Zach Berne


Zach Berne’s experience as a litigator includes representing clients in the maritime industry, in insurance coverage disputes and in environmental matters.

Zach began his legal career with a year-long clerkship at the High Court of American Samoa. After completing his clerkship, Zach moved to Anchorage, where he worked as a litigator for a local firm specializing in insurance and criminal defense. His practice included a broad range of cases, from dram shop claims and insurance coverage disputes to assaults and federal drug conspiracies. Since then, Zach has focused on representing clients in maritime and admiralty investigations and claims, environmental matters, and banking and securities litigation. Zach’s practice includes counseling clients on maritime incidents involving fatal accidents and significant damage to vessels.



  • Counsels clients in the maritime and natural resources industries regarding incident response, environmental issues, vessel casualties and injuries to mariners.
  • Investigates and analyzes liability in maritime matters and insurance coverage issues.
  • Prepares claims to the National Pollution Funds Center for incident response compensation for natural resources and maritime clients.
  • Represents financial services clients in suits regarding breach of contract, intellectual property issues and misrepresentation of loan terms.

Memberships & Awards


  • Antarctic Congressional Service Medal, United States Congress (2009)

Resources & Ideas

Community Activities

Community Activities

  • Alaska Legal Services Corporation, Pro Bono Attorney




Alaska State Courts

Federal Courts

Oregon State Courts (inactive)

American Samoa (inactive)

Outside The Office