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New Alaska attorney general named by governor

  • Author: Jill Burke
  • Updated: September 27, 2016
  • Published January 12, 2012

A home grown Alaskan lawyer is in line to be Alaska's next attorney general. Thursday, governor Sean Parnell announced he's appointing Michael C. Geraghty to the job.

Geraghty will take over for John Burns, who retired after just one year of service to spend more time with his family.

Parnell describes Geraghty as "an accomplished attorney" and lifelong Alaskan "dedicated to Alaska's interests" who will bring "a wealth of experience and sound judgment to the Department of Law."

Geraghty comes from the Anchorage lawfirm DeLisio Moran Geraghty & Zobel, P.C., where he has worked since 1979. On its website the lawfirm offers this description of him: "Born and raised in Alaska, Mr. Geraghty's practice has focused on industries and areas that reflect this state's growth and history, including natural resources, oil and gas and construction. He has been involved in numerous complex litigations, including class actions and anti-trust."

Geraghty has said he is looking forward to rolling up his sleeves and "getting to work."

"It's both an honor and a privilege to accept this appointment to lead the Department of Law and represent the State of Alaska," he said in a prepared statement issued by the governor's office. "There are many important challenges facing the state."

Geraghty earned his law degree at Santa Clara University and also holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Hawaii.

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