Richard Vollertsen


Alaska Personal Injury Law Group
420 L Street #500
Alaska 99501

Tel: 907-276-1700
Fax: 907-272-2082


Mr. Vollertsen received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1975, and went on to complete his law degree at the University of San Francisco in 1981. While at the University of San Francisco Law School, he received a Moot Court Oral Advocacy Award, and was selected as Editor-in-Chief of the University of San Francisco Law Review. In addition to publication of The NEPA and Energy Legislation: The Preemption of Judicial Review, he also edited a 10-year index of the Review’s past volumes. Upon graduation, he was invited to serve as law clerk for Chief Justice Edmond Burke of the Alaska Supreme Court. At the close of that clerkship, he joined the firm of Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon, Inc., in 1982 and was quickly made a partner in 1985. He currently serves as a managing partner of the firm, and has served in that capacity since 2000.

Mr. Vollertsen’s representative cases include cases that have demanded extraordinary litigation efforts because of their scientific or medical complexities. As the result of his dedication and the support of the Alaska Personal Injury Group, he has obtained remarkable verdicts and settlements in such matters. He is particularly proud of overturning on appeal the law that barred parents from receiving any compensation for their emotional losses when their children were killed. Gillespie v. Beta Construction ($4 million) He also obtained the first verdict in the nation against an ephedra manufacturer, including a punitive damages award that was one of the largest in Alaska’s history. That verdict also led to the FDA’s confiscation of the manufacturer’s product, and contributed to the FDA’s removal of that class of products from the marketplace. Talbot v. E’ola Products, Inc. ($13 million) He has been honored to represent many clients who have suffered the devastating consequences of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. He has consequently developed an expertise in handling such medically complex claims and routinely works with nationally-recognized physicians as experts in claims brought on behalf of his clients.

Mr. Vollertsen has received the highest possible rankings for legal ability (“A” for high to preeminent) and ethical standards (“V” for very high) from Martindale-Hubbell, a national peer-review organization. Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Mr. Vollertsen has been listed for many years in Best Lawyers in America. In 2009, Best Lawyers in America selected him as Alaska’s “Personal Injury Litigator of the Year”. In both 2007 and 2009, Mr. Vollertsen was selected as one of Alaska’s Super Lawyers in the specialty practice of personal injury.

Mr. Vollertsen has been an invited presenter and panelist at many Continuing Legal Education seminars and Alaska Bar Association presentations concerning various trial practice subjects. He has served as the Vice-President and a Board member for the Alaska Chapter of the American Association for Justice. He also served as a Contributing Editor of the Alaska Court Review summarizing the opinions of the Alaska Supreme Court for practicing lawyers.

Mr. Vollertsen has served the community in various ways. He served as a Board member for the Brother Francis Shelter and a Co-Chair of the shelter’s rebuilding campaign that led to the construction a new shelter in 2005. He also served as an operator and Board member for the Alaska Crisis Line.

A life-long Alaskan, Mr. Vollertsen arrived in Alaska in 1957, living in Bush Alaska initially in Bethel and then a homestead in Stoney River before moving to Anchorage. He graduated from West Anchorage High School in 1971. He was able to pay for his education while working as a construction laborer through the Laborer’s Local 341, and worked in many parts of Alaska‚ÄĒGlennallen, Valdez, Palmer, Moose Point and Anchorage. His wife Linda’s Alaskan roots run even deeper. Her grandfather operated the first air taxi service in Nome, Mirow Air Service, which ultimately became part of Alaska Airlines. Her great grandfather, Charles Calkins, arrived in Nome for the Gold Rush in 1898, mining out of the Daisy Mine on White Mountain. Mr. Vollertsen is also a commercial fisherman, operating a set net site in Cook Inlet, and is an accomplished amateur photographer.

The attorneys at the Alaska Personal Injury Law Group have a combined 85 years of experience in representing injured Alaskans. They have had the privilege of helping injured Alaskans from all across the state. They have represented clients in cases arising from automotive and trucking accidents, fishing and other marine accidents, and airplane crashes. They have represented clients who have been injured by negligent oil field practices, unsafe premises, and defective products. They have represented individuals who have been intentionally assaulted. They have represented minors and the mentally infirm who have been abused and exploited.

These cases have included many wrongful death claims, as well as injury claims for quadriplegia, paraplegia, brain injury, loss of limbs, broken bones, internal injuries, cuts, burns, psychological injuries, and soft tissue injuries. Additional information about the group’s practice areas is provided under the specific headings below.

The Alaska Personal Injury Law Group is dedicated to obtaining full, fair and just compensation for injured Alaskans. The attorneys of the Alaska Personal Injury Law Group have a combined 85 years experience helping injured Alaskans from across the state. They have honored that trust by relentlessly seeking the maximum compensation to which their clients are entitled. Money damages can never provide complete compensation for an injury or death. Damages can, however, lighten the burden of such injuries by replacing lost income, paying for necessary medical care, and providing an important measure of justice for those whose lives have been irrevocably altered, or tragically cut short, by the wrongful acts of others.

The attorneys of the Alaska Personal Injury Law Group are all rated “A-V” by Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest and most respected attorney rating service in the country. These ratings are the highest available from Martindale-Hubbell for legal ability (“A” for high to preeminent) and for ethical standards (“V” for very high). The attorneys of the Alaska Personal Injury Law Group are also all listed in Best Lawyers in America. This rating is given only after thorough investigation and confidential peer evaluations. While the attorneys of the Alaska Personal Injury Law Group appreciate the rankings given to them by other lawyers, they measure their true success by the results obtained for each client they have the privilege to represent.

The attorneys at the Alaska Personal Injury Law Group are all partners in the law firm of Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon, Inc. The firm is one of the oldest and most respected law firms in the State of Alaska. Founded in 1962, it has one of the highest percentage of “A-V” rated attorneys in the state. Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon, Inc., has a long history of providing comprehensive legal services to its clients, including the representation of personal injury plaintiffs, and the representation of small and medium size companies as plaintiffs in business and commercial claims.

The Alaska Personal Injury Law Group recognizes that most individuals who resort to the legal system do so reluctantly and only seek what they deserve. To get fair and just compensation, however, victims of wrongful conduct often have to fight large insurance companies or huge corporations that have teams of expensive lawyers and vast resources arrayed against them. Winning a legal battle with these corporate giants requires experienced and committed counsel. It often requires hiring expensive nationally-recognized experts in various scientific and medical fields. It also requires legal counsel who have the financial resources to wage what often becomes a long legal battle. As the plaintiff’s litigation group within a larger law firm, the Alaska Personal Injury Law Group at Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon has the economic strength, the technological assets and the trained support staff to litigate against large corporations and major insurance companies. Their remarkable track record of verdicts and settlements over the past three decades shows they are well-equipped to successfully fight for your rights.

The attorneys at the Alaska Personal Injury Law Group represent individuals on a percentage or “contingency fee” basis. Under a contingency fee agreement, legal fees are paid on a percentage basis out of the recovery in the case. No legal fees are owed unless and until damages are awarded and collected. Hourly fee arrangements are also available.