Coronavirus Resources and Information
March 26, 2020 – Information and resource links are now available on our website’s resources page pertaining to recent updates to labor and employment laws as well as Alaska state orders pertaining to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Also, please be aware that due to orders issued by the State of Alaska and the Municipality of Anchorage, our office will not be open to clients or other members of the public. Firm employees are currently working from home. Court system functions, mail delivery, and courier service will, for the time being, be limited or non-existent. Accordingly, if you need to reach an attorney, legal assistant, secretary, or other firm employee, please contact your primary firm point of contact by email or cell phone.
Kimberlee Colbo inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
Anchorage, Alaska – March 8, 2020 – Kimberlee Colbo has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.
The special induction ceremony at which Kimberlee Colbo became a Fellow took place before an audience of 561 during the recent Induction Ceremony at the 2020 Spring Meeting of the College in Tucson, Arizona. The meeting had a total attendance of 679.
Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds, who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
Hughes White Celebrates its 80th Anniversary
January 7, 2020 – 2019 marked the 80th anniversary of Hughes White Colbo Wilcox & Tervooren meeting 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.
Over the years, Hughes White has continually earned recognition as one of Alaska’s top law firms, with a commitment to excellence while practicing law at the highest level of professionalism and integrity.
Hughes White Attorneys Featured in Alaska Business News
Jenna Krohn graduated from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she twice made Dean’s list and interned at the Municipality of Anchorage. She also worked full-time in human resources while attending law school. This work experience lends itself well to helping clients navigate difficult situations in employment law matters, as well as in insurance defense and family law.
After graduating in 2008 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, Brett Watts practiced criminal law both the prosecution and defense side, immigration law, family law, and general litigation. Brett left immigration law to spend more time in the courtroom, and now his practice focuses primarily on family law and litigation.
Hughes White Colbo Wilcox & Tervooren, LLC was founded in 1939, as Davis & Renfrew in Anchorage, Alaska. Now known colloquially as Hughes White, the firm has met the challenging legal needs of businesses and people throughout Alaska for more than 77 years focusing on litigation, product liability, insurance law, environmental law, condemnation and eminent domain, employment law and family law.
Three Hughes White attorneys included in this year’s Alaska Super Lawyers list
September 19, 2019 – Super Lawyers has selected three attorneys from Hughes White Colbo Wilcox & Tervooren, LLC to the 2019 Alaska Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those who embody excellence in their practice of law: Kimberlee Colbo in the practice area of Personal Injury – General: Defense, Steven Tervooren in the area of Personal Injury – Products: Defense and Jimmy White in the area of Civil Litigation: Defense.
Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is an independent rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The objective of the annual listing is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. Only 5% of attorneys evaluated are selected to Super Lawyers.
Hughes White attorneys selected for 26th Edition of “The Best Lawyers in America”
September 19, 2019 – Three attorneys from Hughes White Colbo Wilcox & Tervooren, LLC have been selected for inclusion in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, published by Best Lawyers: Kimberlee Colbo, Steven Tervooren and Jimmy White. These designations are the result of recognition by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence.
Kimberlee Colbo was designated as a “Best Lawyer” in the practice areas of Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation–Defendants. Steven Tervooren was designated as a “Best Lawyer” in the practice areas of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Environmental Law, Litigation–Environmental, Litigation–Real Estate, Personal Injury Litigation–Defendants, Product Liability Litigation–Defendants, and Real Estate Law. And, Jimmy White was designated as a “Best Lawyer” in the practice areas of Insurance Law and Product Liability Litigation–Plaintiffs.
Hughes White attorneys selected for 25th Edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Lawyer of the Year” designation
August 17, 2018 – Hughes White Colbo Wilcox & Tervooren, LLC is pleased to announce that three of its attorneys, Kimberlee Colbo, Steven Tervooren, and Jimmy White as well as Of Counsel attorney Fred Odsen, were selected to be included in the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, published by Best Lawyers. These designations are the result of recognition by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence.
Kimberlee Colbo was designated as a “Best Lawyer” in the practice areas of Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation–Defendants. Steven Tervooren was designated in the practice areas of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Environmental Law, Litigation–Environmental, Litigation–Real Estate, Personal Injury Litigation–Defendants, Product Liability Litigation–Defendants, and Real Estate Law. Jimmy White was designated in the practice areas of Insurance Law and Product Liability Litigation–Plaintiffs. And, Fred Odsen was designated as a “Best Lawyer” in the practice areas of Banking and Finance Law, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Business Organizations, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Commercial Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Corporate Law, Litigation–Bankruptcy, Litigation–Real Estate, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, and Real Estate Law.
In addition, three Hughes White attorneys were given a 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” designation by Best Lawyers. “Lawyer of the Year” honorees receive this award based on their extremely high overall feedback within specific practice areas and metropolitan regions. Kimberlee Colbo received this honor in Insurance Law in Anchorage; Steven Tervooren in Litigation–Environmental in Anchorage; and Of Counsel attorney Fred Odsen in Litigation–Bankruptcy in Anchorage.
