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Thomas A. Matthews

Thomas A. Matthews

Anchorage, Alaska

Tom has spent more than 30 years practicing civil litigation, focusing on the defense of professionals, businesses and individuals.  Tom’s practice emphasizes insurance defense and coverage litigation, professional liability, products liability litigation, admiralty and maritime law, auto and general liability defense.  He has achieved the AV Preeminent rating, the highest possible, from Martindale-Hubbell.  As a member of the Ethics Committee of the Alaska Bar Association for more than 20 years, Tom is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of the legal profession.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • General Civil Trials and Appeals
  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Product Liability
  • Insurance Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Alaska, 1985


  • Lewis and Clark College Northwestern School of Law, Portland, Oregon
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1985
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1982

Published Works

  • Bad Faith Litigation in Alaska, National Business Institute, 2005
  • A Practical Guide to Federal Court Rules and Procedure in Alaska, National Business Institute, 1996
  • Products Liability In Alaska - A Practitioner's Overview, Alaska Law Review, June, 1993
  • A Survey of Federal Tax Collection Procedures: Rights and Remedies of Taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service, Alaska Law Review, 1986

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Defense Research Institute
  • International Society of Primerus Law Firms
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Alaska Co-chair
  • Alaska Bar Association, Member, Ethics Committee
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Anchorage, AK 99501

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Our firm is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, a highly selective society of the world’s finest independent boutique law firms. The International Society of Primerus Law Firms (Primerus) is a society of top-rated, independent, boutique law firms that have earned the right to display the Primerus seal of quality. As one of the most respected law firm societies, Primerus has become the size of some of the world’s largest law firms. Primerus is growing at an unprecedented pace, and is expanding throughout the U.S., Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. With thousands of lawyers in the society, Primerus members, collectively, offer the breadth of expertise and jurisdictional coverage that only the world’s largest law firms can offer to their clients, but at more reasonable rates. Law firms in the U.S. and Canada must be AV-rated using the Martindale-Hubbell peer review service. Additionally, once approved for membership, every Primerus firm is audited, annually, to ensure that the legal services they continue to provide to clients are of a consistent high quality, year after year. Each member is committed to the following standards: Integrity, Excellent Work Product, Reasonable Fees, Continuing Legal Education, Civility and Community Service.