Ward Merdes


Merdes & Merdes, P.C.

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Ward M. Merdes
Fairbanks, AK


Fairbanks, Alaska


Fairbanks, Alaska


BS (Economics): Santa Clara University

JD: Santa Clara University cum laude

MBA: Cornell University – Johnson School of Management

Expected MA (Professional Communication): University of Alaska, Fairbanks


State Bar of Alaska

State Bar of California

State Bar of Washington

Licensed to practice law in State and Federal Courts – and Federal Claims Court

Member, Alaska and American Bar Associations

American Association for Justice (AAJ) – President’s Club Member

Faculty, American Association For Justice

Former Director, San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association

Director, Alaska Academy of Trial Lawyers

Certified Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA);

Alaska State Coordinator, National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA);

Graduate, Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College (TLC) 2003


Community Service:

Various local boards, including Fairbanks Downtown Association

Continues to teach legal courses at University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Practice Areas:

  • Automobile, Airplane, and Motorcycle Crashes
  • Wrongful Death, Medical and Professional Malpractice
  • Commercial Trucking Crashes
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims
  • Unsafe Premises and Industrial or Workplace Injuries
  • Probate Claims and Will Contests
  • Contract, Partnership and Property Claims


Lori (my wife), martial arts, weight lifting, amateur radio (KL7IXW),
1956 Ford F-100 truck restoration, Datsun 240Z restoration

Favorite Quotes:

“If what you’re doing doesn’t work, do something else… anything else.” [R. Bandler]

“I believe in the soul…” [Crash Davis (Kevin Costner), “Bull Durham”]

“The revolution begins Monday at 8:00 a.m.” [Thunder]

About Ward:

I represent living, breathing people. I fight for people who have been injured or had it stuck to them by others. I level the playing field. I’m here to help the guy next door. I stop insurance companies from running over the little guy a second time. I run a revolutionary law practice: We sue people who screw people.