Throughout Alaska’s history, Denali, “The Great One,” has represented rugged strength and dependability. And for nearly 80 years, the attorneys at Hughes White Colbo Wilcox & Tervooren, LLC have mirrored the qualities of North America’s highest peak to meet the challenging legal needs of individuals and businesses throughout Alaska.

Founded in Anchorage in 1939 as Davis & Renfrew—20 years before Alaska statehood—the firm has maintained its unique pioneer spirit throughout the decades. In the 1940s and 50s, our founding partners served territorial residents and businesses in the areas of real estate, fishing, timber, mining, transportation, and of course, construction. As the state grew in the 1960s and 70s so too did the firm, taking on unique and interesting legal problems arising from oil discoveries in Cook Inlet and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska’s newly established statehood and the construction of the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

Today, Hughes White represents businesses and individuals in the areas of litigation, product liability, insurance, environmental law, employment law, family law, condemnation and eminent domain, real estate, as well as probate, wills and estate planning. As seasoned and experienced trial attorneys representing local, national and international clients, we are highly regarded and trusted, not only by our clients, co-counsel and in-house counsel, but also by judges and opposing counsel.

Over the years, Hughes White has earned recognition as one of Alaska’s top law firms. The hallmark of our continuing success is our commitment to practicing at the highest level of professionalism and integrity, with an unwavering commitment to excellence.

1903

Construction begins on Alaska Central Railway (later renamed The Alaska Railroad)

Hughes White Colbo Wilcox Tervooren LLC.

1912

Alaska becomes a U.S. Territory and gets a non-voting delegate in Congress

1939

Edward Davis and William Renfrew found their law firm Davis & Renfrew

1939: Edward Davis and William Renfrew found their law firm Davis & Renfrew

1940

John Hughes arrives in Alaska

1940: John Hughes arrives in Alaska

1942

The Alaska Highway is built providing critical overland transportation to the rest of the U.S. during WWII

1945

The “Anchorage Bar Association,” including founding partner Edward Davis (second from right) entertains visiting lawyer, Dorothy Tyner who later becomes the first woman to open a private law practice in the city.

1945: The “Anchorage Bar Association,” including founding partner Edward Davis (second from right) entertains visiting lawyer, Dorothy Tyner who later becomes the first woman to open a private law practice in the city.

1950s

John Hughes and David Thorsness join the firm

1957

Anchorage Bar Association officially founded

June 30, 1958

Alaska becomes the 49th state of the union

June 30, 1958: Alaska becomes the 49th state of the union

1959

Edward Davis appointed a judge of the newly formed state superior court

1959: Edward Davis appointed a judge of the newly formed state superior court

1964

Good Friday Earthquake kills 131 people and causes heavy damage along the Gulf Coast

1973

First Iditarod Sled Dog Race is held

1973: First Iditarod Sled Dog Race is held

1975

Firm becomes Hughes Thorsness Gantz Powell & Brundin; (pictured left to right) Dave Thorsness, John Hughes, Dick Gantz, Jim Powell and Brian Brundin, circa 1987

1975: Firm becomes Hughes Thorsness Gantz Powell & Brundin; pictured left to right Dave Thorsness, John Hughes, Dick Gantz, Jim Powell and Brian Brundin circa 1987

1977

800-mile trans-Alaska Pipeline construction completed

1977: 800-mile trans-Alaska Pipeline construction completed

2005

Hughes Bauman Pfiffner Gorski & Seedorf moves to 3900 C Street in Anchorage

2007

Carl Bauman is appointed to the Kenai Superior Court Bench; Firm name becomes Hughes Pfiffner Gorski Seedorf & Odsen

2009

Frank Pfiffner is appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court Bench; Firm name becomes Hughes Gorski Seedorf Odsen & Tervooren

2009: Frank Pfiffner is appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court Bench; Firm name becomes Hughes Gorski Seedorf Odsen & Tervooren