Eric Derleth



Born and raised in on the Kenai Peninsula, Eric Derleth has been helping the people of Alaska by defending their rights in criminal cases and helping injury and medical negligence victims recover the compensation they deserve.

Born and Raised on the Kenai Peninsula

Born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula, Eric Derleth graduated with honors from the University of Alaska Anchorage and Lewis & Clark Law School, receiving his doctorate at the age of 25. Eric has been litigating serious cases since even before he graduated law school, working relentlessly to refine his trial skills to weave the science and art of advocacy into all his cases. He is a founding member of the Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and long-time member of the Alaska Trial Lawyers.

In his nearly 25 years as an attorney, Eric has successfully litigated lawsuits through jury trials involving the most serious criminal charges in Alaska (including winning all his murder trials), felony assaults, felony drug cases, felony tax evasion cases, and countless cases involving driving offenses, fish and game violations, and domestic violence. Eric is likely the only attorney you will hear about who had a trial jury return three “Innocent” verdicts in a serious felony criminal case, rather than adjudging a father of three merely “not guilty.” In fact, many of Eric's felony criminal trials result in dismissals by the judge before the jury ever gets to deliberate due to his extensive preparation before, and skillful execution during, the trial. In many of Eric's most serious criminal cases, including three successful murder trials, he built three-dimensional models of the scene and videotaped the relevant area, often with a high-definition drone, to help the jury understand the most salient points of his client's defense.

A Strong Work Ethic & Unparalleled Trial Preparation

Given his passion for extensively researching medical, scientific and psychological literature, he has earned his reputation for a strong work ethic and unparalleled trial preparation. His personal and hands-on approach to every case, including developing real human relationships with his clients and families, allows him to emphasize his practice primarily in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice and criminal jury trial litigation from his log cabin office in Soldotna.

A Proven Track Record of Success

When hiring an attorney, reputation and a proven track record of success matters. Most of Eric's cases come from referrals around the community and statewide because of his reputation as a powerful advocate who has the skills and resources to take any case to trial, which more often than not leads to a successful pretrial resolution that benefits his clients substantially. Whether your case involves serious criminal charges or someone else's carelessness has caused you or a loved one harm, call Eric Derleth if you want an effective advocate who will always handle your matter personally and be available at any time to answer your questions.


For 25 years, Eric Derleth has helped the people in Soldotna, Anchorage, Kenai, and Palmer / Wasilla areas as a personal injury lawyer. Born and raised in Soldotna, Eric truly understands Alaska’s laws and the legal system. LEARN MORE ABOUT ERIC