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Merdes, Ward M.
PO Box 71309 Fairbanks, AK
Phone: (907) 452-5400
Fax: (907) 452-8879


Current Employment Position(s)


Lawyer Overview


Lori (my wife), martial arts, weight lifting, amateur radio (KL7IXW),
1956 Ford F-100 truck restoration, Datsun 240Z restoration

Favorite Quotes:

"If what you're doing doesn't work, do something else... anything else." {R. Bandler}

"I believe in the soul..." {Crash Davis (Kevin Costner), "Bull Durham"}

"The revolution begins Monday at 8:00 a.m." {Thunder}
About Ward:

I represent living, breathing people. I fight for people who have been injured or had it stuck to them by others. I level the playing field. I'm here to help the guy next door. I stop insurance companies from running over the little guy a second time. I run a revolutionary law practice: We sue people who screw people. 

Areas of Practice

  • Automobile
  • Airplane
  • Motorcycle Crashes
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical and Professional Malpractice
  • Commercial Trucking Crashes
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims
  • Unsafe Premises and Industrial or Workplace Injuries
  • Probate Claims and Will Contests
  • Contract
  • Partnership and Property Claims
90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Clients

  • Seekins Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Inc.

West Practice Categories

Business & Commercial Law, Contracts, Partnerships, Employment Law -- Employee, Employment Law -- Employer, Estate Planning, Insurance Law, Motor Vehicle, Intellectual Property Law, Labor Law, Litigation & Appeals, Personal Injury -- Defense, Wrongful Death -- Defense, Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Probate & Estate Administration, Professional Malpractice Law, Medical Malpractice, Real Estate Law, Transportation Law, Trucking


Bar Admissions

  • Alaska, 1989
  • California, 1989
  • Washington, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 1989
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska, 1989


  • Certified Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alaska Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) (Member)
  • San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association (Former Director)
  • Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers (Director)
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) (Alaska State Coordinator)

Honors and Awards

  • Law Student of the Year: San Francisco Lawyer's Club, 1988

Classes and Seminars

  • Faculty, American Association for Justice

Pro Bono Activities

  • Sponsor, Alaska Jury Project
  • Co-Founder, Slow Down Alaska
  • Co-Founder, Merdes Kids Club


  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California
    Honors: cum laude
  • Trial Lawyers College, 2003
  • Cornell University, Johnson School of Management, Ithaca, New York, 1988
    Honors: cum laude
  • Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California, 1985
    Major: Economics

Published Works

  • A Statutory Proposal Determining Arbitral Forums for 10b(5) Disputes 28 Santa Clara Law Review 2, 1988