Eric Derleth



Born and raised 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 a 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 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 matter. 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.

The Trial Guy

Attorney Eric Derleth is affectionately known around Alaska as the “The Trial Guy” after successfully winning numerous criminal and civil trials. Living the dream for over 25 years, helping his neighbors and friends fight back against big insurance companies and fighting against significant government overreach for our God-Given Constitutional Rights. The Kenai Peninsula is deep in Eric's blood. He knows the area, has hunted, fished, climbed, boated, flown, hiked, and swam in Alaska's incredible geography since he was a child. After initially setting up his personal injury and criminal defense law firm in Soldotna, Eric expanded to cover more areas near you, in Anchorage, Palmer & Wasilla, and Whitter.

Why Personal Injury and Criminal Law

Eric decided early on practicing law that it is impossible that it is better to be a master of one trade rather than a master of none. The law is incredibly complicated and requires years of experience to truly master. Genuinely being a master of law would require a specification in what types of law to practice.

Personal Injury Law—Personal Injury law allows an attorney to seek compensation against wrongful actors and their insurance companies for people who may have been severely hurt in accidents caused by the negligence of others.

Criminal Defense Law – Criminal law is again about standing up for the rights of the everyday American against big corporate America, except in criminal cases, it's the power of the State or Federal Government coming down upon ordinary Americans with little ability to fight back.

Ultimately, personal injury and criminal defense laws were a perfect combination of legal practice for a normal boy from Alaska who grew up in a log cabin. Since graduating from law school, Eric has studied his craft and thousands of clients across Alaska and won millions in cases and settlements while fighting for the little guy.

Types of Cases the Trial Guy Handles

Eric handles almost every personal injury claim in Alaska and any criminal defense case in Anchorage, Soldotna, and more.

Typical Personal Injury Cases

  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Trucking Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice Cases
  • Wrongful Death Cases
  • Slip and Falls
  • Premises Liability Accidents
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Commercial Trucking Accidents
  • Job-Related Injuries
  • Dog bites
  • And more

Typical Criminal Defense Cases

  • Drug Crimes
  • Theft Charges
  • DUI – Driving Under the Influence
  • Violent Crimes
  • Criminal Defense Appeals
  • State Criminal Charges
  • Municipal Court Criminal Cases
  • Federal Criminal Defense Matters
  • Sex Crimes

And much more


With Alaska in his blood, for 25 years, the "Trial Guy," Eric Derleth has helped the people in Anchorage, Kenai, and Palmer / Wasilla areas as a personal injury and criminal lawyer. Born and raised in Soldotna, Eric truly understands Alaska’s laws, the people, and the true nature of Alaska. The Trial Guy was raised in a log cabin in Alaska with a belief in America, and a belief in strong individual liberty guaranteed by our Constitution and was raised to fight for the rights of all of Alaska. Eric has expanded his criminal defense and auto accident injury lawyers practice near you, with offices in Anchorage and Soldotna. LEARN MORE ABOUT ERIC