Professional Biography

James N. Leik Partner

  • Anchorage

    D +1.907.263.6923

    F +1.907.276.6423


    1029 West Third Avenue, Suite 300

    Anchorage, AK 99501-1981




Jim Leik, a partner in the firm's Litigation and Product Liability practices, focuses on commercial litigation, energy & environmental litigation, product liability litigation and other civil litigation matters.

Chambers USA 2021 and Best Lawyers 2022

Ranked by Chambers & Best Lawyers

Named “Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America, 2022
Ranked by Chambers USA Eight Years in a Row

Professional Recognition

  • Listed “Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, “America’s Leading Commercial Litigation Lawyers," 2014 - 2021
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Environmental; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2007 - 2022
  • Listed in "Alaska's Super Lawyers," 2007 - 2021
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • Alaska Bar Association, Chair, Tort Section, 2002 - 2009; Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section; Administrative Law Section; Law Examiners Committee, 1994 - 1997
  • Alaska Pattern Civil Jury Instruction Committee, 1988 - present; Chairman, 2015 - present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Tort/Insurance Practice Section, and Environmental, Energy & Resources Section


  • Hon. Donald Lay, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 1980 - 1981





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Alaska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., with distinction, Order of the Coif, 1980, Note and Comment Editor, Duke Law Journal
  • University of Montana, B.A., with high honors, 1977