​​Bankston Gronning O'Hara, P.C.

law firm ANCHORAGE Alaska

907-276-1711



WILLIAM M. BANKSTON

​​
wbankston@bgolaw.pro

907-276-1711

​CELL 907-227-0519

FAX 907-279-5358
601 West 5th Avenue, Suite 900
Anchorage, Alaska 99501


Bill Bankston founded BGO in 1977 and has been practicing law since 1971. His single concern is the welfare of his clients.


Bill calls on his vast experience as a trial lawyer and as a commercial lawyer, including experience as a securities law expert, to size up a matter and create a critical path to achieve the objectives of his clients. His disciplined approach to all important matters has kept BGO’s emphasis on quality over quantity.  


Born in San Angelo, Texas, Bill moved to Alaska in 1971.


EDUCATION


University of Texas Law School, J.D., 1971

  • Founder, National Order of Barristers

Texas Technical College, B.A., B.S., 1968


PRACTICE AREAS


  • Arbitration
  • Bid Protests
  • Business Formation & Governance
  • Business Valuation
  • Buy-Sell Agreements/Shareholder Agreements 
  • Buying & Selling Businesses/Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Contract Negotiation
  • Commercial & Business Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Divorce with Business Valuation Issues
  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Government Contracting
  • LLC Law
  • Mediation
  • Partnership Law
  • Partnership Litigation
  • Real Estate Law 
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Fraud
  • Securities Litigation
  • Securities Regulation
  • Trial Practice


COURTS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE


  • State of Alaska, 1971
  • State of Texas, 1971 (inactive)
  • United States District Court for the District of Alaska, 1971
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1972
  • United States Tax Court, 1983
  • United States Claims Court, 1984
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 1986
  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitration Panel, Mediation Panel


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES


  • Alaska Bar Association Fee Arbitration Panel, Member, 2004 to Present
  • Alaska Bar Association Disciplinary Panel, Member, 2004 to Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 1992 to Present (past President, Secretary/Treasurer)
  • American Arbitration Association, Commercial and Construction Arbitration Panel, Member, 1986 to Present
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Arbitration Panelist, 1985 to Present


REPRESENTATIVE DECISIONS


  • Pacific Park Limited Partnership v. Shane Horan, 247 P.3d 990 (Alaska 2011)
  • McLaughlin v. Lougee, 137 P.3d 267 (Alaska 2006)
  • Polar Supply Co., Inc. v. Steelmaster Industries, Inc., 127 P.3d 52 (Alaska 2005)
  • Heppinstall v. Darnall Kemna & Co., 851 P.2d 78 (Alaska 1993)
  • Frontier Companies of Alaska, Inc. v. Jack White Co., 818 P.2d 645 (Alaska 1991)
  • Integrated Resources Equity Corp. v. Fairbanks North Star Borough, 799 P.2d 295 (Alaska 1990)
  • Greisen v. U.S., 831 F.2d 916 (9th Cir. 1987), cert. denied, (1988)
  • Alaska Bussell Electric Co. v. Vern Hickel Const. Co., 688 P.2d 576 (Alaska 1984)
  • Bussell v. Bussell, 623 P.2d 1221 (Alaska 1981)
  • Shatting v. Dillingham City School District, 617 P.2d 9 (Alaska 1980)
  • Continental Insurance Co. v. Bussell, 498 P.2d 706 (Alaska 1972)


HONORS


  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers, General Commercial Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Corporate Law, and Real Estate
  • AV Martindale-Hubbell Rating
  • Super Lawyers, Litigation


EXPERIENCE


  • Bankston Gronning O’Hara, P.C. (formerly Bankston & McCollum, P.C.), 1977 to Present
  • Greene & Bankston, 1974 to 1977
  • Croft, Baily, Guetschow & Bankston, 1971 to 1974


CIVIC INVOLVEMENT


  • Founding Officer/Director, Alaska Community Foundation
  • Founding Officer/Director, Alaska Festival Theater
  • Past Member, Anchorage Youth Court Board of Directors
  • Past Member, Cook Inlet Soccer Club Board of Directors
  • Former Business Law Instructor, University of Alaska, Anchorage


PUBLICATIONS


Co-author, The Creation, Operation and Dissolution of a Limited Partnership in Alaska, 2 Alaska L. Rev. 271 (1985)



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