Ward M. Merdes

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Fairbanks, AK

Merdes Law Office, PC
 | 455 3rd Avenue, Suite 225, PO Box 71309
Fairbanks, AK 99707-1309
Phone: 907-452-5400
Fax: 907-452-8879
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

An Alaska native, Ward M. Merdes is the founder of Fairbanks-based Merdes Law Office. Focusing his practice entirely on personal injury and wrongful death litigation, he provides representation to clients throughout the state who have suffered losses through the negligence of other parties. A large portion of the cases that Mr. Merdes handles consists of motor vehicle accidents. He also has experience with airplane crashes, premises liability and workplace injuries. Mr. Merdes has been certified as a specialist in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

A 1985 recipient of a Bachelor of Science in economics from Santa Clara University, Mr. Merdes went on to attend the Santa Clara University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1988. He also has a Master of Business Administration from the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. Admitted to practice in Alaska, Mr. Merdes is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska and before the United States Court of Federal Claims.

During his career, Mr. Merdes has earned the respect of his colleagues for his track record and high degree of ethics. He is the recipient of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. A member of the board of directors of the Alaska Association for Justice, he is the Alaska state coordinator for the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Active in his community as well, Mr. Merdes has served as a director of the Downtown Association of Fairbanks, a nonprofit organization. He has also taught legal courses at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (100%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents


Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2018

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Ward Merdes

Admitted: 1989, Alaska

Professional Webpage: http://merdes.com/meet-the-firm/ward-merdes/

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), Certified Specialist
  • NCA Advanced Studies, Certified in Trial Advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, Former Director
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Alaska Representative
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy, Alaska State Coordinator
  • Alaska Association for Justice, Director
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Alaska Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Claims Court
  • Alaska
  • State Bar of Washington
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Alaska

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • President’s Club, Governor, Diplomat
  • Merdes Kids Club, Co-Founder
  • Slow Down Alaska, Co-Founder
  • Alaska Jury Project, Sponsor
  • Fairbanks Asociation of Legal Assistants (FALA), Sponsor
  • UAF Paralegal Studies, Advisory Board
  • Fairbanks Downtown Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • National College of Advocacy (NCA), Faculty
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks Teacher, Legal Courses

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy, American Association for Justice / National College of Advocacy

Educational Background:

  • Cornell University – Johnson School of Management, M.B.A.
  • University of Santa Clara, B.S., Major: Economics
Office Location for Ward M. Merdes

455 3rd Avenue, Suite 225
PO Box 71309
Fairbanks, AK 99707-1309

Phone: 907-452-5400

Fax: 907-452-8879

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Last Updated: 4/17/2018

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