Landye Bennett Blumstein Announces Three New Partners and a New Associate
Michelle L. Boutin became a Partner with Landye Bennett Blumstein (LBB) in January 2020. Boutin focuses her practice on creditor rights in commercial matters including work-outs, civil litigation, and bankruptcy. She received a bachelor of science from UAF and a juris doctor from Hamline University School of Law.
Boutin is a member of the Alaska Bar Association and has been an active participant and past chair or co-chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Anchorage Bar Association for thirty years, past board member of the Anchorage Bar Association, and past attorney representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. She is admitted to practice in the State of Alaska, Federal District Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Lauren Sommer Boskofsky became a Partner with LBB in January 2020. She joined LBB as an associate in September 2013. Boskofsky focuses her practice on commercial real estate, Alaska Native law, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactional work. She also works with tribes and municipalities. She received her bachelor of arts from Loyola University and a juris doctor from Gonzaga University school of law.
Boskofsky is a volunteer lawyer with the Alaska Legal Services Corporation and the Alaska Bar Association. Prior to joining the firm, she was a law clerk for the Honorable Deputy Presiding Judge Vanessa White of the Alaska Superior Court at Palmer.
Benjamin W. Spiess became a Partner with LBB in January 2020, after joining LBB in 2018. Spiess has practiced law in the Pacific Northwest since 2010, focusing his practice on Alaska Native law, including ANCSA, and real estate and corporate transactions. Spiess was raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts, and received his juris doctor from Boston College Law School. He is licensed to practice in Alaska and Washington State.
David A. Wilkinson joined Landye Bennett Blumstein in April as an Associate. Wilkinson was born and raised in Anchorage and educated at UAF. He studied law at Seattle University, where he graduated second in his class. He began his legal career clerking for Justice Winfree at the Alaska Supreme Court in 2012. In 2013, he joined the state Attorney General’s Office in Fairbanks advising on Alaska Native law and handling civil appeals. In 2017 he transferred to the State’s Environmental Section in Anchorage.
Wilkinson will focus his practice on administrative law; Alaska Native law, corporate and tribal; appellate law; civil litigation; environmental and natural resources; and government relations and advocacy.
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Alaska Problems Require Alaska Solutions
On January 16, a fire destroyed the water plant and washeteria in the southwest Alaska village of Tuluksak. For the village of about 350 people, it was a devastating blow. The water plant was the only source of drinking water in the village, in which the primarily Yup’ik residents lack indoor plumbing and rely on honey buckets, not uncommon in the flat, swampy region.