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Governor Parnell Appoints Frank Pfiffner to Anchorage Superior Court


October 29, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today appointed Frank Pfiffner to the Anchorage Superior Court.

“Frank Pfiffner has performed exceptional work during a long legal career in Alaska, which has prepared him for the Superior Court bench,” said Governor Parnell. “He has served Alaska well in private practice, and I am confident he will continue to do so as a Superior Court judge.”


Pfiffner has been a partner in the Anchorage law firm of Hughes Pfiffner Gorski Seedorf & Odsen LLC since 1974, focusing on commercial and tort litigation. He was recognized in the 2008 and 2009 editions of The Best Lawyers in America. Pfiffner has received an AV rating, the highest possible, from the Martindale-Hubbell attorney rating system.

Pfiffner is a member of the American Law Institute and is an appointed lawyer representative for the District of Alaska to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from LorasCollege in Iowa, as well as a master’s degree in history and a law degree from the University of Iowa. 


Alaska’s Superior Courts are trial courts for both civil and criminal cases. They also serve as appellate courts for cases from the district courts and some administrative agencies. Superior Courts hear cases involving children, domestic relations and property matters.

Pfiffner replaces Morgan Christen, who was appointed in March to the Alaska Supreme Court.

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