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I become born on March 14, 1946 in Iola, Illinois, a whistle-prevent city in southern Illinois of about 300 individuals. My Father was a Tenant Farmer/Truck Driver/Construction Laborer, and my Mother, a School Teacher. I recollect in my kids one-room usa faculties, and hitching posts before the overall save.

After graduating from a public high faculty of two hundred college students in Braidwood, Illinois, a small rural city of 2000 citizens 60 miles south of Chicago, I attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a scholarship and received in 1968, two Bachelor of Science stages: one in Industrial Management from the MIT Alfred P. Sloan School of Business, and one in Electrical Engineering. In 1972 I became…
I turned into born on March 14, 1946 in Iola, Illinois, a whistle-forestall metropolis in southern Illinois of about 300 persons. My Father became a Tenant Farmer/Truck Driver/Construction Laborer, and my Mother, a School Teacher. I remember in my kids one-room u . s . colleges, and hitching posts earlier than the general save.

After graduating from a public high faculty of two hundred college students in Braidwood, Illinois, a small rural metropolis of 2000 citizens 60 miles south of Chicago, I attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a scholarship and received in 1968, two Bachelor of Science levels: one in Industrial Management from the MIT Alfred P. Sloan School of Business, and one in Electrical Engineering. In 1972 I changed into presented a Juris Doctor from the Harvard Law School. At both MIT and Harvard I turned into inside the top 20% of my class.

In 1972 I traveled to Alaska to clerk in Juneau for the Alaska Supreme Court (Justice Robert Boochever—who became in the end appointed a Judge of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit), and worked for two and one-half years as a Trial Lawyer/Appellate Attorney with the Alaska Public Defender Agency, in Anchorage.

I actually have two youngsters: Ana Cristina Weidner (born 1971), a trial lawyer and member of the Alaska Bar and American Association of Justice, (previously American Trial Lawyers Association), and Phillip Robyn Thor Weidner (born 1977), a health practitioner pursuing a career in anesthesiology, and I am now blessed with two grandchildren.

I have been in non-public practice with my very own law firm given that 1976, that specialize in Trial and Appellate Work as a Criminal Defense Lawyer in the State of Alaska and Federal Court(s), in main criminal matters, and as a Plaintiff’s Trial Lawyer on behalf of people in catastrophic injury and/or loss of life cases. There are three other Trial Lawyers in my corporation, Anna Cristina Weidner Tafs, Michael Cohn, and Lisa Rosano. There is likewise a support body of workers of secretaries, paralegals, and investigators.

I even have in no way labored as a prosecutor in criminal subjects, nor widespread cash from coverage agencies or massive corporations.

I had been selected for list in the National Directory of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and Best Lawyers in America, Super Attorneys / Lawyers and have an AV rating in information Hubbell.

In addition to American Association of Justice (previously ATLA), I am and/or had been a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, and Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers.

I am and have been a member of the AAJ (previously ATLA) Board of Governors for over 20 years, in addition to a Stalwart Member for decades, also serving as an officer and/or member of the Board of Governors of the Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers. I and my Firm are members of the AAJ Leaders Forum.

I have assisted in teaching trial exercise at the University of Oregon Law School in Eugene, Oregon, and on the Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at the National College of Criminal Defense Attorneys in Macon, Georgia. I have also furnished severa displays/seminars at CLE packages conducted with the aid of the Alaska Academy of Trial Attorneys / Lawyers and/or American Association of Justice as to trial attorney techniques, ethics, and relationships with the Judiciary.

I am admitted to exercise in Alaska and California. I am a member of State Bars for Alaska and California, and admitted to exercise before United States District Court(s) for Alaska and California, the Ninth and Second Circuit Court(s) of Appeals, the U.S.A.F. Military Court of Appeals, and the USA Supreme Court.

I actually have attempted numerous cases to jury verdict in each the crook and civil arenas, including acquittals and/or dismissals in murder instances and critical State and Federal Court criminal cases, and feature acquired severa plaintiff’s verdicts and/or settlements for sums in extra of $a million and/or in multiples of $one million in products liability, aviation, creation injuries, wrongful dying, clinical malpractice, and toxic tort matters, and some in extra of $7,000,000 to $10,000,000.

As part of the Exxon Valdez 1989 Grounding in Prince William Sound Oil Spill Litigation, on behalf of Fish Processors, I obtained a healing for tens of $a million’s in compensatory damages.

