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Business Torts and Commercial Litigation

Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot’s business torts and commercial litigation practice group, with offices in Anchorage and Washington, D.C., represents business clients in litigation as diverse and complex as antitrust, government contracting, financial forensics, professional liability, qui tam, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), white collar crime, federal criminal tax litigation, compliance and enforcement, class actions, construction law, health care, and business torts of all kinds, including fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with economic advantage or contractual relations and Unfair Trade Practices Act violations.

This comprehensive scope of focused representation allows us also to excel at assisting clients with related issues such as risk assessment and litigation avoidance.

Whether defending or prosecuting a claim, Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot litigators keep clients in the decision-making loop to ensure that litigation decisions correspond with business goals. We do this through a combination of budgetary, reporting and risk analysis that builds trust, instills confidence and underscores our commitment to our clients’ goals.

With an experienced and aggressive group of lawyers – including former prosecutors and attorneys seasoned in both plaintiff and defense work – Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot is uniquely positioned to assist clients who have been harmed in the business environment. Sometimes the injury may threaten the very existence of the business itself. In these and other situations, we can adapt the fee arrangement to ensure that our clients’ interests are protected.

As one of the largest Alaska-based law firms in the state, Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot possesses both the resources and the resolve for pursuing cases in the highest courts. Likewise, we have the experience to recognize and resolve claims early, saving clients millions of dollars in payouts. Our litigators try cases that should be tried and aggressively seek alternative solutions when they should not.

Our interdisciplinary approach to commercial disputes enables us to address contract, energy, construction, bankruptcy, real estate, and insurance and financial issues as business concerns, not just as elements of trial strategy. Our varied experience in assisting both plaintiffs and defendants has allowed us to develop strong strategies and anticipate opposing arguments so that we can deliver an effective approach to our clients’ cases. Perhaps most significantly, our comprehensive breadth enables us to create the most effective and efficient litigation team for any type of matter.


Adam W. Cook
James H. Lister
Mara E. Michaletz
Sarah A. Badten
Michael J. Schwarz
William A. Earnhart

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