William A. Earnhart

Mr. Earnhart’s practice focuses on labor and employment law, commercial litigation and appeals, and municipal law. He has extensive experience serving as general counsel to village corporations, municipalities, and closely held private corporations. Mr. Earnhart’s skills include drafting and revising contracts; reviewing invitations to bid/proposals; drafting policies; advising in regard to general business and HR matters; and supervising outside counsel.

Mr. Earnhart has been the lead negotiator and counsel on behalf of management on many labor matters, including a number of complex contracts, and has arbitrated numerous grievances. Mr. Earnhart previously served as the Senior Labor and Employment Attorney for the Municipality of Anchorage where he advised the Mayor, the Assembly, and municipal departments in labor negotiations, arbitrations, trial practice, and appellate matters. Prior to the Municipality, he advised private clients on labor issues, including alleged NLRA section 8(a) violations. He also has extensive experience before administrative agencies, including the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and has successfully defended clients in wage and hour matters and claims of breach of contract, retaliation, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and race, age, gender, and disability discrimination.

Mr. Earnhart has over 25 years of practice before the Alaska Superior Court, U.S. District Court, and arbitration panels, specializing in employment, commercial, professional malpractice, construction, and injury defense litigation. He has substantial trial experience with more than 20 jury trials to verdict and has successfully litigated dismissal of cases with up to $12,000,000 in exposure. He has also often appeared before the Alaska Supreme Court in appellate matters.

Education

University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 1994)
Willamette University (B.A., 1990)

Admitted to Practice

U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Alaska
Oregon
Washington

Other Professional Experience

Counsel, Wohlforth, Brecht, Cartledge & Brooking, LLP, January 2014-October 2015
Senior Labor and Employment Attorney. Municipality of Anchorage, 2010-2014
Counsel. Richmond & Quinn, P.C., Anchorage, Alaska, 2006-2009
Partner. Lane Powell then Lane Powell Spears Lubersky, Anchorage, Alaska, 1994-2006

Professional and Community Activities

Board Member, Nordic Ski Association, Anchorage
Safety Officer, Board Member, Knik Little League
Member, Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission
Vice President, Eagle River Valley Community Council
Chair, Zoning Board of Examiners and Appeals Pro Bono Committee
President, Bayshore Owners’ Association