Patrick W. Munson
Patrick joined the firm in 2011 and has been a partner since 2018. He maintains a diverse commercial practice representing primarily small businesses and Alaska Native Corporations in both litigation and transactional matters, with particular emphasis on ANCSA, oil and gas permitting, and contracting. He has spent much of his career representing affected landowners in dealings with oil and gas companies seeking access to or operating on privately owned and public lands. Patrick also routinely represents candidates for local, state, and federal offices before and after elections, including a recent election challenge in the Alaska Supreme Court. He also handles the vast majority of labor and employment matters for all the firm’s clients. An experienced municipal attorney as well, Patrick regularly advises city councils, borough assemblies, and municipal officials on the “business” of running a local government, including personnel matters, port and harbor operations, election disputes, municipal taxation, planning and zoning, and drafting ordinances. He also sits on the other side of the table representing private citizens in matters before municipal boards and commissions.
Patrick takes a practical approach to the practice of law and strives to provide clear, concise advice that is useful and cost effective. He takes the same approach to litigation by seeking the most effective way to achieve a client’s goals, whether through negotiation or at trial. He has achieved favorable results for in front of the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, in state court, and the Alaska Supreme Court.
Never one to pass up a challenging legal issue, Patrick takes pride in working with clients to answer whatever difficult and unique question arises. His newest challenge is spearheading the firm’s growing reach to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, where Patrick lives with his wife, kids, and too many dogs.
J.D. Vermont Law School, 2010 (magna cum laude)
Senior editor, Vermont Law Review
Winner of 2009 Vermont Law Review Note Competition
Master of Environmental Law & Policy, Vermont Law School 2010 (magna cum laude)
B.A. Washington and Lee University, 2005 (magna cum laude)
- Elections and campaign finance
- Labor & Employment
- Natural resources
- Commercial litigation and transactions
- United States District Court for the District of Alaska
- Vermont (inactive)