Robert P. Blasco
- AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingSM by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Elected Fellow in the International Society of Barristers, State Chair
- National Faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) since 1985 teaching Trial Advocacy, Deposition, Expert Witness, and Mediation programs
Robert P. Blasco holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review RatingSM by Martindale-Hubbell® and is an elected fellow in the International Society of Barristers. He graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Law School and clerked for the Maryland trial courts. Bob has practiced law in Alaska since 1977. Bob has appeared before all of the Judicial Districts in the Alaska state courts, the Alaska Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court, District of Alaska, and in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before joining the firm in 1988, Bob served as a Supervising Attorney for the Alaska Legal Services Corporation, as a State Assistant Public Defender, and as a State Assistant District Attorney. In these positions, Bob conducted class action litigation and many jury trials, including trials as long as eight months.
Bob offers diverse experience in trial work, appellate representation, and litigation. His clients and cases involve business and contract concerns and litigation, construction claims and disputes, products liability and personal injury defense, defense of employers, representation and defense of school districts, medical centers and hospitals, and representation of Alaska Native Corporations in state and federal court. Bob has served as trial counsel for the state of Alaska in constitutional challenges to state statutes and in the defense of state agencies.
In addition to his general litigation practice, Bob represents many of the small Southeast Alaska municipalities as their Municipal Attorney for municipal matters and in defending the municipalities in litigation. He has served in that capacity for several of the municipalities since 1992.
Bob teaches trial advocacy and deposition programs as a member of the National Faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He has taught on several occasions at the national trial advocacy session in Colorado, on a regular basis in Chicago and Los Angeles, and in New Zealand. Bob has been on the Emory University School of Law Trial Techniques program faculty since 2000. In addition to trial advocacy and deposition programs, Bob has taught programs related to expert witnesses and mediation.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial litigation
- Municipal law
- Personal injury
- Insurance defense
- Construction claims
- Construction contracts
- Alaska Native Corporation representation & litigation
- Products liability
- Anti-trust litigation
- Professional liability
- Employment issues and employer defense
- School District representation and defense
- Mediation & arbitration services
- Hospital & Medical Center representation and defense
Alaska Supreme Court Cases
- Kalenka v Jadon, Inc., 305 P. 3d. 346 (Alaska 2013)
- Button v. Haines Borough, 208 P. 3d 194 (Alaska 2009)
- State v. Murtaugh, 169 P. 3d 602 (Alaska 2007)
- City of Skagway v. Robertson, 143 P. 3rd 965 (Alaska 2006)
- Morgan v. Fortis Benefits Insurance Co., 107 P.3d 267 (Alaska 2005)
- State Department of Health and Social Services v. Sandsness, 72 P.3d 299 (Alaska 2003)
- In re 2001 Redistricting Cases, 44 P. 3d. 141(Alaska 2002)
- Alaska General Alarm, Inc. v. Grinnell, 1 P.3d 98 (Alaska 2000)
- Linstad v. Sitka School District, 963 P. 2d 246 (Alaska 1998)
- Confederated Tribes & Bands of Yakima Indian Nation v. Baldridge, 91 F. 3d 1366 (9th Cir. 1996)
- Hickel v. Southeast Conference, 846 P. 2d 38 (Alaska 1992)
- Zartman v. State, 667 P. 2d 1256 (Alaska App. 1983)
- Gutterman v. First National Bank, 597 P. 2d 969 (Alaska 1979)
OTHER CASES OF NOTE
Cruise Lines International Association v. City and Borough of Juneau, Case No. 1:16-cv-00008-HRH (representing the City and Borough of Juneau) (Federal District Court for the District of Alaska)
City and Borough of Wrangell v. IBEW, et.al., Case No. 1 WR-16-49 CIV (representing the City and Borough of Wrangell) (First Judicial District, State of Alaska)
Miller Construction Equipment Sales, Inc. v. Clark Equipment Company d/b/a Doosan, Case No.: 1:15-cv-00007-HRH (representing Clark/Doosan) (Federal District Court for the District of Alaska)
City and Borough of Juneau v. APARC Systems, Inc. Case No. 1:14-cv-00001-JWS (representing the City and Borough of Juneau) (Federal District Court for the District of Alaska)
City and Borough of Wrangell v. Noel D. Selle-Rea, et.al. Case No. 1WR-12-00055 CI (representing the City and Borough of Wrangell) (First Judicial District, State of Alaska)
Curtis v. CCI, Inc. Case No.: 2BA-09-40 CI (representing CCI, Inc.—Defense Verdict jury trial, Barrow, Alaska, Second Judicial District, State of Alaska)
- Alaska, 1977
- U.S. District Court, District of Alaska, 1978
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1991
Megan J. Costello
Megan J. Costello rejoined the firm in December 2020 after a 2 year-stint as the Chief Legal Officer for Bartlett Regional Hospital and Assistant Municipal Attorney III for the City and Borough of Juneau. In that role, she gained in-depth knowledge of health care and hospital law issues, as well as working on litigation matters generally for the City.
