James M. Seedorf

James M. Seedorf

Anchorage , Alaska

Mr. Seedorf joined Hughes Thorsness in 1977, and currently serves as a member of the firm's management committee. He has extensive litigation experience with primary emphasis in insurance defense, product liability, automobile, and general commercial litigation, as well as labor disputes involving wage and hour claims and employee termination disputes. Examples include four years litigation work on a $170,000,000 products liability case, and extensive litigation work on oil and gas tax proceedings involving issues exceeding $100,000,000 in value at both the administrative and superior court levels.

Mr. Seedorf has represented TAPS Pipeline Owners and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company with respect to property tax issues in the State of Alaska, and has represented Marathon Oil Company, Unocal, Chevron, Shell Oil Company and others against, or in defense of State of Alaska Department of Revenue and Department of Natural Resources claims for additional production tax and income tax matters. He has more than 35 years of litigation experience in complex matters ranging from representation of manufacturers in litigation matters, to oil companies in administrative proceedings relating to tax matters, to representation of insurance companies in mediation, arbitration, and court proceedings.

Areas of Practice

  • 75% Oil and Gas Tax Law
  • 20% Insurance Defense
  • 5% Insurance Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Alaska, 1977
  • Washington, 2003
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. - 1977
  • Eastern Washington State College, Cheney, Washington
    • M.S magna cum laude - 1972
    • Major: Math
  • Eastern Washington State College, Cheney, Washington
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1970

Representative Clients

  • BP Pipelines (Alaska), Inc.
  • ExxonMobil Pipeline Company
  • ConocoPhillips Transportation Alaska, Inc.
  • Unocal Pipeline Company


  • "Labor and Employment Law Update", Hughes Thorsness Powell Huddleston & Bauman LLC annual seminar, 1989, 1992-1996, 1998

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2011 - 2014
  • Inclusion in the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for in the practice areas of: Insurance Law and Oil and Gas Law
  • Best Lawyers' 2014 Anchorage Oil and Gas Law "Lawyer of the Year"

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alaska Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Eagle River Rotary Club, Board of Directors, President, Foundation Chair

Pro Bono Activities

  • Eagle River Rotary Club, Board of Directors, President, Foundation Chair


  • English