Some of the goods liability cases and/or anti-believe litigation, and/or other cases, included litigating under the Hague Convention in opposition to Swedish, German, and Japanese defendants, (with discovery in Sweden, Germany, and Japan), and against important gun producers. (The Defendants protected Trelleborg, Dahlmag, E.I. DuPont, Remington, Mossberg and Cessna). I even have additionally assisted in enormous property related litigation in Germany, which includes claims that relate back masses of years, below the historic Fideikommis Laws. I have received recoveries in a couple of millions of dollars from the Federal Government in Federal Tort Claim cases, in addition to tens of millions of greenbacks of recovery in clinical malpractice and civil rights instances.

I and my organization have correctly represented numerous person Plaintiffs and/or Estates in Aviation/Air Crash litigation, inclusive of subjects related to products legal responsibility towards Cessna. This consists of litigation bobbing up from crashes of commercial aircraft flying from primary airports, as well as “Alaska Bush” providers. The cases are numerous, and the maximum noteworthy representation was within the Alaska Airlines litigation springing up from the crash of an McDonnell Douglas MD-83, Flight 261 off Point Mugu, California, returning to the U.S. from Mexico, [(loss of jack screw function in horizontal stabilizer) Hague Convention and Admiralty Litigation], the Penn Air/Cessna litigation bobbing up from the crash of a Cessna caravan on takeoff in Dillingham, Alaska, and Products Liability litigation as to a defective throttle/firewall connection on a Cessna 206 flying from Lake Hood in Anchorage, Alaska, on a sightseeing journey to Mt. Denali.

Some of the subjects I have litigated and/or attempted on behalf of Plaintiffs and Estates involve Maritime and Admiralty jurisdiction and regulation. The Point Mugu crash case worried same, as well as a recent wrongful demise motion we attempted and settled mid-trial, in Kenai, Alaska, springing up from a fatal scuba diving incident inside the Pacific Ocean near Seward, Alaska. I also have efficiently prosecuted not most effective Medical Malpractice Cases, however cases involving faulty medical products.

My maximum widely known crook protection trial fulfillment become acquiring acquittal of John Kenneth Peel for eight counts of first degree murder and one matter of arson after trials—the primary consuming 8 months (in Ketchikan, Alaska, approximately 1,000 miles from my office in Anchorage, Alaska) with a hung jury, and the second one ingesting five months in Juneau, Alaska (approximately 900 miles from my office in Anchorage). We obtained an acquittal on all counts inside the 2nd jury trial (in Juneau) with the aid of resting at the near of the government’s case, relying on move-exam, with out a defense witnesses.

The result in the Peel case has been widely pronounced as the simplest recognized example in American jurisprudence of a Trial Lawyer acquiring jury acquittal of a Criminal Defendant charged with mass homicide.

After the verdict I pursued a civil rights/malicious prosecution claim for Mr. Peel and his circle of relatives against the State of Alaska in Federal Court, and we acquired a agreement of $1,000,000.

As cited, I have attempted severa criminal subjects involving allegations of murder and have received, in positive instances, acquittals and/or compromised verdicts on notably lesser prices.

I even have also successfully defended navy employees in Courts Marshall complaints earlier than Military Juries as to costs delivered by way of the U.S. Army and/or U.S. Air Force, along with an acquittal for murder, an acquittal for critical attack prices and a dismissal of all prices against a U.S. Air Force surgeon, (with successful appellate illustration affirming the sitting choose’s dismissal), acquiring from the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, a Writ of Habeas Corpus and Order liberating him with an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force, (the Air Force had refused to discharge him), which is one of the few reported times of the civilian courts issuing a Writ of Habeas Corpus towards the military. That health care provider went on to an immensely successful orthopedic practice at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in the end serving patients in a rural clinic in Minnesota.

In every other essential murder case in which I changed into protection counsel, (serving as same, in large part seasoned bono beneath a voluntary court docket appointment for decreased prices), I defended Peggy Gustafson-Barnett in U.S.A. v. Peggy Gustafson-Barnett, Case No. CR-92-01038-R-1, in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska.

The Defendants therein had been charged with conspiracy as to the deadly bombing of the father of a witness who had testified towards Mr. Cheely and Mr. Gustafson, in a a hit prosecution for first degree homicide in Alaska State courtroom that become defended by means of other recommend. In the following bombing, thru a mail bomb with plastic explosives, in which the witness turned into a goal, the witness’ father, changed into inadvertently killed and his stepmother maimed. There have been allegations that my patron, Ms. Gustafson-Barnett, had mailed the deadly bomb at the path of her brother, Mr. Gustafson, who become a defendant inside the State homicide prosecution.

All of the defendants in the Federal Court matter faced the demise penalty, underneath the old Federal Death Penalty Statute.

Working with co-suggest, we obtained a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska that stated demise penalty statute changed into unconstitutional, and couldn't be applied, and I then proceeded to attain a Rule 11 resolution on behalf of Ms. Gustafson, where she received vast time to serve, however significantly less time than she became facing if convicted at trial, and she or he will quickly be launched on parole.

