Ronald G. Birch

Mr. Birch is senior counsel to 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 assists 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 University (J.D., 1965)
Colgate University (B.A., 1962)
Political Institute of the University of Paris

Admitted to Practice

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Courts of Alaska, District of Columbia, and Maryland
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
District of Columbia
Alaska

Awards and Honors

Martindale-Hubbell AV rated for 35 years
Selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Super Lawyers in the practice area of Litigation

Other Professional Experience

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

Representative Matters and Selected Clients

Alaska Native Corporations
Florida East Coast Railway
National Institute of Transition Planning, Inc. (NITP)
Ruthi Postow Staffing, Inc. (RPSI)

Professional and Community Activities

Judge, Columbia University School of Law, Jerome Michael Competition
American Arbitration Association
Natural Resources Section of the Anchorage Bar Association (former chairman)
Corporate Counsel Institute, Northwestern University