands Steering Council, Lead Lobbyist
  • Northwestern University School of Law Corporate Counsel Institute, Faculty member
  • American Arbitration Association, Lead arbitrator

Representative Clients

  • Alaska Native Corporations
  • Arrhythmia Associates
  • Lockheed-Martin Corporation
  • Fairbanks North Star Borough
  • CSX Corporation
  • City of Gary Indiana
  • Association of American Railroads
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • University of Akron
  • Wagner & Brown
  • Florida East Coast Railway
  • National Institute of Transition Planning, Inc. (NITP)
  • Ruthi Postow Staffing, Inc. (RPSI)