Movers and Shakers for April 29
Schwabe, Williamson &Wyatt has opened an office in Anchorage and hired three maritime attorneys to bolster its transportation, ports and maritime industry group to 29 attorneys for one of the largest maritime teams among Pacific Northwest full-service firms. Bert Ray joins Schwabe as a shareholder and will lead the Anchorage office. Ray has practiced in Anchorage for most of his 30-year career and has extensive maritime experience as well as a diverse general litigation practice that includes environmental, maritime, commercial, insurance, securities, malpractice and white collar criminal matters. He practices extensively in state and federal courts, as well as in commercial arbitrations and before administrative agencies. Ray regularly represents clients in casualty responses and also has significant experience representing clients in natural resource damage assessments conducted by state and federal agencies. Zach Berne joins Schwabe as an associate in the Anchorage office. His practice focuses on maritime, environmental, insurance and securities matters. Zach works on all manner of maritime matters, from injury accidents and fatalities to collisions to claims for reimbursement from the National Pollution Funds Center.
Shannon &Wilson, an employee-owned geotechnical and environmental engineering firm with offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Palmer employing more than 50, announced two new additions to its board of directors: Meg Strong, LG, LHG, vice president, and Bob Mitchell, PE, PEng, vice president. A geologist/hydrogeologist and group leader of the Environmental Department, Strong has more than 27 years of experience managing, investigating, and providing strategy for environmental issues for corporations and municipalities. Having joined Shannon &Wilson in 1997, Mitchell specializes in geotechnical and geotechnical earthquake engineering for design and build and design projects across North America.