Three Hughes White attorneys named to 2018 Alaska Super Lawyers list
July 17, 2018 – Hughes White Colbo Wilcox & Tervooren, LLC is pleased to announce that three attorneys have been selected to the 2018 Alaska Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice: Kimberlee Colbo in the practice area of Personal Injury – General: Defense, Steven Tervooren in the area of Personal Injury – Products: Defense, and Jimmy White in the area of Civil Litigation: Defense.
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective of the annual listing is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel. Only 5% of attorneys evaluated are selected to Super Lawyers.
Hughes White Firm Receives the Alaska Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award
June 5, 2018 – Hughes White Colbo Wilcox & Tervooren is the 2018 recipient of the Alaska Bar Association’s firm Pro Bono award. The Bryan P. Timbers Pro Bono Award recognizes the extraordinary pro bono efforts of small/solo practitioners, law firms, and public-sector agencies toward closing the justice gap to Alaskans with civil legal needs. Since 2008, two members of the firm, Jimmy White and Kimberlee Colbo, have spearheaded a spirit of pro bono at their firm. Jimmy and Kimberlee’s pro bono efforts have focused on representing a number of women through the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) and assisting them with the legal aspects of leaving abusive relationships and moving forward with their lives. Jimmy and Kimberlee’s pro bono work is supported by fellow members Paul Wilcox and Steve Tervooren, and by all of the firm’s associates, paralegals and other support staff.
Kimberlee Colbo named the ANDVSA December Volunteer Attorney of the Month
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) announced that Kimberlee Colbo was the ANDVSA December Volunteer Attorney of the Month. After many years of focusing on insurance law, in 2010 Kimberlee began broadening her field of practice to include family law and became increasingly familiar with the field. With support from ANDVSA’s resources, she began doing pro bono work for the organization. Since she began volunteering in 2010, Kimberlee has handled six cases for ANDVSA.
“When I started practicing family law, I developed the knowledge to take on pro bono domestic violence cases. It was a wonderful feeling, because I can really make a difference for people who need the help,” she says. “It’s fulfilling to work on behalf of my pro bono clients. They’re incredibly grateful and appreciative of the help provided,” says Colbo.
ANDVSA expressed their gratitude to Kimberlee for helping their clients feel safe and secure on their Facebook page. Learn more about ANDVSA at andvsa.org.
Jimmy White recognized as Top Lawyer for achievements in the field of Law
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Hughes White member, Jimmy E. White Esq., has been recognized by the Global Who’s Who as a Top Lawyer for outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of Law. Jimmy E. White Esq., earned his J.D. from Walter F. George School of Law in 1999. He is a Member at Hughes White Colbo Wilcox & Tervooren, LLC, in Anchorage, Alaska. Mr. White focuses his practice on family law and business litigation, with 85% of his practice devoted to litigation.
Jimmy has an AVVO rating of 10.0 and has received honors including the Top Ten Attorney Award, awarded by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys in 2015 and 2016, America’s Best Lawyers, Alaska Super Lawyer since 2012 and has been listed as one of the Nation’s Best Lawyers since 2009.
Mr. White is a member of the State Bar of Alaska, Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, DRI, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the American Bar Association. The Global Directory of Who’s Who publishes an annual hard cover biographical registry, honoring successful individuals in the fields of Business, the Arts and Sciences, Law, Engineering and Government. Based on one’s position and lifetime of accomplishments, we honor professional men and women in all academic areas and professions. Inclusion is limited to individuals who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their occupation, industry or profession.
One of Alaska’s oldest law firms changes name, moves back to downtown Anchorage
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – It’s spring in Alaska. And the attorneys and staff of Hughes Gorski Seedorf Odsen & Tervooren, LLC, are ushering it in with fresh changes to the firm starting with their moniker. Effective Mon., April 24, the firm’s name changed to Hughes White Colbo Wilcox & Tervooren, LLC.
“With the retirement of three members of the firm, it was time to update our name to reflect the current membership,” said attorney Kimberlee A. Colbo. “We kept Hughes to honor John Hughes, one of the firm’s most impactful attorneys who passed away at age 101 in December 2016.”
The new logo, featuring HW in its center, is meant to provide a simple way for people to remember the name of one of Alaska’s oldest law firms — shortening it colloquially to Hughes White. Along with the name change, the firm has moved downtown to Resolution Plaza nearer to Anchorage’s courthouses. With four members, two associates and nine employees, the members decided that moving downtown was the right thing to do. “It will be more efficient for our clients and we’re excited about having more room,” Colbo said. “It will be fresh and invigorating for the entire staff. And it’s like going back to our roots,” she added, referring to the firm’s original downtown offices. Founded in 1939, Hughes White Colbo Wilcox & Tervooren, LLC, has met the challenging legal needs of businesses and people throughout Alaska for more than 75 years with a focus on litigation, product liability, insurance, environmental law, condemnation and eminent domain, employment law, and family law as well as probate and estate planning. The firm’s new offices are located adjacent to the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail with views of Sleeping Lady and the Port of Anchorage on the first floor of Resolution Plaza at 1029 W. 3rd Ave., Suite 110. While some things have changed, one thing remains the same — Hughes White’s attorneys continue to work diligently to serve local, national and international clients with integrity. For more information about Hughes White Colbo Wilcox & Tervooren, LLC, call 907.274.7522 or write to email@example.com.