Mr. Alex O. Bryner
Alex Bryner has been an active member of Alaska’s legal community for nearly forty years. He joined Feldman Orlansky & Sanders in 2008 after serving as a Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court from 1997 to 2007, and as Chief Justice from 2003 to 2006. Before his appointment to the Supreme Court, Mr. Bryner served as the Chief Judge of the Alaska Court of Appeals (1980-1997), as the United States Attorney for the District of Alaska (1977-1980), and as a judge on the Alaska District Court in Anchorage (1975-1977). Prior to taking the bench, Mr. Bryner engaged in private practice in Anchorage (1974-1975), performed trial and appellate work as an Assistant Alaska Public Defender (1972-74), and served as a law clerk to Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice George F. Boney (1969-1971).
Mr. Bryner has held a variety of professional memberships and appointments. During his term as Chief Justice, he acted as chair of the Alaska Judicial Council and participated in the Conference of Chief Justices (“CCJ”), serving as chair of the CCJ’s International Agreements Committee and as a member of the CCJ Committee on Civil Justice; the CCJ Working Group on Tribal Relations; the CCJ/COSCA Committee on Courts, Children & Families; and the CCJ/COSCA Court Management Committee. Mr. Bryner’s other professional memberships and appointments include: commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, and member of NCCUSL’s Committee for Liaison with Native American Tribes; member, Alaska Judicial Conduct Commission; member, Alaska Committee of Bar Examiners; chair, Advisory Committee on Revised Rules of Evidence; co-chair & member, Court Improvement Project Committee; chair, Civil Rules Committee; member, Appellate Rules Committee; member, Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions Committee; member, Khabarovsk-Alaska Rule of Law Committee; chair, Supreme Court Time Standards Committee; Magistrate Training Judge, Third Judicial District; and member, Lewis & Clark Law School Board of Visitors. Mr. Bryner also has appeared as a speaker and panelist in numerous Continuing Legal Education programs.
Mr. Bryner received his BA (with distinction) from Stanford University in 1966 and his JD from Stanford University Law School in 1969. He is admitted to practice in Alaska and California, and before the United States District Court for the District of Alaska, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Bryner provides support to the firm on trial and appellate litigation, focusing on novel and complex issues in civil and criminal cases. He is also available for mediation at the trial and appellate level.
In 2005, he received the Honorary Alumni Award from Lewis & Clark Law School.