Lee Baxter


Tough legal cases require diligence, creativity, and a deep ‎understanding of client needs. ‎

How I represent clients at Schwabe

I am an Alaskan litigator who works closely with Alaska ‎Native Corporations (ANCs), tribal and state ‎governments, public entities, and companies throughout Alaska. I help clients resolve disputes ‎involving real estate, contracting, Alaska Native Claims ‎Settlement Act (ANCSA) conveyances, torts, and ‎intellectual property rights.‎

My experience working with diverse clientele throughout Alaska ‎has given me a thorough understanding of the state’s legal ‎landscape. Beyond my work with ANCs and Alaskan tribal ‎governments, I have represented construction clients challenging ‎competitive bid awards; employers looking to protect the ‎misappropriation of company property and trade secrets; ‎companies aiming to prevent their loss of options to purchase real ‎property; and Alaskan school districts seeking legal counsel for ‎liability concerns, contractual agreements, and employment issues.‎

After law school, I clerked for Justice Jim Rice of the Montana Supreme ‎Court and U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah M. Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska. I also graduated in the top five ‎percent of my graduating law class.‎


Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs)

  • Represented an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) Village Corporation in defending its U.S.C. § 14(c) procedure and conveyances.
  • Served as counsel for multiple ANCs regarding improper proxy solicitations for the annual election of directors by shareholders.

Alaska tribal law

  • Obtained dismissal of foreclosure for a federally-recognized tribe after local government attempted to impose real-property taxes on tribal lands.
  • Represented a federally-recognized tribe regarding application of federal and state employment laws.


  • Served as counsel for a city in Alaska against a tort claim brought by a resident who struck a road hazard on a state-maintained roadway and obtained a directed verdict in the client’s favor at trial.
  • Received a preliminary injunction to prevent a former employee from misappropriating company assets, trade secrets, and other intellectual property and starting a competing business for an oil field services company.
  • Represented numerous school districts in employment and tort litigation.
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction preventing the termination of an option to purchase real property with significant mineral extraction potential for a mining company.


  • University of Montana, School of Law, Juris Doctor degree, high honors (2012)
  • Montana State University, Bachelor of Arts degree, Political Science, cum laude (2007)


  • Alaska Federal Courts
  • Alaska State Courts
  • Montana Federal Courts
  • Montana State Courts


  • Top Forty Under 40, Alaska Journal of Commerce (2018)
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star Award (2017)

Additional Publications

The Unrealistic Geographic Limitations of the Supreme Court’s School-Speech Precedents: Tinker in the Internet Age, Montana Law Review, Volume 75, Winter 2014

Gonzales v. City of Bozeman: The Public Duty Doctrine’s Unconstitutional Treatment of Government Defendants in Tort Claims, Montana Law Review, Volume 72, Summer 2011

Community Activities

  • United Way of Anchorage, Emerging Leader (2014-2017)
  • International Rotary, Member (2017-2020)
  • Alaska World Affairs Council, Member (2016-2020)

Outside Interests

Fly fishing the Kenai River.

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