Gary Zipkin is a trial attorney with an extremely successful 40-year practice, focusing on insurance law, the defense of insurance bad faith claims, the defense of bodily injury and wrongful death claims arising in various settings (including auto, premises, product liability, maritime and aviation), and the defense of commercial contract, professional liability and construction contract claims.
His track record in trial and in arbitration over the past 20-plus years is unsurpassed and he also has a proven record of success on appeal to the Alaska Supreme Court and to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America since 2002 in the field of Insurance Law, and selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers since 2004 in the field of Personal Injury Defense. Mr. Zipkin has been an Associate Member in the Amercian Board of Trial Advocates since 1995, and has participated on a number of occasions as a presenter in ABOTA’s Masters In Trial CLE programs. He has also served as a lecturer and CLE presenter on a wide variety of legal topics over his career.
Areas of practice emphasize insurance bad faith and coverage issues, and the defense of professional liability claims (including claims against physicians and hospitals, attorneys, police officers, insurance agents and real estate agents), personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, automobile negligence, aviation accident litigation, premises liability, construction contract litigation, and commercial and mineral law litigation and trial.
Extensive trial experience as lead counsel includes trials in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Kenai involving such issues as quieting title to mineral claims, municipal liability, aviation accidents, product liability, insurance agent errors and omissions, assault and battery, premises liability, construction contract litigation, first-party insurance claims and insurance bad faith, automobile negligence, condemnation, and real estate agent errors and omissions.
Mr. Zipkin has tried many cases before judges and juries around the State of Alaska since 1975. What follows is a partial list of his jury and bench trials over the last dozen or so years. In addition, Mr. Zipkin has successfully represented respondents in administrative proceedings and arbitration proceedings.
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