Ward M. Merdes

Ward M. Merdes: Attorney with Merdes Law Office
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  • 455 3rd Avenue, Suite 225/226, P.O. Box 71309, Fairbanks, AK 99707-1309
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  • Ward Merdes, JD / MBA
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    4.6/5.0 (22)
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    100% Recommended (10)
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Biography

Born and raised in Alaska, Ward Merdes is a personal injury and wrongful death attorney in Fairbanks, Alaska. Ward knows Alaska and he knows Alaskan Law. He is licensed to practice law in Alaska, California, and Washington. Ward holds an MBA from Cornell; is Martindale Hubbell AV Rated; AVVO Superb Rated; and LawInfo Lead Counsel Rated by Clients and Peers. Ward Merdes is a Certified Civil Litigation Specialists by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC). In fact, he is the NBLSC State Coordinator for Alaska and a former American Association for Justice (AAJ) Governor.

The Merdes Law Office is just two short blocks from the Fairbanks state courthouse. It is networked and fully-computerized with extensive trial experience. We pay reasonable referral fees. We are honest, hard-working, well-insured and have never been sued for malpractice.

We offer free claim evaluations and contingents fee agreements. If we can’t help, we’ll recommend an attorney who can.

Merdes Law Offices’ Legal Services Include:
•Serious Injury Claims
•Wrongful Death Claims
•Insurance Claims
•Airplane Crash Injuries
•Automobile Crash Injuries
•ATV Crash Injuries
•Motorcycle Crash Injuries
•Snow Machine Crash Injuries

And While We Hope You Never Need Us, We’re Here If You Do…

Certified - NCA Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy: National College of Advocacy.

(Certified as a Civil Trial Advocacy Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy)

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists
  • Trucking Accidents

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
907-452-5400  Phone
(907) 452-8879  Fax
www.merdes.com
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 71309, Fairbanks, AK 99707-1309
University Attended:
Santa Clara University, B.S.; Cornell University, M.B.A.
Law School Attended:
Santa Clara University, J.D., cum laude
Year of First admission:
1989
Admission:
1989, Alaska; 1989, California; 1990, Washington (inactive)
Memberships:
State Bar of Alaska
State Bar of California
State Bar of Washington
Licensed to practice law in Alaska State and Federal Courts
Licensed to practice law in Federal Claims Court
Member - Alaska and American Bar Associations
Governor / Diplomat / President's Club - American Association for Justice (AAJ)
Faculty - National College of Advocacy (NCA)
Certified - NCA Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy
Director - Alaska Association for Justice
Certified Specialist - National Board of of Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC);
Alaska State Coordinator - National Board of of Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC);
Graduate - Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College (TLC) 2003
Member - American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Former Director - San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association.
Special Agencies:
Federal Claims Court Licensee; National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC): Alaska State Coordinator; American Association for Justice (AAJ): President's Club, Diplomat, National Board of Governors.
ISLN:
904853337
Hobbies & interests:
Ham Radio (KL7IXW); 1956 Ford F-100 pickup restoration
Payment Information:
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available
  • Peer Reviews

    • 4.6/5.0 (22)
    • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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    • Ward M. Merdes

      5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 05/24/12 in Personal Injury on 05/24/12

      I would use and recommend Mr. Merdes without hesitation to represent me.

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      I would use and recommend Mr. Merdes without hesitation to represent me.

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      5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 05/20/12 in Litigation on 05/20/12

      Ward is the best trial lawyers I know. I had the privilege of trying a multi-million share holder derivative suit with Ward. He did a fantastic job.

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      Ward is the best trial lawyers I know. I had the privilege of trying a multi-million share holder derivative suit with Ward. He did a fantastic job.

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      5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 05/17/12 in Personal Injury on 05/17/12

      Mr. Merdes is the type of lawyer that others should aspire to become-he is thoughtful professional has a strong work ethic is motivated to help his clients is creative in...

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      Mr. Merdes is the type of lawyer that others should aspire to become-he is thoughtful professional has a strong work ethic is motivated to help his clients is creative in finding solutions for them and is a professional but zealous advocate on their behalf. He has an excellent staff and makes his office a place where clients and opposing counsel are extremely comfortable. I would strongly recommend Mr. Merdes for AV rating-he has the skills integrity and experience that merit the consideration.

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      5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 05/04/12 in Personal Injury on 05/04/12

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      5.0/5.0 by a Of Counsel on 05/02/12 in Personal Injury on 05/02/12

      Ward Merdes continuously strives for excellence in his practice by attending specialized CLE's for casted trial techniques & communication skills. he is very hands on wit...

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      Ward Merdes continuously strives for excellence in his practice by attending specialized CLE's for casted trial techniques & communication skills. he is very hands on with his clients always accessible and willing to answer question. He has often consulted me on a civil practice issue and i have found him well prepared and inciteful in his questions & responses.

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      5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 04/26/12 in Personal Injury on 04/26/12

      Excellent attorney. He should be afforded the highest rating.

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      Excellent attorney. He should be afforded the highest rating.

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      5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 04/26/12 in Personal Injury on 04/26/12

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      5.0/5.0 by a Managing Partner on 04/26/12 in Personal Injury on 04/26/12

      Ward is among the very best attorneys in Alaska. I have worked with Ward in litigation as well as in leadership positions for professional organizations and have always f...

