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BHBC Sponsors Mears Middle School 8th Graders’ Tour of Boney and Nesbett Courthouses

Written by Aaron Sperbeck   Continuing Birch Horton’s longstanding effort to promote youth involvement and exposure to the legal profession, BHBC attorneys Aaron Sperbeck and Sarah Badten recently hosted a collaborative field trip of 8th grade students from Mears Middle School to visit the Boney and Nesbett Courthouses. The students toured the District and Superior [...]

December 23rd, 2019|

SBA Tribal Consultations: Is SBA Coming to a City Near You?

Written By:  Carissa Siebeneck Anderson and Jon DeVore New SBA Rulemaking Proposes Sweeping Changes.  On November 8, 2019, the U.S. Small Business Administration issued a proposed rule that includes some of the most sweeping regulatory changes from SBA in the last decade: “Consolidation of Mentor Protégé Programs and Other Government Contracting Amendments.”[i]  There are many [...]

December 18th, 2019|

Lease Tips for Marijuana Industry Landlords and Tenants

Written by Jason Brandeis Alaska’s first retail marijuana store opened its doors in the fall of 2016. Since then, a few hundred Alaskan businesses have formed to support the industry, and the marijuana legalization movement is expanding nationwide. Currently, 11 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for general adult use, and a [...]

October 15th, 2019|

In Memory of Stanley T. Lewis (1953 – 2019)

  Stanley T. Lewis was hired as an associate attorney at BHBC in June of 1980, immediately upon graduation from Pepperdine University School of Law.  Stan was admitted to practice in Alaska and Arizona. In the 1980s, most attorneys at the firm were general practitioners, not specialists.  As a result, Stan’s early experience involved a [...]

September 16th, 2019|

Injuries on the Jobsite and the Legal Fallout

Written by Adam W. Cook When I was in college, I spent my summers working with construction crews back home in Alaska.  In addition to giving me exposure to the industry, I learned about the importance of workplace safety.  During my first day on the job on a project, I got a stern talking-to for [...]

September 11th, 2019|

What’s My New SBA Size Standard?

Written by Carissa Siebeneck Anderson The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has been busy.  SBA has released several rules lately, and more are coming.  If you were hoping that SBA would increase the size standards for your receipt-based NAICS code, you are in luck.  If you were close to sizing-out and you were hoping for [...]

September 3rd, 2019|

Countdown: Top Ten Actions to Take When a Lawsuit has been Filed Against You

Written By David Karl Gross The civil court system acts as a mechanism to resolve disputes.  Because of the prevalence of conflicts in the United States, most people will be on the receiving end of a lawsuit at least once in their lives.  The most common types of lawsuits are complaints arising out of car [...]

August 29th, 2019|


Written By David Karl Gross A trademark registered with the National Trademark Registry can be an effective way to protect a unique and clever name, slogan, or logo. The Registry, an agency of the federal government, is guided by the Lanham Act, which establishes the rules and regulations for protecting the owner of a federally-registered [...]

August 2nd, 2019|

A Scuffle at Arctic Man Shapes the Law of the Land

Written by David Karl Gross As most Alaskans have come to know, Arctic Man is an extreme race involving a skier and a snowmobile.  It is a uniquely Alaskan race that combines extreme conditions with the beautiful Alaska landscape. At the beginning of the race, the skier starts at the top of a mountain which [...]

July 3rd, 2019|

The Rules Governing an Insurance Company’s Conduct

Written by David Karl Gross No matter how safe or cautious you may be, the odds are high that you will eventually need to file an insurance claim.  The claim could be the result of a variety of situations; it could be a traffic accident due to a red light runner, perhaps a slip and [...]

June 13th, 2019|