Why Choose Us

Whether you need an attorney to defend you against a criminal charge, or to protect your interests when you have been injured, you have an important decision to make. It’s not an exaggeration to say that your choice of attorney affects not only your experience of the legal process, but potentially the rest of your life.

So, what do you look for in an attorney? You want an attorney who helps you through a difficult time in your life. Someone who answers your questions. Someone who is honest with you. And most importantly, someone who gets results.

Those are just a few of the reasons Alaskans have chosen to work with attorney Eric Derleth for more than 25 years.

Native Alaskan, Serving Alaskans

Eric was born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula and has spent his entire legal career representing Alaskans in personal injury, DUI, and criminal defense matters. He knows the culture, courts, and laws of this state. Eric doesn’t see clients as case files; he treats them like neighbors, whether they are from Soldotna, Anchorage, Juneau, the Mat-Su, Fairbanks, or elsewhere in the state.

25 Years’ Experience in Alaska Courts

There is just no substitute for experience when it comes to a legal matter that can affect your finances, your freedom, or your future. Eric has not only spent decades handling these cases, he has more experience actually trying cases in court—not just settling them—than most local attorneys. When it’s your future in a jury’s hands, that trial experience is critical.

In addition, because Eric concentrates his practice in only a few areas of the law, he has in-depth knowledge of the law that applies to those practice areas.

Unique Approach to Litigation

Some attorneys who have handled hundreds of similar cases start to “phone it in.” Not Eric. There’s a reason he is known as “the Trial Guy.” Eric genuinely enjoys every aspect of trial preparation. Eric is a student of the human decision-making process, and a gifted communicator. He knows that it’s not enough to know the law, or even to be deeply familiar with the facts of a case. It’s essential to be able to present that information to a jury in a clear, understandable way, giving the jury the tools it needs to do the right thing: return a verdict in favor of Eric’s client. He “connects the dots” in a way that not only allows a jury to find for his client, but often compels it to do so.

Track Record of Success

Eric’s determination not to be outworked by opposing counsel shows in his extensive record of success at trial and in negotiations. His intensive trial preparation in every case means that he is able to deal with opposing counsel from a position of strength. This often results in an early, favorable settlement in injury cases, and a dismissal or reduction of charges in criminal matters. Eric’s reputation is such that opposing attorneys understand that he will be a formidable opponent should they push forward to a trial.

To learn more about why you should choose Eric Derleth to represent you in your personal injury, DUI, or criminal case, contact our law office to schedule a confidential consultation.