Thomas F. Klinkner
Thomas F. Klinkner
  • Of Counsel

Biography

Mr. Klinkner’s practice focuses on Alaska municipal government, public facilities and infrastructure financing, and Alaska public utility law.

Mr. Klinkner has served as general and special counsel to Alaska municipalities since 1977. His advice and assistance has covered competitive bidding and contracts, elections, the drafting of municipal charters and ordinances, intergovernmental relations, labor and employment, port and harbor facilities, real estate, taxation and special assessments, and zoning, subdivision, and other land use controls.

He has rendered opinions as bond counsel for Alaska municipalities and state agencies on more than $1.5 billion in state and local government obligations, including general obligation bonds, utility revenue bonds, special assessment bonds, qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, industrial development bonds, certificates of participation and pooled financings. In the realm of capital project financing, Mr. Klinkner has negotiated and drafted documents for ground leases, design-build agreements, power sales agreements and real estate purchases and exchanges.

He has represented water, sewer, electric and telephone utilities in proceedings before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, and in commercial matters including acquisitions, construction contracts, line extension agreements and supply contracts.

Education

  • University of California at Davis School of Law, Davis, California
    • J.D. - 1975
  • Stanford University, Stanford, California
    • M.B.A. - 1982
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • B.S. - 1972

Bar Admission

  • Alaska, 1976
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska

Practice Areas

Professional Associations

  • Alaska Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member

Representative Cases

  • Griswold v. City of Homer, 252 P.3d 1021, 2011, Alaska Supreme Court
  • In re 2011 Redistricting Cases, 294 P.3d 1032, 2012, Alaska Supreme Court