Jeff maintains an active trial and appellate practice, focusing on complex civil and criminal matters. He has substantial trial experience, before judges and juries, and has appeared as counsel and argued more than 75 appeals to the Alaska Supreme Court, Alaska Court of Appeals, Idaho Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Jeff's trial experience encompasses a broad range of matters, including environmental and antitrust cases, oil and gas disputes, constitutional claims, commercial and corporate litigation, and insurance and personal injury matters.
Jeff’s criminal practice focuses on corporate and environmental matters. He has defended companies, corporate officers, and employees in most of the significant environmental matters prosecuted in Alaska, including the Exxon Valdez grounding, the prosecution of timber companies, passenger cruise ship operators, and airline operators for Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act violations, and state and federal environmental prosecutions of oil companies drilling on Alaska’s North Slope. Jeff also has handled public corruption prosecutions, perjury cases, federal false statement and false claims charges, and Alaska’s only impeachment inquiry.
Before joining Summit Law Group, Jeff was the founding partner at Feldman Orlansky & Sanders in Anchorage, Alaska. Jeff is also a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Law, has served as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and is a frequent CLE lecturer.
State of Alaska v. BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc. — Lead trial counsel on behalf of BP in claims by State of Alaska arising out of 2006 oil spill on Alaska's North Slope.
In re: Acquisition by Lynden Inc. of Northland Transportation, Co. — Counsel for Lynden in connection with antitrust review of proposed acquisition. Acquisition obtained court approval.
In re Polar Bear Endangered Species Act Listing — Counsel for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation in connection with challenges to listing of polar bears as an endangered species. Position advanced by ASRC was adopted by the court.
United States v. BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc. — Lead trial counsel for BP in probation revocation proceedings initiated by the federal government. Following a two-week trial, government's petition to revoke probation was dismissed by the federal district court.
Alaskans for Fair Redistricting v. Parnell — Represented coalition of Alaska Native, environmental, and citizen groups challenging Alaska reapportionment plan.
Alaska Rent-A-Car v. Avis Budget Group — Successfully represented franchisee at trial and on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court in breach of contract claim against franchisor.
Law Project for Psychiatric Rights v. Walmart — Successfully represented Wal-Mart in trial court and on appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in case challenging sale of FDA approved medications for off-label use.