One particularly pleasing acquittal turned into on behalf of my father, Phillip Marion Weidner, who become indicted in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago) in 1975 for dealing in firearms with out a license. Although there has been a ninety eight% conviction rate inside the Federal District Court at that point, we received an acquittal on all counts by using a jury after 20 minutes of deliberation.

There have additionally been many noteworthy successes at the appellate level inside the Alaska Supreme Court and/or Alaska Court of Appeals, inclusive of: (1) at the start of my career, the landmark case related to the right to recommend of one’s choice (McKinnon v. State, 526 P.second 18 (Alaska 1974)); (2) due procedure rights of trial suggest facing court sanctions for zealous advocacy (Weidner v. State, 764 P.second 717 (Alaska App. 1988) and Weidner v. Superior Court, Third Judicial District, 715 P.2nd 264 (Alaska App. 1986)); (3) the proper to the psychotherapist-affected person privilege (Allred v. State, 554 P.2d 411 (Alaska 1976)); and (4) more currently, the rights of injured plaintiffs to sue the State of Alaska notwithstanding claims of sovereign immunity (State of Alaska v. Sanders, 944 P.second 453 (Alaska 1997) and Guerrero v. Alaska Housing Finance Corp., 6 P.3d 250 (Alaska 2000)), Guerrero ex rel. Guerrero, 123 P.3d 966 (Alaska 2005); and (five) the rights to are trying to find civil alleviation towards a company for the activity site demise of a employee Estate of Milos v. Quality Asphalt Paving, Inc., a hundred forty five P.3d 533 (Alaska 2006), in addition to others.

I was class suggest for over 5,000 fishermen in Alakayak, et al. v. All Alaskan Seafoods, Inc., et al., within the Superior Court for the State of Alaska, and before the Alaska Supreme Court, a price-fixing action concerning antitrust violations of processors, (along with multi-national Japanese defendants), who victimized fishermen within the Bristol Bay pink salmon fishery. That case additionally concerned Hague Convention litigation and discovery in Japan. We recovered well over $40 Million Dollars.

I am a sturdy supporter of the U.S. and Alaska constitutions, and feature achieved many civil rights cases, and I am actively nevertheless pursuing same together with currently, case(s) against the State of Alaska and Homer Police Department for the tragic wounding and permanent brain injury and maiming of a infant in a shootout.

I am an avid supporter of the Bill of Rights, and particularly the 1st, 2d, 4th, fifth, 6th, seventh, and eighth amendments and the sister provisions of the Alaska Constitution.

In addition to my expert sports, I had been blessed in the course of my time in Alaska with the opportunity to engage in many outdoor sports, including: (1) constructing two huge put up and beam/log homes [one in my mountainside residence overlooking Cook Inlet outside of Anchorage and one on my Homestead on the Big Susitna River with a view of Mt. Denali] and a comparable home overlooking Kachemak Bay in Seldovia Alaska, and (2) snowboarding, snow shoeing, river jogging, recreational shooting, hunting, fishing, and elevating sled puppies and Chesapeake Bay retrievers. I conflict at efforts to jot down poetry with an emphasis on Sonnets and am working on self-publishing a 3 volume work.

I still operate (from a distance) the old circle of relatives farm on “Dismal Creek” outside of Iola in Clay County, i.e., I am at coronary heart a hay and cattle farmer from southern Illinois.

I maintain the historical Denali Fairview Inn Saloon, Dance Hall, and Den of Inequity in Talkeetna Alaska (gateway to Mt. Denali) (www.denali-fairview.com). I actually have practiced regulation in California and Alaska for over forty years; that is, for the reason that fall of 1972.

Fellow members of the Trial Bar are welcome to pattern the fun and solitude of Alaska and Illinois at those locations.
Phillip Paul Weidner and Associates A Professional Corporation

Practise Areas

  • Litigation
  • Aviation
  • Antitrust
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Constitutional Law
  • Products Liability
  • Construction Accidents
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Criminal Defense
Law Firm Position


Admission Info

Admitted in 1976, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
1987, U.S. Air Force Court of Military Review
1975, U.S. District Court, District of Alaska
1973, Alaska and California
1977, U.S. Supreme Court

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Fixed hourly fees
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Start on the Faculty of Law
Harvard University

Class of 1972

University Attended

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Class of 1968
B.S. Elec. Eng.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Class of 1968
B.S. Indust. Man.

Associations & Memberships
Anchorage and Alaska Bar Associations
State Bar of California
Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member, Board of Governors)
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Lawyers Guild
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
Washington State Trial Lawyers Association.

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