Professional Experience: In addition to his experience as a litigator and appellate advocate, Scott Kendall offers a depth of expertise as a strategic consultant. He is well known for his work across all levels of government, across jurisdictions, and across political parties to design approaches that bring his clients positive results and disrupt negative outcomes.
Scott originally joined Holmes Weddle & Barcott in 2007, and returned in early 2019, currently practicing with the firm’s Anchorage office. In addition to providing strategic counsel, Scott’s practice includes providing guidance in matters related to campaign and election law, and representing organizations and individuals in proceedings before the Alaska Public Offices Commission and the Federal Elections Commission.
Scott’s election law clients have included candidates for local, statewide, and national office as well as industry coalitions, non-profits, ballot measure groups, and independent campaign expenditure organizations (known as “superPACs”). In 2010, Scott was counsel to U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s historic, and successful, write-in campaign for reelection.
From 2015 to 2016, Scott left the practice of law to serve as Campaign Coordinator for Senator Murkowski’s successful 2016 reelection campaign. And from 2016 to 2018 Scott served as Chief of Staff to Alaska Governor Bill Walker, providing him with a keen understanding of state government operations, as well as the complex relationships between state, federal, and local jurisdictions. During that time, Scott helped execute Governor Walker’s legislative strategy including the passage of landmark legislation transforming the way Alaska finances state government into an endowment or “POMV” model to protect the Alaska Permanent Fund in perpetuity.
Earlier in his career, Scott also worked for two years in the litigation department of another Anchorage law firm where his practice focused on commercial litigation and business torts. From 2003 to 2005, Scott served as law clerk to the Hon. Chief Judge of the Alaska Court of Appeals, Robert G. Coats.
Selected Appellate Decisions:
Hughes v. Treadwell, 341 P.3d 1121 (Alaska 2015).
Lake and Peninsula Borough v. Oberlatz, 329 P.3d 214 (Alaska 2014).
Miller v. Treadwell and Murkowski, 245 P.3d 867 (Alaska 2010).
State, Division of Elections v. Alaska Democratic Party, Alaska Supreme Court Case No. S-14054, Order dated October 29, 2010.
Pebble L.P. v. Parnell, et al., 215 P.3d 1064 (Alaska 2009).
Classified Emples. Ass’n v. Matanuska-Susitna Borough Sch. Dist., 204 P.3d 347 (Alaska 2009).
Professional Associations: Scott is a member of the Anchorage Bar Association and the Alaska Bar Association.
- Administrative Law
- Civil Litigation and Appeals
- Election and Campaign Finance Law
- Employment Law
- Natural Resource Law
- State and Municipal Ballot Measures
- Strategic Counsel and Governmental Affairs
Admitted to Practice
- Alaska State Courts
- United State District Court
- District of Alaska
- Bachelor of Arts: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 2000
- Juris Doctor: University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA 2003