Ms. Costello started with Hoffman & Blasco in 2013, after completing a clerkship with the Alaska Superior Court in Dillingham, Alaska. Ms. Costello worked on numerous civil litigation cases between 2013 and 2018, including most notably the Cruise Line International Association v. City and Borough of Juneau case. She currently works on all aspects of civil litigation and municipal issues at the firm throughout all the State Judicial districts and the federal courts.
Ms. Costello has extensive knowledge and experience in Alaska. She was born in Dillingham, Alaska, and spent her first years in the village of New Stuyahok before spending the majority of her childhood in Kodiak, Alaska. In Kodiak, she worked as a teacher’s assistant for the school district, as a camp worker at a commercial salmon setnet site, as an assistant in the Facilities Engineering section of the United States Coast Guard Base, and as a dispatcher for a charter airplane company, among other jobs.
Ms. Costello left Alaska in 2009 to attend Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon on a Dean’s scholarship. She interned with the Municipality of Anchorage in 2010, and worked as a certified law clerk for the City of Troutdale, Oregon in 2011 and 2012. In 2012 she graduated law school and moved to Dillingham to clerk for Superior Court Judge Douglass.
Ms. Costello lives in Douglas with her husband Jack, who drives tugboats in Southeast Alaska. She enjoys all four seasons, and spends her spare time snowboarding, cross –country skiing, backpacking, hiking, running, cycling, fishing, cooking, berry picking, and home projects.
- Alaska, 2012
- U.S. District Court, District of Alaska, 2013
- Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland OR, J.D. May 2012
Pro Bono Award, 2010 and 2012
- Bemidji State University, Bemidji MN, B.S.,Summa Cum Laude, Environmental Studies, Minor: Applied Public Policy, May 2004
Barbara J. Ritchie, Of Counsel
Barbara Ritchie’s legal career has been devoted to public service in Alaska. She has extensive experience in municipal and state law. Her work style emphasizes problem solving and collaboration, and she has strong written and oral communication skills.
Barbara has worked with a wide variety of municipal and state boards and commissions. She has extensive experience in public records, open meetings, ethics and conflicts of interest, administrative process and hearings, public employment law, elections, ordinances, resolutions, state legislation, public contracts, sales and property tax, public procurement, borough annexations, and land use issues. Barbara served on the Board of Governors for the Alaska Bar Association from 1990-1994, and she was the President of the Alaska Bar Association from June 1992 – June 1993. She also served on the Alaska Legal Services Corporation Board (1989-1995), and she was President of the Alaska Municipal Attorneys Association (1988-1989).
Barbara earned her law degree, with honor, from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1977.
Barbara served as the City Attorney for the City and Borough of Juneau from May 1986 – July 1992. Before becoming Juneau’s attorney, she was an Assistant Municipal Attorney for the City of Ketchikan and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough (1983-1986).
Barbara worked for the Alaska Department of Law for 13 years, first as Supervising Attorney for the Governmental Affairs Section (1992-1994), then as Deputy Attorney General for the Civil Division from December 1994 until November 2002. As Deputy Attorney General, she supervised the work of 135 attorneys located in Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Bethel. She was responsible for presentation of the Division’s budget to the Alaska Legislature, and statewide implementation of a budget of approximately $30 million. During that time, she also served as the department’s Indian law coordinator, supervising the state’s legal response to issues in the complex area of federal Indian law, and she was the designated ethics supervisor for the Department of Law.
From December 2002 until July 2005, Barbara served as the Chief of the Opinions, Appeals, and Ethics Section of the Department of Law. In this position, she was responsible for ethics and conflicts of interest issues for the Executive Branch, as well decisions on what cases to appeal and the positions to be advocated, and legal opinions of particular significance.
In August 2005, Barbara returned to the City and Borough of Juneau as Deputy City Attorney, and she worked in that capacity until July 2010.
In September 2012, Barbara was retained by the law firm Hoffman & Blasco to work as a consultant on municipal and state issues. She is currently Of Counsel with the firm, and has worked on a variety of issues including public records, open meetings, elections, contracts, ordinances, resolutions, and conflicts of interest and ethics matters.