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Based in Anchorage, Gruenstein, Hickey, Havelock & Duffy provides highly experienced legal representation to individuals and businesses throughout the State of Alaska. Our lawyers are strategically minded, confident and knowledgeable in the law.

Peter E. Gruenstein earned his law degree from The George Washington University, with honors, in 1973. He has been in private practice since 1987. In his long career as a trial lawyer in Alaska, Mr. Gruenstein has been lead attorney in more than 75 jury trials. His practice emphasizes personal injury law, antitrust law, public pension law, health care law, wrongful termination, and business and commercial litigation.
Mr. Gruenstein has received the highest Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent* from his peers.

Daniel W. Hickey, a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, has been practicing law in Alaska since 1972. He served as District Attorney for Juneau from 1973 to 1975 and Alaska's chief prosecutor from 1975 to 1985 and has been in private practice since leaving that position. Mr. Hickey's practice emphasizes work on behalf of individuals injured by the negligence of others, as well as business and commercial litigation, health care law, wrongful termination, professional malpractice and white collar crime.

Brian T. Duffy received his B.A. from Loyola College in Maryland and his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. He is a member of the Alaska State Bar, and participates in the Native Law Section, Corporation Counsel Section, and Real Estate Section. He is also admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Brian routinely addresses the commercial, corporate, and real estate issues that impact small to mid-sized businesses, ranging from multi-state transactions and disputes to local issues unique to rural Alaska. He maintains an active transactional real estate and commercial law practice. Brian assists clients in ensuring legal compliance by developing appropriate form contracts, policies and procedures, and applying for licensing and permits. Brian has litigated civil cases with disputed issues involving: accretion, adverse possession, ANCSA lands, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, closely held corporations, constructive trusts, common interest community restrictions, corporate squeeze-out, defamation, environmental remediation, employment discrimination, fraud, foreclosure, Indian Child Welfare Act, municipal taxation, misappropriation of trade secrets, proxy disputes, residential real estate disclosures, trespass, unfair trade practices, whistleblower protections, and quiet title actions.

John Havelock - Emeritus Attorney. Mr. Havelock's historic career situates him among the most senior lawyers in Alaska. His landmark work has been in public policy and constitutional law, while at the same time sharing with Mr. Duffy a concern for the problems and disputes of ordinary people and small businesses. His background in state affairs allowed him to forge a team to address complex problems that confront some larger organizations.

Educated at Harvard University and Law School, Mr. Havelock came to Alaska in the statehood year of 1959. After a four-year apprenticeship as an Assistant Attorney General, Chief of the Civil Division, and Deputy Attorney General, he became a founding partner in the Anchorage firm of Ely, Guess, Rudd & Havelock (now Guess & Rudd). In the same period, he was elected to the board of the state bar association, was the association's representative on the American Bar Association, and appointed administrator of the then much smaller Alaska Bar Association.

After subsequent service as a White House Fellow and then as Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, he returned to Alaska becoming re-involved in the movement for settlement of the Alaska Native claims, and at the same time assisted in the organization of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, serving as its attorney before Governor Egan tapped him to serve as Alaska's Attorney General.

These were turbulent years in which Havelock played a significant role in the enactment of the Settlement Act, the establishment of the tax regime for the oil companies, the TAPS pipeline authorization, and the enactment of the fisheries entry law, which transformed Alaskan fisheries setting a model for the world. Before leaving state service, Havelock drafted the language of the state's Constitutional Privacy Amendment, the meaning of which he has since litigated.

Soon after, at the direction of the Regents and the Legislative Affairs Agency he conducted the study "Legal Education for a Frontier Society", resulting in the establishment of a Justice Center and a statewide major in Justice at the University of Alaska. The University hired Havelock to carry out the recommendations of the study, appointing him University Director of Legal Studies and Professor of Justice. While in this role, Havelock successfully directed a revision of the state's criminal code, among other work.

Havelock returned to the practice of law a decade later, though continuing with occasional teaching at the University in Political Science. When the Exxon-Valdez spill occurred, Havelock was called to serve as counsel and staff director to Alaska's Spill Commission.

Though best known as Governor Egan's Attorney General, Havelock served on Governor Hammond's Growth Policy Council, and for many years chaired the Post-Secondary Education Commission. He also served Governor Hickel on a special commission to address education vouchers, which resulted in the development of a shift to consideration of charter schools. For Governor Knowles, he served as the neutral member of a special commission on the shooting of wolves.

When not employed in public service, Havelock has written a regular column on public policy questions beginning in the 1960's. He is also the author of a book, a study of the strengths and infirmities of the Alaska Constitution titled, Let's Get It Right. Mr. Havelock is currently retired from the practice of law and serves as an emeritus attorney, providing the firm with invaluable advice gained from over 50 years of practice in the state.

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Gruenstein, Hickey, Havelock & Duffy, Attorneys
1029 West 3rd Avenue
Suite 510 
Anchorage, AK 99501

Phone: 800-868-6134 
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