Meet Our Attorneys

75+ Years of Combined Experience

Have you been charged with a serious crime? Do you need to seek compensation after an injury-causing accident? Going through divorce? No matter what your legal issue may include, our team of Anchorage lawyers at Denali Law Group is dedicated to helping our clients achieve the most favorable outcome possible.

Our attorneys combine for more than 75 years of legal experience. This means that when you come to our firm, you can be sure that we know what we are doing and know how to help you. From start to finish, you can trust that we will treat you with the utmost respect, provide transparent answers and advice, and operate with professionalism every step of the way.

Call us today at (907) 357-5297 to discuss your case in a complimentary review for personal injury and criminal cases.

Meet our attorneys below:

Richard K. Payne

Richard K. Payne

I'm Richard K. Payne and I am very excited to be part of the Denali Law Group and to provide exceptional legal representation to Alaskans. I have been practicing law in Alaska for over 11 years, both as a civil litigation attorney and, most recently, as a Palmer Assistant District Attorney. I have prosecuted every conceivable type of criminal matter from double homicide, multiple murders, theft, assault, drug crimes, and DUIs. As a Prosecutor, I was very fortunate to make lasting friendships and to become familiar with the District Attorney's office personalities, policies and procedures as well as the Palmer Court System. What this means to you is, I know who I am dealing with, and I know what I am doing. My accountability, relationships and intimate knowledge of Alaskan Law are your greatest assets.

Jon Marc PetersenJon Marc Petersen

I'm Jon Marc Petersen, and as a former District Attorney in Palmer with a stellar track record in handling everything from DUI's to Homicide cases, I look forward to helping you receive the justice you deserve. Because of my passion as an attorney and fascination for law, I had a long-standing goal to start my own practice. After serving years in the District Attorney's office, I felt that partnering with Richard to form Denali Law Group came at the right and we began our private practice here in the Valley. I was at the District Attorney's office when I met Richard and, in hindsight,I cannot imagine creating this firm with anyone else. With my background in criminal defense, law enforcement, prosecution, insurance defense and personal injury, we can provide full service legal advice and representation to our clients. With our experience in Palmer and having both been involved with numerous jury trials in the Palmer Courts, we can bring that full range of experience to bear for our clients. My passion for law and tireless work ethic are a formidable arsenal protecting your rights. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve you.

Justin Tapp

Attorney Justin TappI'm Justin Tapp and I have been licensed in Alaska since 2012 and in Texas since 2010. Before going to law school, worked for the United States House of Representatives in the second district of New Hampshire. In that office, I helped people solve complicated immigration and naturalization issues. However, I noticed that many of my cases had to be turned over to attorneys to handle the legal side of things. Eventually I became so frustrated at having to turn over my work to lawyers that I decided to become one myself, and enrolled at Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas. As a law student, I worked for a wide variety of organizations involved in criminal law practice, including the Alaska Public Defender Agency in Kenai, the McLennan County District Attorney's Office, the U.S. Federal Court in Waco, Texas, and as an inmate liaison / paralegal at the McLennan County Jail. Prior to becoming a lawyer, I obtained a Bachelor's degree in French and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of North Texas.

Mike Graper

Attorney-Mike-GraperI'm Mike Graper and I advocate for my clients to obtain the best result they can. I have been licensed in Alaska since 2001. I was raised in Michigan, but have spent time in Alaska, on and off, for the last 20 years. I graduated with high honors from Michigan State University in 1998 with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. While at Michigan State, I also volunteered my time as a landlord / tenant counselor. I graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law in 2001. While in law school, I interned for the City of Denver prosecutor's office and served as a Rothgerber Teaching Fellow assisting first year students studying property law. I was also member of a moot court team that won the best brief in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (Trademark). My practice currently focuses on criminal defense, including misdemeanors, felonies, DUI / OUI defense, and assaults. I also handle a variety of civil matters including personal injury, family, business / corporate, and real estate. I look forward to assisting you in the future.

Alycia Cole

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I am Alycia Cole. I moved to Alaska in early 2015 from Colorado. Prior to joining Denali Law Group, I worked as an Associate Attorney where I was exposed to a variety of cases including, business, family, property, probate and water rights. I have also served as an Assistant County Attorney where I prosecuted Dependency and Neglect cases. I was also privileged to work as a criminal defense contractor for the New Mexico Public Defender's Office. Through my legal practice and my time as a NCAA college athlete, I am familiar with competition, hard work and commitment. I am passionate about my client’s rights and protecting those rights and look forward to ensuring that your legal needs are met with strength, compassion and zealous advocacy.

Hank Graper

I am Hank Graper. For twenty-five years I have been dedicated to helping those who need help the most to navigate a judicial system that is too often stacked against them. Since moving to Alaska in 1998 I have maintained a practice focused exclusively on criminal defense with extensive trial experience in both Federal and State courts. Prior to moving to Alaska, I worked as a personal injury attorney in Chicago with an emphasis on complex medical malpractice and product liability litigation. While I was a student in Chicago I helped found the John Marshall Fair Housing Legal Clinic, which advocates for anyone who has experienced discrimination in their housing choices. My entire career has been focused on aggressively representing the ‘little guy’.

Laura Newton

I'm Laura Newton. I graduated from the University of Wyoming School of Law after combat service in the US Army, and Reserves. I moved to Alaska from Wyoming in 2008, and have been a practicing attorney for a decade. I became a lawyer with the deliberate intent of advocating for elders, people experiencing disabilities, and the vulnerable. My focus is the Therapeutic Courts (CRP--Mental Health, Veteran's and Wellness), elder law and end-of-life planning. I also specialize in Social Security Disability law. I have spent my life helping others and will be a tenacious advocate for you, whatever your legal needs.

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