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      Ward is among the very best attorneys in Alaska. I have worked with Ward in litigation as well as in leadership positions for professional organizations and have always found him to be very capable, highly skilled and completely honorable.

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      5.0/5.0 by a Associate on 04/25/12 in Personal Injury on 04/25/12

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    • Ward M. Merdes

      5.0/5.0 by a Sole Practitioner on 04/25/12 in Insurance on 04/25/12

      Ward is an excellent attorney & he did a great job for our mutual client. Ward is very deserving of an AV rating.

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      Ward is an excellent attorney & he did a great job for our mutual client. Ward is very deserving of an AV rating.

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    Client Reviews

    • 4.8/5.0 (10)
    • 100% (10)
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      5.0/5.0 on 06/14/17 on 06/14/17

      I came to Ward after I was hit by a drunk driver. From the beginning Ward was so friendly and answered all my questions (I had a ton). He always had time for me even thou...

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      I came to Ward after I was hit by a drunk driver. From the beginning Ward was so friendly and answered all my questions (I had a ton). He always had time for me even though I always called. I was probably really annoying because I was put on a lot of pain pills but he helped with everything. He even offered to let me stay in his guest bedroom if I had to fly back up to Alaska for a trial (I moved back to lower 48 after the Army) but the case never went to trial, he just sent me a check.

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      5.0/5.0 on 11/03/15 on 11/03/15

      I have always felt that if you need a professional, you hire one and then follow their advise with a trust but verify attitude. After a 3 year client/attorney relationshi...

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      I have always felt that if you need a professional, you hire one and then follow their advise with a trust but verify attitude. After a 3 year client/attorney relationship I can say Ward is 100% professional not only in honesty and expertise but in his timing in use of his expertise. He has mastered his craft and I was extremely fortunate to have him represent me. I have and will continue to recommend Ward and his staff.

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      5.0/5.0 on 08/05/12 on 08/05/12

      Ward is a brilliant and trustworthy lawyer, and I recommend him to everyone in my town. He is easy to get a hold of, and returned my calls promptly. His advice and exper...

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      Ward is a brilliant and trustworthy lawyer, and I recommend him to everyone in my town. He is easy to get a hold of, and returned my calls promptly. His advice and expertise were invaluable! His whole team made themselves available to me and made sure I understood everything that was going on. Don't try looking for a better lawyer and staff, this is it.

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      5.0/5.0 on 08/02/12 on 08/02/12

      Working with Ward Merdes and his law firm, was a great experience. Although why I had to retain their services was horrible, they made it so much easier. They worked hard...

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      Working with Ward Merdes and his law firm, was a great experience. Although why I had to retain their services was horrible, they made it so much easier. They worked hard and helped me through a very hard time. Ward is a wonderful attorney and an excellent example of how his profession should conduct themselves. I would recommend Ward Merdes to anyone.

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      5.0/5.0 on 07/22/12 on 07/22/12

      Ward: Is the most professional attorney in Fairbanks. In my 21 years living in Fairbanks, AK I have seen my share of unprofessionalism. In my dealings with Ward he is ver...

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      Ward: Is the most professional attorney in Fairbanks. In my 21 years living in Fairbanks, AK I have seen my share of unprofessionalism. In my dealings with Ward he is very honest, caring & very up front with you. He always gets back to me & answers my questions whether it's phone call or emails. I would highly recommend Ward Merdes. I also want to say Ward's staff has been amazing to deal with these last three years as well. Wonderful firm to deal with. I would use Ward in the future.

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      5.0/5.0 on 07/05/12 on 07/05/12

      Ward Merdes and his staff are incredible. He always returned my calls and emails very quickly. Ward very patiently explained things to me in a way that made sense. He is...

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      Ward Merdes and his staff are incredible. He always returned my calls and emails very quickly. Ward very patiently explained things to me in a way that made sense. He is an honest and compassionate person that knows what he is doing. Wards experience and tenacity gave me confidence that I chose the right lawyer to represent my case.

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      5.0/5.0 on 03/29/12 on 03/29/12

      Ward Merdes and his staff of paralegals and administrative assistants are among the most professional people I have ever come across. They put their clients first and do...

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      Ward Merdes and his staff of paralegals and administrative assistants are among the most professional people I have ever come across. They put their clients first and do all within their power to assure a completion to the matter presented to benefit the client first and the firm second. I recommend this firm to anyone needing a Personal Injury Attorney.

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      5.0/5.0 on 03/21/12 on 03/21/12

      I enjoyed working with Ward and his staff. He and his staff were honest with me during the process. They returned phone calls ASAP and he and his staff were very competen...

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      I enjoyed working with Ward and his staff. He and his staff were honest with me during the process. They returned phone calls ASAP and he and his staff were very competent. Ward and his staff were very hard working and they helped me greatly. I trusted Ward and never doubted his ability to help me. I highly recommend Ward/Merdes & Merdes.

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    • Ward M. Merdes

      5.0/5.0 on 09/21/11 on 09/21/11

      Ward and Lori Merdes run an outstanding law firm. They and their staff are compassionate, professional and most important, possess an unlimited amount of integrity. They...

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      Ward and Lori Merdes run an outstanding law firm. They and their staff are compassionate, professional and most important, possess an unlimited amount of integrity. They are knowledgeable and it was obvious to me that the folks who work in the legal system respect them. They returned our phone calls quickly and were clear and concise in their communication with us. I highly recommend them.

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      3.0/5.0 on 06/18/10 on 06/18/10

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