Chantal Trinka joined Holmes Weddle & Barcott in 2019 and practices in the firm’s Anchorage office.
While in law school, Ms. Trinka worked at Forthright Solutions in Minneapolis, conducting trademark dispute analysis for the National Arbitration Forum, and involved policy and regulation briefing under the Universal Domain Name Resolution Policy, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Ms. Trinka volunteered at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center with the Street Law pro bono program, educating incarcerated youth as to criminal procedure, employment law, civil rights, and landlord/tenant law. She was an associate editor and a managing editor for the Hamline Law Review during its 2012 and 2013 publication years.
Following graduation from law school, Ms. Trinka moved to Alaska and worked as an attorney for the Office of Public Advocacy with cases in Anchorage, Palmer, Valdez, and Glennallen. She was appointed as defense counsel in Child In Need of Aid cases, criminal felony and misdemeanor cases, witnesses with Fifth Amendment implications, and indigent parents in civil custody cases. Ms. Trinka was a member of the Palmer court’s FIT (Families with Infants and Toddlers) court, an intensive therapeutic program for CINA cases intended to fast-track reunification and permanency for young children. In her role as an advocate, Ms. Trinka assisted parents in contesting decisions made by OCS regarding custody, placement, ICWA compliance, and termination of parental rights, as well as filing subsequent appeals.
- Commercial Litigation
- Criminal defense (felony and misdemeanor)
- Debt Collection
- Domestic violence and custody
- Property division
- Trademark disputes
- Victim advocacy
- Workers Compensation Defense
Admitted to Practice
- Alaska State Courts
Bachelor of Arts: Montana State University Bozeman, Montana, cum laude, 2006
Juris Doctor: Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law), Saint Paul, Minnesota, 2013