Our Practice Areas: Litigation in Alaska

Litigation Section

Delaney Wiles, Inc. has a national reputation as an outstanding litigation firm. The firm has handled many complex and difficult legal matters filed in Alaska. Typical of these matters are numerous cases involving the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, complex product liability questions, catastrophic personal injury, aviation, professional malpractice, admiralty, environmental incidents, governmental authority and responsibility, and oil and gas issues concerning the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The firm has a long history of representing the State of Alaska in numerous complex legal matters. These include the defense of various state agencies in tort litigation, asserting the State's interests in major road right-of way cases, and the defense of State officials in civil rights matters.

The firm's clients include many of the country's largest insurers, worker's compensation carriers, bonding companies, and a number of Lloyds of London underwriting syndicates. Delaney Wiles, Inc. has been AV rated for 20 years and recommended in Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys. Many of the Litigation Section attorneys are leaders in respected litigation societies and associations.

The Litigation Section represents many diverse clients before a variety of appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of Alaska, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.


Hathaway v. Alaska Interior Transport.
Defended a transportation company in an automobile accident case involving an alleged serious permanent cervical injury. At arbitration, successfully defended against the claim for several hundred thousands of dollars in future non-economic and economic losses.

Dan Hejl, Lisbeth Hejl, Jodi Hejl and Two Minor Hejl Children v. Wasilla Ministries, Inc. 
Assisted lead counsel in defending a church and its officers and board members against accusations that the church was a cult that negligently interfered with plaintiffs’ parental rights by allegedly enticing their then 16-year old daughter to run away from home and join the church; at the 10-week trial plaintiffs sought a $3,050,000 verdict, but the jury specifically found the church was not a cult, and the 16-year old girl was 25% at fault, and the church was only 10% at fault, resulting in a verdict for less than $25,000.

Walden v. State of Alaska, Department of Transportation
Defense verdict obtained on behalf of State of Alaska in case alleging negligent maintenance of Parks Highway, which resulted in vehicle passenger quadriplegia.

Domke v. Alyeska Pipeline Co.
Following five week trial alleging plaintiff was terminated for reporting safety concerns, defense awarded Rule 68 attorneys fees & costs, and obtained a judgment against plaintiff for $185,000.