Christopher John Slottee

Senior Counsel
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Overview

Christopher Slottee is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Anchorage office. He is highly experienced in matters related to Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs), Alaska Native Corporation settlement trusts and tribal governments, having served as vice president and general counsel for an ANC.

As part of his practice, Mr. Slottee handles complex litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in areas involving commercial transactions, construction disputes, employment law, medical and legal malpractice, personal injury, municipal government, insurance bad faith, and ANC and tribal matters. He is well-versed in advising ANCs and their subsidiaries on corporate governance, legal and risk management issues, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate matters.

Mr. Slottee also has a significant background in providing legal and strategic advice, specifically in government contracting, hospitality services, oil field services, telecommunications, risk management, and acquisitions and divestitures. He also provides guidance on the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Section 8(a) Business Development Program and on the establishment and management of Alaska Native Corporation settlement trusts.

Immediately after law school, Mr. Slottee was a law clerk for the Honorable Rene Gonzalez of the Superior Court of Alaska, Third Judicial District. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, he was an associate and then partner at an Anchorage law firm for 14 years before serving three years as vice president and general counsel of an ANC with operations in 33 states and foreign countries.

Experience

  • Represented an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) on the creation of a new Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) settlement trust and substantive amendments to an existing ANCSA settlement trust
  • Developed, drafted and presented a land use plan governing 70,000 acres located in remote Alaska, including managing the process of obtaining a current and historical valuation of those lands
  • Advised a client on the creation, management and use of a captive insurer as part of their risk management and insurance program, which resulted in significant savings on insurance costs
  • Assisted in development and promotion of state and federal legislation beneficial to ANCs, including serving a material role in drafting and advocating for the ANC Settlement Trust tax legislation passed in 2017

  • Represented a seller in the drafting and negotiation of submarine fiber optic cable for $20 million
  • Represented a guarantor in complex financing arrangement involving letters of credit and pledges of the guarantor's assets for the construction of a $20 million assisted living facility
  • Represented an oil field services company on a multimillion dollar acquisition of a competitor's assets on the North Slope
  • Represented a purchaser in the multimillion dollar acquisition of a professional engineering firm and a government contracting entity
  • Represented an owner on the construction and financing of multiple microwave facilities in remote Alaska

  • Represented a municipal government in complex litigation involving issues of separation of powers, inverse condemnation, and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing arising out of construction of deep water dock and legislative changes to the municipal government's forest management plan
  • Represented a municipal government in complex litigation with a land owner over obligations arising out of municipal landfill and sale of methane gas
  • Represented a plaintiff in sexual abuse case against assisted living home that resulted in the Alaska Supreme Court adopting the aided-in-agency theory of vicarious liability in Alaska
  • Successfully obtained a dismissal of claims against Matanuska-Susitna Borough on summary judgment in inverse condemnation case through application of statute of repose
  • Successfully obtained a reversal of the trial court on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit of adverse summary judgment decision in a Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) case
  • Successfully represented an investor in weeklong Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration case against broker-dealer based on misrepresentation claim

Credentials

Education
  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, J.D., cum laude
  • The University of Utah, B.S., Political Science and Government
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Alaska
  • Oregon
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in Alaska
  • All Federal Courts in Alaska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Memberships
  • Alaska Bar Association, 2002-Present
  • Alaska Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, Appointment by Alaska Supreme Court, 2014-Present
  • Access to Civil Justice Committee, Appointment by Alaska Supreme Court, 2014-Present
  • Environmental Law Review, Editor

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