John Kauffman has represented investors, entrepreneurs, and corporate management in a variety of business and strategic matters. One focus of John’s practice is representing Alaska Native Corporations from his office in Anchorage in their complex M&A transactions in Alaska and throughout the United States.


Stanford Law School, J.D., 1999

College of William and Mary, B.A., 1996, summa cum laude




Recent M&A Transactions for Alaska Native Corporations

  • Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. Acquisition of Builders Choice, Alaska’s leading provider of customized modular solutions
  • Chugach Alaska Corporation. Acquisition of Rex Electric and Technologies, a leading provider of electrical and technology services based in Chicago, Illinois
  • Cook Inlet Region, Inc. Acquisition by its North Wind Group of Portage, Inc. a leading small business in the federal environmental services market
  • Koniag Development Corporation. Acquisition of Glacier Services, Inc., the largest Alaska owned oil field automation services firm

Additional Recent Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Peter Pan Seafoods. Representation of the buyer group, including entrepreneur Rodger May and financial investors McKinley Capital and Renewable Resources Group, in company acquisition from Tokyo-based Maruha Nichiro.
  • Northern Powerline Constructors. Representation of founders in company sale to Quanta Services
  • GCI: Subsidiary acquisitions of multiple broadcast television stations in Alaska
  • Aronson Security Group. Representation of owners in sale of company to ADT

Equity Investments

  • Chugach Alaska Corporation. Preferred Stock investments in Spaceflight Industries, a Washington-based aerospace and space logistics company
  • Cook Inlet Region, Inc. Acquisition of majority equity interest in Cruz Energy Services LLC, a company providing heavy construction and oilfield services to the oil industry in North Dakota and other Lower 48 markets, and majority equity investment in Cruz Marine LLC, a company providing tug and barge services for resource development projects


Insights & Presentations

  • Chief author, “Business Law Practice,” Chapter XIII, Washington Lawyers’ Practice Manual


  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Corporate Law), 2024
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Alaska) by Chambers USA (Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions), 2014–present
  • Listed in Alaska Super Lawyers® (Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities & Corporate Finance), 2023–present
  • Listed in the Alaska Business Legal Elite, 2023
  • Selected by the Alaska Journal of Commerce as one of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40, 2013
  • Listed among Rising StarsSM (Securities and Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions) by Washington Super Lawyers®, 2005–2007, 2009



  • Business Law Section, Alaska Bar Association, Co-Chair
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