Stoel Rives Adds Environmental & Natural Resources, Litigation, and Corporate Attorneys in Anchorage

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska Stoel Rives LLP is pleased to announce the addition of three associate attorneys who will add to the capabilities the firm offers to its clients in Alaska. Shannon Behm-Bleicher joins the office in the firm’s Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources group, Connor Smith in the Litigation group, and Heather Twitchell in the Corporate group.

“We are pleased to welcome these talented attorneys to Stoel Rives’ Anchorage office,” said Anchorage Office Managing Partner Tina M. Grovier. “The addition of Shannon, Connor and Heather to our team will enable us to continue to offer valuable legal counsel to our clients in Alaska and the lower 48.”

Behm-Bleicher provides counsel to clients in matters of environmental compliance, land use and permitting. She received her law degree, cum laude, from Creighton University School of Law and undergraduate degree from Creighton University. From 2017 to 2019, Behm-Bleicher served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judge Frank Pfiffner and to the Honorable Judge Andrew Peterson of the Anchorage Superior Court. She is admitted to practice in Alaska and Nebraska.

Smith represents clients in commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts, and in arbitration and mediation. He received his law degree, summa cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law and bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University. Smith served as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Craig Stowers of the Alaska Supreme Court, as a judicial extern to the Honorable Morgan Christen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and as a legal intern at Fair Work Center. He is admitted to practice in Alaska.

Twitchell provides counsel on a wide range of corporate transactional matters, largely in the realm of mergers and acquisitions. She received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School and undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Before joining the legal profession, she co-owned and managed a small business, Alaska Backcountry Fishing Lodge, LLC, and served as a captain and UH-60 helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. She is admitted to practice in Alaska and Wisconsin.

Ranked as a Tier-1 law firm in Alaska by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in the areas of commercial litigation, environmental litigation, real estate litigation, mining law, natural resources law and oil and gas law, Stoel Rives is proud to be home to some of the state’s leading attorneys. The firm serves clients that include Alaska Native Corporations, oil and gas companies and producers, mining companies, health care providers and payers, transportation entities, communication companies, professional service institutions, and many other businesses.

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