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
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,
drug crimes, and
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 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.
I'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
I'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.
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
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.
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’.
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.
Contact Denali Law Group today for a