BHBC Recognized as U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2021®

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® has recognized Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot in its recent release of “Best Law Firms” 2021®.  The firm received one national ranking, three regional tier 1 rankings, two regional tier 2 rankings and 1 regional tier 3 ranking. Firms included in the 2021 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional [...]

November 10th, 2020|

U.S. Small Business Administration Publishes Final Regulations Making Major Changes to Small Business Development Programs

Written by Jon M. DeVore and Carissa D. Siebeneck Anderson On October 16, 2020, SBA published a new Final Rule that includes expansive changes to the U.S. Small Business Administration programs related to:  small business size, 8(a) Program, Mentor Protégé Program, joint ventures, and other SBA procurement program regulations. 85 Fed. Reg. 66146, “Consolidation of Mentor-Protégé [...]

October 22nd, 2020|

Is an Employee on Duty When They Are Required to Answer Their Cell Phone?

Written by William A. Earnhart As working remotely has grown exponentially since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, more and more employees are questioning where work ends and their own time begins.  Birch Horton attorneys William Earnhart and Matt Widmer recently received a decision in Federal District Court and upheld by the Ninth Circuit that [...]

September 3rd, 2020|

The importance of CPARS to Federal Contractors

Written by Jon DeVore and Carissa Siebeneck Anderson While we all hope that we will never have to experience the issue of a poor Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) performance rating directly, it is an issue that all Federal Contractors (or those who seek Federal Contracts) should be educated about.  CPARS ratings can help [...]

August 15th, 2020|

Federal Government Publishes Record of Decision, Environmental and Economic Analysis, and CWA Permits for Ambler Road Project

Written by Jon DeVore, Elisabeth Ross and Nicole Bayne On July 23, 2020, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) and the National Park Service (“NPS”), within the Department of Interior, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) published several decisions relating to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority’s (“AIDEA’s”) proposal to build a [...]

July 24th, 2020|

Client Spotlight: Deidra Mitchell, President & CEO of Waséyabek Development Company, LLC

Collaborative article by Bree Bieber and Jon M. DeVore   Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot (BHBC) is starting a new series highlighting a few of the unique leaders and businesses with whom we have the pleasure to work, and have seen develop, grow, and create positive differences within their industry and community. Our first spotlight [...]

July 23rd, 2020|

BHBC Participates in Webinar “”Reopening Woes: When Reopening Your Business Brings More Questions Than Answers”

  Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot attorneys Jennifer Alexander and David Karl Gross joined forces with RISQ Consulting for a round table discussion on what businesses and organizations must consider when reopening to protect against legal liabilities. RISQ Consulting is an Alaskan company providing customized insurance programs and comprehensive employer services and hosts monthly webinars [...]

May 29th, 2020|

There is No Sanity Clause – Performance of Contracts in Bankruptcy

Written by George R. Pitts There is a famous scene in the Marx Brothers’ film Night at the Opera in which Groucho, representing an opera company, tries to get Chico, representing a singer, to sign his singer up with the opera company.   They begin with a lengthy contract on legal-size paper and as Chico reviews [...]

May 14th, 2020|

Alaska Supreme Court Once Again Hammers a Contractor on the Requirements of a State Contract

Written by Adam Cook Even with recent cuts in state spending, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (“DOT”) still provides about $500 million in contracts every year to Alaska’s contractors and subcontractors.  That’s about seven percent of all construction statewide (federal spending is by far the biggest driver in construction).  Thus, for most [...]

May 4th, 2020|

The Legal Doctrine of Frustration of Purpose Makes a Comeback in the Face of COVID-19

Written by David Gross There is a seldom-used legal doctrine called “frustration of purpose” that provides a party with the ability to walk away from a contract when the purpose of a contract is totally defeated by an unexpected event. This doctrine was first established in English law with a case called Taylor v. Caldwell. [...]

April 29th, 2020|