Bill Bankston founded the firm in 1977. Born in San Angelo, Texas, Bill moved to Alaska to begin his legal career and has been practicing law in Alaska since 1971. His single concern is the welfare of the Firm’s clients

Bill calls on his extensive experience as a trial and commercial lawyer, including his background as a securities law expert, to analyze a case and create a critical path to achieve the client’s objectives. His focused approach to each facet of the law emphasizes the firm’s emphasis on quality over quantity.

Bill can be retained as an expert witness in his areas of expertise.


University of Texas Law School, J.D., 1971
Founder, National Order of Barristers

Texas Technological College, B.A., B.S., 1968

Bill Bankston was admitted to practice in the State of Alaska and the United States District Court for the District of Alaska in 1971, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1972, the United States Tax Court in 1983, the United States Claims Court in 1984, and the Supreme Court of the United States in 1986. Bill was admitted to practice in the State of Texas in 1971 (inactive) and is a neutral Panel member with the American Arbitration Association, Arbitration Panel and Mediation Panel, and serves as a private mediator and arbitrator.

Areas of Practice

Bill Bankston’s practice primarily focusses on business, construction, securities, and real estate litigation. He advises clients in transactions involving real estate, corporate, and business organizations.

Representative Decisions

Moody v. Royal Wolf Lodge, slip opinion 7322, WL 6582629 (Alaska 2018)
Pister v. State, Dept. of Revenue, 354 P.3d 357 (Alaska 2015)
Moody v. Royal Wolf Lodge, 339 P3d 636 (Alaska 2014)
Pacific Park Limited Partnership v. Shane Horan, 247 P.3d 990 (Alaska 2011)
McLauhlin v. Lougee, 137 P.3d 267 (Alaska 2006)
Polar Supply Co., Inc. v. Steelmaster Industries, Inc., 127 P.3d 52 (Alaska 2005)
Heppinstall v. Darnell Kemna & Co., 851 P.2d 78 (Alaska 1993)
Frontier Companies of Alaska, Inc. v. Jack White Co., 818 P.2d 645 (Alaska 1991)
Integrated Resources Equity Corp. v. Fairbanks North Star Borough, 799 P.2d 295 (Alaska 1990)
Greisen v. U.S.,831 F.2d 916 (9thCir. 1987), cert. denied, (1988)
Alaska Bussell Electric Co. v. Vern HickelConstruction Co., 688 P.2d 576 (Alaska 1984)
Bussel v. Busssel,623 P.2d 1221 (Alaska 1981)
Shatting v. Dillingham City School District, 617 P.2d 9 (Alaska 1980)

Other Activities

Bill has served on the Fee Arbitration Panel and Disciplinary Panel of the Alaska Bar Association from 2004 to present. He is a past President and past Secretary/Treasurer and current member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Alaska Chapter. Bill has been a member of the American Arbitration Association, Commercial and Construction Arbitration Panels since 1986. In 1985 Bill co-authored, The Creation, Operation and Dissolution of a Limited Partnership in Alaska, 2 Alaska L. Rev. 271 which is also the same year he began, and continues, to serve as an Arbitration Panelist for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

Bill has been recognized by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers (General Commercial Litigation), Best Lawyers in America(Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, and Real Estate), Super Lawyers (Litigation) and has received an AV Martindale-Hubbell Rating.

Bill has founded various organizations such as the Alaska Community Foundation and the Alaska Festival Theater. He is a former Business Law Instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage as well as a past director of theAnchorage Youth Court and Cook Inlet Soccer Club.

Bill can be reached at
(907) 276-1711 ext. 201
D: (907) 992-2004
C: (907) 227-0519