Injury Board Attorney Member

Ward Merdes

Merdes Law Office, P.C.

Fairbanks, Alaska

Practice Areas

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Tractor-Trailer Accidents
  • Head & Brain Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Wrongful Death

Ward's Biography


I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska - the cold, dark and difficult part of Alaska. I'm the youngest of six kids. We are a very tight family. My father was Ed Merdes. Dad was an incredible trial lawyer and we were partners until 1991. We started Merdes & Merdes, P.C. together in 1988. Mom was just all-around fantastic. She used to remind dad that he was "a distant second" in their high school class. Mom was first.

Opting to "play baseball" in 1980, I went to Southern California for my senior year of high school. Really, I just was sick of the dark/cold in Fairbanks, and had listened to too many Beach Boys songs... I then attended Santa Clara Univ. on a baseball scholarship, securing a Bachelors in Economic in 1985. I next went to Santa Clara’s School of Law in 1985, graduating cum laude in 1988 as the Editor-in-Chief of its Law Review. Cornell Univ. was my next stop - where I earned a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 1990.

Merdes & Merdes, P.C. focuses on personal injury, wrongful death and insurance litigation. We fight insurance companies and are Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). I am a Director of the Alaska Association for Justice (AK-AAJ)  and am also a Diplomate of the American Association of Justice and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Frankly, this is just a bunch of snooty groups who pay attention to attorneys doing this type of work. We're proud to belong to these groups, but take them with a grain of salt.

Here's the Bottom Line: We like what we do. We're proud of what we do. We're good at what we do. If you need help with an injury/death claim in Alaska, we're here to help you. Our initial consultation is 100% free. We normally work for a contingent fee. No recovery - no fee. We hope you don't need us, but we're here if you do.



Santa Clara Univ.EconomicsBS1985
Santa Clara Univ. - LawLawJD1988
CornellBusiness AdministrationMaster's1990

Other Activities, Interests, and Memberships

Ham Radio: KL7IXW. I particularly like CW on the bottom of 15 meters. Old Ford Pickup Trucks: I like restoring 1956 Ford F-100's. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP): Cognative psychology that can actually help people feel better.

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P.O. Box 71309
Fairbanks, Alaska 99707-1309

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