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Louisiana W. Cutler

Partner
+1.907.777.7630
Fax +1.907.865.2475
Louisiana (“Louann”) Cutler advises clients in Alaska on a variety of legal matters, including oil and gas issues; taxation; legislation and ordinance drafting; elections; administrative proceedings; constitutional law questions; contracts and other legal document drafting. In her 25 years of practice, she has obtained extensive complex litigation experience with an emphasis on environmental issues and oil and gas taxation and royalties. She has litigated such matters in Alaska trial and appellate courts, as well as administrative hearings and arbitrations. Recently, she led a cross office team of litigators that secured a $255 million arbitration award for our client. Over the years, she has been successful in numerous hearings and appeals with claims totaling billions of dollars in oil and gas income, production, and property taxes at stake. She is recognized by Chambers USA as a 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 “notable” Alaska litigator. She is also recognized as one of the Benchmark Top 250 Women Litigators in the United States. Louann is consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of municipal law and litigation.

Professional Background

Before joining the Firm in 1990, Louann worked as special legislative assistant to Al Adams from 1982 to 1987. At that time, Mr. Adams was Chair of the House Finance Committee. As special assistant, Louann conducted policy, fiscal, and political analysis of all legislation in the House Finance Committee and performed various research projects including oil and gas industry tax reform, impact on local communities of proposed oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and funding problems of the health care system for Alaska Natives. Louann served as legislative aide to Rep. Thelma Buchholdt from 1980 to 1982, researching and drafting legislation.

Professional/Civic Activities

Louann is a member of Commonwealth North, various sections of the Alaska Bar Association, the Alaska Municipal League, and the Alaska Municipal Attorneys Association. In the past, she has served on non-profit boards including the United Way of Anchorage and Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC).