Robert L. Richmond is the founder of the firm. He has an active litigation practice trying cases throughout the state of Alaska.
After graduating from Kodiak High School in Alaska, Mr. Richmond worked in various remote Alaska locations as a commercial fisherman and in the construction industry. He attended college at Georgetown University where he received his undergraduate degree. Between college and law school he served in the United States Army as an interrogator in the Military Intelligence branch.
Mr. Richmond's trial experience encompasses a varied civil practice, focusing on defense of personal injury claims, wrongful death claims, and professional liability claims. He has tried cases in many remote towns in Alaska, where he has successfully defended aviation operators, product manufacturers, corporate professionals, fishing vessel owners and processing plants. Some particularly interesting cases in which he has been involved include defense of some of the crab vessels featured on the show "Deadliest Catch", as well as the aviation operations featured in the TV show "Flying Wild Alaska", and the claims growing out of one of the earliest fatal high school shooting tragedies, which took place in Bethel, Alaska. That case was tried in the Bethel court before a rural jury under difficult circumstances and logistics, and ended in a successful result for the firm's insured defendant. Mr. Richmond was also lead counsel for the third mate of the EXXON VALDEZ in all claims growing out of its grounding on Bligh Reef outside Valdez, Alaska. Mr. Richmond successfully negotiated a dismissal of all claims against the third mate for compensatory and punitive damages. He routinely counsels clients in claims as diverse as dram shop litigation, professional malpractice, intentional torts, and wrongful termination.
Mr. Richmond has been selected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America. He has taught numerous classes in trial practice techniques for the ABOTA "Masters in Trial" seminars, and has the designation of Proctor in Admiralty. For five years he has been voted a Top Ten Super Lawyer in Alaska, and is consistently listed in "Best Lawyers" in the field of defense of personal injury claims. He is also active in defense organizations including the Federation of Defense and Corporate counsel, and the International Association of Defense Counsel. Additionally, he currently serves on the Alaska Board of Marine Pilots.
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