Corps of Engineers Welcomes New District Counsel
Matthew Prieksat assumed duties as Legal Counsel for the US Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District. In this role, he serves as the chief legal advisor to the district commander, as well as other senior leaders and staff, while operating as a member of the organization’s corporate board. He oversees the district’s Office of Counsel, which employs a staff of five attorneys, two paralegals, and one legal assistant. The team provides counsel and services on administrative matters, civil works, contracts, environmental law, ethics, fiscal law, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, litigation, personnel law, real estate, torts and miscellaneous legal issues. In addition, the group delivers legal advice on topics ranging from business and reputational risk to those that are operational or political in nature.
In addition to his job responsibilities with the Corps, Prieksat serves as the staff judge advocate for the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing.
Prieksat previously served as deputy district counsel for the Corps’ Alaska District. He was also an attorney for the 673rd Air Base Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Prieksat began his legal career as a prosecutor for the Alaska Department of Law.
In 2007, Prieksat obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. While there, he was a member of the varsity baseball team that was the 2003 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champion.
Prieksat is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Alaska, Supreme Court of Utah, US Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, and the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. In 2016, Prieksat was named the 673rd Air Base Wing’s Civilian of the Year, and he was also recognized as the Pacific Air Forces’ Outstanding Civilian Attorney of the Year.
Prieksat resides in Anchorage with his wife and three children. Outside of the workplace, he enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the outdoors, and coaching his son’s Little League Baseball team.