Michael Parise

Shareholder | Anchorage | 907.264.3322 |

Areas of Practice

Michael Parise concentrates his practice in commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, complex loan transactions, real estate, bankruptcy, loan restructuring, maritime vessel financing, business litigation, foreclosures and litigation under the Uniform Commercial Code. He also represents parties in negotiations and litigation concerning oil and gas exploration financing, mining lease and royalty agreements, and timber sale and logging contracts. Michael is a member of the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia.

Michael has been named as an “Alaska Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers® magazine in the areas of bankruptcy, business litigation and banking. He has an AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5 rating in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™. Michael has also been recommended by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the categories of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy since 2007. Chambers and its sources have stated Michael “is easy to work with. He is accessible, responsive and reasonable.”

Admitted to Practice

  • Alaska
  • Massachusetts (inactive)


  • Boston University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Williams College (B.A., cum laude)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights — Oil and Gas Industry
  • Business Crisis Management and Emergency Remedies
  • Canada Practice
  • Finance and Banking
  • Financial Institutions
  • Litigation

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Counsel for national banks, including Wells Fargo Bank, Northrim Bank, KeyBank and Union Bank, with respect to complex commercial loans, mergers and acquisitions financing, revolving credit lines and real estate finance transactions
  • Counsel for Horizon Lines, Inc. and Horizon Lines of Alaska, LLC regarding the companies’ land use and berthing agreements in the Port of Anchorage, and the companies’ $75 million credit facility for the acquisition of two D-7 class containerships
  • Representation of Wells Fargo Bank and its financing of an Alaska company for the company’s  acquisition of Peak Oilfield Service Company
  • Representation of Wells Fargo Bank on a revolving credit facility secured by a portfolio of Alaska, Washington, Arizona and Texas residential apartment buildings
  • Representation of West Texas State Bank on loans to an Alaska oil and gas exploration company secured by Oil and Gas Production Tax Credit Certificates issued by the State of Alaska
  • Representation of lenders on projects such as the third-party financed Over the Horizon Backscatter Radar Project for the Department of the Air Force, the waterfront development project in Dutch Harbor, the wood chip loading facilities in Homer, and the Mount Roberts Tramway and tourism facilities in Juneau
  • Counsel for lender in documentation of multiple revolving master line of credit agreements and sub-notes secured by equipment leases
  • Counsel for lender in documentation of credit facilities with multiple interest rate options to a transportation and tourism business, secured by real estate, railroad locomotives and railway rolling stock
  • Representation of Gruma International Foods, S.L., an international company based in Madrid, Spain, on Alaska law issues with respect to its purchase of the entire capital stock in Solnste Mexico Closed Joint-Stock Company, a leading food manufacturer in Russia organized under the laws of the Russian Federation
  • Counsel for Canadian firm financing an Alaska oil and gas exploration company, secured by mineral leases, and by collateral assignment of the State of Alaska Department of Revenue Oil and Gas Production Tax Credit Certificates issued under the 2007 state oil and gas tax legislation
  • Counsel for Renaissance Minerals, Ltd., an Australian mineral exploration company, with respect to its acquisition and financing of an Alaska mining company
  • Counsel for Canadian and Alaskan mining companies with respect to their acquisition out of bankruptcy of patented claims and state mining leases in the historic Willow Creek mining district
  • Representation of a Canadian company in its purchase of the assets of an Alaska fuel distribution business
  • Defense of banks and financial institutions in lender liability cases brought in state and federal court, including litigation alleging misrepresentation, breach of contract or breach of fiduciary duty, or cases brought under Alaska’s Unfair Trade Practices Act, the Truth in Lending Act, or the Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Counsel to Alaska Maritime Documentation, Inc. with respect to preferred marine mortgages and vessel documentation
  • Counsel to A-1 Timber Consultants Inc., with respect to timber sale agreements
  • Counsel for Gladstone Capital Corporation in the federal court receivership of two Alaska radio stations
  • In re Prism Helicopters (representation of Royal Bank of Canada in the bankruptcy proceedings of a helicopter business)
  • In re Duke Investments (counsel for Brinker International, Inc. in the bankruptcy reorganization of an Alaska restaurant franchisee)
  • In re Forcenergy (counsel for creditor oil service company in the bankruptcy reorganization of an oil and gas company)
  • In re Stewart Petroleum Company (counsel for creditor secured by oil and gas leases)
  • In re Kake Tribal Corporation (secured lender’s counsel in Chapter 11 of an Alaska Native corporation)
  • In re Wave Wholesale (secured lender’s counsel in Chapter 11 of food wholesale distributor in rural Alaska)
  • In re Pacific Forest Products (debtor’s counsel for Chapter 11 of sawmill)
  • In re Southeast Timber (creditor counsel in logging company reorganization)
  • In re Glacier Bay Airways (counsel for creditor aircraft lender in air taxi Chapter 11 case)
  • In re Rocky Mountain Helicopters (counsel for timber owner in Chapter 11 of logging company)
  • In re MarkAir (counsel for flight attendants union)
  • In re Inlet Fisheries, Inc. (bankruptcy counsel for seafood processor in reorganization under Chapter 11)
  • In re Yute Air (counsel for creditor aircraft lender)
  • In re Katmai Air (counsel for creditor secured by real property and aircraft)


  • “Alaska,” a section in the State Law Compendium, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (2012)

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Special Achievement Award in hazardous waste litigation cases
  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization (2013-2018)
  • Recommended by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A (2010-2017); Corporate/M&A: Bankruptcy (2012-2017); Real Estate (2017)
  • Named an “Alaska Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Creditor/Debtor Rights (2017); Business/Corporate (2012-2016); Bankruptcy, Business Litigation, Banking (2009-2010)
  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

Professional and Community Activities

  • Resource Development Council

Michael Parise

Shareholder | Anchorage | 907.264.3322 |