James M. Gorski

James M. Gorski

Anchorage, Alaska

Jim is a member of Hughes Gorski Seedorf Odsen & Tervooren, LLC. He joined the firm upon graduation from law school in 1977. His practice focuses on commercial and corporate transactions, litigation and contract dispute resolution.

In recent years, the transactional practice has extensively involved the representation of both buyers and sellers of businesses throughout the State of Alaska, as well as issues surrounding liquidation of partnership and corporate entities, which has included mediation and trial of complex partnership dissolutions. Since 1996, Jim has also provided representation to several municipal entities (boroughs and cities) where his practice covers a wide range of issues involving public entities.

Jim has an "AV" rating by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating given to attorneys, has been selected an Alaskan Super Lawyer in 2013 in Business corporate and Business litigation, and included in the 2011-2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law and Litigation - Real Estate.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Commercial Litigation
  • 20% Real Estate
  • 25% Business Law
  • 15% Corporate Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 40% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Alaska, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984


  • Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon
    • J.D. - 1977
    • Honors: Associate Editor, Willamette Law Journal, 1976-1977
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
    • B.A. - 1974

Published Works

  • Don't Forget the Small Print - Choice of Law and Choice of Forum, The Alaska Journal of Commerce, October, 2004
  • A Reminder – The State of Alaska Is Also Interested in Charitable Solicitations, The Alaska Journal of Commerce, October, 2003
  • Real Property Ownership and the Homestead Exemption, The Alaska Journal of Commerce, June, 2003
  • You Can't Wait Forever, The Alaska Journal of Commerce, July, 2002
  • Changing World of Signed Contracts, The Alaska Journal of Commerce, June, 2001
  • Business Organizations 101, The Alaska Journal of Commerce, March, 2001
  • Coauthored Commercial Laws of the World - State Variations – Alaska, Lester Nelson ed., 1997

Representative Clients

  • The Alaska Club, Inc.
  • First American Title
  • The Chariot Group, Inc.
  • Archdiocese of Anchorage
  • Denali Borough

Honors and Awards

  • Inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for in the practice areas of: Banking and Finance Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Law and Litigation - Real Estate.
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Alaksan Super Lawyer

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ancorage Bar Association
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow - American Bar Foundation
  • Commonwealth North, Member
  • Chugiak/Eagle River Foundation, Inc., Board Member
  • Eagle River Rotary Club
  • Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Board Member beginning 1995; Chairman 2001; Ex Officio Board Member 2003 to 2009
  • Chugiak/Eagle River Parks & Recreation, Board of Supervisors, 1998 - 2008
  • Anchorage Winter Cities, Board Member and Chairman of International Mayor's Conference
  • Special Olympics World-Wide Games 2001, Inc., Board Member
  • Chugiak/Eagle River 1996 Arctic Winter Games Host Society, Inc., Board Member and Vice President

Pro Bono Activities

  • AEDC Boards